Sam’s Salon, October 2015

Host Sam Barrett, patiently corralling readers Anelysa  Gove, Joanne Naughton, and Cathy Fallon, and audience members Susan Trigiani and Robin Cashin.

Host Sam Barrett, patiently corralling readers Anelysa
Gove, Joanne Naughton, and Cathy Fallon, and audience members Susan Trigiani and Robin Cashin.

I’m a little late on this one, but last weekend, Sam’s salon was graced by the literary stylings of local playwright Lindsay Harris Friel in a little piece she likes to call, This is Halloween.  Timeliness aside, it was cool to see a play with a plot I’d never seen before, to wit, how to explain to a six-foot-two, mentally-challenged twenty-something that he’s too old to go trick-or-treating, despite the fact that he has the mental and emotional capacity of a nine-year-old.  The young man in question (Norman) is never on stage; we’re presented this problem through his adult sister, her friend, and her not-quite-friend.  The delicate addressing of Norman’s behavior is carefully layered with social problems: Norman’s costume scares the children of the two friends, the people in the community are reluctant to open the door to a twenty-something trick-or-treater, and the not-quite-friend had, in the past, given birth to a challenged baby, whom she had decided she could not care for.  All this, fondly decorated with pumpkin carving and a knife fight.

Playwright Lindsay Harris Friel, accepting abuse from audience members Alex Dremann and Darrin Britting and Host Sam Barrett.

Playwright Lindsay Harris Friel, accepting abuse from audience members Alex Dremann and Darrin Britting and Host Sam Barrett.

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