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Love And Marriage And Westport

A few weeks before moving to Westport 4 years ago, Théo Feldman told her next door neighbor in Los Angeles: “I’m moving to Connecticut, to a town called Westport.” To her shock, Feldman’s neighbor said that their mutual friend who lived nearby, Stephanie Landon, was moving there too, in just a few weeks.

Feldman and Landon exchanged walks in L.A.’s Fryman Canyon for ones at Compo Beach. They also became involved in the community, joining the board of a local charity. Now the 2 women are co-chairing Hadassah of Westport’s Fall Fundraiser: ¨Love and Marriage — An Evening of Comedy.¨ It’s set for Saturday, November 14 at Temple Israel.

But the coincidences don’t stop there.

Dani Klein Modisett

“Love and Marriage” is based on the new book “Take My Spouse, Please,” by Dani Klein Modisett. She’s a Los Angeles comedian and author — but also a Staples High School graduate.

Feldman and her husband David had frequented Klein Modisett’s comedy shows in Hollywood. When they heard she was doing a show in New York for her book launch, they went to see it (and her). Feldman quickly realized she had to bring the show to Westport.

The show also includes Marla Schultz, Emmy Laybourne, Elisa Zuritsy, Alyssa Reiner, David Alan Basche and others. They’ll tell hysterical stories about marriage (maybe love, too).

Klein Modisett is excited to return to her hometown. Even though — with all those connections — she could almost as easily have done the show in LA. And had a full Westport audience.

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