Friday, August 9, 2013


QUESTION:  Can a 74 year old retired Jewish postman from Brooklyn who loves to tease and talk find happiness and love with a taciturn strait-laced newlywed 35 year old Irish school teacher from Iowa?  These two lonely and unhappy strangers meet in Jefferson Park and a rich and unlikely friendship and trust develops in Marvin Chernoff's bittersweet play "Chaim's Love Song."  As they feed challah bread to the park's pigeons, pigeons Chaim has named for movie stars like Barbra Streisand, they reveal secrets and sadnesses and stories about their lives.

To learn jokes about gorillas in delicatessens and lions in the circus, let Chaim, an affable Joseph Mallon, and Kelly, a sweet Dainelle Testori-Gartner, introduce you to the people in their world: Chaim's son Reuben (John Demetre), his daughter Rachel (Lisa Dahlstrom), his wife Tzwarah (Nancy Elyze Brier) and his best friend Oscar (Tom Costaggini).

Mark Lambeck has been directing The Temple Players for 16 years as a labor of love.  A playwright and actor himself, he founded the group, Connecticut's first Jewish theater group, at the former Temple Beth Sholom in Stratford.  His goal is to bring issues in American Jewish life to a diverse audience of theatergoers, in retirement villages, churches and synagogues across the state.

He directed " Chaim's Love Song" for the first time in 2003 but a major storm prevented its being seen by many people.  Feeling the show, which ran off-Broadway for 200 performances in 1998-99 deserved another chance, he has scheduled The Temple Players for an encore, a staged reading, on Sunday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main Street, Trumbull.  Tickets are $10 and desserts and drinks will be available for sale.

Come meet Chaim and Kelly and their friends in Brooklyn  for an evening of schmoozing and such.

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