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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

New Podcast By 'The Simpsons' Mike Reiss Travels Well -- And Hilariously by Frank Rizzo

When Mike Reiss takes a vacation, he often skips over the tried and true and heads for global hotspots like Iraq, Libya and North Korea. And cold-spots, too, like the Antarctica, Lizzie Bord…

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My Discerning Guide To Fall Entertainment in Connecticut by Frank Rizzo

What a fab Fall 2022 season! How can we choose from the wealth of theater, music and dance events throughout the state? Let us help with a highly opinionated and very user-friendly guide to …

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Monday, October 10, 2022

My Variety Review: 'Funny Girl' With Lea Michele by Frank Rizzo

Take two, and not a moment too soon. Lea Michele steps into one of Broadway’s most iconic roles, which in her mind — or at least the mind of Rachel Berry, the character she played in TV�…

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Are Audiences Returning To CT Theaters? Some Troubling Answers by Frank Rizzo

David Fay of The Bushnell As the pandemic continues to fade and most Connecticut theaters lift COVID-19 restrictions, there’s a…

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

My Variety Review: '1776' Revival of Broadway by Frank Rizzo

The opening moments of this exuberant, thought-provoking and radical revival of “1776” makes it clear who was missing from John Trumbull’s famous painting of the signers of the Declara…

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 09:48PM
Monday, September 26, 2022

Pun Bandhu Finds His -- And Others' -- Place on Stage by Frank Rizzo

Pun Bandhu confesses to having been naive when he graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2000. After having no difficulty being cast in a wide variety of roles in plays while at school, …

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Real Story Behind Long Wharf Theatre's Exit by Frank Rizzo

It was sometime in the late 1970s when I attended my first show at Long Wharf Theatre. I was new to New Haven and only knew of the theatre—then just a dozen years old—by its reputation f…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Numbers Returning to Pre-Pan Levels At Yale Art Gallery by Frank Rizzo

It’s taken more than two years but the Yale University Art Gallery has finally returned to pre-pandemic attendance numbers, a significant accomplishment in the arts industry, which was hit…

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

My Variety Review: 'All's Well That Ends Well' by Frank Rizzo

ALL PHOTOS BY JOAN MARCUS Get thee to Arden — or at least to the Arden depicted in the glorious, delightful and big-hearted music…

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Middlebury, Vt. Filmfest: More Films -- And Pictures by Frank Rizzo

Here’s a bunch of pictures from photographer Steve James off the 8th Annual Middlebury Filmmakers Festival which concludes today in this charming Vermont college town., Amtrak’s Ethan …

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Middlebury, Vt. Filmfest: The Week for New Filmmakers by Frank Rizzo

The second day of the festival was also filled with film, films and more films, both short and feature length from the U.S. as well as from around the world. What I liked about these films w…

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Vermont New Filmmakers Fest: Middlebury Hosts Latest by Frank Rizzo

When our friends invited us up from New Haven to Middlebury, Vermont, it did’t take long to dash and buy our Amtrak tickets to the town’s new train stop on the Ethan Allen line (leavin…

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

$14 Million Gift To Transform New Haven Symphony by Frank Rizzo

Transformative changes are ahead for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, fueled by a historic multimillion-dollar gift that will create new outreach initiatives and a new home for its performa…

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

My Review of 'Secondo' at TheaterWorks. by Frank Rizzo

The show: ”Secondo” at TheaterWorks Hartford What is it?: Jacques Lamarre’s sequel to his play-with-food show, “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti,” based on the stories of author G…

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

My Review: 'Anne of Green Gables' at Goodspeed by Frank Rizzo

The show: “Anne of Green Gables” at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. …

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Connecticut VOICE Magazine To Honor LGBTQ+ Leaders At New Event At Foxwoods by Frank Rizzo

Connecticut VOICE, the state’s premier magazine dedicated exclusively to the LGBTQ+ community, will present the Inaugural Connecticut VOICE Honors Gala on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., at…

