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Theater: ‘The Full Monty’

When considering “The Full Monty” now on stage at Warner Theatre in Torrington, one must begin with a very serious caution. Oh, sure … there’s the matter of tastefully handled male nudity. There’s the consideration of a few uses of the parlance employed by six unemployed Buffalo, N.Y. steel workers. And, of course, there’s the running sub-theme of male genitalia.
None of those is the point.

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New Play at Aglet Theatre

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‘These Shining Lives,” is Aglet Theatre Company’s next staged reading at Dewey Hall in Sheffield, Mass., April 28.

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New Play at Aglet Theatre

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‘These Shining Lives,” is Aglet Theatre Company’s next staged reading at Dewey Hall in Sheffield, Mass., April 28.

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Music and McCourt at The Warner

Theater: ‘The Irish … and How They Got that Way’

There are several “truisms” that can be deftly applied to theater and film.  “Not every idea is a good idea” may be an application that applies to the production of Frank McCourt’s “The Irish … and How They Got That Way,” the musical review with monologue mash-ups currently on stage at the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre in Torrington’s Warner Theatre complex.

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The Roar of The Crowd In Rhinebeck

Theater: “Ragtime”

The response of the audience to the Prologue of “Ragtime” at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck was a clear indication of what was about to happen over the ensuing three hours.  They didn’t clap politely.  They cheered.

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Madness or Genius? At New Milford Theater

Theater: ‘Proof’

There are reasons that TheatreWorks in New Milford was chosen as Best Small Theater in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine in 2017. This intimate, yet not too small, company is a true community theater that produces well -known plays with non-Equity casts. Most of its actors have theater educations or training, many appear regularly at other community-based venues, some act in small, Off-Off Broadway shows. All are assured on stage.

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“The King and I” At HVRHS

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Ibsen Still Matters

Theater: ‘A Doll’s House’

There is the temptation to suggest, with the #Me Too movement in the headlines and an increased focus on gender inequality, that this is the perfect moment to stage “A Doll’s House.” In truth, there have been countless “perfect” moments for Henrik Ibsen’s play since it debuted in Denmark in 1879. The play’s consideration of marriage and a woman’s place within it were deeply shocking in the 19th century. More than a century later, though no longer shocking, the writing remains deeply insightful and thought provoking. 

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Not Your Normal Musical

Theater: ‘Next To Normal’

Mental illness may not seem like a ripe subject for a musical, but at least as far back as Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle” in 1965, artists have found rich material and compelling stories about it to tell on stage. “Dear Evan Hansen” is a spectacular recent example, but one of the most successful and beloved musicals on this theme is 2009’s “Next to Normal,” the story of Diana Goodman, who lives with bipolar disorder, and the family living under the shadow of her illness.

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Sharon Playhouse Sets New Schedule

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Quickly moving to reinvigorate Sharon Playhouse after last summer’s disappointing season, the new production team of Robert Levinstein and Alan M-L Wager have plans to make the theater a year round entertainment venue.
They will launch a continuing series of monthly “Cocktails and Cabaret” on Jan. 13, with a 5 to 7 p.m. show in the Bok Gallery of the playhouse. Guest headliners Kirby and Bev Ward will use “The Great American Songbook” as their inspiration for a late afternoon of singing and dancing.

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