Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, is presenting a staged reading of Crisis in Queens, a funny new play by Joy Behar.
September 4, 2021: Joy Behar, the co-host of The View, a versatile humorist, commentator, comedienne and writer is branching out into playwriting with a witty new play, Crisis in Queens. Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, is presenting the debut staged reading of the full-length comedy on Friday and Saturday of Labor day weekend at 8pm. When Josh Gladstone, the Artistic Director of Guild Hall, brought Joy to the stage of The John Drew Theater on Friday evening she said, “I just want to laugh and have a good time.” Yes, that is what we came for, Joy’s brand of humor, and she did not disappoint. The reading on Friday, although a tiny bit long, was a peak at a humorous work in progress. There is meat on those bones but the playwright needs to trim the fat. In Behar’s tale, set in Queens, relationships are hard, and marriage is work.
Annabella Sciorra plays an unhappy 40-something Queens funeral parlor employee with dreams of being a professional singer. She blames her husband, portrayed by Steven Weber, for her life’s failures – and proceeds in setting off a chain of events in which she gets so much more than she ever bargained for. But sometimes relationships need a little shaking up!
The evening is directed by John Gould Rubin. The wonderful cast also includes Catherine Curtin, Irene Sofia Lucio, Dave Quay, Matt Servitto, and Brenda Vaccaro with Cameron King reading stage directions. Running time: Approx. 90 minutes. For Tickets Click Here.
Photography Barry Gordin