Funny Stuff at Bay Street


Aloysius Gigl, Carson Elrod and Richard Kind in a scene from "Travesties." Photo by Jerry Lamonica, courtesy Bay Street

Aloysius Gigl, Carson Elrod and Richard Kind in a scene from “Travesties.” Photo by Jerry Lamonica, courtesy Bay Street

In my home state of Indiana, the maxim (no, not Maxim–though Facebook friends might’ve read my post about a few of my real estate photos appearing in the latest issue) is that corn should be “knee high by the Fourth of July” for a healthy crop. Here in the Hamptons, the equivalent would probably be that the social calendar needs to be filled every minute of every day through Labor Day by the Fourth of July for a healthy season.
I know mine is. It’s wonderful and exhausting at the same time; not that I’m complaining. This summer has been an absolute whirlwind. And we’ve still got a full two months to go. Yowsa.
One thing that I haven’t done yet is catch”Travesties” at Bay Street. I’m itching to see the comedy, I just need to find the time. If it’s even half as good as “Conviction,” which opened the theater season in Sag Harbor, then it’ll be more than worth the ticket price.
“Travesties” stars returning Bay Street favorite Richard Kind–who actually does happen to be a very nice man–and Michael Benz, Carson Elrod, Aloysius Gigl, Isabel Keating, Julia Motyka and Andrew Weems. It was written by Tom Stoppard and is directed by Gregory Boyd. Tonight’s performance will feature a “Talkback Tuesday” after the show with Bay Street’s new Artistic Director, Scott Schwartz, and members of the “Travesties” cast.
Witty, clever and chock-full of brilliant wordplay, this Oscar Wilde-type comedy is right up my alley. It’s about a British consul member (Kind), who through an amateur production of “The Importance of Being Ernest” (coincidentally my favorite Wilde play, and one in which I’ve taken on the parts of both darling Gwendolyn and sweet Cecily back in the day) encounters some of the most famous figures of the 20th century, including James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin. This sounds like tons of fun!
Wanna go? The show stages through July 20. Buy tickets at or call the box office at( 631) 725-9500.

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