When the curtain goes up Monday night at the John Houseman Theatre in New York City, you can bet the audience will be filled with Toby Poser's family and friends from Baltimore. Toby landed one of the five starring roles in a new off-Broadway comedy, "Greetings," which also stars Darren McGavin, Lenore Loveman, Gregg Edelman and Aaron Goodwin.
Toby, the daughter of Jay and Joan Poser who live in Lancaster these days, was a 1987 grad of the McDonogh School, where her love of acting was encouraged by McDonogh drama teacher John Van Meter. (I'm told this teacher has quite a few grads who are doing well in the theater business.) She went on to graduate from Tulane with honors.
The show is scheduled for an undetermined run at the John Houseman Theatre, 450 West 42nd Street in New York. Call (212) 967-9077 for show information.
"Three and Three" was the theme of the Sinai Hospital Heart Center's third anniversary bash at the Colonnade. The two masters of ceremonies -- Dr. Bart Chernow, Sinai's physician-in-chief, department of medicine, and Dr. William Baumgartner, Johns Hopkins Hospital's cardiac surgeon-in-charge -- welcomed three new cardiac surgeons to the Heart Center family -- Dr. James D. Fonger and his wife, Mari; Dr. John C. Laschinger and his wife, Elizabeth, and Dr. Marc S. Sussman and his wife, Michele. The open-heart surgery program at Sinai is a joint venture between the hospital and Hopkins.
This year's KinderGala raised approximately $400,000 for the Kennedy Krieger Institute. More than 1,000 people were at the gala, which kicked off the Festival of Trees, a magnificent exhibition of Christmas trees and decorations still in progress at Festival Hall.
Laurie Glassner, KinderGala chair, handled everything with great finesse.
Her husband, Sonny, didn't blink an eye when suddenly she appeared onstage in a Christmas tree costume instead of her gown.
Others at the party were Joseph and Janice Antinucci, he's president of Martin Marietta Electronics and Missiles of Florida, who flew in from Orlando for the party; Kenneth Bourne Jr., executive vice president of Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, and his wife, Deborah; John Stewart, Johnson and Higgins of Maryland; and one of my favorite people, Zanvyl Krieger with Naomi Palmbaum on his arm. Mr. Krieger's face glows when he talks about the children with developmental disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger, who benefit from the funds raised.
Rumors are hot and heavy that former speaker of the House Clayton Mitchell could become the president of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, a job vacated by Don Hutchinson when he took over the Greater Baltimore Committee. If that's true, so much for his peace and quiet time on the Eastern Shore with his grandchildren . . .
Congrats to Patricia and Michael Harrison -- he's director of the Baltimore Opera Company -- on the birth of their bouncing 9-pound baby boy, Graham Bernard Arnel Harrison, who bowed in last Friday morning at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. . .
Highly acclaimed German director Wim Wenders will be at the Senator Theater tomorrow for the screening of his film, "Wings of Desire." The screening begins at 2 p.m. and will be followed by an audience question and answer period. Tickets are $10 at the Senator Theatre. For more information call the Baltimore Film Forum, (410) 889-1993 or the theatre at (410) 323-1989. . .
I hear folks over in the Laurel area of the state, where Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke says he wants to build a stadium, are asking Governor Schaefer to try to be governor of Maryland, not just governor of Baltimore. . .
Actor John Glover spent several days at his alma mater, Towson State University, last week. He taught theater majors about auditioning. You can see Glover in NBC's "South Beach" and he recently made an appearance on the new Star Trek show, "Deep Space Nine." . . .
It's that time of year again. On Jan. 2, I will run a column listing winter and spring social events. If you would like your event included, please send the pertinent information, ASAP, including phone number for inquiries, to my attention, P.O. Box 1795, Baltimore 21278. Or you may fax your information to me at (410) 783-2519.