‘Heroes’ Opens In Quogue


“Heroes,” which opens on Thursday, January 9, at the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue, tells the story of three high-spirited World War I veterans confined to an old soldiers home.

During the play, translated from the French and adapted by Tom Stoppard from “The Wind in the Poplars” by Gérald Sibleyras, three men seek to rise above their predicament and their limitations, in a comedic and often touching fashion.

Set in France in 1959, the play explores the different paths chosen by the men to summon their courage as they engage in comical and often absurd banter while fantasizing about regaining their freedom, despite their age and other obvious limitations. In this production, Tom Gustin, George Loizides and Cyrus Newitt star and Andrew Botsford directs.

As Gustave, Mr. Gustin is the most recent arrival at the veterans home. Although ostensibly world-weary, he is eager to keep moving and to establish his fitness to command.

As Philipe, Mr. Loizides is prone to passing out unexpectedly due to a piece of shrapnel lodged in his brain. His character often exhibits unusual thinking, again due to the foreign object in his head.

As Henri, Mr. Newitt is the most pragmatic of the three. A resident of the home for 25 years, he is a proud man who refuses to let either his injured leg or a tyrannical administrator dampen his spirits.

“Heroes” opens on Thursday, January 9, and stages through Sunday, January 26, at the Quogue Community Hall. Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Special dinner and theater packages will be held in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries. For reservations, visit hamptontheatre.org or call OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.

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