, Gloucester, MA

August 3, 2013

Talk of the Times: Gloucester itself plays stage role

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — From the time the season schedule was announced, it seemed clear that “North Shore Fish,” the 1986 play by Gloucester’s own Israel Horovitz, would capture audiences of local residents and visitors alike — and it has.

But while the oft-intense play is relevant for its portrayal of a struggling Gloucester fish-packing plant, Gloucester folks who take in “North Shore Fish” as it closes out today, tonight and Sunday afternoon may get a special kick out of another aspect of the dialogue. Just as in 2009’s “Sins of the Mother,” Horovitz and director Robert Walsh – who starred in the memorable “Sins...” at Gloucester Stage —have laced the piece with dozens of local references that locals can’t miss.

In no particular order, the play and its characters call out — among others — Good Harbor Beach, Gorton’s, O’Maley Middle School, Mike’s Place, Destino’s, Our Lady of Good Voyage Church and Central Grammar.

In the latter case, the plant conversation leaves the North Shore Fish women wondering aloud how one person who went to school there, later taught there, and now lives in the converted housing complex could “spend his whole life in one building.”

Libations at intermission

Speaking of Gloucester Stage, the theater is now able to serve beer and wine after gaining approval for a license earlier this month.

The choice for now is either a white Chateau St. Jean 2010, and for the red, there is Rodney Strong Cabernet sauvignon.

For those preferring something a bit more bubbly, there are two choices of beer from Cape Ann Brewery, featuring a Fishermen’s Brew or an ale.

After “North Shore Fish” closes tomorrow, the action picks up again next week with the Thursday opening of “This is Our Youth.” That’s a piece by playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for the film “Analyze This.”

Fireworks fund-raiser

Jalapeno’s on Main Street in Gloucester is helping with the fund-raising efforts for Gloucester’s second fireworks show over the Labor Day weekend during the Gloucester Schooner Festival.

Diners who go to the restaurant this Monday from 4:30 p.m. to closing will help boost that project because 10 percent will be donated to the fireworks fund. Each of the two shows cost $15,000.

Barry Pett, of the Gloucester Fireworks Committee, said right now, the fund for the second show stands at about $3,000.

“These types of fund-raising events are important, and we hope to announce more for breakfast and evenings shortly,” he said. Gloucester’s second show over the harbor takes place on Saturday, Aug 31.

Cape Ann views

The public is invited to an opening reception for a show titled “Cape Ann Views and North Shore Gardens,” which is an exhibit of paintings by Audi Souza of Gloucester at Khan Studio at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3.

The free reception is this evening on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of Korean War veteran John Lester Newman.

Born Aug. 10, 1932, he entered the U.S. Navy on Aug. 25, 1952, and was discharged Aug. 24, 1956. The gunner’s mate first class served with USS Tarawa (CVA-40) and USS Midway (CV-41).

Newman was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

He died Dec. 9, 1991.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his wife, Jeanette Newman, of Gloucester.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.