Puccini’s Tosca

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Ah, yes there is nothing quite like the opera. At the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut the classic opera Tosca by Puccini came to life. Performed by the Connecticut Lyric Opera, Tosca came to life like no other.

After the ushers were given their instructions and the doors opened to the public the Garde Arts Center became the perfect place for the show. With violin music being played in the lobby as several people got their food and drink. Before the doors opened, many patrons were admiring posters for upcoming shows like Donovan, David Crosby, Michael McDonald, and Garrison Keiler. Many of them talked of interest in the upcoming shows.

Some parents were admiring the posts for the Summer Theater program held at the Garde. Called Summer on Stage 2017, there was much interest among the parents as well as the children who came to view the show. With performances of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk I could tell that there was a high interest in participating in these shows. For several children in New London County, Summer on Stage is a must for many.

When the doors opened many people were reading their programs after they got into their seats. The orchestra is warming up with some applause after they finish a song. The stage just has a red curtain down with a light on it giving the theater more of a feel for the opera.

When the lights dimmed the audience clapped. A representative from the Connecticut Lyric Opera came one stage announcing that a CD’s will be sold in honor of the 20th Anniversary. After thanking sponsors: Frank Lewis Palmer, Fader Founding, and Giving of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the show began.

The audience was treated to English supertitles as the show is in Italian above the stage. There were some laughs at jokes that members caught by reading them. Several patrons had clapped when the lights dimmed and intermission began. During intermission several people were talking about the show and how much they were enjoying themselves. When the lights dimmed again the show started up.

When the show ended, the cast was given a standing ovation by the audience. Afterwards, many people headed into the lobby for a reception that was hosted. Members of the cast came out to greet their new fans who were taking photos and asking for autographs. Many patrons grabbed some cheese and crackers as well as a glass of wine before heading out for the evening. After a fantastic performance, Puccini’s Tosca at the Garde Arts Center performed by the Connecticut Lyric Opera is one that many will remember for the rest of their days.

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

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I don’t think I will ever see a show at the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut like I did on Friday May 19th, 2017. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man was quite the comedy that had everyone’s sides splitting at the end. With audience participation for several parts of the show, there was nothing short of slowing this comedic show down.

However, the show was definitely not for everyone, especially young children. From walking in the door you could see some unusual items being sold as souvenirs. Among the T-shirts and book, there were paddles and lipstick vibrators. As several audience members trickled in, it became apparent that the lipstick vibrator was a hit among the patrons.

With the show ready to start at eight o’clock the doors to the theater opened with a stage set with two chairs and a table with a copy of the book “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” on a stand. Following the doors opening many members were reading the program about the three actors that were going to participate in the show.

When the lights dimmed a member of the cast who was portraying Stephan, the sexy lighting tech, came on stage to ask for cell phones to be turned off and to point out the exits. Then the X-Rated show began. As a book discussion gone wrong, Robyn finds herself in more than she bargained for when she receives a promotion at the sudden death of her boss. When the lights start flashing with a variety of music playing, in enters Dan who turns it right upside down.

With audience participation, Dan turns the show into a bit of a game that the audience enjoys. Robyn struggles to get into the feel of the show. Yet, she learns to play along with Dan and Stephan at her side. Not that she really has a choice, Robyn does learn a thing or two from Dan as his exuberant style starts to grow on her. With quite the name game and some interesting cards to read off of, Dan works his way right into the heart of Robyn while keeping the audience entertained through laughter.

In the end, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man was quite the show to watch. With nothing short of laughter and sex jokes, The Garde Arts Center managed to make this comedy memorable. Although the show was not suitable for many, this is one show that kept people laughing from start to finish.

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Ah yes! The warm days of summer are finally here. After a cold week with temperatures in  fifties with rain and wind, it finally feels like summer is here at last.