Theater Reviews


Thearterworks RED
Theaterworks RED
Written by Howard Steven Frydman





Smart, Eloquent and Exciting
RED
At TheaterWorks in Downtown Hartford

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play Runs March 23 through May 6, 2012

TheaterWorks presents the Connecticut premiere of RED by John Logan. RED is a raw and provocative exploration of an angry but brilliant artist - master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko.  In well-wrought language, John Logan creates a totally convincing portrait of Rothko as a visionary.  A superbly taut and compelling drama, this Tony Award winning play imagines a series of confrontations between Rothko and his young assistant, Ken. 
Tazewell Thompson, who staged TheaterWorks’ celebrated productions of Broke-ology, God of Carnage, RACE, The Mother----- With the Hat, and The Sty of the Blind Pig directs Jonathan Epstein (Rothko) and Thomas Leverton (Ken) in RED, the third play of the company’s 26th Season.

Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.  RED creates a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
The production’s design team includes Donald Eastman (Sets), Harry Nadal (Costumes), Stephen Quandt (Lights), and J Hagenbuckle (Sound).  Production Manager is Michael Lenaghan.
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Press:
"Intense and exciting … a study in artist appreciation, a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of  thoughts."


~ New York Times

“Smart, eloquent entertainment.”


~ The New Yorker

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"John Logan sends American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko into battle with his demons in this electrifying play of ideas, and the artist's howls are pure music…Rothko is one old lion that will keep roaring until he draws his last breath."


~ Variety




When:
March 23 through May 6, 2012


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 
7:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00 p.m.

Weekend Matinees:
2:30 p.m.

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Press Opening is Friday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m.
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Lobby and Gallery of American Art, sponsored by The Hartford Financial Services Group, opens 90 minutes prior to curtain; seating starts 60 minutes prior.
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A free matinee for college students & faculty is offered Saturday, April 7th at 2:30 p.m. sponsored by Bank of America.
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Where:
TheaterWorks
City Arts on Pearl - 233 Pearl Street in Downtown Hartford
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Parking: Discounted parking is available to TheaterWorks' patrons for $5 at CityPlace Garage (diagonally up Pearl Street from TheaterWorks), 100 Trumbull Centre Garage (enter next to Quiznos) and the Q Lot, (adjacent to the Metropolitan apartment building).

Admission: All Seats – General Admission
$50

Center Reserved Service Charge
$13

College-age Student Rush w/ID
$17 (subject to availability)

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Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

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For seats call (860) 527-7838.
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RED
is the 3rd play of TheaterWorks’ 2011-2012 Season.

It's not too late to subscribe! Three--play subscriptions for TheaterWorks' 2011-2012 Season which includes RED, are only $99. With TheaterWorks' unique subscription system patrons may attend a play any time they wish during its run, and are credited with free seats if they ever miss a play.

For more information, please visit www.theaterworkshartford.org
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TheaterWorks receives program support from Aetna, Bank of America, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Travelers, and United Technologies Corporation, and general support from J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts, Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
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The Whipping Man


HARTFORD STAGE presents CONNECTICUT PREMIERE of

MATTHEW LOPEZ’S ACCLAIMED DRAMA

THE WHIPPING MAN

Directed by Hana S. Sharif

Starring Che Ayende, Leon Addison Brown and Josh Landay
February 23 – March 18, 2012


HARTFORD, CT — Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Mike Stotts, presents the Connecticut premiere of Matthew Lopez’s acclaimed drama, The Whipping Man, from February 23 through March 18, 2012.
The post-Civil War-set play about a Jewish Confederate soldier and his former slaves, who share his faith, will feature Josh Landay in his Hartford Stage debut, Che Ayende (Fences, The Cook, Resurrection) and Leon Addison Brown (The Orphans’ Home Cycle).  Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif directs the Hartford Stage production with a press opening night on February 29 at 7:30pm.
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Hartford Stage - Boing-Boing

3 Fiancées, 1 Bachelor, Plenty of Turbulence
 
HARTFORD STAGE PRESENTS

THE TONY-WINNING HIGH-FLYING COMEDY

BOEING-BOEING

Directed by Maxwell Williams
 
Starring Claire Brownell, Denny Dillon, Ryan Farley, Kelly D. Felthous, Kathleen McElfresh, and Vince Nappo
 
JANUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 12, 2012
 
Boing-Boing   Hartford, CT/November 29, 2011 – Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Darko   Tresnjak, Artistic Director and Michael Stotts, Managing Director today announced the cast and creative team for Boeing-Boeing the high-flying Tony Award-winning comedy that will land at Hartford Stage from January 12 through February 12, 2012.  Directed by Hartford Stage resident director Maxwell Williams, press night is Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
 
    An uproarious jet-propelled comedy – Boeing-Boeing had audiences and critics airborne with laughter on Broadway and London’s West End.  Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, thinks he can easily juggle his three flight attendant fiancées Gretchen, Gloria and Gabriella.  It’s all a question of timing and a little help from his trusted housekeeper Berthe who reluctantly plays romantic air traffic controller.  When an old friend Robert arrives and his three fiancées each change their flight schedules, his life hits some unexpected turbulence.
 
