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Farmington Valley Stage Presents an American Classic

May 23, 2017 Arts and Entertainment, Community No Comments

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The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville concludes its season with the American classic, Morning’s at Seven by Paul Osborn (On Borrowed Time, A Bell for Adano, and The World of Suzie Wong).

Morning’s at Seven, is that rare thing – a gentle comedy about ordinary folks. The story, set in a small town in the early 1940s, revolves around four sisters, two of whom shake things up when they decide to change their lives while they still have time.

Written in 1939, Morning’s at Seven continues to be performed these many decades later, not only because it remains entertaining, but because the family relationships it portrays still have the ring of truth. Though the life style depicted may be gone, the fears and despair that accompany aging and the binding ties of family connections are timeless.

The four sisters, Esther Gibbs Crampton (Denise Walker), Cora Gibbs Swanson (Ingrid Smith), Ida Gibbs Bolton (Dian Pomeranz) and Aaronetta “Arry” Gibbs (Barbara Gallow) live in the mid-western town of their birth. Ida and her husband Carl (Bud Colins) live next door to Cora and her husband Theodore, known as Thor (Cliff Gibson), and it is in their adjoining backyards that the action of the play takes place. Arry, the “old maid,” has lived with Cora and Thor for the past 40+ years. Esther and her husband David (Allen Marko) live within walking distance. Ida and Carl have a 40-year-old son, Homer (Stephen Maher), who has been engaged for 12 years to Myrtle Brown (Lisa Jaye).

While the plot plays out over just two days in the lives of the four Gibbs sisters, those two days reveal a lifetime of affection and resentment and stir up fears and joys with bits of humor to lighten the darker emotions.

“The playwright has imbued the cast with honesty, charm, and humor. There are no cartoons or caricatures – these are real human beings with real needs and desires,” said director Rosemarie Beskind. “I am confident that audiences will be able to relate to this gentle comedy that affirms the human

Morning’s at Seven is Directed by Rosemarie Beskind (Simsbury), assisted by Constance Marlowe (Collinsville), with production design by Ken Jones (Canton). The cast includes: Lisa Jaye (Windsor), Denise Walker (Barkhamsted), Barbara Gallow (Newington), Dian Pomeranz (Simsbury), Ingrid Smith (Torrington), Cliff Gibson (Granby), Stephen Maher (West Hartford), Bud Conlin (Farmington), and Allen Marko (Bristol).

Performances are May 26, 27, at 8 pm. Running time is 2 hours 30 minutes (Includes intermission). Purchase tickets online in advance: $20/$18 and at the door: $$22/$20.   Farmington Valley Stage Company is located in the Collinsville Town Hall Auditorium, 4 Market St., Collinsville. The auditorium is handicapped accessible.


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