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50 Years Later, It’s Still A Must-See

Theater: ‘Hair’

I’m old enough to remember the original Broadway run of “Hair.” It would be difficult to overestimate what a groundbreaking experience that was. The country was as divided then as it is now, but in addition to the liberal/conservative rift there was a schism between “the establishment” and those young people who didn’t want to go gently into their expected roles. This was a time when simply refusing to put on suit and tie and go to work in an office for the rest of your life was considered an act of rebellion. 

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Beautiful And Fresh

Theater: ‘Children of a Lesser God’

The essence of Mark Medoff’s still compelling play, “Children of a Lesser God” — it was first performed on Broadway 37 years ago — is in two lines from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King”: “As if some lesser god had made the world, But had not force to shape it as he would.”
There are two lesser gods in Medoff’s play: a hearing teacher, James Leeds, and his irremediably deaf student, Sarah Norman, a maid at the school where he teaches. 

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A Cast of Strong, Clear Voices

'Ragtime'

The early 20th century saw significant changes in societal and cultural America. The same holds true for the nation’s popular music, when ragtime brought a new beat to the hearts, not to mention feet, of the country.
Ragtime’s central structure emphasizes the weak beats instead of the strong beats, creating a syncopated, or “ragged,” rhythm. This musical style enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and 1918, but it still has a strong following today.

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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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