PHOTO CALL: Keith Olbermann, Annette O’Toole, Michael McKean and More at Pearl Theatre's Thurber Carnival Benefit

The Pearl Theatre Company kicked off its new season with a reading of the comic revue A Thurber Carnival Oct. 1 at the Pearl Theatre.

Arranged and directed by Michael McKean, the benefit performance featured the talents of Jason Butler Harner, Jackie Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Dakin Matthews, McKean, Annette O'Toole, Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders.


"A perennial presence in the pages of The New Yorker, author and cartoonist James Thurber delighted his readers with fantastical stories and puckish portraits of everyday life," according to press notes. "The Tony Award-winning play offers a first-class sampling of Thurber's sparkling wit including 'The Last Flower,' 'File and Forget!' and the incomparable 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.'"

Proceeds from the event go toward The Pearl Theatre Company’s The New Stage for the Classics Campaign.

The Pearl Theatre is located at 555 West 42nd Street. For info, visit