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CTC welcomes new age of maturity with announcement of 2013 line-up

CTC welcomes new age of maturity with announcement of 2013 line-up

The 29th season of Chautauqua Theater Company closed last Friday with Bratton Late Night, marking the 52nd performance in 56 days.

The season bubbled with unknowns. Vivienne Benesch became sole artistic director; Sarah Clare Corporandy stepped into the role of managing director; and Fifty Ways, the season’s second full production, offered the first-ever CTC world premiere on the Chautauqua grounds.

As the highest-grossing CTC season yet and with The Philadelphia Story marking the highest-paid capacity of any one show in CTC history, the 29th year has been a smash hit for CTC.

“I am incredibly proud of this season,” Benesch said. “It has been a truly remarkable season.”

Bratton Late Night Cabaret weds irreverence with talent in final CTC performance

Bratton Late Night Cabaret weds irreverence with talent in final CTC performance

Ranging from slam poetry and drum performances to songs and skits, Chautauqua Theater Company’s one-night-only Bratton Late Night Cabaret is always a surprise. All 14 conservatory actors perform together for the last time on one stage.

Bratton Late Night debuts at 10:30 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater, and it is CTC’s final event of the season. The whole show is thrown together betwixt rehearsals for the final production, As You Like It, which closes at 4 p.m. today in Bratton Theater.

Directing fellow Sash Bischoff, the conservatory actors and the four design fellows organize the entire show. All of the senior staff is kept in the dark about the events of the evening, so each year lends itself to new surprises.

‘As You Like It’ brings out best in fairer sex

‘As You Like It’ brings out best in fairer sex

In Shakespeare’s canon, only one woman joins the ranks of Prospero and Puck to deliver an epilogue, a fact with which Rosalind opens the play’s final speech.

As You Like It contains some of the Bard’s strongest, wittiest females, and Chautauqua Theater Company’s production, which opened Saturday night, brings out the best in the fairer sex.

The moment Rosalind (Sepideh Moafi) and Celia (a delightful Molly Bernard) take the stage — in stunning evening gowns designed by Oana Botez — they establish an engaging chemistry. The two happily navigate the play together, with an affectionate banter interrupted occasionally by the clown Touchstone (Dave Quay) who accompanies them to the Forest of Arden.

CTC’s ‘Philadelphia Story’ is ‘staging at the highest level’

CTC’s ‘Philadelphia Story’ is ‘staging at the highest level’

Identify the two characters that appear to have stepped out of a pose in the pages of the old Vanity Fair, and you’ll know the outcome of the American classic comedy The Philadelphia Story.

It is in the thrust of the chin, don’t you know, and in the arch of the back, and how one handles one’s wrist. It is in the genes, the well-borne genes, which make the grade and open the doors of high society, Philadelphia style. And there is no getting away from it, come either hell or high heaven or a variety of other topic sentences at work in this nutty play — topics such as blackmail, philandering, alcoholism and the moving target of marriage.

The marriage game — whether one is in it or out of it, and by the way, with whom? — is the core topic of The Philadelphia Story, written for Katharine Hepburn by Philip Barry, first on stage in 1939 and then on the screen in late 1940. It is hard to imagine the incredible circumstances that swirl around the nubile Tracy Lord, heiress to millions.