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  • Theater Review: An American Comedy In Westport

    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 Hadron Big Bangers: When Physics and Music Collide

    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.

  • Theater Review: "Becoming Dr Ruth" A Life-Affirming Saga Of An Unexpected Celebrity

    "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.

  • Vintage Wedding Wear Makes Up New Library Exhibit

    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.

  • Snapshot: Jane Cottingham

    A weekly profile of a local resident.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • The Way We Were

    A look back at Newtown 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

  • Through Rain, Then Sunshine, Another Successful LobsterFest

    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.

  • Theater Review: A Pleasant, Updated "I Do! I Do!" In Ridgefield

    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.

  • Lighthouse Festival Set To Welcome Newtown’s Families On Saturday

    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.