Clowning Around

The DSO gala is always one of the most anticipated events of the season. Plus, UD Players visit Wilder’s “Our Town,” and more.

Clowning Around

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra gala is always one of the most anticipated events of the season. “The Night of All Nights: Cirque Masquerade” at the Chase Center on the Riverfront  October 29 is no exception. Take the camels, for instance. Real camels will transport costumed audience members around a Persia-themed lobby before maestro David Amado conducts Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and aerial artists swing in time. Revelers will have walked through makeshift tents, eaten authentic Arabian and Persian foods, and sipped potent concoctions before it all begins. “Seriously,” says DSO executive director Lucinda Williams, “this is going to be one cool party.” For more, visit, or call 652-5577. —Maria Hess

Page 2: Suffer No More


Photograph by Jack BuxbaumSuffer No More

“First Vote” will be reprised at The Delaware Historical Society October 5 to honor the 80th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The original musical by Joyce Hill Stoner of UD and local theater figure Scott F. Mason brings to life prominent Wilmington suffragists who sponsored parades, lectured “and even tried to arrange a kidnapping in order to convince Delaware to become the 36th state needed to ratify the 19th amendment,” says Hill Stoner. For more, visit, or call 655-7161.

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Page 3: Thornton, We Hardly Knew Ye


Ellie Forsberg Young (as Mary Wilson Thompson) blocks Martina Haw (Florence Bayard Hilles) from casting a vote as David T. Wills (Alfred I. du Pont) watches. Photograph by Paul Cero/university of DelawareThornton, We Hardly Knew Ye

Despite the fact that Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” is arguably one of the best American plays ever written, a production of it will rarely be faithful to Wilder’s original. UD’s Resident Ensemble Players’ version, which plays at the Roselle Center for the Arts October 21-November 7, will be. “We think it will prove surprising and moving, even to people who think they know the play,” says Sandy Robbins, REP’s artistic director. “‘Our Town’ is a perfect example of what the poet Emily Dickinson called ‘loving the particular while living in the universal.’” For more, visit, or call 831-2204.

Page 4: Laff It Off


Laff It Off

Does lowering taxes actually increase tax revenue? Economist Art Laffer doesn’t think so—he knows it. The acclaimed author of “Return to Prosperity” should stir things up as keynote speaker for the Caesar Rodney Institute’s second anniversary celebration. The think tank-watchdog group will have a special dinner at the Hotel du Pont October 7. Laffer, a former member of the Ronald Reagan Economic Policy Advisory Board, was a mastermind behind the theory of supply-side economics. After dinner, he’ll sign copies of his latest book. For more, call 535-6523, or visit

Page 5: Vegas Comes to Rehoboth

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Vegas Comes to Rehoboth

What happens at the Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts stays at the Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts—at least when it comes to “Silver Sizzles Revue,” a Vegas-style romp October 23-25. The 90-minute show rocks with dance productions, classic songs and comedy routines. Its performers have Broadway and Vegas experience. The leggy ones are former Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. For more, visit, or call 227-7303.

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