Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Windham Theatre Guild kicks off its fall 2012 season with "Bedtime Stories," written by Norm Foster and directed by Michele Abbazia Gagne. The play, which opens Sept 14 at the Burton Leavitt Theater, consists of six vignettes -- all connected by time, place, and an unusual radio broadcast -- dealing with people trying to find the meaning of love, which means the show is for mature audiences ( kids already know the real meaning of love).
The show runs through Sept. 24. For tickets or more information call 860-423-2245 or go to www.windhamtheatreguild.org.
Playhouse on Park's 4th Season
The intimate theater in West Hartford opens its fourth season with "Of Mice and Men," by John Steinbeck, which details the struggles of two drifters during the Great Depression The show runs from Oct 10 through the 28th.
"Driving Miss Daisy" follows. An intimate portrait of an aging Sourhtern Jewish lady and the black man who is hired as her chauffeur, the play is a gentle, humorous, insighful study on againg and the nature of friendship. The play runs Dec. 5 through Dec. 23.
Staying Down South, sort of, PoP's third offering is "Moonlight and Magnolias," which opens Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 10. The farcical show details the efforts of three Hollywood big-wigs, each sporting an enormous ego, trying to bring "Gone With the Wind" to the silver screen.
Staying with Hollywood, sort of, PoP turns to a Woody Allen classic, "Play It Again, Sam," which has a recently divorced nebbish trying to fall in love again, with the help of Bogie. The show runs March 6 thru 24 (probably worth the price of admission just to see who PoP casts as Bogart).
Rounding out the season, from June 12 through July 21, PoP will stage "Cabaret," which they sincerely wish you will come to. Based on stories by Christopher Isherwood, the musical focuses on the Berlin demi-monde of the inter-war years and a particular chanteuse named Sally Bowles. MTC Mainstage created a marvellous "Cabaret" several years ago in an even more intimate setting -- it will be interesting to see what PoP does with the material.
For tickets call 860-523-5900 x10 or go to www.playhouseonpark.org.
It's the Goshen Players 65th Season
The Ivoryton Playhouse just turned 100, and now the Goshen Players are celebrating their 65th season. To kick off the anniversary year, they are offering a delighful, door-slamming farce: "Lend me a Tenor," which runs Oct. 5 - 20. The play focuses on a Cleveland Opera Company fund-raiser that goes comically awry when the lead in "Otello," self-described as "Il Stupendo," gets slipped a mickey and his assistant is coerced into taking on the role...but Il Stupendo wakes up...and enters stage right. Desdemona is, if nothing else, nonplussed -- will she have to be killed twice?
The farce is followed by an allegory -- George Orwell's "Animal Farm," in which idealism soon turns into despotism -- a biting commentary on a theory that, when turned into reality, destroys the lives of millions...because all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. Nov. 16 - 18
To take the edge off, the sesaon follows with "Much Ado About Love," Feb 8 - 9, a musical Valentine to those who are in love and those who want to be in love -- candle-lit tables and cabaret seating.
Providing something for the kids, the Goshen Players next offers "Rumple Who?" a skewed take on the classic fairy tale that has Rumple...well, you know...offering to teach a Queen how to dance. But what is he really up to, and will the royal family learn his name in time to avert disaster? Two performances daily, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., March 2 - 10.
Wrapping up the season, we have a plant that demands to be fed, in no uncertain terms. It's "Little Shop of Horrors," which runs April 19 - May 4. Suddenly Seymour is in possession of a weird plant, a plant that craves blood and is willing to fulfill all of Seymour's wishes if only...well, the blood has to be fresh...and the search is on for who might be the most approrpiate plant food.
For tickets call 860-491-9988 or go to www.goshenplayers.org.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
"Harbor," a new comedy by Chad Beguelin, will premiere at the Westport Country Playhouse on Aug. 28 and will run through Sept. 15.
The play, directed by Mark Lamos, the Playhouse's artistic direcotr, stars Bobby Steggert (Tony Award nominee) and Paul Anthony Stewart (Emmy Award nominee), Kate Nowlin and Alexis Molnar.
Ted and Kevin have been together for 10 years, living in unwedded bliss in their house in Sag Harbor. Their idyllic life is challenged when Kevin's sister, Donna, and her daughter, arrive unexpectedly. What follows is a humorous study of the bonds between kith and kin and the ever-shifting definition of 'family."
For tickets or more information call 203-227-4177 or go to www.westportcountryplayhouse.org.
