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Fun With Food, Towey Style

By Bonnie Goldberg

If fruits and vegetables and all foods healthy had a policewoman or super spokesperson in charge, Dre Towey would be it. With humor, clever lyrics and adorable visuals, she could probably persuade even the most artery hardened carnivore to abandon pork ribs and filets of beef. Her song “You Are What You Eat” uses all kinds of food, mostly healthy, leafy gems like asparagus and crunchy carrots, to spell out Dre’s good-for-you message. One does notice the occasional candy corn kernels and chocolate chips, licorice and lollipops, as her song happily sings along. The CD features Claymation letters and pictures created with the help of Ellery Lamm, a neighbor’s imaginative daughter.

A mom of three, plus caretaker of assorted fish, cats and several dogs, Dre Towey has been strumming a guitar and creating ingenious lyrics since 1998. Called positively a “Mom of Reinvention,” she has racked up five albums, or CDs and a pair of holiday singles, becoming a finalist in The John Lennon Songwriting Awards and receiving a trio of Parents’ Choice Awards along the merry way.

Dubbing herself originally a Jersey girl, she always loved music and describes herself as a “kindie rocker,” a genre of songs specially for kids. Explaining that “I’m just a kid at heart, going where my songs take me,” Dre came into the music world in a back door kind of way. “I was teaching in the city and observed a co-worker entertaining her kindergarten class singing and playing guitar. I just loved it and thought it was cool. I knew I wanted to do it too.”

Jumping right in to her new career, she collaborated with a fellow teacher on a CD entitled “The Ants Wear Underpants.” Already proficient as a writer and illustrator, she moved into the new artistic areas with ease. When she became pregnant with her first child, she was able to indulge her passion and start writing songs and accompanying them on guitar on topics from mashed potatoes to meatballs, mushrooms to monkeys.

Photo: Dre Towey


The Year's Best -- One Critic's Opinion


Carson Higgins (center) and the cast of Memphis

By Tom Holehan

A wrap-up of Connecticut’s theatre year 2015 would not be complete without a look back on the highlights from some of the state’s professional regional theatres.

Goodspeed Musicals: The East Haddam mainstay stumbled recently with an ill-advised holiday production of “A Wonderful Life”, but director Rob Ruggiero was, again, seen to excellent advantage with his production of “La Cage Aux Folles” last July. Rarely has the Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein crowd-pleaser been so, well, crowd-pleasing! Kudos to Ruggiero who is quickly getting a reputation as the state’s go-to director for breathing new life into Broadway war horses.

Hartford Stage: The theatre made lots of noise recently with its world premiere of “Rear Window” featuring Kevin Bacon in what I found to be a rather bloated production. For my money, director Darko Tresnjak’s high-energy revival of “Kiss Me Kate” last June was of far greater interest. I also was in the minority for enjoying the theatre’s stylish rendering of the Noel Coward classic, “Private Lives”, in January with Mr. Tresnjak bringing his patented enthusiasm to every project he undertakes.


Articles of Interest:

Three New Musicals in Development Get Goodspeed Readings

Seminars, Celebrities, Previews, Cabarets and More at the Goodspeed Festival

Blogs and Websites of Interest

Blogs about Connecticut theater, movie reviews, and the arts.

Zander Opper

Joe's Views -- Joe Meyers' Blog

Artes Magazine -- fine art, architecture, design and theater

Back Stage Buzz - current and archived interviews with CT artists -- movie reviews

CT Arts Connection

WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review) (Frank Rizzo reviews)

www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews) (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)

Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments

Two on the Aisle -- NYC and Connecticut Theater News and Reviews

Howard's Blog



It's Time

By Lauren Yarger

2016 may just be the year we start to see some change for women in theater. As much as we hear about equality and change in the news, the numbers, when it comes to women represented in professional theater productions, haven’t been keeping up.

The next time you sit in your seat for a production, take a look around you. More than likely, you will see a majority of women sitting in those seats with you -- according to industry studies, women represent about 65 percent of audiences. In fact, women make about 70 percent of theater ticket purchases. So why, then, in a recent study conducted of major non-profit theaters across the country, do we find that women are represented in only about 30 percent of shows being produced?

One reason is that because many theater artistic directors -- the ones deciding what show to present -- are men. It’s not surprising that they would be drawn to stories about men, presented from a male perspective, most often written by men. And who better to direct all that but a man? In the old-boy environment of theater, it is really easy to assemble an all-male, or mostly all-male creative team.

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