The Howard – Missionaries of Wellness

State Representative Bobby Gibson and “The Bread Lady” Sheray McDowell

A local “COVID-19 Caring For Others” Missionary Network has been established by Sheray McDowell aka “The Bread Lady” and assisted by State Representative Bobby Gibson – District 15, – both Bloomfield, CT residents.

State Representative Bobby Gibson- 15th District

For over 15 years, Sheray McDowell and her volunteer missionaries- have been traveling throughout the Greater Hartford region assisting local residents, church groups, halfway houses, senior citizen complexes and those in need with various food items. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic the missionaries work has expanded, as their car caravans filled with food items, now daily go street to street and home to home delivering not only needed bread and health aid items, but additionally checking in on the health, wellness, and those increasing concerns of our community members as we all continue to “stay home-stay safe”. 

Head Missionary Sheray McDowell

“The Bread Lady” and Head Missionary –  Sheray McDowell states, “I enjoy taking care of others, and during these difficult times there are just so many more of our citizens that need someone to care for them”. Sheray continues, “my missionaries and I are constantly being contacted for assistance, and we simply cannot say no to anyone in need- be it a simple loaf of bread, or just being there to talk to someone – where-ever there is a need we will be there”.

To become a “Missionary of Wellness” network volunteer,  or to make a donation of food items, Covid 19 face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, please contact Head Missionary, Sheray McDowell at 860-559-3939. 

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The Howard ~ “Bloomfield Teen Titan Tackles Covid 19 With CARE Packages”

Bloomfield Teen Titan Tackles Covid 19 With CARE Packages 

For the past three weeks, 12 year old Samantha Myles, a 6th grade student at Carmen Arace Middle School, as with most children in the town of Bloomfield has been securely and safely at home, studying – doing her distance learning, helping her mom and step-dad around the house, learning to cook, practicing her dance steps, meeting up with friends virtually, and something any parent would be proud of – performing unselfish acts of kindness for others. Samantha is currently hard at work not only sewing protective face masks for Bloomfield residents but also producing a series of COVID 19 Safety Care Kits to give out to those in need.

Samantha’s mother, Michelle Adams states, “I am literally speechless by this thoughtful child of mine – this was entirely her idea- I have a beautiful unselfish, and oh-so attentive child”. Samantha had just finished her distance learning homework, and instead of spending hours on the computer chatting away, she asks me, “Mom – thanks for giving me a home, love and protection from this Coronavirus, but what about folks who live at home alone and have no one”? 

Ms. Adams continues, “and then she asks if she can take out our old dusty Kenmore sewing machine. I got her started on the machine, setting up the bobbin and spool, the stitch length, hand wheel, pulled some material from the craft closet, and before you know it she was off and running making several styles and colors of “one of a kind” Corona fighting face masks”. 

“One can only rejoice that your child, on her own,  says to a parent,- “it’s her civic duty” to help others, plus we, the entire family are working as a team with this important initiative” states mom Michelle Adams. Samantha, as part of her distance learning curriculum, has to keep up to date with the Covid-19 trending and other world news on CNN10, and then she readily goes from studying to being part of an action plan. 

As soon as Samantha makes up a batch of about 25 masks, plus including some purchased from “rDs Classique Creations”, the protective Safety Care Kit process begins: including taking paper bags – each having custom “rainbow” artwork designed by Samantha, adding antibacterial bar soap, 3 pairs of vinyl gloves and a face mask which are then provided free of charge to the elderly or those in need.  Priority in receiving a face mask kit are those Bloomfield Senior Citizens over the age of 65. Presented for home delivery only – Samantha’s series of drivers, Mom and Step-Dad, go “non-contact” and only leave their deliveries of face masks at the door without any direct interaction. 