"The Retreat from Moscow" at Town Players of Newton
"The Retreat From Moscow," written by William Nichols, opens Sept. 7 at Town Players of Newtown.
The play deals with the end of a three-decade marriage and the emotional fallout that changes the lives of everyone touched by it. Rob Pawlikowski plays the emotionally repressed Edward, a husband more interested in Napoleon's retrest from Moscow and crossword puzzles than in his wife, Alice (Laurel Lettieri), who collects love poems. Their son, Jamie (Ward Whipple) is caught in the middle of his parent's dysfunctional marriage. The show runs through Sept. 29.
For tickets or more infomration call 203-270-9144 or go to www.newtownplayers.org.
CRT Announces its 2012 - 2013 Season
Connecticut Repertory Theatre's upcoming season will open with "O Beautiful," by playwright Theresa Rebeck. The play deals with the lives of high school students, teachers and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, St. Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up. The show runs from Oct 4 to Oct 14.
Next up is Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet," which will run from Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. On the heels of the star-crossed lovers is another pair of lovers, more aptly described as sword-crossed. "His Girl Friday," adapted by John Guare from "The Front Page," is the story of ace reporter Hildy Johnson trying to say adieu to the cronies who cover Chicago's Criminal Courts Building and her Ex, Walter Burns, doing everything in his power to stop her. The show runs from Feb. 28 - March 10.
Spring brings "Hairspray" to the boards at CRT. The story of size-challenged Tracy Turnblad's quest to get a spot on the Corny Collins Show and along the way integrate Baltimore television. The show runs April 25 through May 5.
For tickets or more information call 860-486-2113 or go to www.crt.uconn.edu
"Drood" at the Broad Brook Opera House
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood," which features the audience helping to solve the crime (and thereby influencing the ending of the musical) will open at the Broad Brook Opera House on Sept. 7 and run through Sept. 23.
The musical is a tongue-in-cheek take on the unfinished Dickens' novel with a musical troupe deciding to reenact the novel and play it for laughs. How does it all end? Only the audience knows.
For tickets or more information call 860-292-6068 or go to www.operahouseplayers.org.
The Sherman Playhouse Offers Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"
"Of Mice and Men" will open on Sept. 14 at The Sherman Playhouse and run trhough Oct. 6. The play follows the adventures of George and Lennie, two itinerant farm hands who dream of one day owning a small farm of their own. They travel the Depression-plagued landscape looking for work and trying to stay ahead of the law, for Lennie is mentally challenged and doesn't know his own strength. George protects him, until he is faced with an awful choice.
For tickets or more information call 860-354-3622 or go to www.shermanplayers.org
[title of show] To Open at Spirit of Broadway
[title of show], with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell, will open at The Spirit of Boradway in Norwich on Aug. 29 and run through Sept. 30. The musical deals with two struggling writers who have three weeks to come up with a musical for a musical theater festival. Along with several friends, the duo proceed to work their way through the creative process. The show is a love letter to American musical theater. For tickets or more information call 860-886-2378.
"Hedda Gabler" Opens Hartford Stage's 49th Season
Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" has been chosen to open Hartford Stage's 49th season. The play, about an uncompromising woman trapped in a compromised world, opens Aug. 30 and runs through Sept.23
Gabler will be played by Roxanne Hope, who starred in Broadwqay's "Frost/Nixon." John Patrick Hayden will play George and Sam Redford will take on the role of Eilert Lovborg. Jennifer Tarver directs.
For tickets or more information about special events call 860-527-5151 or go to www.hartfordstage.org.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Playhouse's production of "The Miracle Worker"
Mark Shanahan as George Love. Photo by Lanny Nagler
Director Joe Brancato
Friday, August 17, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Mark Shanahan. Photo by Lanny Nagler
Andrea Maulella. Photo by Lanny Nagler
Friday, August 3, 2012
There’s a telling bit of blocking in the first scene of the second act of “Carousel,” which recently opened at Goodspeed Opera House. It’s in the “Real Nice Clambake” number, and director Rob Ruggiero has the cast spread out across the stage in post-prandial lethargy. What’s significant is that sitting upright, stage center, are Nettie and Mr. Snow, and in the center of them, the focus of attention in this set-piece, is Carrie Pipperidge, while Julie and her husband, Billy Bigelow, the ostensible principals, are extreme stage right in a supine position – you actually have to hunt for them.
Tally Sessions (foot on barrell) and the cast of "Carousel." Photo by Diane Sobolewski