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Venus In Fur
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Reviews by:   Howard Steven Frydman
Theater:       Theater Works
Production:   Venus In Fur 




Seriously Smart and Very Funny
Venus in Fur
At TheaterWorks in Downtown Hartford
Dangerously Delicious Drama Runs October 5 through November 11, 2012

What:
Venus in Fur by David Ives.
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Venus in Fur sizzles.  An emotionally charged audition becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse in David Ives’s wildly intelligent,             fantastically funny, dangerous new play. Blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex, the world of S&M meets the world of theater in this electrifying suspense-packed game of power.
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Rob Ruggiero, celebrating his 20th year with TheaterWorks, directs Venus in Fur, the first play of the company’s 27th Season.
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Liv Rooth stars as Vanda, a seemingly inept bumbling young actress.  As understudy to the Tony Award winning lead on Broadway, Liv is no stranger to the role.  She is joined onstage by David Christopher Wells as the insufferable Thomas.

The production’s design team includes Donald Eastman (Sets), Alejo Vietti (Costumes), John Lasiter (Lights) and Vincent Olivieri and Beth Lake (Sound).  Production Manager is Michael Lenaghan.
Storyline:
Thomas, a beleaguered playwright / director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale, Venus in Furs. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress - oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner.  As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win.

Press:
"Venus in Fur invites both carnal and cerebral excitement…"


- Village Voice


"Ives has crafted a modern take on a classic tale, skillfully twisting his plot  and characters in a fast-paced journey into one man's entrapment by a clever, vengeful  female."


- Associated Press

"The teeter-tottering test of wills that takes place in Venus in Fur makes even the most fraught encounter between a domineering director and a sensitive performer     seem like a play date in the sandbox. Actors may be pleased to hear that in this    ninety minutes of good, kinky fun, the upper hand does not necessarily belong to the usual suspect."


- The New York Times
When:
October 5 through November 11, 2012


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

Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00 p.m.

Weekend Matinees:
2:30 p.m.


No Sunday Matinee - November 4th

Special Evening Performance - Sunday November 4th 7:30pm

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Press Opening is Friday, October 12th at 8:00 p.m.

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, August 18th 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.  Call for details.
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For seats call (860) 527-7838.

NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ALLOWED FOR THIS SHOW.
CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE WITH STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT.

Venus in Fur is the first play of TheaterWorks’ 2012 - 2013 Season.

TheaterWorks’ 2012 – 2013 Season:


VENUS IN FUR by David Ives
October 5 through November 11, 2012
Press Night - October 12, 2012
ALMOST, MAINE by John Cariani
January 25 through March 3, 2013
Press Night - February 1, 2013
THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall
April 5 through May 12, 2013
Press Night - April 12, 2013
TBA
June 7 through July 14, 2013
Press Night - June 14, 2013
TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies
August 9 through September 15, 2013
Press Night - August 16, 2013




 
New Film ANONYMOUS
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ANONYMOUS
 Drama
 October 28, 2011

Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare?  Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.


 

Directed by:     Roland Emmerich

Written by:     John Orloff

Produced by:     Roland Emmerich
Larry Franco
Robert Leger

Executive Producers:   Volker Engel
Marc Weigert
John Orloff

Cast:      Rhys Ifans
Vanessa Redgrave
Joely Richardson
David Thewlis
Xavier Samuel
Sebastian Armesto
Rafe Spall
Edward Hogg
Jamie Campbell Bower
and Derek Jacobi

 
NormaTerrisTheater-The Bikinis
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Norma Terris Theatre
New Musical: The Bikinis

 Goodspeed Musicals celebrates summer fun in the groovy production The Bikinis a new musical beach party. 
This hip musical will run from August 9 to September 2 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., Goodspeed’s home for developing new works.

Back together again! The sixties girl group that everyone loves is bringing back the sun, fun and all the great songs they sang on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore...all to raise money to save Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. These Jersey Girls relive their heyday in a non-stop celebration of song with over 30 hits like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The Bikinis are irresistible!

The Bikinis is written and created by James Hindman and Ray Roderick and features music arrangements by Joseph Baker. 

Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, is jazzed to announce the cast of The Bikinis. This upcoming production will feature Lori Hammel playing Jodi.  Ms. Hammel appeared both on Broadway and in the National Tour of Mamma Mia!, and the National Tour of 9 to 5. Annie will be played by Meghan Duffy who appeared in Broadway’s Grease and in the National Tours of The Rocky Horror Show and Mame.

Karla will be played by Karyn Quackenbush of Broadway’s Imaginary Friends, Annie Get Your Gun, and Blood Brothers, and the National Tours of Annie Get Your Gun; Stop The World, I Want to Get Off; and The Sound of Music.  Ms. Quackenbush was last seen Off Broadway in Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss And What I Wore. Karyn also appeared in Goodspeed’s Good Sports and Follow Thru. Barbara will be played by Regina LeVert who appeared in the National Tour of Fame - The Musical.

