Then Or Now?

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Marathon Little Theatre Group’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” takes the audience back to a simpler time era. Sure, there were worries back then, but life was a lot less complicated. One of the biggest household arguments was what to watch on the three–yes, just three–major TV networks on the family’s only television set. On Sunday nights, at 8:00 p. m., all were in agreement–“The Ed Sullivan Show.” Ed had something for everyone—a cutting-edge comedian for Mom and Dad, a rock star or group for the teens, and puppets/plate spinners/dancing bears for the kiddies!

“Bye Bye Birdie” pays homage to this uncomplicated era, even going so far as to include a musical tribute to Ed Sullivan himself, English teachers (“An English Teacher”), womankind (“How Lovely To Be A Woman”) and happiness (“Put On A Happy Face”).

But was this really as trouble-free as all that? Just ask the family with the fallout shelter in their backyard. Or the school kid who had to hide under his desk during a routine shelter drill. If you could, would you go back in time to the 50s, 60s or even the 70s?

Check out “Bye Bye Birdie” at Marathon Jewish Community Center, 245-37 60th Avenue in Douglaston, on a Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon through March 27th, and then send your comment.