Keeping All the Balls in the Air

Promises, Promises (Julie Crowley, Christina Stankewicz, Darren Ottati, Josephine Marshall, and Brianna Kinnier)

The cast of “Promises, Promises” struggles to juggle. A familiar theme for this Hampton Party Girl! Photos by Dane DuPuis.

Oh how time does fly when you’re busy prepping for a show, working the day job(s) and trying to juggle a personal life while still a struggling to be creative, involved and aware. Whew! It’s good to be back after having been away such a long time!

I love how this picture above (taken by Dane DuPuis of the “Promises,” Promises” cast) now staging at the Southampton Cultural Center through Sunday, March 26, perfectly captures the mood. Based on the 1961 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, “The Apartment,” “Promises, Promises” features a hilarious book by Neil Simon, Burt Bachrach’s only Broadway score and terrific choreography by a young Michael Bennett. The 1968 musical, which includes such memorable tunes as “I Say A Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and the title song, earned Tony Awards for Jerry Orbach and Marian Mercer.

Here in Southampton, the Michael Disher-directed show stars Darren Ottati, Shannon DuPuis, Richard Alder, Toni-Jo Birk, Julie Crowley, Bethany Dellapolla, Dane DuPuis, Sheila Engh, Brianna Kinnier, Geoffrey Milton, Tom Rosante, Jack Seabury, Lon Shomer, Christina Stankewicz, Josephine Wallace and Edna Winston.

 

Since we’re on the subject of theater, brava to the amazingly talented costume designer Yuka Silvera, who is making her NYC debut in the hilarious comedy “Angry Young Man” by Ben Woolf. The show, which just happens to be directed by Stephen Hamilton and is being staged in association with Guild Hall, is currently in rehearsal in the city and will open on Thursday, March 23, at Urban Stages. Closing in the city on April 9, the limited engagement production will travel to Guild Hall in East Hampton, staging from June 3 to June 18.

I’ve just got to add this critical praise from the Evening Star — “Brisk, funny and slicker than an oil spill in a tuxedo.” — Love it!

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Feeling philanthropic and frisky? Then buy your tickets for Denim and Diamonds 2, which is happening tonight, Saturday, March 18, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at 230 Elm Street in Southampton. The fundraiser benefits Ellen’s Run.

We’ve got some great stuff happening on Sunday too, including the terrifically tasty Empty Bowls benefit for Project Most, which will be held at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett from noon to 3 p.m.

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And then there’s the super yummy foodie event, the “Long Island Grown” series, which continues at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton at 2 p.m. with Al Krupski of Krupski Farms, Ray Wellen of Green Thumb Organic Farm, Barbara Shinn of Shinn Estate Vineyards, and Chef Dee Muma of Dark Horse Restaurant in Riverhead. The talk and tasting, moderated by author/pastry chef/food editor Laura Donnelly, is hosted by the Peconic Land Trust and Edible East End.

Also on Sunday, the Southampton Arts Center is hosting Edwina von Gal and the Perfect Earth Project for a Bee Hotel Workshop and free talk at 2 p.m.

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graysanatomyAnd, last but most certainly not least, the Hamptons International Film Festival is hosting a screening of the film “Gray’s Anatomy” at 6 p.m. at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The film by Spalding Gray and Steven Soderbergh–not to be confused with the TV show with the similarly spelled name by Shonda Rhimes–was executive produced by Kathy Russo, who will be present for the event.

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