Buster Keaton comes to Newtown for one night only

Enjoy classic comedic shorts and live music by Not So Silent Cinema on May 5

The Times

Langhorne Council for the Arts is bringing a delightful and, at times, mind-blowing theatrical experience to the historic Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State St., Newtown, on Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

Stumbling through shooting galleries, trains, secret societies, and falling houses, Buster Keaton delivers outrageous stunts and antics (all with the famous deadpan delivery that earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”) in a program of classic comedic shorts accompanied by live music from Not So Silent Cinema.

Enjoy these films along with Brendan Cooney’s new original scores, complementing the films with a classic 1920s urban-Americana soundscape, combining many strands of American roots music. Ragtime and old-time meet the blues, bluegrass and hot jazz, played live by a talented trio of musicians.

Not So Silent Cinema has been performing new original music to classic silent films for more than a decade. Its director, Cooney, composes new scores for each film, and selects some of his favorite musicians to join him on stage. This film features musicians from his chamber music group, the New River Ensemble — clarinetist Martha Hyde, a veteran of Broadway pit orchestras, and cellist Lisa Liske, who hails from Southern Virginia.

Tickets cost $15. More information can be found at langhornearts.org/events. Donations of art supplies will be welcomed for the PEACE of PAPER project.