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I Ought To Be In Pictures at The Ivoryton Playhouse

I Ought To Be In Pictures at the Ivoryton Playhouse April 23 - May 11

Mike Boland* as Herb and Siobhan Fitzgerald as Libby

Ivoryton: What’s a daughter to do when she wants to get in touch with her father who she hasn’t seen in 16 years and who lives 3,000 miles away? Well, if you’re Libby Tucker you hitch hike and bus your way across the country with nothing but a backpack full of dreams and spare socks. Libby travels from Brooklyn to Los Angeles ostensibly to break into movies but mostly because she needs to find out why her dad and left and does he still love her.

I Ought To Be in Pictures opened in New York in April 1980, and in 1982 was turned into a movie starring Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret. This is Neil Simon at his best – poignant and funny. For dads and daughters everywhere, this will be a memory to treasure.

I Ought To Be In Pictures opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on April 23rd and runs through May 11th. Directed by R. Bruce Connelly, the cast includes Mike Boland*, Jeanie Rapp* and Siobhan Fitzgerald. The set design is by William Stark, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.

Mike Boland and Jeanie Rapp star in I Ought To Be In Pictures

Mike Boland* (Herb) and Jeanie Rapp* (Steffy) star in “I Ought To Be In Pictures” opening April 23rd

I Ought To Be In Pictures opens in Ivoryton on April 23rd  and runs through May 11th. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance. Please call ahead for tickets.

*denotes member of Actors Equity Association

Generously sponsored by First Niagara Bank and Middlesex Hospital


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Thanks to Don Church and Tony SchillaciCritics On The Aisle – for this terrific review and to Geary Danihy for his great review listed here, too!

Shout! The Mod Musical runs until April 6th.  Tickets available by calling our box office at 860.767.7318


By Geary Danihy – Connecticut Critics Circle

Sad that spring hasn’t sprung? Got a bad case of the blue meanies? Well, you can either wash down your vitamin D pills with a dram of Jack Daniels or you can get yourself out to the Ivoryton Playhouse for a shot of “Shout! The Mod Musical.” The show may not make the crocuses bloom but it will certainly put a smile on your face and get your toes a-tapping, especially if you remember Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Lulu and Marianne Faithfull.

Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein and directed by the Playhouse’s Jacqueline Hubbard, “Shout!” takes you back to the 60s and early 70s, a time when England swung “like a pendulum do.” Carnaby Street and Abbey Lane, mini-skirts and go-go boots, the Greasers and the Mods…and the music. It’s all delightfully captured in this revue that features five talented actresses covering 30 songs that, for many, will bring back fond (if sometimes foggy) memories.

There’s a double frame for the show: articles from the hip magazine “Shout” (read by Steve Phelan) that embrace the “philosophy” of the era as well as everything that was au courant, and an advice column written by Gwendolyn Holmes (Beverly Taylor) that offers advice that is the antithesis of the “let it all hang out” message “Shout” delivers.

The five young ladies alternately scan the pages of the magazine for advice about men, fashion and sex while, when confronted with one or more of life’s problems, write to Gwendolyn for advice, the variant messages capturing the ambiguity of the times as the drab post-war era, and its morals, styles (or lack of same) and inhibitions, slowly gave way to an era of color, light and, some might say, noise and anarchy.

The feverish, frisky, fraught girls are, as written, stereotypes, but the actresses taking on the roles quickly fill out their characters and make them come alive. There’s the Blue Girl (Jennifer Lorae) who knows what answer the mirror will give when she asks who’s the fairest of them all, and is on the make for a the perfect man (i.e., one with rich parents). Then there’s the Yellow Girl (Tamala Baldwin), an American ex-pat who longs for just a glimpse of Paul (Who’s Paul? Well, he was the cute one – it’s Ringo who takes out the garbage). The Orange Girl (Mikah Horn) yearns for blissful domesticity, or at least she thinks she does, while the Green Girl (Monica Bradley) yearns for a good shag. Finally there’s the Red Girl (Bethany Fitzgerald), the one with glasses, pimples and a sign pinned on her back that says “Socially Inept!”

With a tiered set by Daniel Nischan, a vibrant lighting design by Marcus Abbott, and dead-on costumes by Kari Crowther, the venerable Playhouse shimmers, shakes and shines as the quintet moves seamlessly from number to number, all choreographed with a good eye for period moves and dance steps by Caitlin Sailer and backed up by two keyboards (Kyle Norris and Melanie Guerin), a bass (Dominic DeMonico) and percussion (Marty Wirt).

Each of the actresses is given numerous moments to strut her stuff and develop her character – of special note is Bradley’s monologue about her character’s relationship with her boyfriend and Fitzgerald’s rendition of her character’s shot at stardom – singing Lulu’s “To Sir With Love” at an amateur night contest – all in an effort to get her boyfriend to fondle her.

However, it’s the ensemble work that drives the show, and it is excellent. Taking on such diverse numbers as “Downtown,” “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” “Georgy Girl” and Windy,” which segues into “Who Am I,” “Round Every Corner,” and, of course, “Shout,” the music just keeps on coming at you, eventually warming the chilliest of hearts. The wittiest set-up starts with the girls testing out their new-found proto-feminism by actually saying words that polite society shunned, including “vagina,” the repetition of which leads to “Cold Finger,” a take-off on “Goldfinger” complete with choreography that evokes the opening sequences of the Bond movies. It’s deftly done and a delight.

