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‘Chicago’ at HVRHS, Four Shows Only

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Roxie (Katherine McGuire) needs a lawyer, and she’s got Billie (Malcolm Scott), one of the best in Chicago. He’s manipulative and very successful and the press (Jala Cooke, Soren Clulow, Sofia Garner, Madison Simonds, Brooke Olownia, Ahmad Kheir, Sophie Lake-Ginouves, Emily Abbot, Mairead Hodgkins, Benjamin Upson and Rebekah Larson) is going wild covering this latest homicide in Chicago during the Jazz Age.

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Writing’s Hard To Start With, Who Needs a Seminar?

Theater: ‘Seminar’

Writers, like actors, live for applause and wilt before findings of fault. The big difference between them is that writers don’t have to strut their stuff on a stage — unless you think of a writing seminar as a stage with other writers as the audience, which is what Theresa Rebeck’s comedy, “Seminar,” at TheatreWorks in New Milford is all about.

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Pure Simon All the Way

Theater: ‘Lost in Yonkers’

Few people in the entertainment industry have had as long and illustrious a career as Neil Simon. The writer of nearly 30 of his own movies, he’s known to his friends as “Doc” because of his legendary talents making other people’s work funny.

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Ideas May Seem Quaint, But This Production Excels

Theater: ‘Angels in America’

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That Was Then, This …

Theater: ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Eighty years separate us from the debut of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You.” What must have seemed radical about a collection of oddballs living under one roof is barely quaint today, and what must have sounded like a tart riposte to the brutal inequalities of the Depression is hardly a bleat in the age of Occupy Wall Street and Bernie Sanders.

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A Place of Ghosts, Fairies And Worries That Gnaw

Theater: ‘The Weir’

The wind howls, but it’s not a cold wind the trio of drinking buddies remark as they assemble in a pub, The Weir, named for a dam on a nearby river. In isolated, rough, rural Ireland these men meet to tell stories, ease their loneliness, subdue the memory of places in life where they made a bad turn. 

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All It Takes Is Music, a Man and a Miracle

Theater: ‘The Music Man’

We learn from the start that Professor Harold Hill is a scoundrel. He gives traveling salesmen a bad name, one of that tribe aboard a train rattling through the state of Iowa complains. Hill comes to a town, creates a boys’ band, sells instruments and uniforms and skips before anyone discovers he knows nothing about music.

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Sharon Playhouse Opens New Year

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Sharon Playhouse began the new year last weekend with audition workshops led by the theater’s artistic director, John Simpkins. Beside Simpkins, Pippa Clark, 6, of Sharon, who sang “Amazing Grace,” watched the other young people perform in this annual event aimed at preparing youngsters for the tough job of auditioning for roles in musical theater.

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Sex, and Magic, In the City

Theater: ‘Bell, Book & Candle’

It’s magic, the way TheatreWorks’ all-cerise set for its Christmas production of “Bell, Book & Candle,” staged and directed by James Russo, morphed this weekend into a refined Art Deco drawing room complete with Mondrian-like windows and elegant, subdued furnishings. 

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Another Look at an Old, Non-Holiday Favorite

Theater: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’

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