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Julie Stern

  • Top of The Mountain

    Photo bombs continue to be a very popular trend, and this week I spotted one of my own doing just that. When one of our Bee photographers was out collecting Bee’s Buck photos last week, she didn’t realize that while she was trying to sneakily take a photo for this week’s challenge photo, the photographer herself was also being watched.

  • A Good Review For The Reviewer

    To the Editor:

  • Theater Review: A Very Well Acted, Off-Key Love Note To Florence Foster Jenkins

    If you go on ebay you can probably buy recordings of the real Florence Foster Jenkins, and listen to them and laugh. It would be far better, however, to see this play, with its nuances of characterization, and terrific performances by its cast. 

  • Theater Review: Ruh’s ‘Clean House’ Is Good In Ridgefield, But Don’t Expect Funny

    RIDGEFIELD — Winner of one of those MacArthur “genius” awards, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, who turns forty this year, is one of America’s most prolific and successful playwrights. Her works are performed on Broadway, at repertory theaters from Yale to Berkeley, and, frequently, on local amateur stages as well.

  • Theater Review: Second Round Of St Germain At TheaterWorks Seriously Entertaining

    HARTFORD — Last year Hartford’s TheaterWorks mounted a delightful production of Mark St Germain’s Becoming Dr Ruth, a one-woman dramatic monologue about how an orphaned Holocaust survivor became America’s most popular sex therapist.

  • Theater Review: An Excellent Collection Of One Acts In Ridgefield

    RIDGEFIELD — Once again Ridgefield Theater Barn is warming up the winter doldrums with a special festival of eight short plays that showcase a wide assortment of local talent and keep the audience laughing. Fitting eight “plays” into a time slot normally geared for two acts means that each work must be really short — more along the lines of a television comic sketch, than a complete dramatic work.

  • Theater Review: Sherman’s Third Panto, ‘Aladdin’ Continues A Great Tradition

    SHERMAN — For the third year in a row, The Sherman Players are presenting a “Christmas Panto” — something that is traditional in Britain, and hopefully will become a tradition here as well, since the two that I’ve seen (last year’s Cinderella, and this year’s Aladdin) — are rollicking good fun, designed to entertain young children, but delightful fun for grownups as well.

  • Theater Review: ‘Fences’ Is Good For A Number Of Reasons

    I never saw the play when it was on Broadway, but I can’t imagine a stronger, more perfect cast than the one assembled for this production.  

  • Theater Review: ‘Tom, Dick and Harry,’ The Stuff Of Sitcoms, Done Well By Town Players

    Ray Cooney has long been considered one of the most successful practitioners of the French style farce on the English stage, winning himself the nickname “The English Feydeau” (the French master of the comedies of infidelity involving multiple doors, beds, and mistresses). In particular, Cooney’s Move Over Mrs Markham and Run For Your Wife (which ran for eight years on the London stage) are performed regularly by local theater groups looking to entertain the homefolks.

  • Theater Review: Marvelous Performances In Theater Barn’s ‘Oleanna’

    RIDGEFIELD — When four people see a play and then spend the 45-minute ride home arguing about it, and then the next day continue the discussion with family and friends who didn’t get to see it, well that must mean something, doesn’t it?