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Theater: ‘The Addams Family’

“The Addams Family” is the final offering of Mac-Haydn Theatre’s 2016 season, and there is much to enjoy about John Saunders’s staging of Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s adaptation of Charles Addams’ quirky cartoon characters. 

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garland play runs to aug. 28

An actor’s life is tough. Every day, Caedmon Holland wakes up and checks out the audition calls online. Sometimes he heads for New York City. Sometimes he goes no farther than the village of Catskill, N.Y., where he opened last week in “The Property Known as Garland” by Billy van Zandt.

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The Title Says It All

Theater: ‘Theatre Farce’

Lakeville’s William Kinsolving has been writing a play called “Theatre Farce” for the past couple of years, and he’s ready to debut it to the public with a staged reading at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Mass., on Friday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. 

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A Glamorous Actress Becomes a ’30s Star

Theatre: 'Lombard'

Walking on stage (at other times the altar of St. John in the Wilderness Church in Copake Falls, N.Y.) Susan Fullerton, twig slim and Hollywood blonde, took Carole Lombard out for Fullerton’s “last glamour puss” role, as she puts it. In slinky midnight blue and a small fist of a diamond brooch, Fullerton played the queen of screwball comedy with a light touch. Even the four-letter words came off as hoyden-like. Not slutty. Still, the movie star did offend now and then.

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An Elegant Stage, But Lacks Chemistry

Theater: 'Quartet'

Truth is often painful. For the four retired opera singers in “Quartet,” the play now ending the Sharon Playhouse summer season, truth is in the insults of aging, in no longer being able to sing and in living in a retirement home where they never wanted to be. For the playhouse, truth is that the production never lives or breathes.

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About Hollywood, Naturally

Theater: 'Natrually'

For a number of years now, Susan Fullerton has left home on Vancouver Island to visit her childhood friend, playwright, actor, producer and director Carl Ritchie, who lives in a rather rustic gated community in Craryville, N.Y. (And, just recently, a pastel bungalow in the Bahamas.)

Intimate One-Man Play Shines a Light on Veterans

Theater: ‘Cry ‘Havoc!’’

During the American Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman said, “War is Hell!” What he forgot to mention was that after the war, many veterans would never leave their Hell. This is one of the core themes in Stephan Wolfert’s one-man play, “Cry ‘Havoc!’” It is directed by Eric Tucker and is currently at Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre.

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A Skillful Cast Covers Love and Marriage

Theater: ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’

Oh, the first date. It swamps ordinary, fairly competent, reasonably attractive people, in this case Manhattanites, with typhoons of anxiety.
“Will I show how wonderful I am, or will I be the date from hell?” a woman wonders as she creams, sprays, spritzes, waxes and shaves for the event.

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Funny, Touching, And Not A Musical

Theater: ‘Quartet’

Elizabeth Franz wants you to know that “Quartet” is not a musical. The Tony-winning actress — she played Linda Loman to Brian Dennehy’s Willie Loman in the 1999 revival of “Death of a Salesman” — is starring in the play, which opens at Sharon Playhouse on Thursday, Aug. 18. 

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A Lavish Show for a Classic Film

Theater: 'Sunset Boulevard'

This is a kinder, gentler “Sunset Boulevard” than Billy Wilder’s 1950 film, which opens with a corpse in a Hollywood swimming pool. Up In One’s production at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck begins instead with a series of snappy tableaus with cops, reporters and gawkers hungering for details of the sensational homicide of screenwriter Joe Gillis (Jim Nurre), in silent movie star Norma Desmond’s (Barbara Rankin) Sunset Boulevard mansion.

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