Monday, January 15, 2018

Something very funny is going on in Oradell ‘Relatively Speaking’

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Oradell, NJ, January 15, 2018 - The Bergen County Players will be
presenting the first two one-act plays in the laugh-out-loud trilogy
Relatively Speaking for two performances only, at 2 pm on Saturday,
January 27th and 7 pm on Sunday January 28th. Performances will take
place at The Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamanck Road in
Oradell. Tickets may be purchased online at, by
calling the box office at 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office
during regular box office hours.

The plays were written by two playwrights with unique comic voices –
the screenwriter/director Ethan Coen of the Coen brothers and Elaine
May, originally of the famed comedy team Nichols & May. In the words
of the New York Times, the show is “packed with nifty zingers!”
Chosen for the stage by director Paul Reitnauer III because they’re so
funny and relatable, Paul says, “Anybody watching these two plays will
either identify with the characters or recognize people they’ve met.”
Please note that Relatively Speaking contains mature language.
In Elaine May’s George Is Dead, his new widow Doreen (Pauline Quinones
of Elmsford, NY) is too hilariously spoiled and superficial to grieve.
Instead, she takes self-absorbed to a whole new level. Rounding out
the cast of George is Dead are Melissa Miller of Bergenfield as Carla,
Chris Caira of Closter as Michael, Michele Roth of New Milford as
Nanny and Anthony Bailey of Ramsey as the Funeral Director. In Talking
Cure, Ethan Coen adapts his trademark dark-comedy, honed in such
brilliant films as “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski”, to create a
bitingly funny tug-of-war between a mental patient (John Kiely of
Allendale), and the therapist struggling to treat him (Ron Siclari of
In addition to director Paul Reitnauer III, the Bergen County Players
production team includes Steve Mintz and David Luke (Producers),
Joanne Misha (Assistant to the Director), Howard Kerner (Stage
Manager), Joe Lanteri (Lighting Design), Terri Caust (Costumes), Tim
Larsen (Sound Design), Jack Linefsky (Sound Operator), Lawrence
Laterza (Lighting Operation), Barbara Murtha (Props), Gloria Bumbaco
and Rich Ciero (Stage Crew), Edie Orlando (Makeup), Barbara Mintz
(Photography), Ed Gross (Publicity), Kellie Gleeson and David Luke
(Program Notes) and Debbie Zika (Member at Large/Social Media).
•       All performances for Relatively Speaking take place at The Little
Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the
Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Saturday,
January 27th at 2 pm, and Sunday, January 28th at 7 pm.
•       Tickets for Relatively Speaking are $11 for all performances, and can
be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or
by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during
regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are
•       Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email or call the main number and press #6.
•       Student (25 and younger) rush seats can be purchased for $5 (cash
only) starting 30 minutes before curtain at every performance, pending
seat availability. There is a limit of one rush ticket per student.
•       Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street,
one-half block north of the theatre.
The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a
small community theatre when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300
volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine
productions presented each season.
Further information can be found at

(l - r) John Kiely and Ron Siclari (Photo by Barbara Mintz)

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling
201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office during regular box office
hours. Photo by Barbara Mintz

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