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The play’s the thing!

Community service volunteers from Parksville Daytop Village helped out all day at the Allyson Whitney 5K run in Kauneonga Lake, NY.


May 17, 2012

What a weekend. With the onset of what promises to be a busy and fun-filled season, the plethora of events seems to be even more action-packed than usual, and making choices is (already) more difficult than ever before. That said, I made my selections, sorry (as usual) that I can’t be everywhere, yet confident that there are enough events here in the Upper Delaware valley to suit even the most discerning. As always, the Where and When section of The River Reporter is informative, and I continue to recommend this resource.

Having written extensively in last week’s issue about “The Way Home, the Liberty Free Theatre’s (LFT, www.libertyfreetheatre.org) fundraiser in association with Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer (www.crocalumni.org), I felt compelled to check out the show. Chatting briefly with LFT artistic director Paul Austin before the show, I was informed that response to the event was “overwhelming,” and that it is likely that another performance is waiting in the wings.

Constance Alexander’s “spoken opera” was (IMHO) brilliant. Touching, funny, thought provoking and inspiring, the playwright managed to infuse the piece with a laundry list of issues without being preachy or saccharine, which, considering the theme, is no mean feat. The cast (Janna Comando, Ellen Pavlov, Dorothy Hartz, Valeria Henry, Lynn Priebe and Valerie Mansi, under the direction of Austin) carried the one-act play with style and a keen understanding of the material, and I’m keeping fingers crossed that another opportunity for others to experience “The Way Home” is indeed, in the offing.

In between theatrical experiences, I tucked Dharma (the wonder dog) under my arm and headed out to chat with celebrity DJs Paul Ciliberto and Mike Sakell from local radio station Thunder 102 (thunder102.com) as they conducted a live feed from Kauneonga Lake, in anticipation of the Allyson Whitney (www.allysonwhitney.org) 5 K run/walk, beneftting the organization’s efforts to find a cure for (a theme emerges) cancer. The day was glorious, the turnout (with hundreds of participants) exceeded all expectations, and the event was a tremendous success.