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Bits and Pieces: 02.06.20

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 12:42

‘Present Laughter’

The next offering from National Theatre Live is Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter,” which will have an encore screening tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall. Filmed at the Old Vic in London, the comedy stars Andrew Scott (“Fleabag,” “Sherlock”) as Garry Essendine, a light-comedy actor whose life as he prepares to embark on a tour to Africa is a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic, and soul-searching.

Coward, who starred as Garry in the original 1942 production, acknowledged that the egocentric character was a self-caricature.

“Andrew Scott is wondrous in this revelatory update of Noel Coward’s classic comedy,” Time Out London said of the Old Vic production. Tickets are $18, $16 for members.

Also at Guild Hall, Circle of Voices, a new series of workshops that use collective singing to explore breath and tone, will debut Wednesday evening at 6. Led by Anthony Madonna, an interdisciplinary collaborative artist and Guild Hall’s education director, the workshops are open to singers of all backgrounds and experience levels. Sessions, which cost $25, $15 for members, will take place the second Wednesday of each month.

Stand-Up Benefit

“Tickled Pink,” the Ellen Hermanson Foundation’s annual community fund-raiser, will bring an evening of comedy to the LTV Media Center in Wainscott on Saturday at 6:30.

Jessica Kirson, who was recently named best female comic by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, will headline the program. An­­drina Wekontash Smith, a comedian, storyteller, and member of the Shinnecock Nation, will be the opening act. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, dancing, and silent and live auctions.

Cheryl Babinski, Christopher Wolfe, and Charlotte Sasso will receive community achievement awards. The foundation provides access to state-of-the-art breast health care and empowers people affected by cancer. Tickets, available on the foundation’s website, are $100.

Zima! Is Back

Zima! — the Neo-Political Cowgirls’ outdoor theatrical scavenger hunt — will return to Montauk on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3. Groups will leave the gazebo on the Montauk green every 15 minutes to look for mythological characters hidden around the hamlet and to try to solve the riddle. At the end of their journey, participants will find hot cocoa and cookies at the Montauk Playhouse, which, along with the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, is sponsoring the event.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students 18 and under, or $20 and $15 at the door.

Comedy Times Two

Scott Baker and Vinnie Mark, a.k.a. the Quickest Thinkers in Comedy, will lead an evening of improvisation and comedy at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tomorrow at 8. Each show is unique, as audience members are encouraged to suggest ideas.

Mr. Baker and Mr. Mark have performed on television and at comedy venues across the country. A former New York City policeman, Mr. Baker is now teaching an improv class at Bay Street. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 tomorrow.

A new All-Star Comedy Show featuring Judah Friedlander of “30 Rock” and “Zoolander” will take place at Bay Street next Thursday evening at 8. Presented in partnership with and hosted by Joseph Vecsey (Optimum’s “The Unmovers”), the show will also feature Mark DeMayo (Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV). Tickets are $30.

String Quartet

The Poetica Ensemble will perform its third concert of the Luminari Chamber Music Series at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton on Sunday afternoon at 4. The concert will feature Alex Pryrodny, an acclaimed pianist, playing “La creation du monde,” a rarely performed piece by Darius Milhaud for piano and string quartet.

The program will also include a “Passacaglia” for violin and viola by Handel-Halvorsen and string quartet pieces by Puccini and Mendelssohn. The concert is free, but donations will be welcomed.

Inda Eaton Show

Songwriters Share 2020, a monthly concert series that benefits a variety of local charities, will return to the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Bridgehampton with a performance by Inda Eaton tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The widely traveled singer-songwriter, who lives in East Hampton, is known for her original material and cover songs that draw from rock and country.

Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens, and will benefit Project Most.

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