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Monday, February 04, 2008

Revisions Announced to 2008 Playhouse Season

A month after the departure of Tazewell Thompson as Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, the Playhouse today announced its revised 2008 Image
Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe: Revised Playhouse season in less than a month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

Under the helm of Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, interim co-artistic directors, the Playhouse outlined a series of performances that includes Paul Newman, Woodward’s husband, making his professional stage directing debut.

Newman will direct the fall production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” Newman has received acclaim directing in the mediums of film and television, but has not directed previously for the professional stage.

“We’re excited about the new 2008 lineup that we’ve put together,” said Woodward. “We’ve gathered amazing talent to be part of our season as well as some additional shows that we’re certain our audience will enjoy.”

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Actor Scott Bryce Recalls His Last Firing: Westport’s Big Top Image
Scott Bryce: “Kind of stunning.” Robert Voets/CBS photo
Westport actor Scott Bryce, reflecting in TV Guide on his forced departure from the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns,” recalls that the last time he was fired was as a youngster flipping burgers in his hometown.

“This is a real drag because I’ve never been fired from an acting job before,” he told the magazine,” according to

“In fact, the last time I was fired I was flipping burgers at the Big Top Shop in Westport [Connecticut], so this is kind of stunning.”

The magazine said ever since it became known that Bryce has been fired from his role as Craig Montgomery, “fans are furiously bombarding the show with petitions for his return.” The character departs on the Feb. 21 show.

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Curtain Call for “The Glass Menagerie” Image
The Sunday matinee performance of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” met with enthusiastic audience reception at the Westport Community Theatre at Town Hall.  The show, which runs through Feb. 17, stars (l-r) Marguerite Foster of Seymour, Elise Bochinski of Weston, Christopher Caltagirone of Stratford and Damian Long of Norwalk. Long is an English teacher at Weston High School where he has directed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Arcadia.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Celebrating Opening Night of “Edges: A Song Cycle” Image
Westport’s MTC MainStage, Music Theatre of Connecticut’s Professional Equity Acting Company, Saturday night had its opening night party for the Connecticut premiere production of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s “Edges: A Song Cycle.” Pictured (l-r) are: Benj Pasek (co-creator of “Edges: A Song Cycle”), Alex Ellis (actor), Michael Kadin Craig (actor), Kevin Reed (actor), Justin Paul (co-creator) and Monique French (actor). Performances run through Feb. 17. For information call (203)454.3883 or visit the MTC Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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“The Will Rogers Follies” Winds Up at BMS Today Image
This weekend’s performances of “The Will Rogers Follies - A Life in Revue” wind up today with a 2 p.m. show at Bedford Middle School. The story focuses on the life and career of famed humorist Will Rogers and contains music composed and arranged by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolf Green. This production is directed by Kevin Slater with the help of Dodie Pettit as assistant director, vocal coach and choreographer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, February 01, 2008

