Mystery and Suspense … On Stage

The Quogue PTA Annual Pancake Breakfast will be served up this weekend, on Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Quogue Fire House. The exquisite and comforting breakfast will be served with java from the always community minded Hampton Coffee Company, and there will be a basket auction with fabulous prizes, fun crafts for kids, and more.

All proceeds benefit Arts in Education at the Quogue School, which is a cause that is arguably more important now than ever before. For more information, contact Amy Owens at

Speaking of the arts, and specifically theater arts, opening night is Thursday, March 23, for Bernard Slade’s “An Act of the Imagination,” the suspense filled mystery that will run through Sunday, April 9, at the Quogue Community Hall.

In “An Act of the Imagination”—described by one reviewer as “one of the wilder rides of drawing room mystery”—author Arthur Putnam has created his first romance after 27 whodunits, prompting a number of puzzling questions. Has he fizzled out after years of hatching tricky crimes? Does he want his wife, Julia, to know he is a philanderer? Is he letting her know he understands that she is cheating? Or is he testing a first draft of what could be his most chilling, and deadly, work?

Arthur’s beautiful and charming wife, Julia, and his feckless son from an earlier marriage, Simon, are accustomed to Arthur’s vagueness and absent-minded foibles, but the author’s sudden change in subject matter puzzles them both.

Their puzzlement takes a darker turn when a woman arrives on the Putnams’ doorstep with a tale of an adulterous affair with Arthur that precisely mirrors the story in his new book. The pot starts to boil over when Arthur becomes the chief suspect after the woman is killed, at the same time as a plot to do away with Arthur comes to light.

While keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, the mystery also asks how much we really know about those who are closest to us, and what can we do—or what should we do—when we discover they are not who we think they are?

For the HTC production, the role of Arthur Putnam is played by Matt Conlon. HTC veteran Rebecca Edana has the role of Putnam’s wife Julia; and newcomer Jesse Pimpinella plays his son Simon. Playing Putnam’s friend, Detective Sergeant Fred Burchitt, is another newcomer to the HTC stage, James M. Lotito Jr.

The other characters in the play—variously potential victims or suspects, or both—include Putnam’s editor Holly Adams, played by HTC regular Amanda Griemsmann; and two strangers to the household, Brenda Simmons (Meggie Doyle) and Brooke Carmichael (Cesa Pledger).

After opening night on Thursday, March 23, the show runs through Sunday, April 9, with shows at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. For ticket information visit or call Ovation Tix at 1-866-811-4111.

HTC has started offering a bonus 2:30 p.m. Saturday matinee on the last weekend of each show’s run. Now, courtesy of the Quogue Club at the Hallock House, the Saturday matinee of “An Act of the Imagination” on April 8 has a very enticing offer attached: Theatergoers can enjoy a three-course lunch at the Quogue Club at 12:30 prior to ambling down Jessup Avenue to enjoy the matinée at 2:30. The cost of a delicious lunch in the beautiful club dining room and a ticket to the matinée performance is $60.  

Anyone wishing to reserve tickets for this package is asked to send a check for $60 (per person) to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Because the same package will be offered to theatergoers for the June 10 matinée on “Alarms and Excursions,” remember to note which show and date you are reserving for and your name, email address and phone.

A very recent release, “The Light Between the Oceans” (2016), with an all-star cast of Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, will be the Friday Film at the Quogue Library on Friday, March 24, at 2 p.m.

On a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel discover a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a two-month old baby. Rescuing the infant, they make the decision to raise the child as their own, but the consequences of their choice prove to be devastating.

Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register for this powerful film, and bring plenty of Kleenex.

The globe-trotting menu for Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at the Inn Spot on the Bay will draw on the fine, if little known, cuisine of South Africa.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will host its very first Walkathon to raise money for the animals at the Refuge on Saturday, April 1, with check-in from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and stepping off at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

Pre-registration in person at the Refuge or at is $30 for adults and $20 for under 18; day of event registration will be $35 for adults and $25 for the younger set. Another advantage to early registration is that the first 150 walkers to sign up will receive an event t-shirt.

Prizes will be awarded to the best animal-themed costumes at the walkathon, and all are encouraged to enlist additional sponsorships, i.e. people or organizations that will put up funds in support of registered walkers.

A great opportunity for area residents to put their money, and their feet, where their hearts are in support of the animals residing in what used to be called—with good reason—the Wildlife Sanctuary. Call 631-653-4771 or visit for more information.

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