Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Good Advice: Enjoy 'Lady with all the Answers'

Charlotte Booker, at left, as Ann Landers. Photo by Lanny Nagler.

Ann Landers Doles Out Advice at TheaterWorks
Charlotte Booker gives a delightful performance as the square-but-hip advice columnist Ann Landers in TheaterWorks’ presentation of The Lady with all the Answers playing through March 7.

David Rambo’s play, directed by Artistic Director Steve Campo, has Ann (a.k.a. Esther Pauline Lederer) dispensing advice to her readers and the audience on everything from etiquette to sex to which way the bathroom tissue paper should roll while struggling to write the most difficult column of her career. The script is full of humor as well as a lot of interesting biographical information about Ann and her friendly competition with twin sister Dear Abby.

Adrian W. Jones designs the living room set and Kenneth Mooney designs the costumes. Lighting is by Mary Jo Dondlinger and sound is by Mike Lastella.

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Weekend matinees at 2:30. Seats are $39 for weeknights and matinees; $49 for Friday and Saturday evenings. Seating is general admission. Center reserved seats are $12 extra. College-age student rush $12 at show time with valid ID (subject to availability). Special discounts are available for groups of 12 or more. The theater is located City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. The play is recommended for age 14 and up.

For more information, call 527-7838, visit the box office at City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl St. Hartford, or http://www.theaterworkshartford.org/

--Lauren Yarger

For more information on what's happening this month at Connecticut's professional theaters, visit the Connecticut page at Curtain up at http://curtainup.com/ctnewandnoteworthy.html

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