For information regarding either receiving a protective face-mask, making your own, or how your child can start up their own “Samantha Protection/Facemask Kit Club” at home, or helping Samantha with either making the face masks, deliveries, or product contribution please contact Samantha’s mom – Michelle Adams at 860-206-1042

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The Howard ~ LIONSGATE LIVE! A Night At The Movies

LIONSGATE LIVE! A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

CELEBRATES THE COMMUNAL THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

WITH FOUR FRIDAYS OF FREE FLICKS

Jamie Lee Curtis to Host as America Gathers Together for 

Four Lionsgate Classics

Lionsgate Teams Up with Fandango, YouTube, and NATO to Help 

Furloughed Movie Theater Employees Across America

“The Hunger Games,” “Dirty Dancing,” 

“La La Land,” and “John Wick” 

 Will Livestream for Free on Fridays

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 13, 2020 – Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) announced today that the studio will honor the communal experience of watching movies in movie theaters and support the people who make those places great with a special program that reminds everyone how much we love going to the cinema. The studio is presenting Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies, a program of four Fridays of free movies streaming live on YouTube. 

Beginning this Friday and continuing every Friday spanning four consecutive weeks, the studio will team with Fandango and YouTube to livestream four of Lionsgate’s most popular library titles – the blockbuster The Hunger Games, the classic Dirty Dancing, the Academy Award®-winning La La Land, and the box office smash John Wick – on Lionsgate’s YouTube page and Fandango’s Movieclips YouTube page

Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis will share her own movie memories as she is joined by special guest celebrities and YouTube personalities. Each week’s night at the movies will feature special programming and interactive opportunities for fans, like real-time fan chats via YouTube Live, live tweeting @Lionsgate and partners, and shared fan engagement opportunities in-show, including movie trivia, movie-themed challenges, and more.

Most importantly, audiences everywhere will have the chance to join Lionsgate in showing support for the country’s temporarily jobless movie theater employees and how much we all appreciate and miss them. Lionsgate’s initial donation as well as the audience and partner donations throughout this event will benefit the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping workers throughout the motion picture industry, and will link to the Foundation’s charitable page so that viewers who are able can help as well. The Will Rogers Foundation is currently providing financial assistance to theater employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The free movies that will livestream on Fridays at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET are:

April 17 – “The Hunger Games” 

April 24 – “Dirty Dancing”

May 1 – “La La Land” 

May 8 – “John Wick” (age registration required)

To present the live movie event, Lionsgate is joining with some of its most dedicated partners like Fandango and important exhibition partners such as the National Association of Theatre Owners, AMC Theatres, Regal, and Cinemark Theatres, among other regional circuits. And what’s a movie without popcorn and snacks? Popcornopolis, purveyors of gourmet popcorn and “known for the cone,” will support with a consumer movie night offer, with 10% of sales donated to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. And SnackNation, the country’s leading provider of better-for-you snacks, drinks, and coffee for the home and office, will curate a movie-themed snack box with a special price and free shipping.

“There’s nothing that will replace the magic of seeing a movie together with your fellow moviegoers in a theater on a big screen, but this is a chance for America to come together to recreate the experience,” said Joe Drake, chairman, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “This is a great chance to show the country’s theatrical employees how much we miss going to their theaters and how much we support them. Jamie Lee Curtis – a woman who literally grew up with the movies and movie theaters – is one of the world’s biggest movie fans, so it’s a real thrill that she’ll be our host for this event. Let’s have some fun watching some classic movies together at home while celebrating moviegoing!”

John Fithian, president and CEO, National Association of Theatre Owners, added, “Throughout the 125-year history of the cinema, this is the first time that movie theaters have been shut down across the country. Whether it was the Depression, wars, disasters, or local calamities, movie theaters have always been a gathering place where audiences can come together to laugh and be moved, reacting as one, to put their troubles behind them or forget about their hard week at work, and just get lost in the amazing stories on the big screen. Until we can gather again in our nation’s theaters, we’re grateful to Lionsgate for honoring the theatrical moviegoing experience and we are thrilled to join together with them over these next four Fridays, not only to see four classic movies for free, but also to allow fans and celebrities to share their own moviegoing memories. We love that so many people will be talking about what makes going to the movies so unique and memorable.”

ABOUT LIONSGATE

The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. Lionsgate film and television properties also support a global network of location-based entertainment and other branded attractions as well as a robust video game business. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base. 

