2001-06-09 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey COME BLOW YOUR HORN: A THEATRICAL SUCCESS

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey COME BLOW YOUR HORN: A THEATRICAL SUCCESS

On Saturday, June 2, 2001, The Rockaway Music and Arts Council sponsored a special gala opening night reception at the Fort Tilden Chapel to coincide with the opening night of Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn".
The Rockaway Theatre Company in association with Gateway National Recreation Area is presenting "Come Blow Your Horn" from June 2 through June 30 at the Post Theatre at Fort Tilden.  The productions will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM.  There will be a special Sunday matinee on June 10, 2001 at 2 PM.  Ray Shawney directs it.  It is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.  The floral pieces were donated by Dennis Kirchner of Dragon's Den Florist on Beach 116th Street.

If you have an available evening or can schedule one, I would strongly recommend your going to see this production at the Post Theater at Fort Tilden.  The performance is outstanding.

In addition, the acoustics are excellent.  In order to enjoy a Neil Simon production, one needs to clearly understand the dialogue.  Each actor and actress in this production understands the need for clarity.  Their vocal inflections show their depth of training.  Their vocal execution is excellent.

The setting of their show is the 1960's in Alan's bachelor apartment in the East 60's in New York City. All New Yorkers can relate to this comedy.  The players are extremely well cast.  Each gives a very convincing performance.  They create very memorable characters.  During the show, you almost get the feeling that you know these people.  It's easy to relate to their situation and to join in with the family.  The lines are very funny and you really find yourself laughing all through the show.  The element of surprise is superbly performed.

Even the program show guide itself can create a smile.  As they describe the cast (in alphabetical order) one of the cast members Larry Rossi sends us a message.  Larry wanted the audience know the following "I had a dream… it started in Brooklyn.  I headed for Broadway, but wound up in Rockaway. Life teaches us many lessons: it's okay to follow your dreams, but remember to get yourself a good subway map".

Thanks to Sharon Gabriel, Barbara and Marvin Eisenstadt for planning the special opening night gala.

Thanks to all the members of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council for their outstanding work on behalf of our community. Be sure to check the Wave for this year's Rockaway Music and Arts Council musical performance scheduled at Fort Tilden.  It's great fun.  You'll enjoy each summer concert.


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