The Bikinis is conceived and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman.  Ray Roderick, who is also choreographing and directing the show, has directed numerous Goodspeed Opera House hits including the recent sensation Mame, Singin’ in the Rain, My One And Only, and 42nd Street as well as last year’s Tin Pan Alley tuner Hello! My Baby at The Norma Terris Theatre. Mr. Roderick served as the Associate Director of the 2000 Broadway revival of The Music Man and co-conceived, directed, and choreographed the National Tour of Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano. James Hindman has acted in several Broadway hits including Mary Poppins, 1776, and City of Angels.

The Bikinis will be produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

The Bikinis will run August 9 - September 2, 2012. Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of August 9 which begins at 8:00 p.m.), Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at www.goodspeed.org.  For show highlights, exclusive photos, special events, and more visit us at goodspeed.org. 


 
GoodSpeed - MAME
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THE SENSATIONAL MAME HITS GOODSPEED’S STAGE APRIL 20th

East Haddam, Conn., March 13, 2012: Goodspeed Musicals will “coax the blues right out ‘a the horn” with its much-anticipated new production of Mame. The bold and brassy musical comedy will run from April 20 – July 1 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Mame will be sponsored by Liberty Bank, Mohegan Sun, and The Shops at Mohegan Sun. [Official Press Opening will be May 9, 2012.]


Come along for the madcap adventures of Auntie Mame and her adoring nephew. Surrounded by an eccentric cast of characters, she celebrates the Roaring 20s, overcomes tragedy and sails through life without missing a fad or a dance step. Jerry Herman’s delightful score is packed with favorites “Bosom Buddies,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and more. Brimming with optimism and zest, Mame will keep you laughing while warming your heart!

Mame

Mame features Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and is based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play, Auntie Mame by Lawrence and Lee.

Louise Pitre, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s Mamma Mia!, will lead the stellar cast as Mame. Known as Canada’s “first lady of musical theatre,” Ms. Pitre also headlined the Toronto and US touring company casts of Mamma Mia! and is known for her signature performances as Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal, and Paris) and the title character in Edith Piaf.

Vera will be played by Judy Blazer of Broadway’s Lovemusik, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Titanic, A Change in the Heir, and Me and My Girl and Goodspeed’s Bloomer Girl. Young Patrick will be played by Lucas Schultz. Charles Hagerty will play Older Patrick. Agnes Gooch will be played by Kirsten Wyatt whose Broadway credits include Elf; Grease; High Fidelity; Urinetown; and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Ms. Wyatt’s also appeared in Goodspeed’s My One And Only and The Boy Friend.

The role of Ito will be played by James Seol of Broadway’s A Naked Girl on the Appian Way. Babcock will be played by Paul Carlin whose Goodspeed credits include 1776, The Boy Friend, Where’s Charley, Brigadoon, Red, Hot & Blue, and On The Twentieth Century. Woolsey will be played by James Beaman of Goodspeed’s How to Succeed in Business… and Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. Beau will be played by James Lloyd Reynolds of Goodspeed’s 42nd Street. Eli Baker will play Peter.

 The ensemble includes Erin Denman as Sally Cato (Goodspeed’s 42nd Street), Alan Gillespie, Beau Landry as Junior, Peter Leskowicz (Goodspeed’s Half a Sixpence), Denise Lute as Mother Burnside/Madame Branislowski (Broadway’s Monday After the Miracle and Goodspeed’s Show Boat), Eric John Malhum as Mr. Upson, Mary Jo McConnell as Mrs. Upson (Goodspeed’s Big River and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Kim Sava as Peegan, Melissa Ann Steadman (Goodspeed’s Carnival!), Kit Treece, Kellyn Uhl as Gloria (Goodspeed’s How to Succeed…), and John T. Wolfe. The swings will be Brittany Bohn and Nick Nerio.

Mame will be directed by Ray Roderick, who helmed many of Goodspeed’s recent hits, My One And Only, 42nd Street, and Singin’ in the Rain as well as Hello! My Baby and Double Trouble at The Norma Terris Theatre. Mr. Roderick served as the Associate Director of the 2000 Broadway revival of The Music Man as well as Co-conceived, Directed, and Choreographed the National Tour of Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano. Choreography will be by Vince Pesce, who was Associate Choreographer of Broadway’s Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Mame is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

Mame will run April 20 through July 1, 2012 [Official Press Opening May 9, 2011]. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (with select performances at 2:00 p.m.), Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (with select performances at 6:30 p.m.).

Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and additional productions at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals.  The first regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards (for outstanding achievement), Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre. Goodspeed gratefully acknowledges the support of the assisting production sponsor Liberty Bank; supporting sponsor Mohegan Sun; ovation sponsor The Shops at Mohegan Sun; Sennheiser, the official audio sponsor; United, the official airline sponsor; and Hoffman Audi, the official auto sponsor of Goodspeed Musicals. Goodspeed is supported in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Production:                            Mame
Theatre:                                Goodspeed Opera House
                                            6 Main Street, East Haddam, Connecticut
Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play, Auntie Mame by Lawrence and Lee
Book by:                               Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Music and Lyrics by:                Jerry Herman

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Thearterworks RED
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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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