All Alone on the Stage
By Geary Danihy
Everyone knows that boarding a play is a cooperative effort, but once the lights go down and the curtain goes up, the audience doesn’t see the director or the playwright, the set designer, choreographer or the stage crew (except occasionally, dressed in black, scurrying around during scene changes). What the audience sees are the actors. Hundreds of pairs of eyes shift from actor to actor as lines are delivered, they note movement and stage business…but, what if there’s only one actor up on the stage? Those hundreds of eyes focus and remain focused; the intensity is palpable. The entire weight of the show is on one person’s shoulders.
Currently at Square One Theatre Company in Stratford, those shoulders belong to Alice McMahon, who stars in Becoming Dr. Ruth, a dramatized biography of the famed sex therapist written by Mark St. Germaine. For 90 or so minutes, McMahon relates the story of the diminutive German girl who, at 10 years old, escaped from Hitler’s Germany to Switzerland, then on to Israel, and then France, and finally the United States, where she eventually became a celebrity, all told in a polyglot accent.
(Photo: Alice McMahon)
Connecticut Critics Circle Awards Ceremony Set For June 26
Nominees for 27th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards will be made public in early June. Winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony.
The ceremony, with Broadway star Terrence Mann as emcess, will be held at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Terrence Mann to Host CCC Awards Ceremony
Three-time Tony Award-nominee Terrence Mann will be master of ceremonies for the 27th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart University’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield. A private reception will precede the awards show.
The Monday night event, which celebrates the best in professional theater in the state, is free and open to the public. At the ceremony, Paulette Haupt, founding artistic director of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference in Waterford, will be honored with the Connecticut Critics Circle’s Tom Killen Award, given in recognition of her 40 years of extraordinary achievement and service to Connecticut theater.
Last year’s top honorees -- Yale Repertory Theatre’s “Indecent” and Hartford Stage’s “Anastasia” -- are currently on Broadway.
Articles of Interest:
Interview with singer-songwriter Javier Colon
Interview with Terrence Mann
Blogs and Websites of Interest
Blogs about Connecticut theater, movie reviews, and the arts.
OnStage - Theater Opinion & Discussion
Pillow Talking Blog
Joe's Views -- Joe Meyers' Blog
Back Stage Buzz - current and archived interviews with CT artists
susangranger.com -- movie reviews
CT Arts Connection
WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review)
www.courant.com/curtain (Frank Rizzo reviews)
www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews)
www.nytheaterscene.com (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)
Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments
Two on the Aisle -- NYC and Connecticut Theater News and Reviews