Stepping Out

Radio theater returns

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On Stage

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Journey back to the era of classic radio drama at radio-style production adapted from the iconic 1942 film “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” The satirical comedy tells of an acid-tongued cultural critic on a lecture tour who condescends to dine with a prominent local family in small-town Ohio, only to slip on the front steps and break his hip. Forced to stay indefinitely to recuperate, he takes over the household and meddles in everyone’s lives, while scheming to keep his own from being upended when his trusted secretary falls for a local newspaper reporter. A cast of 16 voice actors, many of them veteran radio drama performers, bring the story’s 24 characters to life on stage, reenacting a coast-to-coast broadcast from March 1950 that starred Lucille Ball and Clifton Webb. The show includes creatively produced sound effects, period commercials and songs between acts. Engaging characters set the tone for a retro theatrical experience.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m. $10. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

In Concert

Autumn Leaves

Sands Point Preserve’s historic mansions and waterfront grounds are the backdrop for the final concert of its series celebrating the four seasons. The unique program of chamber music and poetry is inspired by themes throughout the year. Violinists Rebecca Fischer and Basia Danilow, Kathryn Lockwood on viola and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, with baritone James Martin and percussionist Yousif Sheronick present a lively, diverse program. The concert’s selections include, “Solo Violin” by J.S Bach, “Sonata for Viola and Percussion” by Peter Sculthorpe,“String Quartet KV575, I. Allegro” by W. A. Mozart, “Alphabet Drive” by Mathew Fuerst, “Dover Beach” by Samuel Barber, “Change” and “Tomorrow” by Mavis Staples, “Herbst” by Victor Ullman, and “Federico II for String Quartet & Percussion” by Giovanni Sollima. Drawing on the season’s bounty, a themed dinner follows the concert. The series is designed for adults, but children 8+ are welcome.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. cocktails; 7 p.m. concert; 8 p.m. dinner and dessert. $110 ($100 members), $60 ages 8-18 ($50 members). Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. (516) 571-7901 or

www.sandspointpreserveconservancy.org.