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					Page 16                      Thursday, August 22, 2002                                    The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood                                                                                  A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

                  Arts & Entertainment                                                                                                                                                                                                Take the Stage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               With Susan M. Dougherty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dames Deliver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       On Land and Sea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 By SUSAN DOUGHERTY                                   do a number of impossible theater
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tasks, her answer in a repeated Betty
                                                                                                                                                                                                           WESTFIELD — Everything old                                 Boop voice is, “I’ll try.” And the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        is new again. Dames at Sea was the                            audience knows she will not only
                                                                                                                                                                                                        vessel that launched a 17-year-old                            try, but will succeed because this is
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bernadette Peters to Broadway in                              musical comedy at its saccharine
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1968, and could possibly start a bon                          best.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        voyage celebration for any of the                                The last of the female trio is Joan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        six Broadway hopefuls in the ver-                             an enormous talent packed into
                                                                                                                                                                                                        sion recently presented by the                                Marisa Cucuzza, who plays the typi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Westfield Young Artists’ Coopera-                             cal unnoticed chorus girl. Yet, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tive Theatre, Inc. (WYACT).                                   spotlight seems to follow this gal
FOREIGN FLAVOR...Reiko Hasegawa of Fanwood, a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York, has been making a splash with her depictions of foreign lands,                                                      Held at the charming Algonquin                             wherever she goes. The audience
such as those featured above. Hasegawa, who is currently freelancing, has hopes of taking her skills to London, where she might travel with her camera, capturing                                       Arts Theater in picturesque                                   adores her bravado and accent,
diverse landscapes and cultures.                                                                                                                                                                        Manasquan, the run ended last week-                           which she could parlay into a stint
                                                                                                                                                                                                        end.                                                          on “The Sopranos.” The gum chew-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           When Mona Kent, played by 17-

  Fanwood Photographer Reiko Hasegawa Will                                                                                                                                                              year-old Lauren Linden, sings “Wall
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Street,” one might
                                                                                                                                                                                                        think she is crooning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing, wise cracking dame has a belt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to knock out the back wall.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Christian Stuck, another dynamo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of talent, plays the lead role of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        about the mercurial
 Springboard Camera Skills Beyond the Borough                with the most prized snapshots, fram-   recalled Hasegawa, currently a                sticking to specific directions and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        stock market of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dick. Despite his young age,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the actor has a truckload of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               impressive credentials in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cluding NBC’s sitcom
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times     ing the rarest treasures and sites      freelance shutterbug, during an early         goals in a project.                                                                                                             “Ed,” the soap opera
   FANWOOD – If she could travel                             around her.                             morning interview with The Westfield             Either way, Hasegawa believes, as
to every corner of the Earth, perhaps                          “In my fifth grade yearbook, the      Leader and The Times of Scotch                is genuinely mirrored in samples of
even to the outer limits of the uni-                         caption underneath asked what we        Plains-Fanwood.                               her photography, that there are sto-
verse, Fanwood resident Reiko                                wanted to be when we grew up and I         “I knew even then,” said Hasegawa,         ries behind the subjects of each pho-
Hasegawa would most likely return                            said I wanted to be a photographer,”    clutching her leather-bound portfo-           tograph.
                                                                                                     lio of black and white and color                 She continued, “The photographic
                                                                                                     photography.                                  image marks a fixed point in the past,

