72 The Queens Courier • buzz • september 19, 2013 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com Celebrating Sukkot Photo by Irving Reich Members of the Jewish Center of Oak Hills in Oakland Gardens, along with Rabbi Gary D. Kessler (top row, third from right), joyously decorate their Sukkah in honor of the Festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Booths celebrated in the fall, five days after Yom Kippur. The Sukkah is reminiscent of the fragile dwellings in which the Israelites lived during their 40 years of travel in the desert after escaping slavery in Egypt. Welcome baby Julian! Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Julissa Ferreras BY ANGY ALTAMIRANO As some of the city’s politicians were rejoicing in their election wins, one Councilmember was celebrating the birth of her first child. Councilmember Julissa Ferreras and her boyfriend Aaron Copeland welcomed their baby boy on Wednesday, September 11. Julian Aaron Copeland came into the world at 11:55 a.m. weighing seven pounds and one ounce, measuring 20 inches long and with a full head of black hair. “We are so blessed by the arrival of Julian - who we named after my father,” said Ferreras. “We are all doing well and enjoying these early days together. We wanted to thank our neighbors and friends for all the kind wishes we’ve received.” Miller’s “Bridge” at Secret Theatre Symmetry. Symmetry. Symmetry. The chaos of emotions beneath the Brooklyn Bridge competes with the undeniable logic of life. The result is an eerie symmetry at the Secret Theatre. The riveting interpretation of playwright Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is running in Long Island City for one final weekend. Symmetry? A painted rear wall dominates the room. It contains dozens of parallelograms converging on a huge square. They reflect downward, almost underwater. The swirling East River appears to the right and left. Rectangular skyscrapers are seen in the distance. Symmetry. Director Ryan Lee utilizes set designer Kathryn Lieber’s mesmerizing lines and angles to literally set the stage for this intense drama. Executive Producer Richard Mazda and Associate Producer Alyssa Van Gorder combine veteran Actor’s Equity performers with talented newcomers. This mixture ultimately provides a dramatic one-two punch in which the symmetry of nature is maintained. Symmetry? As the play begins, narrator/ attorney Alfieri (Jeffrey Farber) sets the tone with unmistakable foreboding. He understands the tough Italian residents of this 1950s waterfront district. Although he is the voice of reason, he cannot stop the seething emotions that bring his closely knit neighborhood to the brink. Brooding Eddie (Gary Hilborn) has raised his niece Catherine (Rachel McKeon) under his roof. His conflicted affection for her is a combination of religious metaphors and banal realities. In one scene, a modern “Last Supper” with Catherine, Eddie and his long suffering wife Beatrice (Rachel Errington) unfolds. As in Da Vinci’s painting, the lines converge perfectly on the main character. In this living canvas, who’ll betray who? Symmetry? Upsetting the precarious balance in Eddie’s home are cousins Rodolpho (Lorenzo Landini) and Marco (Joe Diomede). They’ve entered the U.S. illegally from Europe and seek safe haven in Eddie’s small apartment. Rodolpho’s love for Catherine and Marco’s stoic old world machismo will destroy the already fragile emotional balance. Something significant, something violent is the only way to cope with the harsh, unforgiving realities of life--no matter how uneasy the resulting peace. Symmetry. Yes, symmetry. The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City. Call (718) 392-0722 or surf to www.secrettheatre.com. Some Shakespeare, some music and more drama will follow the current production in the weeks ahead. As always, save me a seat on the aisle. A VIEW FROM THE CLIFF BY CLIFF KASDEN The riveting interpretation of playwright Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is running in Long Island City for one final weekend.
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