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The Howard – Bloomfield Village Pizza – Caring for our Community

“The world has certainly changed in the past 4 weeks – but good things just don’t end- I am proud to say, I have the best friends in this world, I have the most amazing customers, and with their kind help – Bloomfield Village Pizza continues on better than ever”, remarks Chef Maria Rosu. “We at the restaurant want to do our share to also help our community as well by providing those on the frontlines of the Coronavirus with hot “to go” meals”. Chef Maria continues, “We are currently assisting Bloomfield first responders, on duty nurses, doctors, and firemen with complimentary off the menu food items from the restaurant till this health emergency is over – all they have to do is call us”.

Since March 16th, in an effort to stem the rising tide of the COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak, Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont had joined the governors of New York and New Jersey in ordering a mass shutdown of bars, hair salons, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants. However, many restaurants, such as Bloomfield Village Pizza,  have been allowed to continue to offer takeout and delivery, as they implement new stringent social distancing practices.

“It’s important to me and my family that we continue to come to our small, centrally located restaurant, in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and provide food and support to our many customers” states Chef Maria . “My husband Stratos, my sister Lori, our family and small staff, -we still arrive early, make our fresh pizza dough, and other Greek specialties, and strive to continue as best we can – business as usual – but as many know – it’s simply not the same, and won’t be for a long time”! 

According to Chef Maria, “Safety of my staff and customers is paramount, from the minute I heard about this terrible virus, we made sure all of our staff were equipped with masks, gloves, and set up all new safety and health protocols, repeatedly disinfecting surfaces, and emphasizing effective hand hygiene and social distancing. Regarding ordering food at the restaurant, we ask that you either order online at our website, or call and pay by credit card in advance, set a time for pickup, drive to the restaurant and our staff will place your food items in your car’s trunk and then drive safely away. For home delivery- drivers go “non-contact” and leave deliveries left at the door without any direct interaction.

“Most importantly, I want to make sure that I thank all of my customers for their continued patronage, loyalty, and support, for it is heartwarming to note how generous everyone is – I do have some amazing customers that support my business”, exclaims Chef Maria. And I also want to sincerely apologize to those customers who may have a delay in receiving their orders. I hope they understand, and we are striving to do our best under the current circumstances.”

Though the main restaurant and bar are currently closed per order of the Governor – yet during these past several weeks, the phones continue to ring as usual at Bloomfield Village Pizza as numerous homebound customers utilize the restaurant to order such specialities, including, baked lasagna, chicken parmigiana, stuffed shells, fresh signature grinders, seafood platters – fried or baked haddock, scallops, colossal shrimps, and freshly made pastas and of course all types of flavored chicken wings.

 A new norm is for customers to purchase several items at one time, some to eat and enjoy now and second orders to freeze and enjoy later. But the one thing many folks can simply not do without, are the fresh hot from the oven “Golden Amber” pizza pies that are the hallmark of Bloomfield Village Pizza. From Pepperoni to Pineapple topped, thick to thin, Bloomfield Village Pizza will continue to have that  perfect pie made especially for you.

Bloomfield Village Pizza is located at 34 Tunxis Avenue, Bloomfield, Connecticut. For info or to place a pick up or delivery order please contact Chef Maria at Bloomfield Village Pizza at 860-242-3339, or go to their website to place a curbside order at http://villagepizzabloomfield.net.  Please remember – “Yes – We are Open! – Buy Local, Buy Bloomfield”.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at howards2424@gmail.com

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TOWN OF BLOOMFIELD – COVID-19 UPDATES

BATV – Bloomfield Access Television provides the following COVID 19 UPDATES from The Town of Bloomfield, Bloomfield Board of Education, The State of Connecticut and various organizations assisting with the Pandemic.

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Bloomfield Board Of Education- Coronavirus INFO

Please go to the Bloomfield, Connecticut- Bloomfield Board of Education Website for COVID-19 updates.

http://www.bloomfieldschools.org

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The Howard ~ Exclusive Screening to “I STILL BELIEVE” with Gary Sinise

 

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You are cordially invited to the exclusive screening to I STILL BELIEVE – the Screening will take place on Tuesday, March 10 at Bowtie Palace, 7:00PM

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**Please note, seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed. Get there early! Each pass will admit two.**

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I Still Believe – In Theaters March 13, 2020. Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, and Shania Twain.

#IStillBelieve

From the makers of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE comes the true life story of Christian music mega star Jeremy Camp. Jeremy’s remarkable journey of love and loss proves there is always hope in the midst of tragedy and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing.

