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Premium Content Goodspeed stages a fine 'Fiddler'

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 5:16 pm

Occasionally, the first time's the charm.

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Premium Content This week at the O'Neill

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

The O'Neill's Cabaret & Performance Conference is in full swing this week. All performances listed below are at 8 p.m. at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, and tickets are $35. Call (860) 443-1238. Also,...

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Premium Content Colonial Theater goes comic with ‘Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged’

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 1:05 pm

Folks of a generation remember when Reader's Digest came out with their extensive line of "Condensed Books." The idea was that they'd take several of the classics of literature and shorten them considerably to make them, ah ... shorter? And, as...

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Premium Content ‘Rumors’ are flying at The Kate

 July 22, 2014; Updated: 4:21 pm

Saybrook Stage, a nonprofit production company, will present "Rumors" by Neil Simon at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center July 24 to 27."Rumors" is comedy that focuses on four couples celebrating the 10th wedding anniversary of one...

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Premium Content ETC spins modern musical fairy tale

 July 21, 2014; Updated: 7:01 pm

What happens when you combine "Rumplestiltskin" with "The Emperor's New Clothes," then blend in colorful characters from other fairy tales, like the three spinners, a dopey prince, two vain stepsisters, three bakers, three crazy...

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Granite Theatre presents reading of new musical

 July 21, 2014; Updated: 6:56 pm

The Granite Theatre presents the first public reading of "The Road of Life," a new musical by composer Jay Jacques and lyricist Mark Chimsky, on Tuesday, July 29, as part of the Guest Artists Series. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m., and there...

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Premium Content Barfield’s ‘Bright Half Life’ closes National Playwrights Conference

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 5:58 pm

It's curious how seemingly innocuous events can shape someone's ultimate path.

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Premium Content A Flock first: Theater group takes on Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

Flock Theatre has been staging Shakespeare in the Connecticut College Arboretum for 21 summers. That's a lot of plays - plenty of "Midsummer Night's Dreams" and "Much Ado About Nothings" - but Flock is now performing one Shakespeare piece for the...

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Premium Content The Kate welcomes Linda Lavin

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

Linda Lavin is best known as an actress - for Broadway performances such as her Tony-winning turn in "Broadway Bound" and for TV turns like her starring role in the comedy "Alice." She is also, though, a singer, as she shows to fine form in...

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Premium Content National Playwrights Conference finale at the O'Neill

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

The National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center wraps up this week, with the last three performances of its 2014 selections.They are:"A Power Play: Or, What's-Its-Name" by A. Rey...

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Premium Content The Wayans Brothers, together at Foxwoods

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

Quick: Can you name all of the Wayan Brothers? Let's see, there's Alec, Billy, the born-again dude -What's that?Oh, you're right. That IS is the largely dour Baldwins.Okay. The Wayans have a big and (not remotely dour)...

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Joely Richardson to play poet Emily Dickinson

 July 16, 2014; Updated: 4:55 pm

Joely Richardson is coming back to a New York stage in something she never thought she'd do - a one-woman show.

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Premium Content It’s all about variety at United Theatre

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

The United Theatre in Westerly presents the Vaudeville Variety Show on Friday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. Acts from across Rhode Island will perform an evening of specialty acts celebrating the roaring '20s. The Chifferobe Tropigals of...

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Premium Content This week at the O'Neill

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

In addion to the gala celebrating the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 50th anniversary, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday in the center's sunken garden, the center continues offering staged readings this week.The readings are all at the...

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Premium Content Goodspeed stages "Fiddler on the Roof" for the first time

 July 7, 2014; Updated: 5:03 pm

For the longest time, Goodspeed Executive Director Michael P. Price was wary of staging the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof" in the intimate Goodspeed Opera House.

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Premium Content GRT holds ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ auditions

 July 7, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Groton Regional Theatre (GRT) will be holding auditions for the Tennessee Williams drama "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 16, at the auditorium in the Groton Senior Center auditorium, 102 Newtown Road...

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Premium Content A killer musical: Duo develops "The White City" at O'Neill conference

 July 5, 2014; Updated: 3:05 pm

You could say that Henry Howard Holmes was the personification of the phrase "evil genius." A doctor living in Chicago in 1893, when the city hosted the World's Fair, he built what has since been described as a murder castle. Holmes...

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Premium Content Spirit of Broadway Theater presents "Benedict Arnold: The Musical"

 July 3, 2014; Updated: 1:55 pm

The Spirit of Broadway Theater is staging the debut production of "Benedict Arnold: The Musical" - a piece that is the Norwich theater's first commission.

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Premium Content This week at the O'Neill ...

 July 3, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

The O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference and National Music Theater Conference continue their run, with this week's performances listed below. Staged readings are at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford.

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Monty Python shows aim for Jagger-like energy jolt

 July 1, 2014; Updated: 4:48 pm

The members of Monty Python are aiming to move like Jagger in their live farewell shows.The five surviving Pythons have reunited for 10 dates at London's 15,000-seat O2 Arena starting Tuesday. It's a fast-paced comic revue that requires...

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Premium Content Join the Ivoryton Players

 June 30, 2014; Updated: 6:30 pm

The Ivoryton Playhouse presents a new program, The Ivoryton Players, starting Monday, July 18. Participants will learn about professional theater while preparing and rehearsing for a staged reading with the performance on Dec. 9 on the Ivoryton...

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Premium Content Bernstein named head of National Music Theater Institute

 June 29, 2014; Updated: 2:58 pm

Rachel Jett, artistic director of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, has named director, playwright and book writer Jonathan Bernstein as the artistic head of the institute's new program, the National...

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Premium Content Gardens are the focus of TalkStory production

 June 26, 2014; Updated: 2:23 pm

Nine short new plays, all written to be performed in a garden, will get just that starting tonight in the Shaw Mansion garden in New London.The production, titled "Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (The Garden Showcase)," is from...

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Premium Content Goodspeed presents "Fiddler on the Roof"

 June 26, 2014; Updated: 2:23 pm

Raising the 'Roof': Goodspeed Musicals is producing "Fiddler on the Roof," a show that is marking its 50th anniversary. When the musical premiered back then on Broadway, it ran for more than 3,000 performances and won nine Tony...

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Premium Content Playwrights and music theater conferences start at O'Neill

 June 26, 2014; Updated: 2:23 pm

The summer season at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford kicks into high gear this week. Staged readings begin on Saturday for National Music Theater Conference, with performances for the National Playwrights Conference starting...

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