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'Funny Fictions' at Adelphi University

Golden Globe winner Jill Eikenberry (

Golden Globe winner Jill Eikenberry ("L.A. Law"). Press photo. Credit: Kristine Walsh Credit: Kristine Walsh/

Tired of using the snowblower? Getting cabin fever?

Maybe you just need a good laugh. That’s exactly what you can expect Sunday if you head to the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, where accomplished actors will perform live readings of classic and contemporary works of fiction.

The performance – aptly titled "Selected Shorts' Funny Fictions" and presented by Symphony Space – features Golden Globe winner Jill Eikenberry ("L.A. Law") and actor, writer and “This American Life” contributor David Rakoff.

Works include Dorothy Parker’s classic “But the One on the Right,” which recounts the story of a dull dinner partner on her left and intriguing man on her right, as well as “The Valetudinarian” by Joshua Ferris about a retiree's comical adventure after moving to Florida.

“Selected Shorts” is an award-winning, WNYC radio program that highlights short story readings by established and emerging writers, hosted by Isaiah Sheffer, who also hosts the series on Sunday.

Bill Prenevost, executive director of Adelphi’s Performing Arts Center, said the partnership with Symphony Space has added diversity to the local programming.

“I think that they have crafted a show that is great for relief. With the subject of funny fictions and with … not just the weather, we came out of a tough political year – this feels like a fun time,” he said. “People want to have an enjoyable experience, but we’re talking about classics in literature as well.”

And, there’s free underground parking!

WHAT: “Selected Shorts' Funny Fictions.” presented by Symphony Space

WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City.

COST: $25

INFO: 516-877-4000,


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