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'Dinner With Friends' at Arena Players

"Dinner With Friends" stars, from left, Gail Merzer

"Dinner With Friends" stars, from left, Gail Merzer Behrens, John Leone, Bobby Ceriello and Carolyn Popadin at Arena Players, East Farmingdale, through April 17.. Photo by Frederic De Feis Credit: ETLITHEATER25 photo/


"Dinner With Friends," the explosive social drama by Donald Margulies, makes a return engagement -- or rather disengagement -- on a Long Island stage. Two married couples have been best friends almost as long as they've been married couples. Karen and Gabe are both food writers. They've invited Beth and Tom for a show-off gourmet dinner. But Tom doesn't show. Beth has some shocking news. Tom has left her for another woman. Everyone loses his appetite -- except his appetite for analysis, recrimination and . . . well, you get the picture. "Dinner" stars Gail Merzer Behrens, John Leone, Carolyn Popadin and Bobby Ceriello.

WHEN | WHERE Friday and Saturday nights at 8, Sundays at 3 p.m., at the Arena Players main stage, 296 Rte. 109, East Farmingdale, through April 17

INFO $20 to $25;, 516-293-0674



Of the Cuban-American artists working today, DEMI may be the favorite among critics. Her "One More Day on Earth" is a collection of more than a dozen paintings she's done in the last few years, along with a selection of drawings and watercolors. "The main theme," she says, "is the notion of a renaissance or renewal, which is offered to me -- to any of us -- at the start of each day. I draw great inspiration from Genesis, the first book of the Bible, and its creation myth in which darkness and light represent the opposing forces of goodness and evil. These pictures are my interpretation of that eternal struggle." DEMI is a name the artist adopted after she settled in Miami in 1983 and began painting, inspired by fellow Cuban-American painter Arturo Rodriguez, now her husband. Her father was executed in Cuba after the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, through April 2, at Salamatina Gallery, 2032 Northern Blvd., Manhasset

INFO Free;, 516-439-4471



Staller Center presents the world premiere of a one-act opera and the New York premiere of another. Peter Winkler's "Fox Fables" will be performed for the first time anywhere, together with Sheila Silver's "The Wooden Sword." Both one-acts are fully staged productions by the Stony Brook Opera, a company of Stony Brook University music department graduate students, accompanied by musicians from the Stony Brook Orchestra. Winkler and Silver are on the university music faculty.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Sunday at 2 p.m., preconcert lecture one hour before each performance, Theater 2, Staller Center, Stony Brook

INFO $20, $10 seniors;, 631-632-2787

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