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Julie Stern

  • Theater Review: Drama And Humor In Westport’s "Dining Room"

    WESTPORT — An elegant realtor is showing off the gracious old formal dining room to a harried corporate exec who has one day to find a house for his family in this, his latest  posting.

    “Look at this beautiful dining room,” she chirps. “I grew up in a dining room just like this one.”

    “I did too,” he recalls. Together they spend a few minutes sharing happy memories.

  • Theater Review: Highly Enjoyable Mindless Fluff At Goodspeed, Just Like Musicals Used To Be

    EAST HADDAM — The original Broadway production of Good News! ran for 557 performances back in the Gatsby era, starting in 1927, and closing months before the stock market bad news that initiated the Great Depression. In short, it was  the kind of mindless fluff that entertained the punters and employed the starlets who flocked to those outrageous parties at Gatsby’s West Egg mansion.

  • Theater Review: "Seascape" At TheatreWorks New Milford Offers Thurberesque Fable, Another Great Production

    NEW MILFORD — In recent months we’ve been approached by attractive young (but not indecently young) women with earnest smiles and degrees in marketing, plying us with free lunches and ballpoint pens in return for allowing them to explain the benefits of their employers — the such and such Continuing Care Community which will free us from the drudgery of shoveling and mowing, while bestowing on us all the joys of spacious floor plans, indoor pools with water aerobics, fine dining and on site medical staff…

  • Theater Review: "The Little Dog Laughed," And Nobody Napped, At The Little Theatre

    When a production is billed as a comedy, it is not always clear what to expect. Frequently, audiences are treated to a farce, with lots of doors from which spouses emerge at inopportune times, or through which lovers and other problems are shoved, so as not to be caught on forbidden ground. Then there are screwball comedies, whose humor depends on bizarre situations, like Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn singing “I can’t give you anything but love, Baby,” to a leopard as they try to retrieve a missing dinosaur bone.

  • Theater Review: Two Strangers, One Motel Room: Captivating "Mountaintop" In Hartford

    HARTFORD — Winner of England’s 2010 Oliver Award, and a Broadway success when it starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop is a surrealistic fantasy that incorporates real historic events and oratory, even as it mingles comic riffs with deeply tragic overtones and implications. The title comes from the Reverend Martin Luther King’s final speech on April 3, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, in which, apparently foreseeing his own death, the 39-year old preacher and moral leader of a generation declaimed: 

  • Theater Review: Sherman Offering Good Entertainment With "Run For Your Wife"

    SHERMAN — Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…

  • Theater Review: Mastrosimone’s "Tiger," In Second Production At Long Wharf, Still An Enjoyable Ride

    Christina Bennett Lind plays Judy, “an amiable, beautiful, and exceedingly dim-witted young woman.”