“Midnight in Moscow” Levitt Winter Gala Draws Crowd Image
The winter gala benefiting Westport’s Levitt Pavilion drew a crowd tonight to the Inn at Longshore. The “Midnight in Moscow” Russian theme shared the evening with the popular Soul Street Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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WCT Debuts “The Glass Menagerie” Tonight Image
The Westport Community Theatre tonight debuts Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” one of the most acclaimed plays of 20th century American theater. Directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner, who teaches in the English department of Fairfield University, “The Glass Menagerie” is a semi-autobiographical account of Tennessee Williams’ early days in 1930s St. Louis. Pictured are Marguerite Foster of Seymour and Elise Bochinski of Weston. There will be 10 performances through Feb. 17. To make a reservation, call the box office at (203) 226-1983 or go to the Community Theatre Web site for more details. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Westport Library Celebrating Centennial Image
The Westport Public Library is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and banners have gone up proclaiming the centennial. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Colombian-born Author Addresses Library Audience Image
James Cañón, who made his literary debut with “Tales from the Town of Widows,” was guest speaker today at the Westport Public Library and was introduced by the library’s Joan Hume. Set in a small Colombian mountain village, the novel tells the story of how the village women learned to survive and create a peaceful new community after their men were kidnapped by Communist guerrillas. Cañón was born and raised in Colombia. He moved to New York to study English and later earned his MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Westport Arts Center Presents “Broadway Songbook” Image
The Westport Arts Center in cooperation with the Pequot Library in Southport today presented a musical program called “Broadway Songbook” that featured songs of Rodgers and Hart. Performers included (l-r) Justin Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School, Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax, and Susan Terry and George Dvorsky doing vocals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Staples Musicians Honored Image
Sixteen music students from Westport’s Staples High School were chosen to participate in the recent 2008 Western Regional Music Festival at Wilton High School. The musicians were chosen through auditions that included the finest music students from 26 different Connecticut high schools. The final concert included performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Orchestra and Symphony Band. This annual event is sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Pictured are (l-r) back row: Geoff Jordan, Everett Tremblay, Willys DeVoll. Yunke Liu, Curtis Chen, Chris McNiff, Ole-Martin Vaagen, and Marshall Rauh. Front row: Elysse Lloyd, Danielle Merlis, Adele Shenoy, Seori Sachs, Maanvi Mittal, Alexandra Wismer. Not Shown: Naveen Murali and Scott Infusino. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 07:39 PM
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Internet and Politics Writer Brian Reich Addresses Rotary

Brian Reich, co-author of a new book, “Media Rules: Mastering Today’s Technology to Connect With and Keep Your Audience,” will speak at the Westport Rotary Club on Image
Brian Reich: mixes politics and technology. Contributed photo

Reich, son of Ann Sheffer and stepson of Bill Scheffler, both longtime Westporters, is a noted speaker and writer on the issues involving the impact of the Internet and technology on politics, society, and the media.

The public is invited to attend the noon luncheon at the Inn at Longshore as well as a book signing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Borders in Fairfield.

Reich is the editor of the blog, Thinking about Media and a contributor to The Hotline and to Personal Democracy Forum. He also serves as a Fast Company Expert.

Posted 05:36 PM
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Levitt’s Midnight in Moscow Winter Fund-Raiser Set for Friday

Midnight in Moscow is the theme of the Levitt Pavilion’s Winter Gala on Friday at Westport’s Inn at Image

The 7 p.m. fund-raiser helps pay for the summer of free music and entertainment at the outdoor venue along the Saugatuck River. The Russian theme will share the evening with the popular Soul Street Band.

The evening will feature a live auction offering such varied items as a weekend package for two in New York City with boutique hotel, theater tickets, and a sail around the city; premium seats to a Yankees game; tickets to a Valentino & Etro Paris fashion show and apartment stay, and VIP passes to Lime Rock Race Track, plus many others.

Midnight in Moscow tickets can be can obtained through the Levitt Pavilion Web site or by calling (203)226-7600. The evening will be generously sponsored by financial firm, RBC Dain Rauscher.

Posted 04:33 PM
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Friday, January 25, 2008

Comedian Lewis Black Headlines IHA Fund-Raiser Image
Lewis Black: stand-up comedian is Grammy Award winner. Contributed photo
Comedian Lewis Black will headline a Fairfield University Quick Center for the Arts performance Saturday to benefit the Interfaith Housing Association of Westport/Weston (IHA).

The event, “Stand Up for Homes With Hope,” will take place beginning at 7 p.m.Tickets are $100, $175, $250 and $500 and can be purchased online at or by calling (203)254-4010. For other information call IHA at (203)226-3426.

Black is well known for his appearances on HBO specials and on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” He will soon star in his own television show, “Root of All Evil,” kicking off on March 12 on the Comedy Central Channel.

In addition to Black’s performance, the evening will include a cocktail reception and a live and silent auction.

Posted 04:32 PM
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Historical Society Exhibit Opening Attracts Large Crowd Image
The Westport Historical Society opened its “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive” exhibit today and about 250 persons attended the opening reception. The exhibit in the Society’s Betty and Ralph Sheffer Hall continues until May 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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