Tom Stoppard Comedy Headed for Ghent Playhouse as “Heroes” Opens Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

January 22nd, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
John Trainor, George Filieau and William Sanderson in “Heroes” (photo: Daniel Region)

John Trainor, George Filieau and William Sanderson in “Heroes” (photo: Daniel Region)

The Ghent Playhouse, off Route 66 in Columbia County, will present Heroes, Tom Stoppard’s translation of Gerald Sibleyras’ play Le Vent de Peupliers, directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher. The comedy opens Friday (January 23) and will play through Sunday, February 8.

The story: In 1959, at a French retirement home for ex-servicemen, three WWI veterans spend their days sharing past glories, irritating each other and gossiping about unbearable fellow “inmates.” Only the genius of Tom Stoppard can take such a bittersweet crawl-to-the-end-of-life scenario and turn it into a hysterical romp, as the Great War heroes plan their escape.

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