Monthly Archives: September 2019

by Charles Evered

Burned-out actor Hugh Pendleton, not-so-fresh from playing Scrooge one too many times in the backwater community theatre where his once promising career has met its unglamorous end, is surprised to encounter three spirits of his own in this quirky and compelling ode to the holiday classic.

“The Triumph of Charles Evered’s An Actor’s Carol is that it takes an old story and makes it seem new….his modernized take on Dickens’ ubiquitous holiday parable takes the Ebenezer Scrooge story out of Pre-Industrial revolution London and plops it in a squalid Playhouse where season after season of no-budget theater has been subsidized by the holiday cash cow that A Christmas Carol has become. It works, because Evered’s even handed, light hearted reinvention of the source material not only delivers Dicken’s original story of human redemption, but also adds some very relevant ideas about tolerance, including and the theater.”
– Michael C. Moore, Kitsap Sun

“If A Christmas Carol restores our love of Christmas, An Actor’s Carol restores our love of Christmas AND theatre!” – Hal Linden, Tony Award-winning actor

“Shines a 21st century light on an age old tale with cleverness, wit and charm!”
– VJ Hume, CV Independent

Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 14 at 2pm
Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 15 at 2pm
Wednesday, December 18 at 2pm
Thursday, December 19 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 21 at 2pm
Saturday, December 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 22 at 2pm

Please call the box office at 860.767.7318 to reserve your seats.

Individual ticket prices are: $35 adult; $32 senior; $20 student; $15 child. Group price for parties of 10 or more is $30.

Tickets for Thursday, December 19th performance are $18 after 6pm (available at the box office only – limit 4 per person).

Make our holiday show part of your family tradition. Come and visit Ivoryton with it’s display of 500,000 lights throughout the village and one of state’s largest living Christmas trees. Ivoryton is one of the most festive (and brightest!) villages in Connecticut!

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SHEAR MADNESS at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Shear Madness, one of the most popular comedy productions in the world, is opening in Ivoryton on September 18, 2019. This iconic production was first produced in Boston in 1980 and has been delighting audiences ever since with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.

This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

Voted “Best Comedy of the Year” seven times by the Boston Globe and recipient of the title “Best Play of the Year” by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer, Shear Madness has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade.

Shear Madness is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the history of the USA. The flagship Boston company has given birth to 50 productions in the U.S. and Shear Madness has been translated into 23 foreign languages, playing worldwide in a host of cities including Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Paris, Rejkavik, Rome, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Johannesburg and Seoul. Over 12.5 million people worldwide have joined in the fun.

The production features veteran performers Jordan Ahnquist*, Patrick Noonan*, and Lisa McMillan* who have performed these roles many times – most recently in the off Broadway production. They will be joined by Ivoryton Playhouse alum Bill Mootus* and Siobhan Fitzgerald* and Lev Harvey will be making his Playhouse debut.

The production is directed by Robert Lohrmann with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Liz Saylor.

Shear Madness opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on September 18th  and runs through October 6th, 2019. 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 $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 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. Discounted tickets after 6pm on Thursday evenings – get half price adult ticket (subject to availability). Six-Tix are only available at the Playhouse Box Office window and do not apply to special events.  Limit 4 Six Tix per person.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after September 20, 2019

Picture courtesy of Shear Madness
Patrick Noonan and Jordan Ahnquist

*denotes member of Actors Equity


Tickets are available now by calling our box office at 860.767.97318 or purchase on line.


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