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Bits and Pieces 11.30.23

Mon, 11/27/2023 - 14:39
Robert Viagas, a writer and theater historian, will discuss his new book, "Right This Way: A History of the Audience," at the Montauk Library.
Donna Martin Viagas

Holiday Concert
"A Christmas Garland," the annual holiday concert of the Choral Society of the Hamptons, will take place on Sunday at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, with performances at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Walter Klauss will conduct, with the South Fork Chamber Orchestra accompanying the vocalists.

The program includes Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio," John Rutter's "What Sweeter Music," and Bruce Saylor's "Star of Wonder" and "With Anthems Sweet." The concert will conclude with the audience joining in for carol singing.

Tickets are $35, $10 for students, $75 for preferred seating.

LongHouse at Night
For LongHouse Illuminated, the garden paths and sculptures at the East Hampton venue will be lit up after dark on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m., starting Friday. A holiday market of handmade gifts and culinary treats by local artists and cooks will enliven LongHouse's Shine Studio.

But there's more: The Neo-Political Cowgirls will integrate their "Zima!" experience into the evenings, with the theatrical company's performers bringing mystery, poetry, theater, and exploration to the gardens.

The cost is $45, $35 for members, $15 for students, free for children under 12. LongHouse Illuminated and "Zima!" will continue through Dec. 16.

Theater History
Robert Viagas has spent much of his four-decade career as a theater historian, writer, lecturer, journalist, and podcaster working on Broadway for Playbill, the theater program company. So who better to write the just-published book "Right This Way: A History of the Audience"? 

Mr. Viagas, who is now editor-in-chief of Encore Monthly, a national theater magazine, will be at the Montauk Library on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 to explore the shared audience experience, what it is good for, and how it may evolve -- from the ancient Greeks to binge-watching on Netflix.

Men, Marooned
 "The Dirty Talk," a two-man character comedy by Michael Puzzo, will be performed at the Clubhouse in East Hampton on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Directed by Steve Hamilton and starring Edward W. Kassar and John Kroft, the play is the story of two mismatched strangers who find themselves stranded in a hunting cabin in the New Jersey mountains during a raging storm.

As the day progresses, the two explore what it is to be a man, the value of emotional intimacy, and the lies we tell each other and ourselves. The New York Times called the play "a delicious two-hander . . . as rewarding a trip off the beaten path as you'll make."

Tickets are $29. The bar will be open from 6 to 7.

Egypt, London, Sag
"The Prince of Egypt: The Musical," filmed during a performance at London's Dominion Theatre, will be available to rent or buy on digital platforms in the United States for the first time starting on Dec. 5. 

With a cast and orchestra of 60 performers, the play is one of the biggest musicals ever staged. It has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a multi-Grammy and Academy Award winner ("Wicked," "Godspell"); a book by Philip LaZebnik, and choreography by Sean Cheesman.

Though set in ancient Egypt, the musical has an East End connection: The London production was directed by Scott Schwartz, the artistic director of Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor and the son of Stephen Schwartz.

Designer Trees
The Southampton History Museum will usher in the holiday season with a party and a designer tree auction at the Rogers Mansion Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. All the trees were created and donated by artisans to benefit the museum.

Food, drinks, and music will make for a merry evening in the mansion, whose dining room, parlors, bedrooms, and fireplaces have been decorated for the holidays. The museum's current exhibition, "Gilded Icons: Forgotten Treasures in the Samuel L. Parrish Collection," will be on view.

Single tickets are $35; $60 buys a pair.

Berry-Bearing Shrubs
The next roundtable discussion of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will take place on Saturday morning at 10 at the Bridgehampton Community House. The subject is "Ilex (Holly) and Other Berry-Bearing Shrubs and Trees for Wildlife and Winter Interest."

Pamela Harwood will moderate the program, which is free to all, and Rick Bogusch, garden manager at the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens, will be on hand.

Two Nights of Comedy
The Sticks and Stones Comedy Club returns to the Southampton Cultural Center with two shows this weekend, Friday evening at 7 and Saturday at 8.

Moody McCarthy, who will headline Friday's show, has made many late night television appearances and performed in comedy clubs across the country. His albums can be heard on SiriusXM Radio. Natalie Goggin and Bridget Kavanaugh will also be on the bill.

Saturday's program will feature Vanessa Hollingshead, who appeared on the Showtime special "Funny Women of a Certain Age," hosted by Fran Drescher, and has a solo Comedy Central special to her credit. She will be joined by Steve Rocco Parrillo.

Joe Winchell will host both shows. Tickets to each start at $35.

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