- general policies and procedures
OvationTix charges the Hampton Theatre Company 13.75% on each ticket sale. The company has for several years been absorbing those fees as a courtesy to our customers, but unfortunately can no longer afford to do so. The company has decided to split the fee with our patrons. The HTC will pass along OvationTix's 10% service fee and absorb the credit card fee of 3.75%. We hope our patrons will understand.
Those arriving after the lights have gone down must sit in the back of the theater until intermission, subject to seating availability.
FOOD & DRINK
No outside food or beverages, with the exception of water, will be allowed inside the theater. The theater refreshment stand offers coffee, tea, cold drinks and cookies before the show and during intermission. Proceeds from the refreshment stand go to the Peter Marbury Memorial Scholarship Fund, honoring a graduating senior from Westhampton Beach High School each year.
Audience members are requested to TURN OFF all electronic devices including cell phones and pagers when entering the theater. Photography and recording during performances are prohibited.
TICKET EXCHANGES AND REFUNDS
The HTC is happy to exchange tickets for another performance of the same play, but exchanges must be requested no later than two hours before curtain time on the day of the original tickets. Tickets may not be exchanged after the performance has taken place. No refunds will be issued for tickets unless a performance is cancelled due to the weather. See WEATHER section below.
AGE RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
For the majority of HTC shows, we recommend children be at least age 12. Children under 5 are never admitted. If a patron is unsure about the age appropriateness of a particular production, it is suggested that they call the box office (631-653-8955).
IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER OR POWER OUTAGE
If the HTC is forced to cancel a performance due to bad weather or a weather-related power outage at the theater, the HTC will attempt to notify all patrons by e-mail or phone and publicize the cancellation on local radio. However, if in doubt, it is suggested that audience members call or e-mail the theater for updates (631-653-8955; firstname.lastname@example.org). If a performance is cancelled, the company will reschedule or refund tickets.
The HTC house management staff reserves the right to escort disruptive patrons from the theater at any time.
by Dawn Watson
Southampton Press and East Hampton Press
The time and place for “Other People’s Money” is the 1980s in New York and Rhode Island but it could just as easily be set in the here and now.
Now staging in Quogue through January 27, Jerry Sterner’s award-winning play, which he wrote in 1989, not only holds up, it seems even more relevant today than ever. The power players may have slightly changed—though Carl Icahn, Ronald Owen Perelman and Ivan Boesky, the real-life characters mentioned in an aside in the play, are all still alive and kicking—but the story of greed, in its many forms, seems to stay the same no matter the time.
This two-act dramatic comedy, directed for the Hampton Theatre Company by James Ewing and starring Joe Pallister, Terrance Fiore, Diana Marbury, Edward Kassar and Adrianne Hick, is an entertaining piece of cultural criticism. It was met with considerable enthusiasm by the sold-out audience on Sunday afternoon at the Quogue Community Hall.
The scenes between Ms. Hick as tough-as-nails lawyer Kate Sullivan and Mr. Kassar as the gluttonous Lawrence Garfinkle, aka "Larry the Liquidator," are among the most satisfying, funny and dramatic.
As Kate, Ms. Hick uses all her feminine wiles to play up the come-hither-and-then-I’m-going-to-tear-you-into-bite-sized-pieces character. She’s quite convincing and a little scary, oozing sex appeal all the while. The words “man eater” come to mind, but in a good way, at least for Larry the Liquidator, who is as tantalized by Kate as he is by Dunkin’ Donuts.
With his performance, Mr. Kassar makes the doughnut- and dollars-loving Larry almost likeable. Sure, he’s a greedy pig who will stop at nothing to make a buck but he’s also kind of charming underneath all that oiliness.
It seems to me that Mr. Kassar does this by embracing the goodness in Larry, while still acknowledging that he’s a crude, cretinous corporate raider. Larry, who imagines himself a gunslinger and modern-day Robin Hood has the best lines in the play by far.
“I take from the rich and give to the middle-class. Well... (dramatic pause), upper middle-class,” he says, to much laughter. Additionally, he champions his unscrupulous, underhanded antics as “the Wall Street version of 'Let’s win one for the Gipper.'”
In this production, Mr. Fiore reprises his role of New England Wire and Cable Company owner Andrew Jorgenson. He last portrayed “Jorgy” on the Southampton Cultural Center stage in 2011. He gave a nuanced performance then, and an even more finely tuned one during his turn on the stage in Quogue.
