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World’s End Theatre Presents “Three by Thurber’

December 7, 2011

The World’s End Theatre (WET) will present Three by Thurber with Sinclair Lewis, a dash of Twain etc. at the Philipstown.info space this Saturday Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. This is the third in a series of readings by the theater company (Deathtrap and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead were the first two.)  

Director Malachy Cleary says that “While working at a theater in Columbus, OH, I discovered James Thurber’s childhood home was around the corner. I had admired him as a humorist and superb writer. I visited his home, now a museum next to an interstate freeway, bought a copy of a collection called Thurber Country and was stuck by The Interview, especially, as a brilliant, short one-act comedy. I have wanted to perform his work ever since. That was 19 years ago. Though largely forgotten now I think he was one of the greats. The Sinclair Lewis piece is Babbitt’s speech to the Zenith Realty Board written in 1922 and still resonant and just as hilarious today.” 

The cast includes Malachy Cleary, Jr., Jessica Frey, Patrick Halley, Donald Kimmel, Jenn Lee, Greg Miller, John Plummer and Nancy Swann. Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required at 845-809-5584. Philipstown.info is located at 69 Main St. in Cold Spring.

Thurber's "Seal" cartoon from 1932

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