By Bonnie Goldberg

Elaine Stritch is at it again, entertaining in her personal, some would say outlandish and outrageous, way at Hartford Stage until Sunday, June 29 in her revealing show “At Liberty.”  On this earth for more than eighty years, six decades of them on stage, screen and television, Miss Stritch will speak to the totality of her career, colorful as it is, and talk about her life in the theater, her bouts with alcoholism and diabetes, with songs and stories.

Elaine Stritch’s almosts are as interesting as her definites.  She was almost the star of “Call Me Madam” when she served as Ethel Merman’s understudy.  She was Trixie for one episode of the “Honeymooners” with Jackie Gleason.  In “Golden Girls,” she was almost cast as Dorothy but Bea Arthur got the part.  She was nominated for a Tony four times, for “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away,” “Company” and “A Delicate Balance” before winning one for her self -written show “Elaine Stritch At Liberty” in 2002.

You may remember her as Alec Baldwin’s mother in “30 Rock,” or for her roles in such diverse shows as “Monster-in-Law,” “Oz,” “Autumn in New York,” “Law and Order,” “One Life to Live,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Company,” “My Sister Eileen” and “3rd Rock from the Sun.” 

Noted for her sandpapery brass voice and “unbridled honesty and electricity,”  Miss Stritch will perform her wonderfully packaged show that
highlights her illustrious career, her triumphs and her tragedies, stuffing in Hollywood gossip and her charming selections of songs at the Hartford Stage as part of their summer series.  Some cabaret seating will be available.

For tickets ($40-75), call the Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street, Hartford at 860-527-5151 or online at www.hartfordstage.org. ; Performances are tonight at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.  Summer Stage 2008 will also feature Tina Fabrique as “Ella,” the story of Ella Fitzgerald from July 8 to July 27 and “Wishful Drinking” written and performed by Carrie Fisher, from August 6 to August 17.

Let the legendary Elaine Stritch, truly a one of a kind dame, share her personal and professional life with you  in her charming and revealing way.

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