SYNOPSIS:

One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp.

Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise, I STILL BELIEVE is directed by The Erwin Brothers, from a screenplay by Jon Erwin & Jon Gunn, based on the book by Jeremy Camp, and produced by Kevin Downes, John Erwin, and Andrew Erwin.

I STILL BELIEVE is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope can be found.

 

CAST & FILMMAKERS:                       

Cast:                                       KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh, Nathan Dean, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise

Directed by:                              The Erwin Brothers

Screenplay by:                          Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn

Produced by:                             Kevin Downes, Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin

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The Howard ~ Theater Review “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at CRT

 

Theater Review by Howard Steven Frydman
Production: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Theater:     Connecticut Repertory Theater
Playwright: Simon Stephens
Director:    Kristin Wold

His name is Tyler Nowakowski – Actor. I have just seen a new “Star” in the theatrical heavens- this star on the horizon is Mr. Tyler Nowakowski! It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, like a comet streaking overhead-one must take note of an amazing, impressive actor and his talents. I ask you to celebrate this young man and his brilliant performance as “Christopher” in the Connecticut Repertory Theater’s inspired production of “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, and directed by Kristin Wold.

Tyler Nowakowski

I seldom say this about a production, but the CRT’s  “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, is absolutely flawless in its stage production, casting, scenic design, stage projections and I even took note of the puppetry of the “Dog in the Night” – “Wellington” and Christopher’s companion pet rat “Toby”. For a person who is often known to nod off once in a great while at darkened theaters- Director Kristin Wold’s deft direction and Mr. Tyler Nowakowski flawless portrayal held my attention throughout this 2 hour and 30 minute production. In fact,  numerous times during the play, I took note of the audience’s reaction, especially my theater mates in row “L” – like myself, we are head in hand, leaning forward in our seats, steadfastly amazed and so delighted by this production and what we are resolutely beholding upon the lighted stage.

Tyler Nowakowski

Originally written in 2003 by British writer Mark Haddon, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s” title actually comes from a 1892 short story “The Adventure of Silver Blaze” which featured super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens in 2012, the play premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre at the Royal National Theater in London before transferring to the Apollo Theater in the West End. In 2013 the production won 7 Olivier Awards including “Best New Play”. It’s Broadway debut was in 2014 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, and the following year received a Tony Award for “Best Play”.

Christopher John Francis Boone, (portrayed by  Tyler Nowakowski – hmmm? – Where have I heard that name before) is a 15 year old boy, who told that his mother Judy has died two years earlier (Margot White) is currently living with his father Ed Boone (Joe Cassidy) in a small apartment in Swindon, England. It is understood by his reaction to being touched, that the young boy, though brilliant in math, has Asperger’s syndrome – a form of high-functioning autism. The play commences with Christopher finding his neighbor, Mrs. Shear’s (Elizabeth Jebran) dog, Wellington, murdered. Initially accused of the dog’s death, Christopher takes on the case of the “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” to investigate who the real culprit is and thus begins an adventure that leads him to truths about himself and the world around him.

As stated in my initial remarks, I was extremely impressed by this highly emotional production presented by the Connecticut Repertory Theater- major kudos to its director Kristin Wold – masterfully mounted. Though comprised with an exemplary array of talented  actors, including Joe Cassidy, Margot White, Thalia Eddy, Elizabeth Jebran, Mauricio Miranda, Justin Jager, Matthew Antoci, Alexandra Brodowski and Nicolle Cooper, it is the  play’s  pivotal character of “Christopher” and the Actor who portrays him that makes or breaks this production. Thus the coveted “Howard Noticed You Award” is presented to Mr. Tyler Nowakowski – Sir your performance IS Tony worthy and we and those who viewed your performance here at CRT look forward to not only your next performance but what the future holds in store for you! Enjoy!

This production will take place at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theater located on the campus of the University of Connecticut. CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut- Storrs, CT. For ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone: 860-486-2113 or visit online at www.crt.uconn.edu. 

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at howards2424@gmail.com.

