Shakespeare Outdoors, Williamstown, Hartford Stage and Bushnell Tickets

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Theater News for July 23

Individual Show Tickets: Tickets for individual shows/performances are now on sale at both Hartford Stage and The Bushnell while subscriptions are still available. The Hartford Stage season starts with Ether Dome (Sept. 11 -Oct. 5), Hamlet (Oct. 16 – Nov. 9), Private Lives (Jan. 8 – Feb. 1),  Reverberation (Feb. 19 – March 15), The Pianist of Willesden Lane (March 26 – April 19), and Kiss Me Kate (May 14 – June 7.  Plus of course, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas (Nov. 28 – Dec. 28). For tickets call 860-527-5151 or  The Bushnell Broadway series includes Evita (Sept. 23-28), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Oct. 14-19), Wicked  (Nov. 5- 23), Pippin (Jan. 6 – 11); singles tickets are now on sale for these except Wicked which goes on Sale Sept. 12.  The season concludes with Nice Work If You Can Get It (Feb. 3 -8), Camelot (April 21-16), Once (May 26-31), and Kinky Boots (June 23-28); single tickets go on sale Sept. 20. For tickets call 860-987-5900 or

Shakespeare Outdoors: Connecticut Free Shakespeare won’t be appearing on the Guilford Green this summer, but the company is still doing Shakespeare. They’ll present the comedy As You Like It,  which is less commonly done, on the grounds of the old American Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford, on the banks of the Housatonic July 30 through Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. and on McLevy Green in downtown Bridgeport on Aug. 6 – 10 at 8 p.m. Admission is free though contributions are welcome. For more information visit

Ivoryton Coup: Ivoryton Playhouse will be presenting a new play by Mike Reiss who wrote It’s Connecticut, Sept. 24 to Oct. 12. Comedy is Hard! is as the press material describes it “set in a home for retired actors and the play takes an affectionate look at the relationship and rivalry between a retired stand-up comedian and a classical actress.” Mickey Dolenz, of the Monkees will star with Joyce DeWitt. Each of the two leads has extensive theater credits.  Sounds like fun.

Emmy Nomination: The Lifetime channel version of  A Trip to Bountiful directed by former Hartford Artistic Director Michael Wilson picked up several Emmy nominations for outstanding TV movie and for Cicely Tyson for leading actress in a miniseries or movie.

More Assignments for Darko: Darko Tresnjak, artistic director at Hartford Stage and Tony winning director for A Gentleman’s Guide… will direct Patti Lupone in the Los Angeles Opera production of The Ghosts of Versailles next February. He’s one busy man.

Williamstown This Summer: The Williamstown Theater Festival, in Williamstown, Mass. is one of the most lauded summer theater festivals.  Often plays begin their lives there. The festival attracts top notch acting, directing and production talent.  The season is well underway but there is still time to plan visit.  The main stage is currently offering Living on Love through July 26 with Renee Fleming as an opera diva who gets even with her egomaniacal husband.  Opening July 31 to Aug. 17 is The Visit, a musical version of the famous play with a book by Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by Kander and Ebb. It stars Chita Rivera, Judy Kuhn, Roger Rees and Jason Danieley among others. At the Nikkos stage is Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love (July 24-Aug. 2) followed by the PigPen Theater Company’s The Old Man and the Moon (Aug. 6-17).  For ticket visit

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