The roses may still be hibernating and the gladioli unsure of their welcome, but if you grab a seat at the Ivoryton Playhouse you will, for at least two hours, forget that robins are still wearing parkas and bask in the sunshine of “Shout!” Yes, those were the days, and if you remember them, or want to experience them for the first time, there’s no better place to go than the Ivoryton Playhouse.

“Shout!” runs through April 6 (surely by then it will be spring). For tickets or more information call 860-767-7318 or go to





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Tickets for all shows in our 2014 season now on sale.  Call, click or drop by our Foundation office to book your seats.

Adult tickets:  $42.00

Senior (over 65):  $37.00

Group rates available, too!

Call 860.767.7318 or follow this link to book on-line.


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A summer internship at the Ivoryton Playhouse offers current undergraduate students and recent college graduates an exciting and intensive opportunity geared towards expanding and developing production skills, making professional contacts, and developing the insight and experience necessary to pursue a career in theatre.

Interns will work side by side with the staff in all areas of theatrical production. Depending on an intern’s experience and interest, there are opportunities to serve as a sound, wardrobe, electrics, scenic, or office intern.

Opportunities will include assisting with set construction, hang and focus, special effects, prop acquisition and construction, costume acquisition and fittings, wardrobe, production management, stage management, one-week changeovers, building maintenance, children’s theatre, and running shows.

Internships run from May to September. Applications must be postmarked by April 2, 2014.

Follow this link to the page for FAQ and an application form.

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When you subscribe, you are guaranteed a seat to our entire season.  No waiting in line, no disappointment when shows are sold-out.

Priority Seating: Our subscribers have first choice on best available seating and you can keep them year after year.

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Our 2014 Season Subscription Brochure will not be available until late January 2014 but you can download our 2014 Subscription prices renewal form

We know that there are many places for you to choose to spend your time and money and we are so grateful that you choose to spend it in Ivoryton. Thank you for helping to keep award winning, professional theatre alive and well on the Connecticut Shoreline.



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2014 Season

SHOUT! The Mod Musical
March 19th – April 6th, 2014
by Phillip George & David Lowenstein

SHOUT! is the mod musical magazine that brings back the beautiful “birds” and smashing sounds that made England swing in the 60′s. It features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as “To Sir With Love”, “Downtown”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, and “Goldfinger”.


I Ought To Be In Pictures
April 23rd – May 11th, 2014
by Neil Simon

Herb, a Hollywood scriptwriter currently “at liberty”, is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who’s trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom. With Steffy, his sometime paramour at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. Poignant and amusing, Neil Simon paints wonderfully dysfunctional family relationships with hilarity, honesty, and heart.


Fingers & Toes
June 4th – June 22nd, 2014
by Logan Medland

Tap dancer “Toes” MacGrath, and pianist “Fingers” St. Claire have managed to talk a major Broadway producer into coming to see their show in two weeks: a boy meets girl tap dance spectacular on the theme of love. A brand new work from Logan Medland, this entertaining production sizzles with exhilarating music, delightful witticisms, and high-energy tap routines that evoke the magic of the Fred Astaire – Ginger Rogers era.


All Shook Up
July 2nd – July 27th, 2014
Book by Joe DiPietro

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Jailhouse Rock”, and “Don’t Be Cruel”.


La Cage Aux Folles
August 6th – August 31st, 2014
by Harvey Fierstein, Jean Poiret, Jerry Herman

This Tony Award winning musical remains one of Broadway’s all-time biggest hits. After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Albin tries to help by making a perfect family with hilarious results.


Comedy is Hard!
September 24th – October 12th, 2014
by Mike Reiss

A brand new play by Mike Reiss, the critically acclaimed writer of I’m Connecticut, will have its world premiere at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Set in a home for retired actors, the play takes an affectionate look at the relationship and rivalry between a retired stand-up comedian and a classical actress. Hilarious and bittersweet, this play is sure to resonate with audiences of all ages.


Say Goodnight Gracie
The Life, Laughter and Love of George Burns & Gracie Allen
October 29th – November 16th, 2014
by Rupert Holmes

This is the hit Broadway play that invites you to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian. George Burns, who spanned one hundred years of American entertainment history, is now miraculously alive and kicking in a stunning tour de force. Say Goodnight Gracie was Broadway’s third longest running solo performance show and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for BEST PLAY and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for BEST PLAY.

Subscriptions and single tickets for all shows now on sale!  Single tickets not on sale until February 20, 2014

Subscriptions cannot be purchased on line – please call Beverley at the Ivoryton Playhouse office to purchase subscriptions 860.767.9520

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Congratulations to our winner!

Congratulations to Karen Swanson from Middletown who won the handmade Ultimate Flyer from Mountain Boy Sledworks!  Enjoy!


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

The Ivoryton Playhouse will close on Monday, December 23, 2013 and will not reopen again until SHOUT! The Mod Musical opens on March 19, 2014.

The Foundation office in Centerbrook will be closed for the holidays from noon on Monday, December 23, 2013 and will not reopen until Monday, January 6, 2014.

Be safe this holiday and see you in 2014!

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A gift certificate for the Ivoryton Playhouse makes a great gift and one size fits all!  Purchase a subscription, a membership or individual tickets.  Please call 860.767.9520 for more information or come to our Centerbrook office to purchase in person (24 Main Street, Centerbrook, 06409 – Industrial Park Road, Suite 12).

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