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It’s A Gorgeous Set For A Delightfully Creepy Tale

Theater: ‘And Then There Were None’

One of Agatha Christie’s most acclaimed mysteries, “And Then There Were None,” features a nursery rhyme in which the demise of 10 people is plotted. It is represented quite elegantly as chess pieces above the stage of the Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre in Torrington.

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Shallow? Sure, But It’s Full Of Laughs

Theater: ‘God of Carnage’

There is something cathartic about watching other people’s marriages and relationships blow up. And when they are pulled apart by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the result is deliciously funny.

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Connecting Horses With Veterans

Theater: ‘Cry Havoc’

‘There is no manual for coming back.” Writer, actor and director Stephan Wolfert is quite firm in his position. “As veterans, we have been taught to dehumanize our enemies … to distance ourselves. We need to find the ways to become grounded, again — to connect. It can be theater, it can be with equine therapy like The Equus Effect, but we need to find our humanity.”

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It’s As Good As Broadway

Theater: ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Can’t see Bette Midler’s “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway? Then hurry to the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, N.Y., before its delightful, inventive production of “Dolly” ends Sept. 3. In some ways, its more interesting than the bombastic, garish Broadway show. (Sorry Ms. Midler and David Hyde Pierce. You’re both terrific.)

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The Bard Comes To Winsted

Theater: ‘Secret Shakespeare’

The Whiting Mills artist studio building in Winsted was transformed into stages for a unique theatrical production called “Secret Shakespeare” on Aug. 25 and 26.
The event was presented by the Desultory Theatre Club and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, and it featured performances by members of multiple Connecticut theater companies: The Backyard Theater Ensemble of Cheshire, puppeteers from Elmwood Productions in Bristol, Sova Dance and Puppet Theater in Ridgefield, The Shipwreck Theatre Company of Guilford and the Desultory Theatre Club.

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The Light Is Not Dark Enough

Theater: ‘The Tempest’

This show in the round and out of doors begins at 5:30 in the afternoon. It’s daylight. And daylight dilutes drama as water weakens whiskey. Though it’s charming to see flocks of black birds skim the sky, darkness makes magic. And magic is what “The Tempest” is about. 

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The Story Of Mrs. Fitzgerald

Theater: ‘The Last Flapper’

It’s not easy to be rebellious, sexy, daring, ambitious, female and youthful all at once. It was especially not easy in the South at the start of the 20th century. But there she was, the adolescent Zelda Sayre, bobbing her hair, drinking, running out at night, teasing boys, relishing impropriety and wild to leave Montgomery, Ala.
F. Scott Fitzgerald gave her a way out, and, she hoped, a way up.

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Funny Adaptation Will Please Fans

Theater: ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Dip into the world of Jane Austen fan-fiction and you’ll discover a whole shelf of books dedicated to Mary Bennet, the dour middle sister in “Pride and Prejudice.” Mary isn’t pretty or smart like Lizzy or Jane, and she despises her flighty younger sisters Kitty and Lydia. She delivers pompous moral lessons at the most inopportune moments. 

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Two theaters plan galas

Two area theaters are hosting festive events this weekend.
The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is hosting its annual fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

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A Splendid, Timeless Piece

Theater: ‘Company’

‘Company” is a difficult musical to like, much less love as I do. There is no traditional story or plot, and George Furth’s script is a rickety, skeletal structure on which hang Stephen Sondheim’s 14 wonderfully observant, wise songs. It was the first show for which he wrote both lyrics and music, the show that made his reputation and pointed musical theater in an entirely new direction.

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