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For Rep. Connolly, the play’s the thing

Looking for Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) this weekend? Don’t watch C-SPAN reruns or hunt for a town hall meeting on Medicare. Try going to the theater.

Specifically the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, where Connolly will be appearing in two performances of the play “Auntie Mame” being staged by the Providence Players of Fairfax. Connolly will play the part of the paper hanger

“Connolly, a long-time booster of community theater and the arts, enjoys appearing in local plays,” his office notes in a press release, “but he also hopes his participation helps to raise awareness about the contributions made to the community by local theater groups.”

Other plays in which Connolly has appeared include productions of “The Laramie Project” and “Harvey.” His favorite past role, according to his office, was Officer O’Hara in a Providence Players’ production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

A Reliable Source item from 2009 said Connolly was “a drama geek from high school on,” and even includes a photo of the congressman getting his makeup applied.

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