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New Home for Square One

Tom Holehan, artistic director, and Richard Pheneger, general manager of the 26 year-old Square One Theatre Company, announce that the theatre's new location will be at Stratford Academy at Johnson House, an arts magnet school located at 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford, Connecticut, just over a mile beyond the theater’s former location. Stratford Academy offers patrons plenty of FREE parking.

Holehan and Pheneger are greatly indebted to Stratford Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Robinson, Stratford Academy principal Maureen Didomenico and Head Custodian Frank Kalakay for their invaluable assistance in providing this new space to the theatre, which after 25 years had to vacate its Main Street theatre following the end of last season.

According to Dr. Janet Robinson “It is only fitting that the Stratford School District that values arts education would partner with a theatre group. We are only happy to share our facility to host Square One Theatre and assist them in bringing great performances to the community.”


We're Still Here

downtown cabret

By Geary Danihy

Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all
And, my dear, I’m still here
Plush velvet sometimes
Sometimes just pretzels and beer, but I’m here

Those are the opening lines of “I’m Still Here” from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. The show is about a group of actors reuniting in a Broadway theater that’s scheduled for demolition, but it could easily have been written about the Hallinan family and the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport. Through good times and bad, triumphs and trials, fanfares and flops, the DCT has managed to survive and is, hopefully, about to enjoy a renaissance under the leadership of Hugh Hallinan, the venue’s executive producer.

Located at 263 Golden Hill Street, just steps up from the Bridgeport police department, the theater has been “tempest tossed’ several times, and lesser folks might have allowed the vessel to capsize and sink beneath the waters, but the Hallinans are theater-folk, and as another song suggests, “There’s no people like show people.”


Articles of Interest:


Veterans as Artists, Going Beyond the Stereotypes

By Amy Barry


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



Liberace Lives!

By Don Church and Tony Schillaci

Shakespeare’s immortal “The play's the thing” are words to live by for Jacqueline Hubbard, long-time executive and artistic director, of the acclaimed Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, Connecticut. The theater is where Katharine Hepburn first played leading parts in 1930 and Marlon Brando made his last stage appearance in 1953.

In preparing this year’s season, Ms. Hubbard scheduled Brent Hazelton’s new play with music LIBERACE! It reveals for the first time many touching and humorous highs and lows of a flamboyant musical star who at the height of his fame was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. His many awards included two Emmy Awards, six gold albums and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hazelton’s play has a rollicking piano score of classical and popular music from Chopin to “Chopsticks,” and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime, including Liberace favorites “I'll Be Seeing You," "Three Little Fishies," and "The Boogie Woogie."
Ms. Hubbard’s challenge was to find her Liberace. She knew it required an actor with many exceptional skills, talents and charisma to play Liberace. After widely posting a casting notice, followed by many unproductive auditions in New York an agent sent her a video that saved the day.

.(For reviews of the play click on "Current Reviews")

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