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Monday, August 1, 2022

McEntee Named First Recipient Of New LGBTQ+ Theatre Writer Fellowship by Frank Rizzo

NEW YORK—The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) and Foundation ATCA have announced the first recipient of the ATCA Helbing fellowship for LGBTQ+ theater writers. Members of the He…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

My Review: Broadway's "The Kite Runner" by Frank Rizzo

The show: “The Kite Runner” by Matthew Spangler at Helen Haynes Theatre, NYC What is it?: Play based on Khaled Hosseini’s fictional memoir and popular debut novel in 2003 about two Af…

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 08:33AM
Friday, July 22, 2022

Mu Uncle Pete at 105, an Italian Perennial by Frank Rizzo

My uncle Peter is seated peacefully in a lounge chair in a suburban Boston backyard. Feeling the sun warming his face, a gentle spring breeze against his skin and the call of a nearby goldfi…

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

'Kim's Convenience' at Westport Playhouse by Frank Rizzo

The show: “Kim’s Convenience” by Ins Choi at Westport Country Playhouse …

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Broadway's 'Into The Woods' Revival: My Best Time In The Theatre In Ages by Frank Rizzo

All photos by Matt Murphy and Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade. The show: “Into the Woods” at the St. James Theatre in NYC. What …

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 07:20PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

'Kiss My Aztec!' at Hartford Stage: Great Fun, Music and Performances. by Frank Rizzo

Review of John Leguizamo's musical "Kiss My Aztec!" It's been presented at Berkeley Rep and La Jolla and this is 3rd perch with hopes to go to NYC. next. The Hartford Courant didnt care for…

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

New Riverfront Park Eyes Performance Space After TheaterWorks Show by Frank Rizzo

\What to do with the 60 acres of open waterfront space on the Hartford-Windsor border that Riverfront Recapture acquired last year? The private, nonprofit organization is planning a riverwal…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

MTC's 'Falsettoland,' TheaterWorks Hartford's "Walden' Top Ct Critics Honors by Frank Rizzo

Susan Haefner receiving her honor for “Tenderly.” All photos by Mara Lavitt NEW HAVEN — The U.S. premiere of “Walden” at…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

'Hair''s James Rado, 90 by Frank Rizzo

Sad news about the death of James Rado, co-creator of “Hair.” I interviewed the 90-year-old Rado for a story for Encore Monthly magazine last fall. Joan Marcus took this terrific portrai…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Eric Marcus Digs Deep For LGBTQ History for 'Making Gay History' Podcast by Frank Rizzo

In 1988, Eric Marcus was working as an associate producer at CBS when he left his position to embark on an oral history project that would change his life—and affect the lives of so many o…

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Confessions of a Legendary Drag Queen by Frank Rizzo

I never thought I’d do drag for a living,” says the six-foot-two muscleman wearing a Meat Rack cap, industrial strength necklace, a black tank-top and an anchor tattoo on his bulging bic…

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My Variety Review: New Musical 'Trading Places' in Atlanta by Frank Rizzo

After the Great Recession of ’08 — not to mention anxiety about the current economy — will a Reagan-era comedy about insider trading and the glory of greed get the same laughs? Can it …

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Friday, May 27, 2022

My Review: "Queen" at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven by Frank Rizzo

All photos by Jeremy Daniel The show: “Queen” by Madhuri Shekar at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. What makes it special?: It�…

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 11:32AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ct Critics Free Awards Show June 27 at Long Wharf Theatre by Frank Rizzo

Michael Yeargan receiving a CCC Award from 2019’s ceremony, Photo by Mara Lavett, After a three-year hiatus, the Connecticut Cr…

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My Review: 'Cabaret' at Goodspeed by Frank Rizzo

The show: The musical “Cabaret” at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. What makes it special?: It’s rare that Goodspeed presents something so seeming sexy and edgy (but really, it’…

SOURCE: ShowRiz at 03:09PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards