From Masterworks Broadway
In Praise Of Anita Gillette
By Peter Filichia
What a nice event at the Spiral Theatre Studio last Wednesday night. At Richard Skipper Celebrates, a chat-series helmed by the eponymous raconteur, the ever-charming Anita Gillette was the subject.
Richard Skipper Celebrates Sondra Lee
Richard Skipper led the evening with charm, grace, and gave Ms. Lee a perfect setting to share her life with us. It left me wanting more! Thanks to Richard, Paula J Riley for her unique and creative The Spiral Theatre Studio and to Daniel Sherman for his creation of the film on Sondra's work in theatre. As one who started her theatrical life with Hello, Dolly! (musical) in the 60's (with Mary Martin in the States, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Okinawa), Betty Grable (in the States and Las Vegas), Ginger Rogers (in the States), Ginger Rogers and Dorothy Lamour sharing shows in Vegas and out on the road again with Rogers until I left the show at the age of nineteen. I had the privilege of understudying Sondra Lee when she joined our Ginger Rogers Company in Los Angeles for that booking. Our most interesting backstage visitor was introduced to us by Miss Rogers....the great Fred Astaire."
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Robert F. Benjamin's production Wrinkles at Spiral Theatre Studio consists of 6 one-act plays about aging with a talented cast of older actors. Like any collection of short plays, some are more engaging than others. My favorite was Warm Ashes in which Stu Richel contrives another chance to get together with his prom date, Wendy Merritt (Bonnie Loren on Sundays) after many, many years. These two performers have a real chemistry and seem well matched in feistiness. Ms Merritt is paired with Judy Stadt in Forever as two women waiting at a post office to buy stamps. Ms. Merritt's character is dying , but plans a memorial party for when she is still alive and can enjoy it. She is also giving away all the things she has loved, and has a special gift in mind for her friend. In Awaiting, Ashton Crosby and Judy Stadt are waiting for their adult children to arrive, but Ms Stadt is also in the watchful waiting stage of a potentially inoperable cancer. The couple's dealing with the situation is humorous, moving, and insightful. Other good performers, Anthony Robb, Barbara Miluski, and Arlene Love appear in the remaining pieces. Company artistic director/ director of this production Paula J. Riley works well with the talented cast and a highly adaptable modular set.