                            Pen & Ink: The Last Word                                                    Through her critical, yet creative
                                                                                                     eyes, Hasegawa takes an eclectic
                                                                                                     blend of qualities into consideration
                                                                                                                                                   yet the image is often captured while
                                                                                                                                                   traveling from place to place. After
                                                                                                                                                   the photograph is taken and printed,
                                                                                                     before taking a photograph. She looks         it can momentarily restore the ex-
                                                                                                     specifically for the type of light,           citement felt at the moment it was
                              Teaching 9/11: Will Children Learn                                     subject matter and shapes, and when           taken and it is also a way of making
                                                                                                     she finds something that fits together        the past tangible.”
                               Truth or Liberal ‘P.C.’ Distortions?                                  uniquely, Hasegawa does a quick                  In “Wanderlust,” a senior year
                                                                                                     carpe diem and grabs the moment.              project at Pratt, Hasegawa explained
                                    By MICHELLE H. Le POIDEVIN
                               Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times                 “Often, it’s really happenstance,”         that there was “a lot of work that lead
                                                                                                     said the young Pratt Institute gradu-         up to the opening night.” Approxi-
  Through its newly-launched “Remember September 11” website,                                        ate. At Pratt, Hasegawa earned a              mately one year of work, she said,
The National Education Association (NEA) and its Health Information                                  Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Pho-          adding this first professional show
Network have advised educators to implement their lesson plans and                                   tography with a minor in Art History,         included the freedom and “leeway”
activity sheets as a means of helping students cope with their post-9/11                             topping the Dean’s List each semes-           she values.
emotions and to deliver their version of what exactly happened on that                               ter.                                             In “Signs,” a project related project
day of unspeakable tragedies.                                                                           “Photographs are a way to show             to “Wanderlust,” Hasegawa cleverly
  In conjunction with the American Red Cross and the National                                        parallel realities,” said Hasegawa,           arranged an approach to both her
                                                                                                     “the real and ever-present one along-         subject matter and her technique that
Association of School Psychologists, one of the curriculum’s lessons                                 side the subconscious one. Photo-             would serve as an exceptional chal-
asserts that the blame for 9/11 (which has pointed unwaveringly to                                   graphs also can deal with the multi-          lenge. Given a pad of white paper,
                                       radical Muslim extremists and                                 plicity of time.”                             individuals snapped for pictures
                                       Osama bin Laden), cannot be truly                                While Hasegawa admitted that she           scrawl their responses to the ques-
                                       defined.                                                      appreciates the freedom to take an            tion, “What is love?”
                                          “Blaming is especially difficult                           assignment wherever her imagina-                 As varied as the definitions were –
                                                                                                     tion will lead her, she told The Leader/      some ranged from deeply psycho-
                                       in terrorist situations because                                                                                                                                                                                             Susan Dougherty for The Westfield Leader and The Times
                                                                                                     The Times that she is also capable of                 Continued on Page 15                         MAKING A SPLASH…WYACT cast of Dames at Sea Marisa Cucuzza, top,
                                       someone is at fault. In this coun-                                                                                                                               Todd Kubrak, Lauren Lindner, Corey Grigg, Christian Stuck, and Alexis Slade
                                       try, we still believe that all people                                                                                                                            get ready for the finale complete with wedding attire.
                                       are innocent until solid reliable
                                                                                                                                                                                                        today, not 1930, the setting of this                          “Guiding Light,” and a national
                                       evidence from your legal authori-                                                                                                                                                                                              commercial for AT&T.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        parody. Effective staging on a small
                                       ties proves otherwise.” Did it slip                                                                                                                              black platform and right-on-the-                                 Stuck’s character is a sailor and
Learning 9/11’s lessons?               the minds of NEA, which repre-                                                                                                                                   money lighting by Chris Dallos bring                          moonlighting songwriter dying to
                                       sents 2.7 million professionals in                                                                                                                               her number to life.                                           be discovered. In typical Broadway
the education industry, that legally admissible evidence has pointed                                                                                                                                      Mona, the stereotypic superstar                             fashion, after 20 seconds of getting
time and again to bin Laden and the lunatics that carried out the 9/11                                                                                                                                  barracuda wears her self-absorption                           acquainted with Ruby and realizing
attacks?                                                                                                                                                                                                and greed for attention like a sheriff’s                      they come from the same town in
  The blame admittedly lies with these terrorists. In fact, a previously                                                                                                                                badge. Though we’re supposed to                               Utah, he declares his love for her in
unseen videotape by bin Laden’s faithful shows bin Laden saying, “By                                                                                                                                    hate her, one can’t help but admire                           one of his musical creations, “It’s
God’s grace we have formed with many other Islamic groups and                                                                                                                                           this young girl’s strong voice, com-                          You.” Then Mona “discovers” him
organizations in the Islamic world a front called the International                                                                                                                                     mand of the stage, and self-                                  and the plot thickens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        assuredness.                                                     Rounding out the cast is Todd
Islamic Front to do jihad against the crusaders and Jews. And, by God’s                                                                                                                                                                                               Kubrak as Lucky, and Corey Grigg
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Enter the antithesis of Mona’s
grace, the men...are going to have a successful result in killing                                                                                                                                       character in the form of Ruby, the                            in the roles of Hennessey and the
Americans and getting rid of them.” Sounds like the NEA had its ears                                                                                                                                    young waif from the Midwest, who                              Captain. Both high school students,
plugged and blinders on when this man made it crystal clear that he is                                                                                                                                  is ready to step on the Broadway                              their endearing characters show
out to kill us.                                                                                                                                                                                         stage to tap her way to the top.                              depth and originality.
  Instead of facing the honest lessons which should be taught to our                                                                                                                                    Sound familiar? The script admit-                                Costume designer Debra Reed’s
children, so that they know who their real enemies are, the NEA lessons                                                                                                                                 tedly spoofs 42nd Street on lots of                           Sunset Boulevard outfits for Mona
suggest that children in grades K-2 filter out their feelings through la-                                                                                                                               levels.                                                       are just over the top enough to ex-
la-land activities. Consider this: the NEA has devised a 45-minute                                                                              Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader and The Times     Alexis Slade’s Ruby is the perfect                          pand her cutthroat/Prima Donna im-
                                                                                                     ECHO LAKE FIELDS FOREVER... “Beatlemania, the Mahoney Brothers”                                    mix of wide-eyed wonder, naiveté,                             age.
project, “Floating Your Feelings Away,” in which youngsters sit in a                                 took audiences back to the early 60s and 70s when they performed Beatles
circle, talk about their feelings since 9/11 and assign each feeling to a                            classics on August 6 at Echo Lake Park in Westfield/Mountainside. If you didn’t                    and indefatigable confidence. When                               “Choo-choo Honeymoon,” sung
                                                                                                     catch them at the park, they will be at the Village Green in Scotch Plains tonight.                she is asked by the stage manager to                          by Joan and her sailor love interest
bubble, which magically disappears into the air. If life were only that                                                                                                                                                                                               Lucky, is hilarious with sight gags
easy with every conundrum, you say. Unrealistic, I say. How can K-2                                                                                                                                                                                                   and clever bits delivered with near-
level children benefit from putting their feelings on a bubble, letting it                                             Turn of Last Century Estate For Sale by Executor                                                                                               perfect timing.
sail into oblivion? Pupils can also decorate Styrofoam cups with
                                                                                                                Simply Elegant, City of San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         And those bits don’t just happen.
markers depicting their feelings, filled with the bubble mixture, before                                                                                                                                                                                              Artistic director and choreographer
watching them “blow their feelings up and away.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cynthia Meryl, a 30-year veteran of
                                          Continued on Page 15                                                                                                                                                                                                        theater and television, knows every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      theatrical trick to pull the best from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      this show and its actors.