   Broadway and television actress Denny Dillon returns to Hartford Stage in the role of Berthe.  Making their Hartford Stage debuts are Claire Brownell (Broadway: The 39 Steps) as Gretchen, Ryan Farley (DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company) as Robert, Kelly D. Felthous (NSMT’s Legally Blonde) as Gloria, and Kathleen McElfresh (Roundabout’s Present Laughter) as Gabriella.  Vince Nappo (directed by Darko Tresnjak in Theatre for a New Audience’s The Merchant of Venice) recently seen in the Hartford Stage Brand:NEW Festival’s Days of Rage will play Bernard.
 
   Written in French by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross for its 1962 London premiere, Boeing, Boeing held a world record for the longest-running comedy in the West End, playing over 2,000 performances.  John Rich directed the film version starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. Boeing-Boeing became the most performed French play in the world according to Guinness World Records.  Boeing-Boeing received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a play. 
 
The production features scenic design by David M. Barber, costume design by Thomas Charles LeGalley, lighting design by Traci Klainer Polimeni, sound design by Fitz Patton.
 
Key Dates and Information
Tickets for Boeing-Boeing are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 860-527-5151 or by visiting hartfordstage.org.
 
Low-priced preview performances run January 12 - 18.
 
Press Night for Boeing-Boeing is Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night for Boeing-Boeing is Friday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m.
 
The production runs January 12 through February 5.  Evening performances are weeknights (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. and weekends (Friday and Saturday) at 8:00 p.m.  Matinee performances are Sundays and selected Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.  For a more specific schedule of performances, call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit hartfordstage.org.
 
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The Sty of the Blind Pig

TheaterWorks:

TheaterWorks
City Arts on Pearl
233 Pearl Street
Hartford, CT 06103
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PRODUCTION: The Sty of the Blind Pig

The Sty of the Blind Pig

 By Philip Hayes Dean • Directed by Tazewell Thompson
 January 20 through February 26, 2012
 Set in South Side Chicago in the late 1950's, in the late 1950's just as the Civil Rights
 Movement begins, this rich family drama looks back at a changing world and forward to a future
 suffused with new understandings.

  Honored by Time Magazine as one of the year's ten best plays, the publication called 

   The Sty of the Blind Pig "Eloquent, powerful, moving and beautiful… a consecrated act of theater."
   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays - 7:30pm
   Friday and Saturdays - 8pm
   Saturday and Sunday Matinees - 2pm
   ALL-FREE performance for college students and faculty -
   Saturday, February 4th - 2:30 matinee. CALL FOR DETAILS. 

Tickets:

All Seats - General Admission - $50

Center Reserved Service Charge - $13

Student Rush - $17

Group Rates - CALL for parties of 15 or more!


FORTICKETS CALL: 860-527-7838


 

TheaterWorks presents The Sty of the Blind Pig by Philip Hayes Dean.  Set in South Side Chicago in the late 1950's just as the Civil Rights Movement begins, this rich African American family drama looks back at a changing world and forward to a future suffused with new understandings. 

 

Tazewell Thompson, who staged TheaterWorks’ celebrated productions of Broke-ology, God of Carnage, RACE and The Mother----- With the Hat, directs Krystel Lucas (Alberta), Eden Marryshow (Blind Jordan), Jonathan Earl Peck (Doc), and Brenda Thomas (Weedy) in The Sty of the Blind Pig, the second play of the company’s 26th Season.

 

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Hartford Stage - A Christmas Carol

Theater Talk-
Howard Steven FrydmanA Christmas Carol

 

THE HARTFORD STAGE
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Connecticut’s Favorite Family Holiday Tradition Returns! HARTFORD STAGE presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 30 Veteran actors Bill Raymond and Gustave Johnson return as Ebenezer Scrooge   Adapted & Originally Directed by Michael Wilson Directed by Maxwell Williams Hartt School students and over two dozen local children make their Hartford Stage debuts! November 2011 (Hartford, CT) Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, Connecticut’s beloved holiday tradition, returns to Hartford Stage for its 14th season. Adapted and originally directed for the stage by Michael Wilson, and now directed by Hartford Stage resident director Maxwell Williams, Dickens’ timeless inspiring masterpiece runs from November 25 through December 30, 2011.  The Press Opening is Saturday, December 3 at 8pm.

 

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