Ms. Marbury, a crowd-pleasing favorite for regular Hampton Theatre Company showgoers, does not disappoint in her portrayal of Bea Sullivan. She always sinks her teeth into her role and does not disappoint in this one. I actually overheard one lady tell her friend that she always comes to “see what Diana’s up to next.”
I would’ve liked to have seen more of Mr. Pallister, whose role was small but not his presence on the stage. He surprised me as William Coles, the Wire and Cable Company president who is looking out for number one in the midst of the fallout. He is, by turns, nerdy and cunning, loyal and manipulative. Mr. Pallister quietly infuses this character with depth and personality beyond what is on the page.
As always, the sets were beyond incredible. I don’t know what the budget is but the Hampton Theatre Company always manages to make it look as if money was never an object when it comes to set design and decor, thanks to Sean and Diana Marbury. Well done.
Bottom line: HTC has mastered knowing what its audience wants, and delivers every time.
“Other People’s Money” stages on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., through January 27, at the Quogue Community Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors (except on Saturdays) and $10 for students under 21. For reservations and tickets, visit Tickets, call the box office at (631) 653-8955 or OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.
Other People's Money' review: Greed, lust
by Steve Parks
The 1980s Wall Street of "Other People's Money" is more about swindlers like Ivan Boesky than a venture company like Bain Capital.
In Jerry Sterner's dark comedy, Larry the Liquidator, a vulture capitalist if we've ever met one, makes a smutty proposition to the beautiful opposing attorney trying to rescue a viable company from Larry's stock-squeezing clutches. Churning cash by flipping a town's leading employer may be good business, she asks, but is it right?
As directed by Hampton Theatre's James Ewing, it's refreshing to meet a bad boy who's not, essentially, the villain. Larry, as played with fat-suit aplomb by Edward Kassar, is deliciously disgusting. His counterpart -- sharp-tongued, shapely-legged Kate (Adrianne Hick), an attorney for New England Wire & Cable -- is smart enough to appreciate Larry's deviant virtues. Terrance Fiore may be stiff as the company CEO, but that fits his character, while Diana Marbury as his concierge/companion is obtusely loyal. If you think Joe Pallister's chump is slimy, you may be onto something. We liked Sean Marbury's attention-to-detail set, too.
The performance of “Other People's Money” last night was another tour de force by a great theatre company. Everything was superb: the set, the staging, the casting, the direction. Thanks for enriching the lives of two local retirees. - David Sagman
Don’t miss this performance of “Other People’s Money,” about a hostile take over of a small New England company. The larger-than-life Edward Kassar gives his best performance yet as the hilariously repulsive Larry “The Liquidator” Garfinkle. Adrianne Hick lights up the stage with her charisma as the attorney Kate Sullivan. The cut and thrust of their negotiations is a joy to behold. Terrance Fiore is perfect as the pillar of rectitude, Andrew Jorgenson, who fights the takeover of his company to save the jobs of his employees. The talented Diana Marbury gives her usual pitch-perfect performance, and Joe Pallister gives as much color as anyone could to the colorless narrator and president of the company, Bill Coles. "Other People's Money" is a brilliant and timely piece of theater, superbly performed. - Fred Volkmer
"Other's People's Money” was a throughly engaging production from the Hampton Theatre Company. We left the theater praising every aspect of the play: acting, staging, set, lighting, sound, script... James Ewing and crew put together a brilliantly crafted performance. What a gift to our community. Thank you! - Dorothy Reilly
"Other People's Money" is a show that is NOT to be missed. The play, although written in the 1980s, is timely and so appropriate in today's financial climate. Mergers and Acquisitions not withstanding, the play is a winner with both laughs and sorrows. The actors are outstanding and are thoroughly a delight. - Miriam Brody
Another beautifully produced play in your fine space. We four who came – Vincent Downing, Maryam Seeley, Harvey Hochlerin and I – were all bowled over by the acting, the power of the script brought to life, and the superb timing of everything. Bravo once more! Hope to see "Kate" again… she is gorgeous and sooooo talented. - Christine Chew Smith
The secret is out and this play is "in play.” A seriously great performance, I continue to be amazed at the HTC talent! - Michael O’Connor