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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 2/09/2014 PARADE
The tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder is brought to emotional and theatrical life by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (DRIVING MISS DAISY) and Jason Robert Brown, one of Broadway's most promising young composers (SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD).In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion.Daring, innovative and bold, PARADE won well-earned Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2000. Its subject matter offers a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 2/09/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 2/09/2014 INTO THE WOODS
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Yale Repertory Theatre
Yale Repertory Theatre:Meg Miroshnik; dir: Rachel Chavkin.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 2/09/2014 BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
Farmington Valley Stage Company
Take two families, put them in cramped conditions under one roof during the Great Depression and what do you get? BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, Neil Simon's award-winning blend of comedy and conflict. Winner of the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Play 1983, it has been hailed as: "Simon's funniest, richest and, consequently, the most affecting of his plays" -New York Daily News Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937, this coming of age comedy focuses, thru the eyes of its narrator, 15-year old Eugene Morris Jerome (Ian Galligan of Meriden), writer-to-be and alternately perplexed and perceptive observer and guide, on life with the Jerome family. Eugene is a Polish Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his Depression-era family. Eugene, his parents, Kate (Dawn Maselli of Wethersfield) and Jack (Roy Donnelly of Unionville), and his brother Stanley (Ian Kaminski of Canton) have shared their home for the last three years with Kate's sister Blanche (Virginia Wolf of Farmington) and her two daughters Nora (Emily Nyerick of Southington) and Laurie (McKari Dauch of Wethersfield) since the death of their father. This extended family is troubled by illness, unemployment, poverty, deep resentments and foreboding signs of World War II, but as portrayed by Neil Simon, their lives are neither miserable or pitiful. The family meets their challenges with innocence, dignity, warmth, vigor and spirit, showing that life, at once humorous and poignant, is something to celebrate by all. "Simultaneously poignant and funny. An outstanding show!" - Variety. "A hilarious comedy... A delightful and enriching experience." -CBS-TV Under the direction of Bloomfield's Chris Bushey, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS will be performed February 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 8:00pm, and February 9 & 16 at 2:00pm, at the Canton Town Hall (4 Market Street, Collinsville, CT). Tickets are $25, and may be purchased online at
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 2/09/2014 A YEAR IN THE DEATH OF EDDIE JESTER
The Suffield Players
Forget your troubles and come get happy… at The Suffield Players production of A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester by T. Gregory Argall. Karen Balaska, Tim Glynn, Zach Gray, Shaun O'Keefe, Nicole Murray, Jessica Burkavage, Daniel Viets, and Amanda Marschall bring extraordinary humor, energy and timing to this fast-paced dark comedy for adults, directed by Roger A. Ochs in classic silent-screen and early 30's-film style. Inspired by the work of such folks as the Marx Brothers, Jimmy Durante and Buster Keaton, Mr. Ochs and company are creating a sure-fire hit on the stage of Mapleton Hall. Bring a handkerchief with which to dry your eyes for this one… there are plenty of laughs, and many touching moments, too. February.6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 pm and February 16 at 2 pm Mapleton Hall 1305 Mapleton Avenue Suffield CT 06078 Ticket Prices: $17 ($12 Opening Night) Discounts available for Groups, Seniors and Students, as well as for Season Subscribers For Reservations, call 800-289-6148 or 860-668-0837 or visit **SPECIAL EVENT: ONE NIGHT ONLY!** The Suffield Players Announce "Conversation with the Author" Post-Show Discussion with T. Gregory Argall February 22, 2014 in Mapleton Hall Meet the author, T. Gregory Argall, as he joins our Cast and Director for a Conversation/ Q and A Session Saturday, February 22, After the Performance Mr. Argall will answer questions about the ideas behind the script, history of the play, and his inspiration for writing "Eddie Jester."
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 2/09/2014 THE FOREIGNER
Connecticut Theatre Company
The Foreigner is a comedic play by Larry Shue set in a rural fishing lodge in Georgia. Froggy LeSeuer, a British explosives expert often visits the lodge while training nearby at an army base. On this particular visit, Froggy has brought along his friend Charlie. Charlie suffers from a crippling fear of making conversation with strangers. Before leaving Charlie at the lodge, Froggy tells all of the inhabitants that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and does not speak English. Charlie quickly hears more than he should from the other inhabitants, as they believe he doesn't understand a word they are saying.
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Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 2/09/2014 LES MISERABLES
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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