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Friday, January 21, 2022

Theater review: 1990s racial drama ‘Fires in the Mirror’ given a new look and feel at Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

Theater review: 1990s racial drama ‘Fires in the Mirror’ given a new look and feel at Long Wharf

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 05:59PM

‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ brings democracy, debate to The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

Heidi Schreck's debate-driven Broadway hit "What the Constitution Means to Me" comes to The Bushnell on tour Jan. 26-30.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Theater review: ‘Heartless’ at Hole in the Wall a timely play of isolation by Christopher Arnott

Hole in the Wall Theater offers a rare production of Sam Shepard's 2012 "Heartless," which is startling appropriate for our current isolated and anxious times.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 05:14PM
Monday, January 17, 2022

With his dog along for the ride, Hartford firefighter and folk musician Charlie Diamond takes his show wherever it leads him by Christopher Arnott

Folksinger (and firefighter) Charlie Diamond drives his truck around New England looking for out-of-the-way places to share his songs. He's releasing an album next week, "From One Place to t…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Sunday, January 16, 2022

Small grants help gigging musicians facing a new round of COVID-19 cancellations by Christopher Arnott

Musicians are suffering anew from setbacks caused by the COVID pandemic. The Boston-based New England Musicians Relief Fund is among those trying to help musicians in need.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Hartford Symphony postpones ‘New World’ concert due to COVID surge by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Symphony Orchestra has postponed its Jan. 14-16 Masterworks concert at The Bushnell due to the surge of the omicron COVID variant.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 01:03PM
Monday, January 10, 2022

Villainous traitor? Legacy of CT’s Benedict Arnold reconsidered in new film by Christopher Arnott

Benedict Arnold, the Connecticut native whose name has been synonymous with the word traitor for 240 years, is getting a fairer shake thanks to a new movie.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, January 7, 2022

‘Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous’ debates theater and gender at Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Pearl Cleage's new play “Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous” is at Hartford Stage Jan. 13 through Feb. 6.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

Omicron keeping you at home? Here are a few local arts theaters still offering you virtual entertainment by Christopher Arnott

Streaming theater isn't the force it once was (and may be again), but there are still plenty of virtual offerings from Connecticut theater.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:35PM

624 arts organizations get $16 million infusion from CT Humanities to help heal from pandemic by Christopher Arnott

CT Humanities has distributed $16 million to 640 Connecticut arts and culture organizations, to help them recover from financial losses and other hardships incurred during the COVID crisis.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:12PM

Courant arts picks for Jan. 9-15: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ at Mohegan, Dave Attell at Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Seasoned stand-up comics, celebrity dancers from TV, accomplished musicians who give old songs a new spin, and two feminist icons (Pearl Cleage and Riane Eisler) are all on the list this wee…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 01:30PM
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Innovation and isolation marked second year of coronavirus in Connecticut theater by Christopher Arnott

Magical moments recalled from a theater year that barely got going due to COVID but provided many strong memories nonetheless.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, December 30, 2021

The Wadsworth closes for the weekend due to COVID, cancels indoor First Night participation by Christopher Arnott

The Wadsworth Atheneum is closing for the weekend of Dec. 31 through Jan. 2 due to staffing issues and COVID concerns. Several other art museums in the state will also be closed this weekend.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:57PM

COVID surge causes cancellations and postponements of Connecticut arts events by Christopher Arnott

A spate of event cancellations has begun in the wake of the latest COVID surge.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:22AM
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Actors unions agree to allow streamed performances to continue but for Connecticut theaters, the format isn’t profitable by Christopher Arnott

The Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA unions have extended the agreement they made allowing theaters to record or livestream performances during the pandemic. Offering online versions of current p…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:43AM

Bushnell stop of Connecticut Lyric Opera tour gets bonus dancers from Pilobolus, Hartford ballet by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford performance of the four-stop CT Lyric Opera tour of "Die Fledermaus," Dec. 30 at The Bushnell, has a special appearance by dancers

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Connecticut Repertory Theatre endures last-minute changes due to COVID cases by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut Repertory Theatre had to make changes in its fall semester productions due to COVID concerns. The theater will announce its spring shows in January.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 05:05PM
Monday, December 20, 2021

Connecticut launches new $1 million ‘The State I’m In’ winter tourism campaign by Christopher Arnott

The state of CT has launched its first winter tourism campaign in years, "The State I'm In," running now through the end of March.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:19PM
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Hartbeat Ensemble offers first look at biodrama about Hartford’s Aunt Jemima, Gwen Reed by Christopher Arnott

A reading of a new play-in-progress about Gwen Reed, the celebrated Hartford-based actor and literacy activist from the 1940s to 1960s, takes place at the Free Center on Dec. 20.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Scenes from ‘Nutcracker Suite & Spicy’ move into Trumbull street storefront by Christopher Arnott

"The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy" has filled a storefront on Trumbull Street with sets and screens, and is performing excerpts from the local holiday favorite Thursday through Sunday until …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:54PM

New York rapper Mic Nickels recalls growing up amid Hartford’s burgeoning hip-hop scene in new memoir, album by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut native Mic Nickels has released a new hip-hop album as well as a memoir about his time growing up in Hartford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:06PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

This year’s Baby Grand Jazz series at Hartford Library returns to live performances by Christopher Arnott

The Baby Grand Jazz series at Hartford Public Library has announced its 2022 line-up. The series runs from January through April and can be seen in-person or via livestream.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 05:12PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

Dr. Seuss send-up ‘Who’s Holiday’ in Norwalk has roots in ‘Christmas on the Rocks’ by Christopher Arnott

"Who's Holiday," having its Connecticut premiere at Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk through Dec. 19, grew from a scene in TheaterWorks Hartford's "Christmas on the Rocks."

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:38PM

Review: ‘An Improvised Christmas Carol’ at Sea Tea Comedy Theater deconstructs Dickens by Christopher Arnott

Sea Tea Comedy Theater has resumed its annual “Improvised Christmas Carol,” in which the Dickens tale is infested with 20 or so helpful suggestions from the audience.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:13PM
Sunday, December 12, 2021

Throwing out the playbill? Local theaters rethink how they use paper programs by Christopher Arnott

Local theaters are reconsidering their use of playbills, and the reasoning has little to do with COVID-19.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

What ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at Hartford Stage lacks in spectacle, it makes up for in heart by Christopher Arnott

"It's a Wonderful Life" is performed as if it were a live radio broadcast, in a charming holiday production at Hartford Stage through Dec. 26.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:26AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Playhouse on Park gets a new scene shop (and a table saw) for Christmas by Christopher Arnott

Playhouse on Park christened its new scene shop on Anderson Street in West Hartford Tuesday night with a holiday party.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:35PM

Theater review: The snarky, fun classic ‘Christmas on the Rocks’ returns with maybe a slightly darker tone at TheaterWorks by Christopher Arnott

Theater review: The holiday hit "Christmas on the Rocks" is live onstage at TheaterWorks through Jan. 4.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:42PM

Theater review: ‘Christmas at Pemberley’ a smart, charming holiday show at Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

The Bennet sisters from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" find a fresh romantic adventure in "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley," at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford through Dec. 23.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:24PM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Cirque Dreams Holidaze show about the Claus family coming to the Oakdale for Christmas by Christopher Arnott

A new "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" tour, with a musical theater style and over a dozen circus acts, is at the Oakdale in Wallingford Dec. 10-11.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:41AM
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

New digital screens outside The Bushnell provide a local arts video showcase by Christopher Arnott

New video displays outside The Bushnell are being used to showcase local artists.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre