"Becoming Dr Ruth" — Mark St Germain’s one-woman play about America’s most famous sex therapist, the tiny grandmotherly woman with the thick German accent, the beaming smile, and the startlingly frank vocabulary — is a wonderful work that takes audiences through the improbable yet life-affirming saga of how 10-year-old Karola Ruth Siegel became Dr Ruth Westheimer. Performances of the 95-minute work continue at TheaterWorks Hartford for four more weeks.
Based on a comedy by Jan De Hartog called "The Fourposter" (because the entire play takes place in a bedroom dominated by a large bed), Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's "I Do! I Do!" follows the life of a marriage. Because of the simple set and the two person cast, it is the kind of show often put on by regional and amateur theaters as a cost saver to offset the expenses of more lavish productions in their schedule. Thus it has been chosen as this year’s light summer musical for Ridgefield Theater Barn, and judging by the crowd on a recent Saturday night, a lot of people are really enjoying the production.
Days of rain led up to the 26th Annual Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co.’s LobsterFest last week, but the addition of a series of tents to cover guests as they approached the ticket tables and then the bays of the firehouse — where lobster dinners (or steak, or surf and turf, if that was their preference) awaited them — made the first night of the annual two-day event go a little smoother than expected. The arrival of sunshine the following day brought larger crowds for the second night of LobsterFest. Well before the end of Saturday night, the company was calling the event a success.
The custom lighthouses are in place, including a 20-foot tall custom built lighthouse that was set up in front of Trinity Episcopal Church late Wednesday afternoon. The banner is hung. Almost 1,000 pieces of artwork by Newtown’s kids are displayed. The Lighthouse Festival, to be presented Saturday, June 15, at Trinity Church, will be the kickoff event for Ben’s Lighthouse, a foundation working toward helping and healing Newtown’s children. Nearly 1,000 pieces of artwork by Newtown’s kids are being displayed, filling most rooms of the Main Street church. Among the scheduled activities are nautical crafts and science activities, nautical music workshops, model lighthouse workshops, interactive theater games, a touch-tank, a lifeboat and other items used by the US Coast Guard (and the opportunity to meet USCG's mascot Coastie), and even the opportunity enjoy juggling demonstrations.