Island East End Theater will present John Pollono’s “Small Engine Repair,” which will make its debut at 8 p.m. today at 2317 Mechanic St. in Galveston.

The comedic thriller production follows the casual reunion of three longtime buddies, Frank, Packie and Swaino, played by Pat Daugherty, D.J. Martin and John Carraro. With dark and violent undertones, this play is not suitable for young children.

Performances can be seen at 8 p.m. Saturday, Thursday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and seniors and can be purchased at Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

For information, call 409-762-3556.

‘Lost in Yonkers’ at COM Theatre

The College of the Mainland Theatre will present “Lost in Yonkers” through Feb. 12 at 1200 Amburn Road in Texas City.

Set in the World War II era, two boys, Hunter and Arty (played by Zach Dockal and Jay Kurnitz), face turmoil closer to home when their father deposits them on their grandmother’s doorstep to become a traveling salesman. The boys decide to make money quickly in hopes of reuniting with their father. They work on their mission while contending with Grandma, their aunt and her secret romance, and their uncle, a small-time hoodlum, in a strange new world called Yonkers.

The show, influenced by playwright Neil Simon’s own upbringing in New York, won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Rounding out the cast are Donna Bane, Frank Green, Cynthia Hernandez, Rick Olvera and Amelia Serrano.

The show can be seen at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 12.

For tickets, visit or call 409-933-8345.

Mardi Gras on the Mainland Gala

The seventh annual Mardi Gras on the Mainland Gala will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 4 at the Doyle Convention Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City.

Featuring a surf and turf dinner with all the fixings, dancing, a silent and live auction, and music by The Line Up, the gala is an event you don’t want to miss.

There also will be a fun run and parade at noon Feb. 4 beginning at Carlos Garza Sportsplex. The parade will travel down Palmer Highway toward Ninth Street.

Tickets to the gala are $75 per person and all proceeds will help the Rotary continue doing what it does best — helping those in need.

For tickets and information, visit or call 409-771-0450.

Iconic movie star is coming to island

As a little girl, I grew up idolizing Sophia Loren, who will be presenting “An Evening with Sophia Loren” for one show only at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

The iconic and glamorous movie star will share personal and professional stories from her prolific international career at the show.

Make sure you check out the feature story set to appear in Wednesday’s leisure section.

In the meantime, for tickets and information, visit or call 800-821-1894.

Contact Community News Editor Angela Wilson, or 409-683-5239.​

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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