Debra Wise, Sarah Hickler, Paula Plum, Israel Horovitz, Obehi Janice

By Tom Hauck

In the New England Premiere of the satirical comedy written and directed by Israel Horovitz, the “babes” in question are four adult women who gather in the Paris apartment of a recently deceased centenarian with whom they all had something important in common: During different times in the long life of the unnamed Lothario, each was his wife or live-in girlfriend. Israel Horovitz, author of more than 70 plays and the artistic director emeritus of GSC, wrote that the play is the second of a trilogy designed to be “confrontations of French and American cultures: American attitude towards love and marriage versus French attitude towards love and marriage.”

The four brilliant actors – Paula Plum (Evvie), Debra Wise (Evelyn), Sarah Hickler (Janice), and Obehi Janice (Marie-Belle) – wring from the volatile premise every possible laugh. To the apartment each brings her own memories and perceptions of the dearly departed, a Sorbonne professor who more closely resembled a cult leader: a glib narcissist who enchanted, deceived, and infuriated his many lovers. In short, when “the babes” get together, there’s plenty to talk about!

The action takes place on a stunning set designed by Jenna McFarland Lord. Complete with floor-to-ceiling modernist paintings (which happen to be for sale – you, the audience member, can buy one!), the imaginatively lit space makes you feel as though you’re on the Left Bank with a canal outside and a patisserie just around the corner. Rugs from Landry & Arcari and sleek furniture from be modern complete the funky-but-chic ambience.

Over a period of twenty-four hours, the four women reveal many dark and hilarious secrets, both about themselves and their departed lover who still holds their hearts. Initial antagonism turns to sororal bonding, and with the help of mysterious spiritual messages from beyond the grave the unlikely quartet turn the corner and bravely face the future.

Out of the Mouths of Babes runs from August 11 through September 2. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For tickets call 978-281-4433 or visit gloucesterstage.com.

Opening snapshots Out of the Mouths of Babes


Many of the pieces of art and furniture in the Gloucester Stage’s current show “Out of the Mouths of Babes” are for sale. The art that is available to purchase was provided by my friend Mia Nehme and her daughter Claudia Bowman, from their beautiful shop in Manchester, Mimi, the furniture is from the wonderfully chic be modern in Ipswich, and the exquisite paisley rug is from Landry and Arcari.

If interested in purchasing art, furniture, or the rug from “Out of the Mouths of Babe,” please call 978-281-4433 or email info@gloucesterstage.com


Sea to Supper–August 24th



Proceeds from Dinner Event Will Boost Services for Fishermen and Fishing Families

A woman widely considered to be the most effective long-term advocate for commercial fishermen in the history of New England will be in the spotlight during an upcoming seaside dinner event in Gloucester.

DSC07009Angela Sanfilippo, President of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, is to be the guest of honor at the Sea to Supper Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Mile Marker One Restaurant & Bar, 75 Essex Street, in the Cape Ann Marina Resort.

Beginning at 6:00 o’clock, the Sea to Supper Celebration will feature local, fresh seafood specially prepared for the occasion by Todd Snopkowski of Snapchef, fine wines, oral tributes and displays on Cape Ann fishermen, and more. The set-up of Mile Marker One Restaurant & Bar will allow those attending to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Annisquam River and the Cape Ann Marina Resort at sunset.

Tickets, at $75 apiece, may be obtained by going to: sea-to-supper.eventbrite.com, or by calling 978-821-1590.

All proceeds will go to Fishing Partnership Support Services, which Angela Sanfilippo helped found in the late-1990s and on whose board of directors she has served ever since. A non-profit organization, Fishing Partnership Support Services helps commercial fishermen and their families through a variety of free services — from safety trainings, to health coverage enrollment assistance, to disaster relief support.

While honoring Angela Sanfilippo, the Sea to Supper Celebration will also highlight the contributions commercial fishermen have made to coastal communities and to the health of seafood consumers, according to J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services.

“Fishermen risk life and limb every time they go to sea to harvest the healthiest source of protein there is,” Bartlett pointed out. “Fishing was the founding industry of Massachusetts. Fishermen have made imperishable imprints on the history, culture, traditions and economy of our state and region.”

