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Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Friday, August 28, 2009

“The Breath of Life” is Playhouse Final Play of 2009 Season

The Westport Country Playhouse announced today that its sixth and final play of the 2009 season will feature Jane Alexander and Stockard Channing in Sir David Hare’s “The Breath of Life,” running Sept. 29 through Oct. 17. WestportNow.com Image
Jane Alexander and Stockard Channing will star. Contributed photos

Mark Lamos, named artistic director in February at the Playhouse, will direct.

“The Breath of Life” was first produced at the Theatre Royal in London in 2002 in a production directed by Howard Davies and starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

“I saw ‘The Breath of Life’ when it premiered in London and was seduced by its quietly profound and wonderfully intelligent depiction of two women who share an obsession that has deeply affected their lives,” said Lamos.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

“That Championship Season” Begins Playhouse Previews

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The cast takes a bow tonight following the debut preview performance of “That Championship Season,” the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play at the Westport Country Playhouse. Pictured (l-r) are Skipp Sudduth, Robert Clohessy, John Doman (who plays the role of coach),  Lou Liberatore and Tom Nelis. The play runs through Sept. 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve Auction Items on Exhibit

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The first floor of Westport’s Town Hall is the venue for an exhibit of art works and photographs by local artists that will be available for bidding or sale at a fundraiser Aug. 29 for the new Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve. Among the works is this one, “Late Summer at Mill Pond” by Caroline Gantz, which has a minimum bid of $200. The new park, to cost $100,000 and to be paid for with private funds, is on the former Allen’s Clam House property. For more information about the fundraiser, call (203)227-7413. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Jazz at the Levitt

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Westport’s Bob Lasprogato and his Uptown Jazz sextet entertained a large crowd tonight at the Levitt Pavilion despite a classic hot, muggy August night. The sextet performed many oldies including Benny Goodman’s “Memories of You” and Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose” in addition to selections made famous by Duke Ellington, Earl Hines and other musical greats of the 1930s and ‘40s. Pictured (l-r) are Lasprogato on drums, Jim Tutunjian of Stratford, bass; Gim Burton of Ridgefield, guitar; Bobby Day of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., piano; Paul Boehmke of Trumbull, clarinet, and Fred Mariano of Shelton, trumpet. When he is not performing, Lasprogato serves as a Westport selectman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Night at the Levitt

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There was an appreciative crowd on hand tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion to hear Westport’s Bob Lasprogato and his Uptown Jazz sextet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Playhouse Date Night: “Summer Valentine’s”

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The Westport Country Playhouse was a sellout Friday night as it hosted “Summer Valentine’s,” the first in the Playhouse’s new Date Night Series. It featured champagne, wines, exquisite cuisine from the new Manolo Restaurant of Westport, romantic music, chocolates, spa giveaways, roses and a performance of the comedy, “How The Other Half Loves.” “Who said that you can only celebrate your relationship on February 14th,” said Jenn Bond, Playhouse community relations liaison. “This evening, exactly six months from the traditional Valentine’s Day, we help celebrate that special someone in your life since we never tell one another enough.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Arts Center Opens Non-Juried Group Show II

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.A large crowd of art lovers gathered tonight at the Westport Arts Center to view the 81 pieces of art on display in the second half of the Non-Juried Group Show. Pictured is an appreciative visitor examining the first prize entry, a woodcut entitled “Silk Road” created by Deborah Weiss.  The interesting composition seems to depict the setting sun against a colorful although hazy horizon. The artist’s delicate use of color lends a mystic allure to the abstract landscape. Running concurrently with the group show in the main gallery is an exhibit of the distinctive and unusual work of Weston artist Nancy Reinker in the Back Gallery. Both exhibits will remain on view through Sunday, Sept. 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 14, 2009

“Years in the Making” Has Been Years in the Making

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight held its monthly Business After Hours event at the Westport Historical Society where the current exhibit is “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art.” They heard from (l-r) documentary filmmaker Martin West, photographer Krisitin Rasich Fox, and artist Anne Chernow about their “Years in the Making” film project that features 50 Westport and Weston artists ages 70 and older whose recent works are on exhibit. The project, itself years in the making (at least three to be exact), challenges the notion that creativity is limited to the younger generation. Raisch Fox’s “Heads & Hands” exhibit in the Society’s Little Gallery is a photographic tribute to these 50 ageless artists. “Years in the Making” will have its first public showing Nov. 8 at Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dancing to a Latin Beat

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They were dancing in the aisles tonight at the Levitt Pavilion’s weekly kids night. The lively beat of Latino rhythms from Cambridge, Mass.-based Sol y Canto (sun and song) reverberated at the indoor venue of the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. It was the seventh time this season that the show had to move indoors, according to Freda Welsh, executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Laughing at the Levitt

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The crowd forgot about the heat and humidity tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion as they were entertained by three stand-up comedians of the Treehouse Comedy Club. The performers, Rob Falcone of Queens, Scott Papacuri of Long Island and Johnny Rizzo of Bridgeport each presented slide-splitting routines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Playhouse Announces 2010 Season Selections

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Mark Lamos: “An exciting challenge.” Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse today announced four of the five selections for its 2010 season, its 80th anniversary year. The number is one less than this season.

It will be the first official season of artistic programming by Mark Lamos, who was appointed as the Playhouse’s artistic director in February 2009.

Lamos will direct both the musical comedy “She Loves Me” (April 27-May 15) and Samuel Beckett’s comedy “Happy Days” (July 6-24).

The season will also include the two-character musical “I Do! I Do!” (Aug. 10-28), and the classic drama “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly revised by Wendy Kesselman, (Sept. 28-Oct. 16).

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Insider Arts: Adultery and Guns; Some Laugh, Some Don’t

By Ina B. Chadwick

Special to WestportNow

Does he who laughs last, laugh longest? Or, does he laugh last simply because he’s the last one to get the joke?

During the Westport Country Playhouse’s current run of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves,” I had never been more aware of the disparity over the moments that individual audience members found worthy of their laughter. 

On this particular evening, it was as if each audience member existed on a separate planet receiving messages at different speeds; the chuckles, giggles and guffaws were popping up in an un-syncopated chorus, behind me, in front of me, and often at seemingly inappropriate times.

Seated between my husband and my business partner, I noticed they too reacted at significantly different times, and rarely to the same lines. 

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Singer Don McLean Entertains Levitt Crowd

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Westport’s Levitt Pavilion was rocking tonight as rock-folk-pop music icon Don McLean entertained the crowd with selections from his 40 platinum and gold records, including such hits as “And I Love You So,”  “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and “American Pie.” Proceeds from the evening make possible the 58 free nights of music at the Levitt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Starry, Starry Night

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More than 1,000 persons turned out tonight for the Don McLean cocnert at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

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Some of the crowd on hand tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion to hear Don McLean and one of his most popular hits, “American Pie.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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