Selah Dessert Theater to present ‘Painting Churches’

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Staff report


Selah Dessert Theater will bring its season to a close with “Painting Churches,” which opens May 9 and runs for five performances over two weekends.

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Tina Howe examines the personal dynamics of the Church family of Boston.

A trio of talented area actors take on the unforgettable characters.

Molly Galano is Fanny Church, the matriarch, who adores her husband and works tirelessly to keep things together. Tom O’Donnell portrays her husband, Gardner Church, an acclaimed poet who is retired and descending into dementia.

Jeanine Rees plays their daughter, who seeks her parents’ approval for her art and who she is.

As Fanny and Gardner are packing up to move out of their longtime home, Mags comes home to help them pack and to paint her parents’ portrait. Their final days in the family home allow the three to see each other and find hope for the future.

Directed by Mary Ruth Lynn, “Painting Churches” will be performed at 8 p.m. May 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18 in the theater space at Selah Restaurant, 130 Bridge St. The theater can be accessed by stairs only.

Tickets are $18.50 and include dessert and coffee at intermission. Reservations are available at or by calling 1-800-838-3006. An opening night package is available for $36 and includes a four-course dinner, the show and dessert.

Pre-show dinner reservations for the remainder of the run can be made at 330-755-2759.