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Star-Studded Cast In Strand Theatre’s Production Of ‘Middletown’

From left to right, actors Adrian Zmed, Sandy Duncan, and Didi Conn and Donny Most starred in the play "Middletown."
From left to right, actors Adrian Zmed, Sandy Duncan, and Didi Conn and Donny Most starred in the play "Middletown."
Credit Courtesy of The Strand Theatre

In the Strand Theatre’s production of “Middletown,” actors Didi Conn and Donny Most star in an intimate look at friendship throughout the ups and downs of life.

If you don’t recognize those names, you might remember them as “Frenchy” from “Grease” and “Ralph Malph” in “Happy Days.”

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with them, along with Tony Award-winning director Seth Greenleaf, who tells the story of “Middletown.”

“It’s about two couples where the wives meet on their first daughter’s first day of kindergarten. They become fast friends and introduce their husbands to each other, begrudgingly. They then spend the next 33 years meeting for dinner every Friday night. It basically takes these two couples and their families through the entire arc of a lifetime,” said Greenleaf.

Conn and Most met 45 years ago on the set of “Happy Days,” and this is the first time they’ve reunited since.

“It’s kind of surreal. After all those years, we hadn’t even seen each other since on set. So, when we got back together for this play, it almost felt like no time had passed. It was weird,” Most said. Conn chimes in, “Absolutely, I was just thrilled!”

The play is on stage now at the Strand Theatre in Marietta through Feb. 23.

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