                                                      Clubhouse                                                                                                                                                                                                          When Mona stretches out on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      piano and croons to Dick, she pulls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a seemingly never-ending scarf out
                                                            ANTIQUES &                                                                                                                                                                                                of her bodice. When the sailors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dance, their mops become partners,
                                                           FURNISHINGS                                                                                                                                                                                                not inanimate objects. When the

                                                   New Arrivals!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Raining in My Heart” number be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gins, out come the big black boots,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the yellow slickers and the over-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sized red umbrellas, à la Broadway’s
                                                   Come see our “new” antiques and                                                                                                                                                                                    version of “Singin’ in the Rain.”
                                                   furnishings arriving in August.                                                                                                                                                                                       The music, presented with ease
                                                   Chandeliers from the 1920’s,                                                                                                                                                                                       under the baton of musical director
                                                   American handmade wool                                                                                                                                                                                             Jeffrey Smith, a virtuoso on the pi-
                                                   needlepoint carpets and pillows,                                                                                                                                                                                   ano who conducts the compact mu-
                                                   end tables, lamps, dining room sets                                                                                                                                                                                sical team of bass and percussion,
                                                   and much more. We are purveyors                                                                                                                                                                                    proves to be as professional as the
                                                   of Crabtree & Evelyn bath and                                                                                                                                                                                      rest of the production.
                                                   body products. We proudly offer                                                                                                                                                                                       Not one of the songs is famous or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      recognizable, but that didn’t stop
                                                   a complete selection of Root                                                                                                                                                                                       the man sitting behind me from
                                                   Candles. Every day of the year,                                                                                                                                                                                    humming some of the tunes, and
                                                   Clubhouse        Antiques       &                                                                                                                                                                                  then giving in to the urge to sing the
                                                   Furnishings offers top quality                                                                                                                                                                                     last bars of a few. At intermission he
                                                   merchandise at great values.                                                                                                                                                                                       confessed he was a retired Navy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      man who, because of the nautical
    865 MOUNTAIN AVE. • MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ 07092                                                                                                                                                                                                                        setting, adored this musical when it
             (Between Maxwell’s & Fleet Bank)                                                                                                         $7MM                                                                                                            first came out.
        Telephone 908-789-7600 • Fax 908 789-3322                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As a parody of those ‘30s Warner
                                                                                                                              Inquiries: • Portfolio:                                                                                 Brothers musicals, is some of it pretty
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