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The Roar of The Crowd In Rhinebeck

Theater: “Ragtime”

The response of the audience to the Prologue of “Ragtime” at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck was a clear indication of what was about to happen over the ensuing three hours.  They didn’t clap politely.  They cheered.

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Madness or Genius? At New Milford Theater

Theater: ‘Proof’

There are reasons that TheatreWorks in New Milford was chosen as Best Small Theater in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine in 2017. This intimate, yet not too small, company is a true community theater that produces well -known plays with non-Equity casts. Most of its actors have theater educations or training, many appear regularly at other community-based venues, some act in small, Off-Off Broadway shows. All are assured on stage.

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“The King and I” At HVRHS

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Ibsen Still Matters

Theater: ‘A Doll’s House’

There is the temptation to suggest, with the #Me Too movement in the headlines and an increased focus on gender inequality, that this is the perfect moment to stage “A Doll’s House.” In truth, there have been countless “perfect” moments for Henrik Ibsen’s play since it debuted in Denmark in 1879. The play’s consideration of marriage and a woman’s place within it were deeply shocking in the 19th century. More than a century later, though no longer shocking, the writing remains deeply insightful and thought provoking. 

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Not Your Normal Musical

Theater: ‘Next To Normal’

Mental illness may not seem like a ripe subject for a musical, but at least as far back as Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle” in 1965, artists have found rich material and compelling stories about it to tell on stage. “Dear Evan Hansen” is a spectacular recent example, but one of the most successful and beloved musicals on this theme is 2009’s “Next to Normal,” the story of Diana Goodman, who lives with bipolar disorder, and the family living under the shadow of her illness.

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Sharon Playhouse Sets New Schedule

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Quickly moving to reinvigorate Sharon Playhouse after last summer’s disappointing season, the new production team of Robert Levinstein and Alan M-L Wager have plans to make the theater a year round entertainment venue.
They will launch a continuing series of monthly “Cocktails and Cabaret” on Jan. 13, with a 5 to 7 p.m. show in the Bok Gallery of the playhouse. Guest headliners Kirby and Bev Ward will use “The Great American Songbook” as their inspiration for a late afternoon of singing and dancing.

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Kiss And Tell

Theater: ‘Stage Kiss’

So many choices.  Write about the cast or the direction.  Contemplate the script or the production.  Review the theater or comment about the audience.

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A Fun Holiday Whodunit

Theater: ‘Murder Takes A Holiday’

If you Google “Murder Takes a Holiday,” you’ll come across a couple of news articles with that headline from 2002, saying the murder rate in New York City declined in January of that year.
I mention that only because in “Murder Takes a Holiday,” the comedy-thriller by Tim Kelly showing at the Sherman Playhouse this month, the murder rate rises sharply. “Murder Comes Along for Some Fun” might have been a better title.

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William Kinsolving Performs New One-Man Play

Theater: ‘America and Me: Walt Whitman’s 67th Birthday’

To understand what William Kinsolving’s new play is about, one must first understand Walt Whitman’s historical context. 

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‘The Cocktail Hour’ Performed

Aglet Theatre Company performed A.R. Gurney’s “The Cocktail Hour”
at Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield, Mass., on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Above, Macey Levin (who also directed), Deann Halper, Alex Petrova and Dave Edson starred in the staged reading at the 1:30 performance. Go to www.aglettheatre.net
 or call 860-435-6928 for more on their upcoming schedule.

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