Connecticut Theater Discounts, “Arcadia,” New Plays

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By Karen Isaacs

Promoting Theater with Discounts:  The Connecticut Dept. of Tourism in collaboration with six of Connecticut’s theaters is sponsoring “The Play! in Connecticut Fall Theater Festival.”  It includes discount tickets and offers for hotel and restaurants.  It’s designed to encourage both in and out of state tourism during the fall foliage season. The participating theaters are Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Goodspeed, Hartford Stage and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.  Expect to see some ads promoting this. For more information visit

 World Premier: Olives and Blood will open the Connecticut Repertory Season  at UConn, Oct. 2 -12.  Martín Solá  plays Juan Luis Trescante Medina, the man who claims responsibility for the murder of poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. According to the press release, the play “investigates the repression of the artist in times of political upheaval and the power of a poetic voice that resonates beyond the confines of the flesh.”  For tickets visit or call 860-486-2113

An Intellectual Mystery: Arcadia which opens the Yale Rep season, Oct. 3-25 is about modern academic adversaries trying to understand clues about a startling scientific theory proposed 200 years ago. Artistic Director James Bundy directs this Tom Stoppard play.  For tickets  visit or call 203-432-1234.

Golden Year: Long Wharf begins celebrating its 50th anniversary with Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, Oct. 8 to Nov. 2.  Two twists for this classic play directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein: every member of the cast has performed before at Long Wharf.  Secondly, the townspeople of Grover’s Corners will be played by area residents.  For tickets  visit or call 203-787-4282.

A New Play: Ivoryton doesn’t often get the opportunity to debut a new play, so it is understandable excited about Comedy Is Hard.  The play is written by Mike Reiss (he wrote  I’m Connecticut as well as for The Simpsons and other TV shows).  It stars Mickey Dolenz as an aging comedian who makes friends with a veteran dramatic actress (Joyce DeWitt) at a home for retired performers. It runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 12.  For tickets call 860-767-7318 or visit

Children Auditions:  Hartford Stage will conduct auditions for children interested in performing in A Christmas Carol — A  Ghost Story of Christmas.   Auditions are Oct 6. 8 and 9; rehearsals start Nov. 13 and performances run Nov. 23 – Dec. 28.  For full information or an audition appointment call 860-520-7103 or

Holiday at Goodspeed: Holiday Inn is just beginning previews, but the world premier musical adaptation of the Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire film has already extended its run through Dec. 7. In addition, Goodspeed has a variety of special events including meet the cast nights (Oct. 16,23,30 and Nov. 13); kids nights (on Sept. 24-26): foliage lunch cruises in connection with performances on Oct. 1 and 29; a special Halloween night and Friday night packages that include dinner at the Gelston Inn.  For tickets and information visit

A Big Play:  The small theater company Playhouse on Park in West Hartford is opening its season with a very big play — big in both cast and in impact.  The theater is producing Angels in America: Part I Millennium which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize.  It touches on religion, politics and the AIDS epidemic. It runs Oct. 1 to 19. For tickets call 860-523-5900 ext 10 or visit

New York Notes:  Helen Mirren will recreate her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the play The Audience in the Spring. She won every award in London last year for this play about the Queen and her prime ministers.  It will sell out.  Tickets are now available for the revised version of the musical Side Show which opens Oct. 28.  The musical about co-joined sisters who go into vaudeville has won raves during stints at the Kennedy Center and  La Jolla Playhouse.  Visit Love Letters which features a bevy of stars in the two character play by A.R. Gurney is now in previews. Through Oct 10, it is Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow followed by Dennehy and Carol Burnett (Oct. 11- Nov. 8), Alan Alda & Candice Bergen (Nov. 9 – Dec. 5), Stacy Keach & Diana Rigg (Dec. 6- Jan. 9) and Anjelica Huston & Martin Sheen (Jan. 10-Feb. 1). Tickets are available at

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