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Chris Sarandon Talks Back

Westport still lacks a theater. But the Westport Cinema Initiative is winging it well.

As the group works to bring a movie house to town, they’ve sponsored a series of showings at Town Hall. The next — set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 — is “The Princess Bride.”

Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon

The romantic fantasy comedy — released to modest success in 1987, but now a cult classic — is one of his favorites, says star Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck).

But don’t take my word for it. You can hear him talk about the film — and much more — at a talkback following the showing. Noted movie critic — and Westporter — Susan Granger will lead the discussion.

Sarandon — an Academy Award, Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle nominee, with dozens of movie, Broadway and off-Broadway credits — has fond feelings for “Princess Bride.”

Because of the cast, the characters they played, and Rob Reiner’s deft touch, the film has touched many lives, Sarandon says.

The Princess BrideNearly 30 years later, strangers quote lines back to  him. They tell him they watch the movie with their own children. It appeals to audiences of all ages.

Of course, 3 decades ago Sarandon and his crew had no idea that viewers in the as-yet-unknown age of Netflix would react so well.

“It was not marketed well,” the actor admits. “The studio had no idea what to do with it. It operated on so many different levels. But all of us loved it. It was personal to us.”

Sarandon looks forward to talking about all this — his fellow actors, anecdotes from the filming, untold stories — at the “Princess Bride” talkback.

Hearing him speak in Westport is the next best thing to seeing it in an actual theater here.

(Tickets to the April 9 event are $10 each. They are available at the door, or by clicking on www.westportcinema.org. Admission includes snacks!)

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Home Is Where Her “Hart” Is

Melissa Joan Hart — known to young fans across America for her roles in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Melissa & Joey” — is a Westport resident.

So she won’t have far to go on Monday (July 29, 7 p.m.) for a play reading event.

“Any Wednesday” is at — and a benefit for — the Westport Country Playhouse.

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

For over 80 years, the Playhouse has hosted some of the biggest names in theater: Paul Robeson, Helen Hayes, Alan Alda, Cicely Tyson — you get the idea.

But Monday’s reading has a decidedly local feel.

There’s fellow Westporter Brian J. Carter. Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon will also read — they’re in Fairfield, and no strangers to Playhouse productions.

There are other intriguing tie-ins too.

Sandy Dennis — a longtime North Sylvan Road resident — originated the “Any Wednesday” role on Broadway. She also starred in many Playhouse shows.

Jason Robards — who was in the “Any Wednesday” film — lived in Southport. The Playhouse’s theater is named in his honor, and his son Jake has appeared on the Playhouse stage.

Jane Fonda — who played Melissa’s role in the film — appeared on the Playhouse stage in 1960. Her father — Henry Fonda — preceded her here in 1937.

It’s starting to sound less like “Any Wednesday.” And more like “Six Degrees of Separation.”

(Tickets are $100, $50 and $25, and include a “Meet the Cast” party following the July 29 reading. For information and reservations, call 203-227-4177, or click here.)