EastLine Productions is taking its show on the road and bringing the comedy Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein to the Sea Cliff Yacht Club on Saturday, April 30.
The show features two Glen Cove residents with a passion for community theater, Timothy O’Rourke and Mary Grace Donaldson. After two weekends of full houses earlier this month, the performers are excited to bring the show to Sea Cliff, where the intimate annual dinner theater has been welcomed for five years.
“The first show we did was wildly successful,” said O’Rourke, producer of the show who is also playing the part of Morris.
O’Rourke is past commodore of the Sea Cliff Yacht Club and one of the founding owners of EastLine. He had the idea of having dinner theater at the club during the off-season when he was vice commodore in 2011, then brought it back as commodore the next year. Because club members were so into it, the tradition has continued. Though this year, they are also opening it up to the public. A buffet dinner will precede the performance, prepared by chef Nick Litterello.
“This is once a year type thing when we open it up to the public,” said O’Rourke, noting it gives people an opportunity to explore the 130-year history of the club and enjoy the view of the Long Island Sound. “This is the last event of the winter season, before the sailing season begins.”
Donaldson plays the role of Angela Marlowe, an “over the top” character that is guaranteed to get laughs.
“I really love playing character parts and tend to go for the funny roles,” said Donaldson, 27.
Directed by Daniel C. Higgins, Enter Laughing is a coming of age story of a young man who aspires to become an actor, much to the disappointment of his parents, who have more practical plans for their son’s future. He faces the dilemma of squashing his dreams forever in order to please his parents, or taking a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove to everyone—especially himself—that he is worthy of pursuing a career in the entertainment profession.
“It’s a nice location, the food is great, the drinks are generous and the show’s a riot,” said O’Rourke.
Tickets are $25 for the show, plus $25 for the optional buffet, payable to the club on the show date. Advance tickets can be purchased through www.eastlineproductions.com. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner served from 6 to 7 p.m. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and a cash bar will be available.