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November 29, 2012

'Inspecting Carol' holiday farce continues at NACC

Night & Day — A whimsical farce about a small theater company’s effort to produce a holiday play is being produced at the Woodbox Theater at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center by the Western Door Playhouse.

“Inspecting Carol,” is about a Midwest acting troupe’s annual effort to produce “A Christmas Carol,” except that their grant money has been withheld until an adjudicator comes to inspect their presentation.

“Everybody is in a tizzy and that’s where the farcical nature of the play comes out,” said Director Sam Fadel. “Everybody tries to do their best and in trying, fails miserably.”

The play, which opened last weekend, will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 7 and 8. Matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 9.

“Having directed and acted in a few plays over the years, I’ve come to understand that it takes a dedicated cast running on all cylinders to produce a successful play,” Fadel says in the program’s director’s notes. “That translates to a lot of time and sacrifice for little or no compensation. Why do we do it? Love of the theater? Maybe. Or maybe we’re weírd, just a little crazy and just love to entertain. Whatever the case, I want to say thanks to all my crazy friends for keeping this tiny theater alive.”

Cast members include Sam Granieri and his daughter, Sami Granieri; Ded Secic, Nick Marino, 12; Pat LoPatriello; and Niagara Falls High School student Reina Roggio, all of Niagara Falls.

Also in the production are Chris Mongielo, Michael Lombardo, Tom Slaiman and Mark and Sharon Priest, all of Grand Island; Patrick Bielecki of Lockport; and Leroy Lewis of Buffalo.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Call 297-5910 for more information.

The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is located at 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

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