On Tuesday, August 27 at 12:00 pm, the Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly hosts a free showing of Quartet at the Council on Aging. Pizza is available for $2. Pizza requests must be pre-paid by Monday, August 26 at 3:00 pm. Please RVSP the Mattapoisett Council on Aging at the Center School, 17 Barstow Street, or call 508-758-4110, even if you’re not having pizza, so we know how many seats to set up.
Quartet (PG-13, 98 min.) is directed by Dustin Hoffman. The story revolves around the residents of Beecham House, a retirement home for gifted musicians. Finances threaten to close the home, but a yearly gala concert on Verdi’s birthday provides some hope for keeping the place open. The recording, by former operatic colleagues Reg, Wilf and Cissy, of Rigoletto, is very prominent as the Rigoletto of the postwar era. A new resident is Jean Horton, the soprano of the Rigoletto recording. Will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert? Can the passage of time heal old wounds?