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Dramedy ‘The Porch’ opens for Dessert Theatre

AAUW production Nov. 3 and 4 a scholarship fundraiser

Published on October 26, 2017 12:01AM

“The Porch” cast (from left): Slab (Robert) Slabinski, Meredith Reiley, Gigi Chadwick, Sheila Shaffer, Frank Jagodnik

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“The Porch” cast (from left): Slab (Robert) Slabinski, Meredith Reiley, Gigi Chadwick, Sheila Shaffer, Frank Jagodnik


ASTORIA — Sex, comedy and heartbreak are the elements of the American Association of University Women’s production of “The Porch” by Jack Neary.

Performances are held 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. This year’s production has returned to its home: the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, at the northeast corner of Harrison and 11th streets, with new handicapped access.

This is AAUW’s annual Dessert Theatre Scholarship fundraiser.

The two-act show takes place in Eastern Massachusetts during Labor Day Weekend 2004.

It is a comedy; it is a drama. It is about people like you and people you know. All action occurs on a front porch.

Five friends discuss everything: sex, sports, scandals, shared tragedies, love, enduring friendships, long marriages, family dynamics and historical events such as the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky liaison.

Tickets are discounted Friday for $12, which includes homemade cookies. On Saturday, tickets are $15, which includes the reinstated famous Dessert Theatre (only on Saturday). Tickets are available from AAUW members and at the door. For more information, call 503-325-7969.

The play, directed by Susi Brown, stars Meri Reiley, Sheila Shaffer, Gigi Chadwick, Slab Slabinski and Frank Jagodnik.

Neary’s plays have been produced in the U.S. and Canada. In 2006, his play “Jerry Finnegan’s Sister” toured France, and his romantic comedy “First Night” was produced off-Broadway.



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