Verona Residents Star In Montclair Play


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Verona resident Bill O’Brien (center) plays  Mort Bascov in "The Assembled Parties". (Photo by John Fraissinet.)
Verona resident Bill O’Brien (center) plays Mort Bascov in “The Assembled Parties”. (Photo by John Fraissinet.)
The Assembled Parties, starring Verona residents Bill O’Brien (as Mort) and Kevin Ohlweiler (Verona High School class of 2010 as Scott/Tim) by Richard Greenberg makes in New Jersey premier at Studio Playhouse in Upper Montclair. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from January 13 through January 28.

The play takes theatergoers into the world of the Bascovs, a Jewish family living in a sprawling Central Park West apartment. In 1980, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But on this night, things are not usual. A house guest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly — or perhaps by design — insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, the Bascovs’ seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble.

The Assembled Parties is directed by Mark Liebert, stage managed by Judi Liebert (both Verona residents as well), and assistant stage managed by Elizabeth Quinones. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students and seniors; discounts available for groups of 20 or more that prepay. Opening night tickets are buy one, get one free. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 973-744-9752. Studio Playhouse is located at 14 Alvin Place, off Valley Road near the Acme, in Upper Montclair.

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