‘ Play it Again, Sam’
Actors guild takes on Woody Allen’s ‘ Play it Again, Sam’
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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.
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....
Al Miscannon portrays Allan Felix, left, and Elizabeth Reiley is Sharon Lake in the play.
Josh Sophey portrays Bogart in the production.