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'Anything Goes'

Delightful Dancing And Catchy Tunes

There’s a reason that high schools and regional theaters everywhere love to put on “Anything Goes,” the Depression-era musical with songs by Cole Porter. It features a large cast of exaggerated characters, incredibly catchy tunes and a relentless barrage of silly jokes, and the songs are mostly deceptively simple to sing.

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‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Warner

The Warner Stage Company presents “Peter And The Starcatcher” in the Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre on June 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and June 25 at 2 p.m. The production is directed by Katherine Ray with musical direction by Dan Ringuette. For tickets, call 860-489-7180 or go to www.warnertheatre.org.

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If You Love Dogs, Don’t Miss It

Theater: ‘Sylvia’

Dog love, in either direction, inspires the Goshen Players’ “Sylvia,” a play by A.R. Gurney about a man and his canine. In love. With each other. 
The Goshen Players’ cozy theater displays donated photos of locals hugging their Labs, spaniels, poodles and mutts. One man is photographed on a leather couch with a dog in a chair behind him, listening. Another fellow hugged his creature as though it were his infant. For those of us who love dogs, really love them, this is all very compelling.

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A Generation Apart

Theater: ‘4000 Miles’

Sometimes it’s easier to get along with relatives a generation away. Which is why Leo, after crossing the country west to east by bicycle, losing a best pal and then a girlfriend along the way, takes refuge with Vera, his lefty grandmother who lives in a nice, rent-controlled Greenwich Village apartment with parquet floors and molding on the plaster walls. 
He is young, wayward, lost.

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‘Uncle Vanya’ For A New Audience

Theater: ‘Minor Character’

Last Friday, Sharon Playhouse premiered the first production from its new artistic director, Johnson Henshaw, who is making the theater a summer home for rising young directors from New York. This season he has lured Morgan Green, a talented, ambitious young woman bursting with ideas, energy and determination.

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Take A Road Trip To Chatham For This Fun Mac-Haydn Musical

Theater: ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

There are at least six good reasons to put the Mac-Haydn Theatre’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” on your must-see list.
The performances of Gabe Belyeu, Madison Stratton, Colin Pritchard, Judith Wyatt, Kelly Gabrielle Murphy and Steve Hassmer work together like a finely tuned orchestra to present an engaging, lively, funny and high-energy evening of music and dance.

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Playhouse Prepares For Adventurous June 9 Opener

Theater: ‘Minor Character’

Once you get it, it’s fine. Even fascinating. The Sharon Playhouse, known for producing musicals, crowding the stage with children and striving ever for the familiar, is opening its season on June 9 with “Minor Character,” described as “six translations of ‘Uncle Vanya’ at the same time.”

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Young Actors Shine On Rhinebeck Stage

Theater: ‘Oliver!’

Both “Oliver Twist,” the Charles Dickens novel, and “Oliver!” the musical by Lionel Bart, are lurid and enduring. It’s a cruel world, after all. Violence is visited upon children and women; there’s unceasing poverty, hunger and danger; and the class system is impenetrable — unless, of course you are the grandson of an aristocrat.

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Joyous Art Exhibit Honors Hotchkiss School’s Legacy

Art: ‘Becoming: 30 Hotchkiss Artists’

I laughed out loud reading Leslie Horn’s online piece, “A Completely Attainable Guide To Getting Rich and Following Your Dreams.” It’s about a sculptor, John Mosler, who went to The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, then Princeton, prospered mightily in the derivatives market and gave it all up to work in a fabulously renovated Brooklyn warehouse, now sculpting for a living and getting attention in arts magazines and newspapers like The New York Times.
First, Horn cheekily advises in her guide, be born rich. Mosler was. Mosler Safes.

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The Mac’s Season Opens In Style

Theater: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

You likely know the storyline of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Boy gets coat, boy loses coat and ends up in an Egyptian prison, Pharaoh has a bad dream, chaos ensues, boy gets new coat.
So, should you choose to visit the Mac-Haydn Theatre for a two-hour high-energy production, you likely won’t be shocked by the way things unfold. Be assured, however, it’s not the storyline that will draw you into the venue’s 49th season opener, it’s the great cast and the stellar production.

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