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A Peek Behind the Curtain: February Theatre Preview

January 30, 2012 9:00 AM

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(credit: Yale Repertory Theatre)

(credit: Yale Repertory Theatre)

By Joanne Greco Rochman

This February, there is an abundance of great performances and great stories from the stage. Check out our picks for must-see theatre in Connecticut this month.
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The Bushnell
166 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT
Box office: (860) 987-5900

“The Addams Family”
February 21-26, 2012
Mortensen Hall

Remember television’s “The Addams Family” with Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, and Lurch? Well, those spooky looking, crazy characters were the basis for “The Addams Family,” a Broadway musical comedy that starred Nathan Lane. Created by the some of the same creative team members who wrote “Jersey Boys,” this musical has a new touring cast which is coming to The Bushnell in Hartford.  The theater ranks as one of the most beautiful theaters in the state. Tickets start at $17.

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Long Wharf Theatre
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 787-4282

“Macbeth 1969”
Through February 12, 2012
Main Stage

It’s the world premiere of the Scottish play with a new twist that’s coming to New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre and on its Main Stage.  Leave it to Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting to adapt and direct Shakespeare’s original tale, now titled “Macbeth 1969.”  Set in a veterans’ hospital where a group of nurses tend to the healing process of returning soldiers, the play is obviously updated.  Knowing Ting’s work, this ought to create quite a stir amongst Shakespearean aficionados.

“February House”
Feb. 15 – March 18
Stage II

Long Wharf is making February a month of world premieres.  “February House” is a brand new work in association and co-production with the Public Theatre and features songs and lyrics by Gabriel Kahane; libretto by Seth Bockley; and directed by Davis McCallum. The musical brings together notable figures such as W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee in a small house in Brooklyn in the 1940s. There’s a  literary bent here as well as a score that includes jazz, folk, and pop.

Seven Angels Theatre
1 Plank Road
Waterbury, CT 06705
(203) 757-4676

“Centennial Casting”
February 16 – March 11, 2012
Historic Hamilton Park Pavilion

Founded by the theater’s Artistic Director, Semina DeLaurentis, Seven Angels Theatre will present “Centennial Casting” by Gino DiIorio and Nancy Bleemer.  Described as a map-cap comedy this show sounds hilarious as Vincent Didonato’s crew turn the family’s metal casting business into a bogus “casting” office of another kind. Love and deceit play a comic of tug of war here.

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Yale Repertory Theatre
1120 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT O6520
(203) 432 -1234

“Good Goods”
Yale Repertory Theatre
February 3 – 25, 2012

This time it’s Yale Rep in New Haven that is featuring a world premiere, “Good Goods” by Christina Anderson.  The storyline focuses on a four lost souls in a small Black town where  the “blurring of lines between body an spirit” prevail. Set in a cluttered family-owned general store, “Good Goods,” sounds like a fantastical type of play.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of “The Fairfield County Review,” a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in “The New York Times,” “The Republican-American” and Hersam-Acorn Publications. She can be reached at jgrochman@gmail.com
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