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THEATER | "Pass It On"


Anyone who has been in recovery knows the names, or at least the first names, of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The two men met in a hotel in Akron, Ohio, in 1935, and their efforts to keep themselves and others sober led to the formation of AA and the rehabilitations of millions of addicted people. In "Pass It On: An Afternoon with Bill W. and Dr. Bob," the founders are embodied by two excellent actors, Gary Kimble and Richard Springle, who reenact Bill and Bob's meeting, their problems, and their struggles to form Alcoholics Anonymous. The two-man show includes scenes from a play by Samuel Shem and Janet Surry which has toured the United States successfully and ran Off-Broadway in 2013. After the play, the actors tell their own stories of recovery in a talkback session with audience members. Proceeds from the show will also be passed on to support recovery organizations.

"Pass It On: An Afternoon with Bill W. and Dr. Bob," presented by Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes, will be performed on Saturday, September 27, at Smith Opera House, 62 Seneca Street, Geneva. 2 p.m. $10 adults, free for those 18 and under. 315-781-5483;