Carriage House Players: thriller, Neil Simon comedy

The Carriage House Players’ fall season will include a thriller, a comedy, and a twist on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with the story told from a different character’s point of view.

Carriage House Players: Evan Donnellan and James Geraci
Photo by Christine Boehm

The Carriage House Players, formerly Arena Players Repertory Theater, performs year-round in the Carriage House Theater, located in the Education Center at the Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, N.Y.

Opening on Friday, October 13, will be The Woman in Black by Stephen Mallatratt and Susan Hill. This spine-tingler arrives just in time for Halloween.

The plot: A story from long ago troubles a lawyer. He wants to recount the tale to his family and friends, and hires an actor to tutor him. The lawyer’s discomfort began when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There, he saw the woman in black.

The mere mention of her terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her dies!

The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. A classic of the genre.

Other performances will be October 14, 20, and 21 at 8:00 p.m. and October 15 and 22 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children.

To purchase tickets, call 516-557-1207.

I Ought to Be in Pictures

Next on the playbill is I Ought to Be in Pictures by Neil Simon. This charming, hilarious, and uplifting classic focuses on Herb, a Hollywood scriptwriter currently “at liberty,” who is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who’s trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom.

With Steffy, his sometime paramour at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and, hopefully, get it right this time.

Performances are set for November 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 8:00 p.m. and November 12 and 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children.

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Opening on Friday, December 8, will be Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula will run December 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8:00 p.m. and December 10 and 17 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children.

You know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, but what about his infamous partner, Jacob Marley? See the story of A Christmas Carol told from a different perspective. This riotously funny and touching evening of theater proves redemption is possible for anyone.

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