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Woody Sez, Cry It Out, American Son, Don Juan, and More

Woody Guthrie: If you watched the marvelous documentary series about country music that Ken Burns did on PBS, you heard many of the performers mention Woody Guthrie. While he’s more identified with the folk movement, Guthrie influenced generations of country singers. Woody Sez, a show that combines his music and his commentary, will be at Ivoryton Playhouse through Sunday, Nov. 10. David Lutken, who created the show, stars as Woody with four other talented musical/performers. For tickets, visit or call 860-767-7318.

Motherhood: Next up at Hartford Stage is Cry It Out, about the joys, loneliness, and frustrations of becoming a mother and caring for any infant. The show, which runs through Sunday, Nov. 13, focuses on three mothers who have little common except their proximity and their infants and how they give each support. Rachel Alderman directs. For tickets, visit or call 860-527-5151.

Ripped from the Headlines: American Son, which is opening the renovated TheaterWorks, can seem like it has been ripped from the headlines: a mother, a father, a teenage son who has gone missing, and the racial divide in America. The play, which was on Broadway last year and will be on Netflix, is directed by Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero. It runs through Saturday, Nov. 23. For tickets, visit or call 860-527-78338.

Next Season at Goodspeed: Goodspeed has announced its main stage productions for 2020. The season opens with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific directed by Rob Ruggiero from April 17 to June 28. A new folk-rock musical, Anne of Green Gables, will be directed by Jenn Thompson and run July 10 to Sept. 10. The season closes with the Leonard Bernstein musical/operetta Candide directed by Darko Tresnjak, from Sept. 18 to Nov. 22. Season tickets are now on sale at 860-873-8668.

World Premiere: Westport is closing its season with a world premiere translation and adaptation of Molière’s Don Juan from Friday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 23. This is a modern dress production of the classic satirical comedy about the notorious seducer and his meeting with an “unearthly visitor.” David Kennedy is directing. For tickets, visit or call 888-927-7529.

A Family Divided: A Shayna Maidel at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford focuses on two sisters, one who with her father escaped from Poland as World War II was occurring and has lived in American since the age of four. Now a young adult she is meeting her older sister Lusia, who was unable to escape. Can they understand each other? Can they forgive each other? The production runs Wednesday, Oct. 30 to Sunday, Nov. 17. For tickets, visit or call 860-532-5900.

No Boundaries: As part of Yale Rep’s No Boundaries performance series, Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein will run Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8. Manual Cinema performed at the 2017 Arts and Ideas Festival. It uses handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and sound and music to create immersive visual stories. For tickets, visit or call 203-432-1234

Hello, Dolly! The latest production of this iconic musical will be at the Bushnell from Tuesday, Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 17. It stars Tony-award nominee Carolee Carmello as Dolly and John Bolton as Horace Vandergelder. I suspect that tickets will be hard to get, so visit now.

Set Your DVR: Beginning Friday, Nov. 1, PBS stations will feature theater productions in its Great Performances series on Fridays at 9 p.m. It begins with the recent London revival of 42nd Street on Nov. 1, followed by Kelli O’Hara in The King and I on Nov. 8, Alfred Molina in the play Red on Nov. 15, the Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado about Nothing on Nov. 22, and the London production of Kinky Boots on Nov. 9.

Karen Isaacs is an East Haven resident. To check out her reviews for New York and Connecticut shows, visit She’s a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle, New York’s Outer Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association.

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