STRUTHERS, Ohio — The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Gin Game” will make a return to the Selah Dessert Theater, which opens March 17.
The cast includes local favorites Terry Shears and Amy-Anne Kibler, reprising their roles as Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two elderly people who meet in a rundown nursing home where they discover they both enjoy playing the game of cards, Gin. They continue to share the intimate details of their lives and all is well until Fonsia never seems to lose, and Weller’s temper begins to show.
Playwright DL Coburn’s play is not only funny, it also deals with the problems of aging: loneliness, abandonment, mental health and frailties, and the fear of losing independence. To the laughter are added moments of sweetness and heartbreak. We so want these two to find companionship with each other, but will their stubbornness and inability to change prevent the friendship from blossoming?
Mary Ruth Lynn directs with help from Tom O’Donnell. Brian Palumbo, Jeffrey Chann and Johnny Pecano handle the set, lights and sound.
The theater is located on the second floor of Selah’s Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge St.
“The Gin Game” will be presented at 8 p.m. on March 17-19 and 25-26.
Tickets are $19.50 and include dessert and coffee during intermission. One must reserve; go to SelahRestaurant.com. An opening night package with dinner and show can be booked online. For other pre-show dinner reservations, call the restaurant at 330 755 2759.
The theater is accessible only by stairs. Assistive listening devices are now available. Due to Covid, all members of the public must show proof of vaccination at the door. Masks are optional.
YOUNGSTOWN – An Authentic Irish Cultural Celebration, An Evening in Celtic Gairdín, Saturday, March 12, 7-10 p.m., at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave. on the west side.
The event is presented by Marquee Inspired Events and Kravitz Deli.
The evening allows attendees to embrace their inner Irish spirit with all the fun and none of the boring shenanigans of a St. Patrick’s Day party.
Embracing the Irish tradition of céili (pronounced “kay’lee”), guests will enjoy a night of food, music and dancing. Featuring the bands County Mayo and Seamus, an entertaining sleight of hand from the magical leprechaun Sheamus O’Foole, a Burke School of Irish Dance performance and interactive Céile dance lessons.
The menu will include Reuben de Kravitz sandwiches, corned beef and cabbage, Irish beers and Guinness.
An Irish whiskey tasting flight will be available, led by the Youngstown Whiskey Society and featuring a special bottle from County Cary.
Admission is $20 per person and includes a beer ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at KravitzDeli.com or in person at Kravitz Deli or 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty, or Garden Cafe by Kravitz at Fellows. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
GROVE CITY, Pa. — After more than a century “on the air,” Grove City College Radio is going all-digital to reach a wider listening audience who are more likely to tap a screen than turn. a dial.
The Wolverine Broadcast Network (WBN) debuted this week. Listeners can find WBN online at Live365.com.
WBN offers a digital feed of student-created and curated audio programs, featuring an eclectic mix of music, podcasts, live and pre-recorded coverage of campus events, including sports.
Although the technology is new, WBN builds on a long and proud tradition of Grove City College radio. The station that would become WSAJ FM aired its first show in 1920, months before regional radio giant KDKA, and remained on the air until last year when it fell silent to accommodate to the ongoing renovations at the Henry Buhl Library.
GROVE CITY, Pa. — Grove City College Theater will stage Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” this month in the small theater at the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.
Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19. The play is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To book your tickets, go to TinyUrl.com/ADHtickets.
“A Doll’s House” is considered a classic and the three-act play is one of the most produced in theater history. But it was never staged at Grove City College.
It’s ironic, given that the play is depicted in stained glass in the college’s Crawford Hall auditorium as one of the West’s greatest artistic achievements, along with Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, Handel’s ‘Messiah’ , “Antigone” by Sophocles and “William Tell Overture” by Rossini. .”
Written in 1879, the play tells the story of Nora Helmer, a disillusioned Norwegian housewife. It challenges the traditional roles of men and women in marriage in the 19th century and was once considered outrageous. By the time Crawford Hall was built in 1937, it was part of the canon and remains a staple of advanced English lessons.
The production is the first play presented at the Petit Théâtre since the pandemic. It is also the first to be organized in a round in more than a decade.
NILES — The Sutliff Museum’s Nurturing Pathways to Freedom lecture series continues on Sunday, March 13 with “The Canaan of Liberty: Ohio’s Underground Railroad in History and Memory.”
The talk will be presented by Dr. Amy L. Fluker at 2 p.m. in the Community Auditorium of the Boscov Department Store in Eastwood Mall.
In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Ohio rose to the forefront of the anti-slavery crusade. For
freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad, the state became a powerful symbol of
liberation from slavery. Fluker’s speech will bridge the gap between myth and reality
For more information, visit SutliffMuseum.org.
NILES – The next monthly Friendly Squares square dance will take place on Saturday, March 12,, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Niles Scope Center, 14 E. State St., Niles. Neil Harner will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will lead the line dances.
It will be a High/Low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. St. Patrick’s Day will be the theme. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. Admission is $6. For more information call Gene Hammond on 330 506 3370.
Pictured: Amy-Anne Kibler and Terry Shears in a scene from Selah’s production of ‘The Gin Game’.
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