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The Howard ~ Theater Review- “Jane Eyre” at Hartford Stage

Reviewer: Howard Steven Frydman aka “The Howard”
Production:   Jane Eyre
Theater:         The Hartford Stage
Playwright:    Elizabeth Williamson
Director:        Elizabeth Williamson

The Howard’s Exhale – “A timeless classic – a masterpiece of a journey”

It’s poignant, it’s courageous, it’s mysterious, it’s tragic, it’s Gothic, it’s bold, it’s Brontë – Charlotte Brontë . The Hartford Stage presents a new adaptation of Brontë’s Victorian novel Jane Eyre, adapted for the stage and directed by Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson, and starring as the iconic strong-willed heroine “Jane Eyre”, Helen Sadler, with Chandler Williams portraying the rugged and aloof Mr. Edward Rochester – master of Thornfield Hall.

Helen Sadler

Productions come and go- but I love those productions that have you with head in hand – attention fully a-gazed at the stage, and straining not to miss one single syllable of the delectable dialogue emanating from the live characters and their various on stage portrayals – “Jane Eyre” fills this criteria – and I so happily deem this glorious mounted production as everything that one would expect when visiting Connecticut’s most prestigious house of theater, “The Hartford Stage”, star  performances, a memorable production and quality that strikes one with appreciated intensity.

Helen Sadler, Marie-France Arcilla

As in the novel, the production is presented in the “first person” as “Jane” somberly chronicles her memorable story to the audience “Dear Reader” –  describing her life story from being orphaned as a child, and when of age taking a position as governess at Thornfield Hall for the troubled and mysterious Edward Rochester. The strong-willed and ever passionate Jane soon falls in love with her enigmatic employer, but the discovery of a dark secret and its devastating aftermath forces the young governess to make a heart-wrenching decision that changes their lives forever.

Helen Sadler, Chandler Williams

As they say, “A GOOD CAST IS WORTH REPEATING..” – but “Jane Eyre” with a cast of 8, each portraying several characters is an event that I humbly state is not to be missed and give my heartfelt kudus to the following actors – including: Marie-France Arcilla as Blanche, Bessie and Grace Poole; Grayson DeJesus as Mason, St. John Rivers and John Reed; Megan Gwyn  as Diana Rivers and Leah; Felicity Jones Latta as Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Fairfax, and Bertha; Meghan Pratt as Adèle and Young Jane; and Steve Routman as the Priest, John, and the Doctor.

Chandler Williams, Helen Sadler

Jane Eyre’s creative team includes Scenic Designer Nick Vaughan, Costume Designer Ilona Somogyi, Lighting Designer Isabella Byrd, Sound Designer Matt Hubbs, Composer Christian Frederickson, Dialect Coach Claudia Hill-Sparks, Dramaturg Fiona Kyle, and Fight Choreographer Greg Webster.

Tickets for the Hartford Stage production of “Jane Eyre” are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (860) 527-5151 or by visiting http://www.hartfordstage.org. Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Saturdays, Sundays and select weekdays at 2 p.m.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at TheHoward24@gmail.com

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The Howard ~ Theater Review “Pride & Prejudice” at Playhouse on Park

 

Reviewer: Howard Steven Frydman aka “The Howard”
Production:   Pride and Prejudice 
Theater:         Playhouse On Park
Playwright:   Kate Hamill
Director:        Jason O’Connell

The Howard’s Exhale – “POPS P & P is a Who-zis of a Great Time”!

Who’s your little who-zis – Who’s your turtle dove – Who’s your little who-zis -Who do you love? * The Who-zis in this case – the extraordinary Playhouse on Park’s production of playwright and actress Kate Hamill’s innovative adaptation of the classic romance novel by Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”, directed by Jason O’Connell, Choreographed by Joey ( Lets Do The Hustle) Beltre, and starring Kimberly Chatterjee as Elizabeth “Lizzy” Bennett and Nicholas Ortiz as Mr. Darcy.

Kelly Letourneau, Maia Guest, Sophie Sorensen, Jane Bradley, Nadezhda Amé

Who’s the little what’s-it – That you’re dreaming of? Who’s your little who-zis – Who do you love?  The love you ask – why it’s the most endearing love tale in literature- the proud Miss Elizabeth Bennett and the prejudice Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy- or is it the other way around? – even Meg Ryan got it wrong in “You’ve Got Mail”. No matter what- this production is a sure thing of beauty to behold! Folks – let me tell ya – I am simply in awe of this zany, romantic romp that is currently being presented at POP. Enough said? No way – let me tell ya more!

