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Smart Play, And Disturbing, Too

Theater: ‘The Heiress’
compass@lakevillejournal.com

It’s a smart, tidy play, “The Heiress,” and, even with no surprises, riveting.
No surprises because we know Catherine Sloper (Jill Wanderman), a plain and graceless woman, is being wooed for her fortune (back in the 19th century when $30,000 a year was real money in New York).
No doubt about it. Penniless Morris Townsend (Jonathan Slocum) may be courting the doctor’s daughter, but he makes clear in a moment alone in the Washington Square drawing room, sweeping his arm along the fireplace mantel, that what he wants is to live as rich people do.

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Theater: Hilarity and Horror

Live simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera have become a popular way for area residents to see opera in an entirely new way: lush, intimate and very affordable. For several local theaters, including The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington and Time & Space Limited in Hudson, the simulcasts aren’t just limited to the Met. Later this month, both are showing what is currently the hottest show in the UK’s West End, “Frankenstein,” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. The two actors are alternating the main roles of Dr.

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Taking Talk To New Lows

Theater: ‘Talk Radio’
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Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio,” that plunge into toxic chatter on the public’s airwaves, feels like a one-act play. Its high-pitched, one-note course can grab audiences fast. But TheatreWorks’ production in New Milford cuts the play in two, giving audiences a break.

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Each to His Own Cat

Theater: ‘Cats’
karaw@lakevillejournal.com

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who like “Cats,” and those who don’t. Then, again, there are people who like cats but not “Cats,” and the reverse. That’s just the way it goes.
T.S. Eliot published “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” in 1932. The book is a collection of poems about, well, cats. All different kinds of cats, with strange names and eerily human personalities.

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