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Ivoryton Playhouse opens 'Say Goodnight, Gracie'

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Actor R. Bruce Connelly was supposed to slip into George Burns' oversized glasses to star in a production of "Say Goodnight, Gracie" at the Ivoryton Playhouse two years ago — but the pandemic intervened.

Connelly has joked, "Since then, I've been wandering through Central Park wearing my mask and running my lines to the squirrels and birds."

He can start saying his lines to an actual human audience, now that the one-man play will take to the Ivoryton stage starting Thursday.

The comedy written by Rupert Holmes — whose credits include "Drood" onstage and "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" on the 1970s music charts — ended up being Broadway's third longest-running solo performance show. It was nominated for a Tony for best play in 2003.

The subject is the marriage and professional relationship between George Burns and wife Gracie.

Jacqueline Hubbard, Ivortyon Playhouse's executive director, will helm the production.

“Say Goodnight, Gracie,” opens Thursday and runs through Nov. 21, Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton; 7:30 p.m. Wed. and Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., and 2 p.m. Wed. and Sun.; also, 2 p.m. Oct. 28 and 30; tickets $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, $25 for students; (860) 767-7318.



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