6/20/2006 - HCAC: "Squabbles"


The engaging family comedy Squabbles,  by Marshall Karp, will be staged by Teaneck New Theatre (TNT) on Friday and Saturday, July 7-22, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 9-23, at 3:00 p.m. Directed by Harry Bates, this fun-filled Summer show is being presented at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (HCAC), 39 Broadway, Hackensack.

Pictured are Robert Lohuis (River Edge) as
amiable Jerry Sloan and Bonnie Rosenbaum (Weehauken) as his down-to-earth, lawyer wife.
Photo taken by Patt Tanner.

The plot: Jerry and Alice, a happily married young couple, invite Alice's father to live with them. That means conflict, right? Well, not exactly. Abe's presence does turn their lives upside down, but father-in-law and son-in law truly enjoy one another's company. Add Jerry's mother Mildred to the household mix, however, and instant trouble brews. That's because there's no love lost between strong-willed Mildred and the equally strong-willed Abe. It's a mutual animosity society that provides plenty of complications as well as lots of laughter. When a prospective grandchild is introduced into this simmering stew, the kettle comes close to boiling over. There's a surprise or two before all gets resolved, but disclosing more would spoil the fun. Squabbles is set in suburban Connecticut, but audiences everywhere can relate to this merry comedy.

Quick-tempered Abe is played by Howard Kerner of Teaneck. Kerner has appeared with Teaneck New Theater, Old Library Theater and Bergen County Players (BCP) in such shows as The Pajama Game, Run For Your Wife and Arsenic and Old Lace. Resolute Mildred Sloan is Ridgewood resident Penny Kasper, who toured the Orient with the USO and appeared in numerous commercials. Kasper also trod the boards as Mrs. Penniman in The Heiress at BCP and Mrs. Renfeld  in Dracula at Village Players.

Abe's lawyer-daughter Alice Sloan is portrayed by Bonnie Rosenbaum of Weehauken. Rosenbaum previously appeared as Sarah Goldman in Beau Jest for TNT and as Kate in Harold Pinter's Old Times at Brundage Park Playhouse. Alice's good-natured husband Jerry Sloan is River Edge resident Robert Lohuis, whose onstage appearances include Urinetown and Summer Brave at BCP.

Bill Macchio of Dumont plays down-to-earth handyman Hector. Macchio is a regional theater veteran  who has worked extensively at BCP. Roles include The Chief in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.

Paramus resident Vic Sellarole is cast as Abe's friend Sol Wasserman. Credits at Antrim Players and BCP include Anything Goes, Born Yesterday and a previous Squabbles production. Hillsdale's Laura Grunwerg is stern governess Mrs. Fisher. Grunwerg, a storyteller and musician, has performed in Will Kollock's Poetry Theatre and appeared in Hair at Ramapo College.

Director Harry Bates, a New Milford resident, is an experienced actor and director in community theater, principally with Teaneck New Theatre and Bergen County Players.

Tickets for Squabbles are $15; $12 for students, seniors and theatre parties of 10 or more. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door prior to performance. For directions to the theatre, visit TNT's web site at www.go-tnt.org.

Coming from TNT in November: Crimes of the Heart, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley.