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Theater: ‘The Taming’

Search as much as you might, you will find little information about Elena Keller. But visit Ober Gallery in Kent, CT, and you will see the work of this powerful artist in a solo exhibition. Keller, a Russian who lives part of the year in New York City, is an original, who has taken both surrealism and abstraction into her mind, combines them with a strong sense of color, texture, even Russian and Soviet history — what contemporary Russian painter doesn’t? — and  creates fascinating oil paintings and collages.

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A Hypochondriac, a Dolt and Some Engaging Performers

Theater: ‘The Imaginary Invalid’

Molière’s “The Imaginary Invalid,” written in 1673, is, among other things, a satire of the medical profession — which was low-hanging fruit at a time when bloodletting and enemas were the go-to treatments for just about any ailment.

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Sensational Gala Promises A Fine Sharon Playhouse Season

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Sharon Playhouse produced sensation after sensation at its annual fundraising gala Saturday, May 21. No more the community theater that staged respectable revivals of Broadway musicals, the playhouse proved it is well on its way to regional recognition, led by a committed board of directors and dynamic artistic director John Simpkins.

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Some Laughs, But No There There

Theater: ‘The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife’

Here’s a play with a nagging question. Is this a woman in crisis over the death of her therapist, or do we have a woman in crisis because she is a neurasthenic, indulged, restless, limited, selfish and spoiled middle-aged wife of a doctor suspended in an elegant apartment on Riverside Drive (it could be pointed out here that the view from her living room window of the George Washington Bridge places her somewhere north of the drive, but that’s piffling. Careless, but piffling). 

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Big, Bawdy and Very Entertaining

Theater: ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’

To save you time and effort, we’ll put the “bottom line” at the top.The Warner Stage Company production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is fun.To be sure, not all of the performances are equally strong. Not all of the dancers glide across the stage will breathless ease. Not every voice can fill the historic theater with ringing tones.

But, it’s fun. And that, I’d say, is the point of musical theater.

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Come and Gone, Alas

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About Noel Coward, The Occult and a Glamorous Medium

Theater: ‘Blithe Spirit”

Noel Coward’s world is one in which martinis are bone dry, servants are responsive but measured, and toying with the occult has serious consequences. Thus we are introduced to the Condomines, a British couple given to regency stripes and cheery chintz in decorating, and breezy banter about marriage, sex and, well, death. 

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Two Men From Different Worlds

Theater: ‘Visiting Mr. Green’

Things don’t look promising for Mr. Green or for his visitor, Ross, in “Visiting Mr. Green,” Aglet’s upcoming production at Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield this Saturday, May 7.

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Soaring and Relevant Still

Theater: ‘West Side Story’

Yes, It Can Be Done — in 96 Minutes

Theater: ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged’

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