Playwright George Kelly came from a notable Philadelphia family whose ranks included a champion Olympic oarsman and a movie star who married a prince, but his own star led him to the stage, first as a vaudevillian performer and then as a playwright. He was very successful in the 1920s, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his drama Craig’s Wife, and achieving great popular success with his comedy, The Show-Off. He drifted to Hollywood in the thirties, but found little satisfaction there. By today, most people have never heard of him. Now Westport Country Playhouse is hoping to gain him recognition again, with its revival of The Show-Off, touting it as an example of American comedy. Performances continue on the historic theater’s stage until June 29.
The memories of those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on 12/14 continue to live on through family, friends, and community members. Now, future educators are honoring the 20 students and six educators thanks to a partnership between We Are Newtown and Newtown Scholarship Association to provide scholarships to four graduating Newtown High School students. The first four recipients of the new scholarship, one of eight established this year in response to 12/14, were announced on June 15 during a ceremony at Newtown Youth Academy.
Eight members of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) are represented in an exhibition on view at Tommy’s 160 Main until August 31. The show is the second in a series of four hosted by SCAN, and offers 40 pieces done in oil, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. A special painting demonstration will be offered on Sunday, June 30, from 3 to 4:30 pm, by Amy Skillin, one of the participating artists. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served.
Wedding dresses and trousseau items from the late 1800s to the 1960s will be displayed in the Mary Hawley dining room, on the third floor of the C.H. Booth Library, beginning Thursday, June 20, said library curator Mary Thomas. The presentation will remain on view until July 6. Last year, for the entire month of June, wedding dresses from the 1930s to the 1980s were exhibited at the library.
“There was such a popular response, last year. We were very surprised by the way people reacted,” Ms Thomas said. “I think there is something distinguished about the dining room. The dresses on the forms were so ethereal. It was such an atmosphere of dignity, that went right along with the dignity Mary Hawley exemplified in her life,” she said.
Considered an engineering milestone, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest particle accelerator. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) built the Hadron Collider from 1998 to 2008, to test physics theories. According to news accounts, the Hadron Collider has been credited with recreating the Big Bang. Musicians Rob Rabinowitz (Robert Are) and Martin Earley (Martin Ear) have borrowed the physics theme for music. Their duo, The Hadron Big Bangers, has produced its first CD, Strange Beauty Decays, another term borrowed from particle physics. A strong fascination with the scientific world inspired the CD and band name.
"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.
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.