07/08 Season >> Halpern and Johnson

Our 2007-08 Season

Halpern and Johnson

by Lionel Goldstein

January 5 - 20, 2008

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This heartwarming comedy/drama engages the audience from the very first scene. The play opens at the New York graveside of Florence Halpern, where her husband of 50-plus years, Joe, is paying his last respects. His solitude is interrupted by a stranger bearing flowers -- fellow widower Dennis Johnson, a long-retired CPA who admits that he had a longtime "rapport" with Halpern's late wife. Intrigued, Halpern accepts Johnson's invitation for a picnic in the park and much more than a corned beef sandwich and pickles are unveiled at their meeting.

Originally seen as an HBO special in 1983 with Sir Laurence Olivier and Jackie Gleason, the expanded stage version is both poignant and touching.

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