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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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This Play Is A Clever History Lesson In The Courtroom

Theater: ‘Kunstler’

First come jokes: “What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 70? Your honor!”
Then the apologia for a legal career defending society’s outsiders.
We are watching and listening to the flamboyant William Kunstler (Jeff McCarthy), a courtroom showman with flowing hair, glasses perched on his head, rumpled clothes and the persona of a great character actor, as he tells us about his most famous cases. 

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This Farce Is Sure To Make You Laugh

Theater: ‘Rumors’

‘He’s bleeding all over the room!” Ken Gorman shouts down the stairs to his wife, Chris. “I don’t know why people decorate in white.”
This joke immediately sets the tone for “Rumors,” a farcical play by Neil Simon. The fast-paced script is full of clever lines to keep cast members on their toes. Luckily, the performers of this local production have great comedic timing.

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Destruction Rules In Entertaining Play

Theater: ‘True West’

Brothers. Two of them. One, Austin, has an Ivy league education, a career writing movie scripts and a wife; the other, Lee, has a filthy T-shirt, a belly, a life of petty crime and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Why ever would there be trouble ahead?
Well, there’s jealousy, between them, irritation, anger and regret. 
But everyone has sorrows in “True West,” an entertaining play that is running at the Ghent Playhouse.

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The Perfect Venue for ‘Follies’

Theater: 'Follies'

The orchestra plays, the lights come up and a bevy of elegant ladies begins descending the stairs. But these women aren’t lovely young chorus girls. They are aging, watching each step carefully. Some clutch at the rail, some are off the beat, but they still know how to show off their star quality. They wear frumpy gowns and banners emblazoned with the year they were a Follies girl — 1940, 1930, 1918. Now it’s 1971, and the theater is about to be torn down for a parking lot.

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