Bits And Pieces 01.03.13

Local culture news

‘Les Troyens’
    Guild Hall will screen the Met: Live in HD’s presentation of “Les Troyens,” an opera by Berlioz based on Virgil’s “Aeneid,” on Saturday at noon. Fabio Luisi will conduct. The production stars Marcello Giordani as Aeneas, Deborah Voigt as Cassandra, and Susan Graham as Dido.
    The five-act epic has a running time of 300 minutes, with two intermissions. It is based on Francesca Zambello’s 2003 production, receiving its first Met revival this season. Joyce DiDonato will host the transmission and conduct backstage interviews with the stars.
    Tickets cost $22, with reduced admission for museum members and students. They can be purchased in advance at theatermania.com or at the box office three hours prior to curtain.
    On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., the Naked Stage and Guild Hall will give a free reading of the play “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, with Joshua Perl as the lead artist.


‘Other People’s Money’
    The Hampton Theatre Company will stage Jerry Sterner’s play “Other People’s Money” at the Quogue Community Hall beginning next Thursday and running for three weeks. Although the play is now decades from its premiere in 1989, the story of capitalism run amok, Wall Street-style, is as relevant as ever.
    The cast includes Edward Kassar as Lawrence Garfinkle, a corporate raider; Terrence Fiore as Andrew Jorgenson, the chairman of a company about to be the subject of a raid (a role he played previously at the Southampton Cultural Center); Adrianne Hick as Kate Sullivan, a sexy and smart lawyer, and Diana Marbury as Bea Sullivan, Jorgenson’s assistant and Kate’s mother.
    “Other People’s Money” will run for three weekends, through Jan. 27. Showtimes are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, which cost $25, $23 for those over 65, and $10 for students under 21, can be purchased in advance at hamptontheatre.org.


Dressing for Success
    The Southampton Cultural Center will present Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” beginning next Thursday and running through Jan. 27 at the Pond Lane theater.
    Ilene Beckerman wrote the original book, but the Ephrons adapted it for the stage as a series of monologues based on the memoirs of several women about using their wardrobes to address the good and bad times in their lives. Ms. Beckerman will join some of the rotating casts, which will also include Brooke Alexander, Barbara Jo Howard, Katie Lee, Gretta Monahan, Bethany Dellapolla, Susan Cincotta, Paula Brannon, Deborah Marshall, Susan Wojcik, Catherine Maloney, and Edna Perez Winston. Michael Disher will direct.
    In a release, Mr. Disher said that the rotating casts have been vital to the show’s success. “The mass appeal of the piece deserves to be voiced by as many women as possible, so we have gathered a group of talented and diverse women to present this piece. How each actor interprets each piece brings something new and unique to the production.”
    The show had its premiere at Guild Hall in 2008. It has since toured internationally and won awards such as the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. Performances will be on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $22, $12 for students, and are available through the cultural center’s Web site.