Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shows Ring in the Holidays at Long Wharf

Long Wharf Theatre offers two holiday shows this year.

Steve Solomon returns with My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays. His hilarious one-man show will play on the Mainstage from Dec. 21-23 at 8 pm. All tickets are $40 with group discounts available.

When the family arrives home to celebrate the holidays, Steve is thrown together with all of his dysfunctional family members in a riotous celebration of the holiday season.

The smash hit Celebrity Autobiography will run for four performances on Dec. 29 and 30 at 7 pm and 9:30 p.m. All tickets are $40 with group discounts available.

Celebrity Autobiography, created and developed by Emmy Award-nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, recently won the 2009 Drama Desk Award in the category of Unique Theatrical Experience and the 2010 Bistro Awards.

The show features a comedic ensemble performing from the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the “poetry” of Suzanne Somers to the shocking “romance tips” from Tommy Lee to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history – Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Eddie Fisher. The cast will be announced soon, but previous productions have featured Carole Kane (“Taxi”), Kristen Johnston (“Third Rock from The Sun”, Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”), Karen Ziemba (Long Wharf Theatre’s 2010 Gala and Sylvia), and Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), among many other stars of stage and screen.

This evening of sidesplitting (and true) comedy answers a series of timeless questions. How does Vanna flip her panels? What does Stallone have in his freezer? Why did Burt and Loni topple from the upper tier of their wedding cake? What makes the Jonas Brothers get along? “The show is a bracing tonic for anyone weary of our fame-addled culture. It gives you a chance to indulge in a little celebrity schadenfreude without having to endure the shame of grabbing that issue of In Touch Weekly off the rack at the grocery store,” wrote Charles Isherwood in the New York Times.

For more information about these shows and the 2010-11 Long Wharf Theatre season, visit the new www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.

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