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Irving Berlin and The American Songbook by Joan Lownds

The classic Irving Berlin Musical “Annie Get Your Gun” will be playing at The Gary-The Olivia Theater in Bethlehem, CT on the grounds of The Abbey of Regina Laudis from August 1-17 this summer. This wonderful expression of “The American Musical” has caused me to reflect on its dynamic composer and lyricist-Irving Berlin. What was […]

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Horton Foote: Champion of the Everyday!

Horton Foote, the prolific American playwright and screenwriter, was referred to by some critics as “America’s Chekov,” because both writers created extraordinary stories about ordinary people. Many of Foote’s characters live in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas — the name, place and characters loosely based on his actual home town of Wharton, Texas, about […]

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