Monday, January 8, 2018

Actor Matthew Broderick, cleric sister shimmer with 'A Christmas Memory' reading

From New Jersey-

Actor Matthew Broderick couldn't keep a grin off his face as he watched his sister, the Rev. Janet Broderick, give a credible performance as his whiskey-soused, middle-aged cousin.

The siblings united Friday night as a cast of two in a free, dramatic reading of Truman Capote's short story "A Christmas Memory" in the parish hall of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown, where Janet Broderick has been rector for nine years.

"The Broderick family players!" church musical director Joshua Stafford announced to the sold-out house as the siblings walked down an aisle to a simple stage set 5 feet from the front-row audience seats.

They sat on chairs beside each other, their scripts before them on music stands, before Matthew Broderick plunged into the opening lines of Capote's endearing, semi-autobiographical story from the 1930s about the bonds of love and companionship between a 7-year-old boy and his dotty, middle-aged cousin.

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