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TPNC's 'Engagement Rules' focuses on love

Published 3:34 pm, Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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"Engagement Rules," a hilarious look at young love and old love, takes to Stage II from Feb. 7 to 9 at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center, Waveny Park, New Canaan.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

In the staged reading, presented by the Town Players of New Canaan, two couples, one about to get married and one married more than 40 years, who help each other as they confront questions of love, mortality and the nature of the soul.

The show was written by Rich Orloff and is directed by Louise Kaminer.

Tom and Donna each have tripped over love in the past but have found each other. They have decided to create their own rules of engagement, shoot the dice and get married. On the other hand, Phil and Rose have been married more than 40 years. Tolerance rules their mutual foibles until both decide to alter their rules of engagement.

But rules always have a way of going awry especially where there is love with no exemption for age and no exception for youth. These two couples are friends but the advice they share about love is laughable no matter how straight faced it is delivered.

The cast members are Jim Brownold as Phil, Kaminer as Rose, Ammie Kinsman as Donna and Daniel Mann as Tom.

Brownold has done commercials, comedy bits and promos with several radio stations, including WPLJ in New York. He's also worked with various improvisation/comedy groups, and held the coveted 1:25 AM slot at the Improv. He appeared in "H.M.S. Pinafore," "Threepenny Opera," "Fiddler and Walter Hollander "Don't Drink the Water." He currently performs with the New Mercury Theater and Improv, Aardvark improv group, the oldies duo Senior Moments, and the More Than Music review.

Kaminer has appeared in "Nuts," "Social Security," "The Sisters Rosensweig" and "Prisoner of Second Avenue." She has portrayed the role of Rose in the staged readings of "Engagement Rules" in Armonk, N.Y., as well as Sherman and Stamford, all with Brownold.

Kinsmann resume includes a staged reading of "Mister Roberts." "Amadeus" for The Town Players of New Canaan, "The Unforgettable Whatshisname," "Moon Over Buffalo," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Upstart Crow," assistant director for John Gabriel Borkman at Boulder's "Upstart Crow," staged readings of "A Month in the Country" for the TPNC and "Curve" at Pound Ridge Theatre Company.

Mann is making his debut at the Powerhouse. He received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Lynchburg College in Virginia. His roles at Lynchburg included "Is He Dead?" and "The Tempest." He is currently studying to become an emergency medical technician in Greenwich and is taking improvisation classes with The Barrow Group in New York City.

Admission is free for members and subscribers and $5 for all others. For information, visit www.tpnc.org.