The City Lights opening was all I hoped it would be, paying tribute to the artistry of set designers, costumers and the like who work in the world of theater. I loved the sketches provided by Leo Meyer, who I met at the show. Mr. Meyer has been behind so many amazing stage sets for Broadway, Long Island and beyond, and they were built right here in Bridgeport at his Atlas Scenic Studio.
Suzanne Kachmar, executive director of the non-profit gallery, told me that the show spoke to her two great loves: art and theater. I learned her mother, Elizabeth Check Kachmar, designed some amazing sets for “How to Succeed in Business,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and other Polka Dot Playhouse productions many years ago.
And of course, Jason Hayes, who I met at the Black Rock Gallery, came through with wigs and head dresses from his work on the film “Party Monster.” He has an extensive Broadway/Radio City credit and a studio in midtown.
Most of the works were strictly NFS. That’s Not For Sale in gallery parlance. So to keep the lights on this season, they have a fund-raiser on Saturday, June 12, that ties into the show very nicely.
Sez the press release: “Join us at 6:30 p.m, Saturday, June 12. at City Lights for wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a raffle of NY and CT theatre tickets while viewing our exhibit “Theatre ART.” Stroll across the street for an 8:30 play reading at the Playhouse on the Green. Donation: $50 per person.”
The play reading is called “Critics, Fans and Fanatics” and features Victoria Wyndham and Charles Keating, both veterans of the soap “Another World.”