‘ Play it Again, Sam’

Ac­tors guild takes on Woody Allen’s ‘ Play it Again, Sam’

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR

Some­times it’s hard to be your own hero. If you’re go­ing to ad­mire some­one else, why shouldn’t itbe­some­oneas­debonairas­sil­ver­screen­starHumphreyBog­art?

Just in time for Valen­tine’s Day week­end, the Ac­tors Guild of Schuylkill County is set to per­form “Play It Again, Sam” at 7 p. m. Satur­day and 2 p. m. Sun­day at the The­atre at Si­mon Kramer, 15Al­liance St., New Philadel­phia. Tick­ets for the showare $ 15 and are avail­able via the AGOSC web­site; by phone at 570- 617- 2720; or at the door, where only cash is ac­cepted, ac­cord­ing to An­thony Kur­dilla, di­rec­tor of the play and mem­ber of the guild’s board.

Fol­low­ing the show Satur­day night, there will be a free wine and cheese re­cep­tion, how­ever the non­profit would gra­ciously ac­cept any do­na­tions, Kur­dilla said. The guild also asks that the­ater­go­ers bring with them a non- per­ish­able food item to ben­e­fit them in their “food fight” with the Ma­jes­tic Theater. The goods will then be donated to lo­cal food banks.

The hu­mor is a bit risque, ac­cord­ing to Kur­dilla, and may not be suit­able for younger au­di­ences.

“The lan­guage is ... col­or­ful. Iwould not rec­om­mend chil­dren to go see this,” he said. “There’s a lot of racy hu­mor, sex­ual in­nu­endo and dou­ble en­ten­dres.”

The play, a ro­man­tic com­edy in three acts orig­i­nally by Woody Allen set in 1967New York, gets its ti­tle from a pop­u­lar mis­quo­ta­tion from the 1942 film “Casablanca.”

“It’s about a man try­ing to get his life back to­gether af­ter his wife walks out on him. He takes com­fort in try­ing to cope with it by be­ing like the movie ac­tor that he idol­izes; Humphrey Bog­art is his idol, and Bog­art ap­pears to him and tries to give him ad­vice. Even­tu­ally he falls in love with his best friend’s wife, and has an af­fair with her. He comes to re­al­ize that he has to be him­self,” Kur­dilla said.

“The play’s cen­tral theme is about, I think, learn­ing to ac­cept your­self and be who you are.”

The cast con­sists of: Al Mis­can­non, play­ing Al­lan Felix; Emma Kleck­ner as Linda Christie; Josh Sophey as Bog­art; Nate Heater as Dick Christie; To­nia Vi­nan­sky as Nancy; Cas­sidy Mun­ley as Bar­bara, Dream Sharon, Vanessa and Go- Go Girl; El­iz­a­beth Rei­ley as Sharon Lake; and Saman­tha Si­matosas Gina and Mu­seum Girl.

“It’s a very funny play. The sense of hu­mor is only the kind that Woody Allen could cre­ate,” Kur­dilla said. “In to­day’s world where ev­ery­thing is very dark and kind of de­press­ing, I think it’s a good way to get away from that and just laugh at our­selves.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the ac­tors guild web­site at www.agosc.org, find them on Face­book or call 570- 617- 2720.

JACQUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Mem­bers of the cast of the Ac­tors Guild of Schuylkill County’s pro­duc­tion of “Play it Again, Sam” in­clude, Nate Heater as Dick Christie, left, and Emma Kleck­ner as Linda Christie. The play, di­rected by An­thony Kur­dilla, will be per­formed at 7 p. m....

JACQUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Al Mis­can­non por­trays Al­lan Felix, left, and El­iz­a­beth Rei­ley is Sharon Lake in the play.

JACQUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Josh Sophey por­trays Bog­art in the pro­duc­tion.

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