10/30/2009 - HCAC: Morning's At Seven



Teaneck New Theatre (TNT)—in association­­ with The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (HCAC)—presents Paul Osborn’s comedy Morning’s At Seven, the fourth production of TNT’s 23rd season. Frances Simon of Tenafly directs Morning’s At Seven, which takes the stage at HCAC, 39 Broadway, Hackensack, from October 30-November 15. Curtain times are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.  


Several generations of audiences have related to the quirky characters in Morning’s At Seven, which made its debut in 1937. The 1980 Broadway production won a Tony Award as Best Revival, and a second critically acclaimed revival graced the Broadway stage in 2002.  


Morning’s At Seven is a gentle, offbeat comedy about four small town sisters and their families in the 1930s. Wife and husband Cora and Thor, along with unmarried sister Aaronetta, live next door to sister Ida, Ida’s husband Carl and their 40-year-old son Homer. Nearby are Esther, the fourth sister, and her husband David. Also in the picture is Myrtle, Homer’s girlfriend of 12 years who is finally about to meet his family.   Each character is undergoing a personal crisis. Cora hatches a plot to live alone with her husband; Aaronetta has her own secrets; and Thor tries to keep the peace. Ida worries about Carl’s identity crisis. Esther is unhappy because David looks down on her family. And Homer won’t make a commitment to Myrtle, who’s more than ready to marry. Despite these travails, the play is a loving, humorous look at life and family relationships.  




The cast: Penny Kaspar of Ridgewood is Aaronetta, described as the wildest sister. Teaneck resident Carol Campione plays Cora, the mildest sister. James Maguire of New Rochelle portrays conciliatory Thor. Marjory Lewis, a Ridgewood resident, is Esther, the smartest sister. Teaneck’s Elliott Pollack portrays the aloof David. Brenda Sherman, a Bergenfield resident, plays Ida, the slowest sister. Ray Parker of N. Arlington is the soul-searching Carl. Mark E. Piacente, also from North Arlington, plays mama’s boy Homer. And Edgewater’s Doreen Danue is the loving Myrtle.    


Serving as producer is Andy Rodriguez of Paterson. The set designer is N. Haledon resident Patt Tanner.    


Tickets for Morning’s At Seven are $15; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for theatre parties of 10 or more. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200. Visit TNT’s web site at www.go-tnt.org for directions to the theatre and for online credit card ticket purchases through Theatermania (212 352-3101 or 1-866 811-4111).