Speaking of the night’s honoree, Bartlett said, “For 40-plus years, there is no one in New England that has done more to call attention to the plight of the fishermen and the condition of the oceans than Angela Sanfilippo. At great personal sacrifice, Angela has worked tirelessly to ensure that fishermen and their families are treated with fairness, dignity and compassion.”

Bartlett noted that, in 2009, Salem State University awarded Mrs. Sanfilippo an honorary doctorate in human letters in recognition of her work in enhancing the health, safety and economic well-being of fishermen and protecting marine environments. She is always quick to remind any audience that “fishermen are environmentalists, too. Fishermen understand and value the oceans more than anyone.”

In addition to her employment as a community health navigator for Fishing Partnership Support Services, Mrs. Sanfilippo serves as president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, a position she has held for 40 years; as executive director of the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership, an organization of commercial fishermen’s associations from all gear and geographic sectors of the Massachusetts fishing industry; and as president of the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund.

Mrs. Sanfilippo is also a member of the Gloucester Fisheries Commission and serves on the boards of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, the Boston Fisheries Foundation, and the Governor’s Commission for the Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Program.

The Sea to Supper Celebration is one of several special events this year commemorating the 20th anniversary of the founding of Fishing Partnership Support Services. Originally a direct provider of health coverage, the organization has functioned since 2009 as a virtual human resources bureau for the fishermen of New England. It operates out of offices in Gloucester, Plymouth, New Bedford, Chatham and Kennebunk, Maine, and offers, year-round, more than 20 distinct services.

In 2016, the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers named Fishing Partnership Support Services its Community Health Worker Program of the Year.

The 20th anniversary observances will include a large gala and fundraiser at the conference center on the Boston Fish Pier in September


Marshall’s Farm Stand 50th Anniversary Party

Come help us celebrate our 50th year in business.  We will be cooking up some samples of Dom’s marinated meats, refreshing slush and our own delicious sweet corn.  Farmer Bob members will be getting a special gift.

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM
144 Concord Street
Gloucester, MA 01930


Also remember to visit the animals that Marshalls Farm Stand has.  Great take in for kids.

Cape Ann License Plate

Now is the time to get your Cape Ann License Plate.  The proceeds from these plates go directly to support economic development and education/job training and promotion for the four towns of our region.

Anyone with a car registered  in Massachusetts can get one of these beautiful plates.  Just sign up online @lovecapeann.com . . . Your plate will be mailed right to your door.  No trip to registry needed!

Visitors from Rhode Island


A very loving family who now live in Cranston Rhode Island, but originally lived in Brooklyn New York.  We spoke at length about the Italian history in Gloucester.  She was very out spoken and said she is in a mixed marriage, she is Sicilian and he is from mainland Italy. They were headed on a whale watch at Seven Seas.  A wonderful encounter from a very colorful family.

Game Changer- Double Insulated Soda/Beer Can Cooler-Insulator

Craig Kimberley told me about these and while I’m a huge fan of my double insulated cups for keeping my iced beverages cold all day long- I didn’t see the need for the beer one that locks down your beer and keeps it icy cold.  That was until my beautiful wife Kate surprised me with one- a Yeti branded one last week. 

I was using neoprene coozies and they don’t do a fraction of the job.  Like 10 percent of how awesome these work.

Super thoughtful of her.  I tried it and my beer doesn’t usually last long enough to get cold anyway but honestly these things keep your beer or soda super cold right down to the last drop.  I don’t like mine- I LOVE IT!

Just like the Yeti double insulated cups, you don’t have to buy the Yeti brand ones that are $25 each, you can get the same exact ones but they don’t have the Yeti name on them for $9.99 on Amazon.  Here’s the link to buy, and let me tell you, you will 100% absolutely love them. 

You know when I say no-brainer, that it’s a total no-brainer?  This is a no-brainer.  Your husband will love you for it.  Your wife will love you for it.  Your of legal drinking age kids will love you for it.  if you don’t have one, get one, you can thank me later.

Game changer.

The link to buy on Amazon here

Kenley Beer Can Cooler Insulator – Holder Colster for Cans Drink Beverage Soda – Stainless Steel – Double Wall Vacuum Insulation