Westport landmark to receive much needed renovations

When the curtain comes down on Saturday night's performance, the Westport Country Playhouse will call an 18-month intermission. The theater will be closed until the 2005 season, which will mark the building's 75-year anniversary. In the meantime, the show will go on next summer on a temporary stage in Ridgefield.Cosmetic and structural problems have been plaguing the theater in recent years. Working conditions for actors are not very appealing, and the building's infrastructure is severely outdated. During one play this summer, crews had to dry the scenery with hairdryers because of heavy rain.The building dates back to the 1850s, when it was originally built as a barn. Over the years, it has served as a leather tannery, a radio factory, and in 1931, it became a playhouse. The first production was "The Streets of New York," which has been reprised as the closing act for the theater. It will run through Saturday night.The renovations will also allow the playhouse to add a schedule of winter performances.Click here for more information on the Westport Country Playhouse.

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