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Theatre: ‘Inherit the Wind’

Toward the end of “Inherit the Wind,” the classic fictionalized account of the famous 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, lawyer Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow) and newspaperman E.K. Hornbeck (based on H.L. Mencken) have an argument about Matthew Harrison Brady (aka William Jennings Bryan), the bombastic prosecutor who has just died offstage.
“There was much greatness in this man,” Drummond says in praise of his erstwhile courtroom foe.

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An Education in Shakespeare

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Approximately 500 students from 10 area high schools in Massachusetts and New York will perform the Bard’s classic plays during Shakespeare & Company’s 28th annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare from Nov. 17 to 20.
The event is the culmination of a nine-week program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in schools to help students celebrate the works of Shakespeare and learn about all aspects of theater, including combat, dance and movement, costumes, lighting, stage management, sets, props — and, of course, performance.

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They Fall in love, and Drama Ensues

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A Perfect Show for Election Time

Theatre: Red Hot Patriot

Booted feet on the desk, along with a pack of Marlboros and a keyboard, columnist and author and lecturer Molly Ivins is trying to write about her father. It’s not easy. He was a bear. An oil man. And a Republican. Ivins is a bear too, or maybe, as she describes herself, a Saint Bernard among greyhounds, but she is profoundly enraged by racism, war and inequity, just for starters. And she is a Democrat. Who graduated from Smith. Born and raised in East Texas.

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Yes, Be Their Guest, It’s Quite Delightful

Theatre: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

It’s a tale as old as time — or at least a quarter of a century. This year marks the 25th anniversary of “Beauty and the Beast,” and the Warner Theatre in Torrington is celebrating by staging an elaborate production of the beloved Disney film to kick off its Main Stage musical season.

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columnist’s story is told in ‘Red hot patriot’

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Fit This Into Your Schedule

Theatre: ‘Boeing Boeing’
 

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Talented Cast, Irresistible Evening

Theatre: ‘Young Frankenstein’

Warning: resistance is futile. Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” is, frankly, not that great of a musical. Its bawdy jokes are repeated multiple times to make absolutely sure nobody in the audiences misses a single one. The songs are too long and not very musically interesting. 

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If It Works Once, It Will Work Every Time

Theatre: ‘The 39 Steps’

When Richard Hannay, the tweedy protagonist of “The 39 Steps,” flees the police, he is directed to the rear window. You know, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller. The audience at The Ghent Playhouse got it. They got it the next time, too. They got the Dial M for room service sign, too, and all the other little salutes to the revered filmmaker in this giddy adaptation of his 1935 film, “The 39 Steps.”

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Born Yesterday, Relevant Today

Theatre: ‘Born Yesterday’

Up in One Productions’ newest show, “Born Yesterday,” opened at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck to a smallish audience who were engaged and laughing heartily at every turn. 

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