“THE RIGHT KIND OF PEOPLE” MEETING AT SQUARE ONE THEATRE


BONNIE GOLDBERG

A formal application, letters of reference, complete financial disclosure of assets and a personal interview will reveal if applicants are “the right kind of people,” worthy of being approved for admittance to an elite Fifth Avenue co-op apartment. Everything from your driving record, your alcohol consumption, the height and weight of your pets and the behavior of your offspring are open for scrutiny.

For its twentieth anniversary offering, the Square One Theatre Company will present Charles Grodin’s engaging and entertaining “The Right Kind Of People” weekends until Saturday, November 21 at its home venue, the Stratford Theatre, 2422 Main Street, Stratford.

For an insider’s look in the conference room of the co-op with the elected board who have the power to accept or reject new tenants, who don’t even have to reveal their reasons for denial, let playwright Charles Grodin play tour guide and elevator operator. Grodin, who served on just such a board of an elegant New York building in the 80’s and 90’s, has the perspective to reflect on the petty prejudices and party politics that arbitrarily dictate the decisions handed down from on high.

Race and religion clearly influence the bottom line as these elitists strive to protect their investments and guarantee that it is a privilege to belong.  Their address is a highly desirable one and the board feels it has an irrevocable right to defend it.

Artistic director Tom Holehan puts his community cast of Frank Smith, Alexander Kulcsar, John Cassidy, J. Kevin Smith, John Pyron, Davina Porter, David Victor, Janet Rathert, Frank A. Panzer and Joseph Mallon through their paces as both members of the committee and new and eager applicants.

For tickets ($20 adults, $19 seniors and students), call the Square One Theatre Company, 2422 Main Street, Stratford at 203-375-8778 (exit 32 off I-95) or online at www.squareonetheatre.com.  Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and Saturday, November 21 at 4 p.m.  On Saturday, November 14 at noon, the theatre will present a double-feature tribute to the talents of Charles Grodin on screen with a showing of “Midnight Run” and “The Heartbreak Kid,” free to subscribers and $5 for non-subscribers.

Following the 4 p.m. twilight matinee on November 21, at approximately 5:20 p.m., Charles Grodin will join the cast, director and crew for a special post-performance discussion and talk-back with the audience.

With power and influence akin to a Spanish Inquisition, watch the anointed determine the fate of the humble supplicants in a work delightfully penned by Charles Grodin.

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