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Room Service - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Westport County Playhouse - Cast of Room Service - steinfeld, bryant, bracchitta, ruiz, wintersWe have not stopped laughing since we saw the play, "Room Service" at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. Written by John Murray and Allen Boretz, and directed by Mark Lamos, the play runs from October 8 - 27, 2013. The stellar cast includes David Beach, Jim Bracchitta, Eric Bryant, Donald Corren, Michael McCormick, Richard Ruiz, Ben Steinfeld, Hayley Treider, Frank Vlastnik, Peter Von Berg, and Zoë Winters.

 

If you need a laugh, do go and see the play "Room Service" at the Westport Country Playhouse, it is madcap 1930s humor at its best. Written by John Murray and Allen Boretz in 1937, the setting is a guestroom at a second-rate Times Square hotel with a hilarious cast of characters that include the hapless hotel manager (David Beach), the hotel's inspector (Michael McCormick), the enthusiastic but broke producer (Ben Steinfield) looking for a backer to finance the play, his friends (Jim Bracchita and Richard Ruiz) the secretary and budding actress (Zoë Winters), the young playwright (Eric Bryant) fresh off the bus from upstate New York, the hotel manager's secretary (Hayley Treider), the Russian actor turned waiter (Peter Von Berg), the hotel doctor (Donald Corren), and the potential backer (Frank Vlastnik). Add in a few other interesting characters to the mix along with a hilarious plot, and you have the making of a very successful play. John Murray's and Allen Boretz's 1937 play ran for 500 performances on Broadway, starring Sam Levene, Eddie Albert, and Betty Field, and directed by George Abbott.  The play was later turned into two films, "Room Service" starring the Marx Brothers, and "Step Lively" starring Frank Sinatra.

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Ben Stenfeld, Eric Bryant, Jim Bracchitta, Richard Ruiz, Zoe Winters
Cast of Room Service
Richard Ruiz as Faker Englund, Zoë Winters as Christine Marlowe,
Ben Steinfeld as Gordon Miller, Eric Bryant as Leo Davis,
and Jim Bracchitta as Harry Binion
 

In the talented hands of director Mark Lamos (Westport Country Playhouse's Artistic Director) and the excellent ensemble cast, the play has lasting appeal and a fresh feel to it. The dilemma is that the producer has a great new play written by a young unknown playwright as well as a rehearsed cast; what he does not have is the financial backing to actually produce the play on the "Great White Way" aka Broadway.

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Ben Stenfeld, Jim Bracchitta
Jim Bracchitta as Harry Binion and Ben Steinfeld as Gordon Miller

Faced with imminent eviction from the hotel for himself and the 22 actors he has staying at the hotel due to lack of payment of the very large hotel bill he has incurred, and no money to pay the bill, the producer and his friends concoct a series of wacky and humorous schemes to stay one step ahead of the hotel management while pursuing financial backing for the play.

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Ben Stenfeld, Donald Corren,Eric Bryant, Zoe Winters
Donald Corren as Dr. Glass, Zoë Winters as Chrstine Marlowe,
Eric Bryant as Leo Davis, and Ben Steinfeld as Gordon Miller
 

The plot's twists and turns, combined with quick humor and perfect comedic timing and delivery, had us, and the rest of the audience laughing from the opening of the play until the actors took their final bows. We cannot remember when we had such a good time, nor have we laughed as hard during a play as we did during "Room Service." Bravo!

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Ben Stenfeld, Eric Bryant,  Richard Ruiz
Ben Steinfeld as Gordon Miller, Eric Bryant as Leo Davis,
and Richard Ruiz as Faker Englund

The Cast of Room Service

Actor
Character
David Beach
Joseph Gribble
Jim Bracchitta
Harry Binion
Eric Bryant
Leo Davis
Donald Corren
Dr. Glass
Michael McCormick
Gregory Wagner
Richard Ruiz
Faker Englund
Ben Steinfeld
Gordon Miller
Hayley Treider
Hilda Manney
Frank Vlastnik
Bank Messenger/Simon Jenkins/Timothy Hogarth
Peter Von Berg
Sasha Smirnoff/Senator Blake
Zoë Winters
Christine Marlowe

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Haley Treider, Eric Bryant
Hayley Treider as Hilda Manney and Eric Bryant as Leo Davis

The play "Room Service" runs until October 27, 2013. Performances are Tuesday at 8:00 pm, Wednesday at 2:00 pm and at 8:00 pm, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - David Beach, Michael McCormick
David Beach as Joseph Gribble and
Michael McCormick as Gregory Wagner

For information on the play or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at 203-227-4177 or call the toll-free number at 888-927-7529, or visit them on the website at www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Jim Bracchitta and Moosehead
Jim Bracchitta as Harry Binion and Moose Head as itself
 

The Westport Country Playhouse Box Office is open during Performance Days Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 8:30 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am until 3:30 pm, and is closed on Monday. Non-Performance Days, the Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm, and is closed on Monday.

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Ben Stenfeld, Jim Bracchitta
Jim Bracchitta as Harry Binion and Ben Steinfeld as Gordon Miller

The Westport Country Playhouse opened in the 1930s in a transformed 1835 cow barn, which has, and continues to attract, a "who's who" of prominent actors. Looking at the framed posters of past shows that line the lobby walls was like entering an encyclopedia of the arts. A few of the many renowned actors who have appeared on the stage there include Ethyl Barrymore, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Tallulah Bankhead, Gloria Swanson, Don Ameche, Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy, Jane Fonda, Danny Aiello, Blythe Danner, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Dreyfus, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave, Gene Wilder, and Westport residents Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Debra C. Arge
Debra Argen at Westport County Playhouse

"Westport Country Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater, serves as a cultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State of Connecticut.  There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build."

Westport County Playhouse - Room Service Cast - Edward F. Nesta
Edward Nesta at Westport County Playhouse

For information on upcoming events and other performances, please visit the website: www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USAWestport Country Playhouse  
25 Powers Court
Westport
, Connecticut  06880
United States

Box Office:  +1-203-227-4177
Toll-Free:    +1-888-927-7529
Fax:             +1-203-454-3239
Box Office: +1-203-227-4177
Website:      www.WestportPlayhouse.org/
Facebook:   www.Facebook/WestportCountryPlayhouse

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