May 10, 2005

I recently learned The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, Pa., will offer its first live theatre presentation since resuming operations six years ago. According to the company, “Visiting Mr. Green,” by Jeff Baron, will be performed on June 10, 11, and 12.

“Visiting Mr. Green,” originally produced in New York in 1997, is a dramatic comedy about an elderly man -- that would be Mr. Green -- who wanders into Manhattan traffic where he is nearly in New York City and is almost hit by one Ross Gardiner. As his sentence for reckless driving, Gardiner must visit and assist Mr. Green, a recent widower living in a fourth-floor walk-up, with household tasks once a week for six months.

The Colonial Theatre says, “What starts out as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together turns into a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, come to care about each other, and open up old wounds they’ve been hiding for years.”

The Colonial Theatre cast includes veteran actors Bernard A. Kaplan as Mr. Green and Edward Mastin as Gardiner. Director C.J. Young was the original Artistic Director of Central New York’s Appleseed Productions.

For tickets and additional information about the production call (610) 917-1228 or visit the company’s web site.

By way of full disclosure: Mr. Kaplan is a friend, but that’s not keeping me from seeing “Visiting Mr. Green” at the Colonial Theatre so why should it prevent you from doing the same?


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