Comedic stage play moves on
October 17, 2012 by James
Halpern and Johnson is a story of two perfect strangers who stumble upon the fact that they have both loved the same lady. Originally cast as a television movie back in 1983 starring Jackie Gleason and Laurence Olivier, it is currently being showcased as a stage play in North Conway, but ends soon.
The play was never adapted for the stage until late in 1995 but has since been staged with many veteran actors. In M & D Productions’ play, David Bownes plays Dennis Johnson and Richard Russo plays Jospeph Halpern.
This sweet, yet melancholy comedic performance absorbs the audience in the vast world of comments on human relationships, marriage, and the list of things that remain unknown about the person to whom we consider ourselves to be closest. It examines the traditions and attitudes of America, post-war, that still seem to divide couples today. There is a look at parents and religion and the roles they play in love and marriage. Even though the woman, Florence, is missing from this play, she remains the catalyst for the entire story, revealing that the two men saw a totally different side of the same woman.
Poster printing, postcard printing, and flyer printing may have been used to promote this wonderful comedy to the residents in the community and surrounding communities. Tickets are around $20, depending on seating. The play’s final performance is on Saturday, October 20 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Your Theatre, located at 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, New Hampshire. Visit the M& D Productions website or call the box office at 603-662-7591 for tickets or more info.