The Update | Selah Presents ‘The Gin Game’; Irish Cultural Event at Fellows Gardens

STRUTHERS, Ohio – The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Gin Game” will make a return engagement to Selah Dessert Theater, opening March 17.

The cast includes local favorites Terry Shears and Amy-Anne Kibler, reprising their roles as Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two elderly people who meet at a run-down nursing home where they discover they both like to play the card game, Gin. They proceed to share the intimate details of their lives and all is well until Fonsia never seems to lose, and Weller’s temper begins to show itself. 

Playwright D.L. Coburn’s play is not only funny but also deals with the issues of aging: loneliness, abandonment, health and mental frailties, and the fear of losing independence. Alongside the laughs are moments of sweetness and heartbreak. We so want these two people to find companionship with one another, but will their stubbornness and inability to change deny friendship from flourishing? 

Mary Ruth Lynn directs with Tom O’Donnell assisting. Brian Palumbo, Jeffrey Chann and Johnny Pecano handle the set, lights and sound.

The theater is located on the second floor of Selah Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge St. 

“The Gin Game” will be presented at 8 p.m. March 17-19 and 25-26.

Tickets are $19.50 and include dessert and coffee at intermission. Reservations are required; go to SelahRestaurant.com. An opening night package with dinner and show can be reserved online. For other pre-show dinner reservations, call the restaurant at 330 755 2759. 

The theater is accessible by stairs only. Assistive listening devices are now available.  Due to Covid, all audience members must show proof of vaccination at the door. Masks are optional. 

Irish Cultural Event at Fellows Gardens

YOUNGSTOWN – An authentic Irish cultural celebration, An Evening in the Celtic Gairdín, on Saturday, March 12, from 7-10 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave. on the West Side.

The event is presented by Marquee Inspired Events and Kravitz Deli. 

The evening allows participants to embrace their inner Irish spirit with all the fun and none of the annoying shenanigans of a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Embracing the Irish tradition of céili, (pronounced “kay’lee”), guests will enjoy a night of food, music and dance. Featuring the  County Mayo and Seamus bands, entertaining slight of hand from the magical Leprechaun Sheamus O’Foole, an Irish step dance performance Burke School of Irish Dance, and interactive Céile dance lessons.

The menu will include Reuben sandwiches from Kravitz, corned beef and cabbage, Irish ales and Guinness.

An Irish whiskey-tasting flight will be availale, led by the Youngstown Whiskey Society and featuring a special bottle flown in from County Cary.

Admission is $20 per person and includes one beer ticket. Tickets can be purchzsed online at KravitzDeli.com or in person at Kravitz Deli or, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty, or the Garden Cafe by Kravitz at Fellows. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

Grove City College Radio Is Now Online-only

GROVE CITY, Pa. – After more than a century “on air,” Grove City College radio is going all digital to reach a wider listening audience that’s more likely to tap a screen than turn a dial.

The Wolverine Broadcast Network (WBN) debuted this week. Listeners can find WBN online at Live365.com.

WBN delivers a digital stream of audio programming created and curated by students, featuring an eclectic mix of music, podcasts, live and prerecorded coverage of campus events, including sports. 

While the technology is new, WBN builds on a long and proud tradition of Grove City College radio. The station that would become WSAJ FM made its first broadcast in 1920, months before regional radio giant KDKA, and remained on the air until last year, when it went silent to accommodate ongoing renovation work at Henry Buhl Library.

Grove City Theatre Presents ‘A Doll’s House’

GROVE CITY, Pa.  – Grove City College Theatre will stage Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” this month in the Little Theatre of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.

Shows are set for 7 p.m. March 10, 11, 12, 18  and 19. The play is free and open to the public but tickets are required. To reserve tickets, go to TinyUrl.com/ADHtickets.

“A Doll’s House” is considered a classic and the three-act play is one of the most most-produced in theater history. But it has never been staged at Grove City College. 

That’s ironic, considering the play are depicted in stained glass in the college’s Crawford Hall auditorium as one of the West’s greatest artistic achievements, along with Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Sophocles’ “Antigone,” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” 

Written in 1879, the play tells the story of disillusioned Norwegian housewife Nora Helmer. It questions traditional roles of men and women in 19th-century marriage and was once considered scandalous. By the time Crawford Hall was built in 1937, it was part of the canon and remains a staple of advanced English classes. 

The production is the first play presented in the Little Theatre since the pandemic. It is also the first being staged in the round in more than a decade.

Lecture on Underground Railroad

NILES – The Nurturing Pathways to Freedom lecture series of the Sutliff Museum, continues on Sunday, March 13, with “The Canaan of Liberty: Ohio’s Underground Railroad in History and Memory.”

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Amy L. Fluker at 2 p.m. in the community auditorium of Boscov’s department store in Eastwood Mall. 

In the decades before the Civil War, Ohio rose to the forefront of the antislavery crusade. For
freedom-seekers on the Underground Railroad, the state became a powerful symbol of
liberation from slavery. Fluker’s talk will bridge the gap between myth and reality

For information, go to SutliffMuseum.org.

Square Dance at Niles Scope Center

NILES – The Friendly Squares next monthly square dance will take place Saturday, March 12,, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Niles Scope Center, 14 E. State St., Niles. Neil Harner will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cuing line dances. 

This will be a High/Low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. St. Patrick’s Day will be the theme. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. Admission is $6. For information, call Gene Hammond at 330 506 3370.

Pictured: Amy-Anne Kibler and Terry Shears in a scene from Selah’s production of “The Gin Game.”

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