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Life With Father

Life with Father

By Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, based on the book by Clarence Day

December 2,3,4 9,10,11 16,17,18 2016
(Preview December 1 & Matinees December 4,11,18)

Life with Father is a joyous and sentimental glance at the Day family, set in Manhattan in the late 19th century. It involves patriarch Clarence Day, his beautiful wife Vinnie, their four red-headed sons, a loyal cook and relations who fail to see the point of hotels. The themes of first love, old love and the enduring lure of family made it one of the longest running shows in the history of Broadway and is a comedic delight for all ages.

Directed by Robin Frome

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Theater Review: 'Chalk Garden,' In Sherman, Continues To Charm – Elizabeth Young, The Newtown Bee

The Chalk Garden at the Sherman Playhouse – Mary Hembree, Town Tribune

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Special Events

Staged Reading – Dracula A new adapation of Bram Stoker's Novel. By Joseph Stephen Russo. Saturday, October 29th at 8:00pm.

2017 Play Submissions

Sherman Players is in the process of planning its 2017 season. We invite area directors to submit play selections for consideration by our play selection committee. Plays are welcome from a variety of genres including: comedy, drama, and musicals. Directors will receive a stipend of $500.
Submissions must include a theatrical resume and a completed submission form (available for download here.)

2017 Play Submission Form

Email all applications to: Please include: "Play Submission" in the subject line. Or mail to: The Sherman Players • PO Box 471 • Sherman, Connecticut 06784 Submission Deadline: November 1, 2016

*If you are a director who is interested in directing, but don't have a particular play in mind, we'd like to hear from you as well. Please send along your resume, along with the time frame you are available to direct.

Directors will be informed of the Board's decision by November 20th.

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Chalk Garden continues through September and October. Trish Haldin photo. Joe Russo costumes and set. Sherman
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From Today's Waterbury Republican American:

by Joanne Rochman


Sherman has the edge on Broadway this season. Thanks to director Chesley Plemmons, the Sherman Playhouse will present Enid Bagnold’s “The Chalk Garden” before its next Broadway revival in the 2017-18 season. It originally premiered on Broadway in 1955.

“I’ve been wanting to do this play for a long time” said the director, who pitched the idea to the Sherman Board of Directors and finally got the opportunity to do the show at the Playhouse. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. Before the New York theater scene announced its plans for the revival of “The Chalk Garden,” Plemmons had already received the green light.

Once a show opens on Broadway, the rights to the show are held and other theaters will not have access to the play. The Broadway producers are hoping Angela Lansbury will play one of the leads. Chesley says he has a great cast of his own including Noel Desiato, Priscilla Squiers, John Taylor, Erin Shaughnessy, Charles Roth, Sheila Echevarria and Lynn Nissenbaum.

I remembered the play from a long time ago. It’s such an excellent play and pretty much unknown around here. It’s a comedy, drama, mystery about a grandmother, Mrs. St. Maugham, stuck in rules, and Laurel, her rebellious granddaughter who likes to play with fire.

“There’s a mystery that keeps the audience wondering about Mrs. Madrigal, the woman who is hired to help manage the house,” explained Chesley. It is also a comedy and according to the director it is very much like the humor one finds in Noel Coward’s works.

“It’s a very sophisticated play,” he emphasized, adding that it’s a great play that seems to have slipped through the cracks.

Not surprisingly, it didn’t slip through Chesley’s list of great plays that needed a production. A long time director as well as a theater critic, he knows a good play when he sees one and he hasn’t seen this one in too many years. In directing this play Chesley brings an insightful understanding of the work to his cast, crew, and audience.

“The language is simply beautiful. Before television – before cell phones, it was all about dialogue. It’s such a great play that it can stand on its own if you just cast it well,” he said. Certainly with such notable regional actors as Noel Desiato and Priscilla Squiers this director has pulled together a splendid cast.

“There are two main things one has to get right for this show. They are clarity and tempo,” said Chesley, adding that the tempo is like the back and forth timing in a tennis match. He also mentioned that many people might have seen the movie version of this work, but the film was not good. “They completely cut out one character and essentially turned the script upside down.”

Now theatergoers all over the region will have the opportunity to see the play the way it was meant to be performed and before it opens on Broadway. It opens Friday at the Sherman Playhouse and plays through Oct. 9. Box office: 860-354-3622.
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