Nadezhda Amé, Kelly Letourneau, Maia Guest, Sophie Sorensen, Kimberly Chatterjee

This production is a perfect theatrical centerpiece of actors, dialogue, music, and production – a bravo to Artistic Directors, Sean Harris, Tracy Flatter, and Darlene Zoller for including Kate Hamill’s play as part of the POP season. After seeing this production I do indeed have a case of the kvells – I simply celebrate this lovely rosy production of   “Pride and Prejudice”, its humor, its enthusiasm, its captivating nature, its staging, and the music- “Lets Hustle”, and all the other incidental tunes – from “Rocky”, “The Muppets – Rainbow Connection”, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, etc.  – thanks again Joey Beltre! In fact, I would go further in stating – I would so gladly like to propose to the POP A.D.s  that you include this production yearly- as part of a POP/Jane Austen Romance Festival – in fact the night I took in the  production, an entire group of Jane Austen Fans, came to the program dressed in “Victorian” garb –  (P & P  is actually set in the “Regency Era”) from her novels (or for those who only saw the film versions) and are situated throughout the POP theater the day I do my review- it added greatly to the atmosphere and everyone’s enjoyment of the POP production.

Nadezhda Amé, Jane Bradley, Kelly Letourneau

I am certain, that you dear reader are familiar with the story of “Pride & Prejudice”, surely you have read the Austen book or at least seen the numerous adaptations be it PBS, Movie, Film, be it on the Hallmark Channel, or all its derivatives – P & P vs Zombies, P & P in outer space, I just saw a new TV reality series  “Bride and Prejudice” – oy! So the tale nightingale, plain and simply – Mr. Bennett, (Sophie Sorensen) a wealthy land owner has 4 unwed daughters – Jane (Nadezhda Amé), Mary (Jane Bradley), Lydia (Kelly Letourneau), and Elizabeth (Kimberlee Chatterjee) aka “Lizzy”. Unfortunately, his estate cannot be passed on to his daughters – oh my what to do? Leave it to their resourceful mother (Maia Guest) to find them each  “a wealthy guy” to wed at the upcoming “ball”. Down comes the “Disco Ball” and did someone say “Let’s do the Hustle” – sure enough the gals soon are introduced to the wealthy Mr. Bingley (Jane Bradley) and his even wealthier friend, the ever aloof Mr. Darcy (Nicholas Robert Ortiz). So who hooks up with who? Either read the book or head over to POP for this effervescent and saucy Austen rework.

Nadezhda Amé, Kimberly Chatterjee, Sophie Sorensen

Matthew Krob, Nicholas Robert Ortiz

The cast is a joy joy joy deep in my heart – with all  the actors intermingled portraying either male and female characters – they are all terrific! Yet at some point I would so enjoy seeing an all female cast portraying all roles. Of our two male leads, Nicholas Ortiz as Mr. Darcy, is the  only actor in the troupe to portray one character, Mr. Darcy, he is original to character, providing correct aloofness. Mr. Matthew Krob portrays three characters, Mr. Collins and Miss Bingley – both are wonderfully comically interpreted, though his characterization of Mr. Wickham is portrayed a bit too heroic and lacks that “hiss-able” moment associated with the character. We give kudos to both Kimberly Chatterjee as “Lizzy B.” and Sophie Sorensen as “Mr. Bennett” for their standout performances – truly star quality!! Though the entire cast shines throughout, the coveted “Howard Noticed You” Award is presented to Kelly Letourneau, in her dual roles as both Lydia Bennett and Lady Catherine. Miss Letourneau – you provided an effervescent and all together an unforgettable performance that one can surely state would make  a “parent proud” event but I simply state you are a “phenom”!  Say, when you get the blue-zis, Who you thinking of, Who’s your little who-zis, Who do you love? Why “Pride & Prejudice” at POP of course! Enjoy!

* WHO’S YOUR LITTLE WHO-ZIS? – From the film “Night World” (1932)

Tickets for the Playhouse on Park’s production of “Pride and Prejudice” are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the POP box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at TheHoward24@gmail.com

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