Playwright Lowell Williams to attend Selah production

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Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

● Selah Dessert Theater will have a special guest in the audience for Friday’s performance of the romantic comedy “Talking to Starlight.” Playwright Lowell Williams will be in the audience and answer questions after the 8 p.m. show.

Williams, who lives in New Hampshire, is the author of “Six Nights in the Black Belt,” “The Warmth of the Cold,” “History of the Roses” and other plays that have been produced throughout the United States.

Director Mary Ruth Lynn knows Williams from her years in New Hampshire doing theater.

Remaining performances of “Talking to Starlight” are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Selah Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge St., Struthers. Tickets are $19.50 and are available online at www.selahrestaurant.com/theater-events.

● Warren native Austin Pendleton is back at Cleveland’s Beck Center for the Arts.

Pendleton is part of the cast for its production of “Broadway Bound,” an autobiographical play about two brothers who are aspiring comedy writers. Pendleton plays their grandfather, who is a constant inspiration for the brothers’ comedy.

Pendleton, an award-winning actor, director and playwright with voluminous stage, film and television credits, previously appeared in the Beck Center’s 2019 production of “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

“Broadway Bound” runs through Oct. 3 at the Beck Center’s Senney Theater. Tickets are available online at www.beckcenter.org.

● The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will present a virtual panel discussion this evening on the life and career of Ray Charles and Tangerine Records, the label Charles founded in 1962.

Panelists will include John Burk, producer on Charles’ seminal duets album “Genius Loves Company” and current head of Exceleration Records, and David Ritz, a music historian and author of the Charles’ biography “Brother Ray.”

The panel will be moderated by Jason Hanley, the Rock Hall’s vice president of education and visitor engagement and Andy Leach, the Rock Hall’s senior director of museum and archival collections.

Tangerine Records recently released “True Genius,” a six-CD box set featuring 90 songs recorded during Charles’ lifetime, including eight previously unreleased tracks that were recorded live in Stockholm in 1972.

The virtual event can be seen from 7 to 8 p.m. today on the Rock Hall’s YouTube channel.

● I watched the Emmy Awards on Sunday.

I can’t vouch for “The Crown.” It could win a Nobel Peace Prize, a James Beard Award and a Pulitzer, and it wouldn’t be enough to get me to watch a show about British royalty.

But I was thrilled to see “Ted Lasso” pick up so many awards. My daughters and I binged through the first season in two five-episode chunks, and we’ll do the same with season two as soon as our schedules align.

I’m sure soccer fans will find plenty to nitpick about its portrayal of the sport, and those of us in northeast Ohio may believe the plot is awfully similar to the movie “Major League,” but the show is a perfect showcase for the talents of Jason Sudeikis and the rest of the cast.

Watching the Apple TV+ series makes me happy in a way few other shows do.

HBO Max’s “Hacks,” which won the couple of comedy Emmys that “Ted Lasso” didn’t, also is worth adding to the watchlist.

Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.


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