KISS ME KATE opens at the SUMMER THEATRE OF NEW CANAAN to rave reviews!! / by Allegra Libonati

One more summer under the tent in New Canaan, CT!  Kiss me Kate was a huge hit in the town!  Congratulations to the incredible production team and Cast! 

Below - Mary McNulty as Kate 

  James V. Ruocco  - Take 2 Entertainment Blog  "It comes from what's typically known as the Golden Age of Broadway musicals. But there is nothing old, dated or dusty about Summer Theatre of New Canaan's glorious and sunny revival of Cole Porter's timeless musical classic "Kiss, Me Kate." It sings.  It soars. It dazzles. It excites. It tingles. It contains moments of tenderness, warmth and dizzying joie-de-vire. It bursts with wit and invention. It unfolds with the magic and usurp of a three-dimensional, pop-up musical vintage songbook. There's even a playful dancing donkey. In short, what's not to like? Everything about this production, which is staged inside a pristine-perfect tent in the great outdoors of New Canaan High School's Dunning Field back lot, is exactly right: the casting; the direction; the music; the dancing; the conducting; the orchestra; the costumes; the set design; the lighting design; the story; the dialogue."  Read More    Marlene S. Gaylinn  - Freelance Theatre Critic, CT Critics Circle  SUMMER THEATRE OF NEW CANAAN (STONC) is serving up one of the most delicious productions of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate” seen in recent years.  Heading the cast of stars at STONC is Mary McNulty as Lilli/Kate and David Sattler as Fred/Petruchio. Their expressive voices compare nicely to recordings of the show’s original stars, Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison. The furniture flies as McNulty gives full energy to her solo, “I Hate Men” while Sattler delivers the witty, “Where is the Life I Led” with charming finesse. The music, sensitively orchestrated and directed by Kenneth Gartman is packed full of melodious, operetta-style songs. Among the favorites are “Wunderbar” and “So In Love,” magnificently rendered by the leads.   Read More       Bonnie Goldberg  - Middletown Press, CT Critics Circle  SIT UNDER THE STARS FOR “KISS ME KATE”   "You can’t help being bowled over by this spectacular “wunderbar” performance. It’s too darn hot not to sizzle."  "Summer Theatre of New Canaan is offering up a dilly of a seasonal treat with Cole Porter’s lively and lyrical :Kiss Me Kate,” a highly entertaining play within a play, all set to music. From now until Sunday, July 29, Waveny Park in New Canaan under the big white tent will be bursting with song and kicking up its dancing heels as a divorced and still angry couple of actors are forced to interact on stage and behind the curtain. This is a revered Shakespeare comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” set in Baltimore in the late 1940’s and you’re invited to join the fun.   Read More       Catherine Gorey   -  NewCanaanite.Com  Summer Theatre of New Canaan Wows with ‘Kiss Me, Kate’  Excited chatter filled the warm summer air Saturday night as more than 200 crowded under Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s large tent at Waveny for the opening night of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’. In its 15th season, the company founded by New Canaan’s Ed and Melody Libonati consistently delivers well-staged, professionally produced show that keeps audiences...  Read More

James V. Ruocco - Take 2 Entertainment Blog
"It comes from what's typically known as the Golden Age of Broadway musicals.
But there is nothing old, dated or dusty about Summer Theatre of New Canaan's glorious and sunny revival of Cole Porter's timeless musical classic "Kiss, Me Kate."
It sings. 
It soars.
It dazzles.
It excites.
It tingles.
It contains moments of tenderness, warmth and dizzying joie-de-vire.
It bursts with wit and invention.
It unfolds with the magic and usurp of a three-dimensional, pop-up musical vintage songbook.
There's even a playful dancing donkey.
In short, what's not to like?
Everything about this production, which is staged inside a pristine-perfect tent in the great outdoors of New Canaan High School's Dunning Field back lot, is exactly right: the casting; the direction; the music; the dancing; the conducting; the orchestra; the costumes; the set design; the lighting design; the story; the dialogue."
Read More

Marlene S. Gaylinn - Freelance Theatre Critic, CT Critics Circle
SUMMER THEATRE OF NEW CANAAN (STONC) is serving up one of the most delicious productions of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate” seen in recent years.
Heading the cast of stars at STONC is Mary McNulty as Lilli/Kate and David Sattler as Fred/Petruchio. Their expressive voices compare nicely to recordings of the show’s original stars, Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison. The furniture flies as McNulty gives full energy to her solo, “I Hate Men” while Sattler delivers the witty, “Where is the Life I Led” with charming finesse. The music, sensitively orchestrated and directed by Kenneth Gartman is packed full of melodious, operetta-style songs. Among the favorites are “Wunderbar” and “So In Love,” magnificently rendered by the leads.  Read More

 

Bonnie Goldberg - Middletown Press, CT Critics Circle
SIT UNDER THE STARS FOR “KISS ME KATE”
"You can’t help being bowled over by this spectacular “wunderbar” performance. It’s too darn hot not to sizzle."
"Summer Theatre of New Canaan is offering up a dilly of a seasonal treat with Cole Porter’s lively and lyrical :Kiss Me Kate,” a highly entertaining play within a play, all set to music. From now until Sunday, July 29, Waveny Park in New Canaan under the big white tent will be bursting with song and kicking up its dancing heels as a divorced and still angry couple of actors are forced to interact on stage and behind the curtain. This is a revered Shakespeare comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” set in Baltimore in the late 1940’s and you’re invited to join the fun.  Read More

 

Catherine Gorey - NewCanaanite.Com
Summer Theatre of New Canaan Wows with ‘Kiss Me, Kate’
Excited chatter filled the warm summer air Saturday night as more than 200 crowded under Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s large tent at Waveny for the opening night of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’. In its 15th season, the company founded by New Canaan’s Ed and Melody Libonati consistently delivers well-staged, professionally produced show that keeps audiences... Read More