Monday, March 15, 2010

CT Residents Get Looped on Broadway; Kathleen Turner stars in 'High' at TheaterWorks

Looped, starring Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead, opened on Broadway yesterday. The play is written by CT resident Matthew Lombardo and directed by TheaterWorks Hartford's Senior Artistic Associate Rob Ruggiero. For a review, click here.

Meanwhile, Lombardo's next play High will receive its world premiere here at TheaterWorks July 9-Aug. 22 and will star Kathleen Turner with Ruggiero directing. The play will be presented in conjunction with Cincinnati Playhouse and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and replaces Reasons To Be Pretty as the fourth offering in TheaterWorks' five-play 2009- 2010 season.

In High, when Sister Jamison Connelly (Turner, right) agrees to sponsor a 19-year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question the belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change. High explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm with weekend matinees at 2:30 pm.

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 seats are $12 at show time with valid school ID (subject to availability). Discounts are available for groups of 12 or more. A three-play subscription package for TheaterWorks' current 2009-2010 Season, including Souvenir, High, and Broke-ology is available for $89. In addition, subscriptions for TheaterWorks' upcoming five-play 2010-2011 Season have just gone on sale for $129.

For complete information and reservations, call TheaterWorks at (860) 527-7838. Visit TheaterWorks at theaterworkshartford.org.

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