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Thursday, July 19, 2018

'Oliver!' Rough And Ready At Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

Kids scramble up ladders and across bridges. Muttering, mutton-chopped authority figures wave their staffs (or even their spoons) menacingly. There are drinking songs and horseplay and expre…

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Pilobolus' Five Senses Festival: Music, Dance, Meditative Calm by Christopher Arnott

Pilobolus sees things differently than others do. When the internationally renowned dance/movement troupe decided to start an arts festival in its Connecticut hometown of Washington, it wasn…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Dark, Unrelenting 'Jesus Christ Superstar' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Jesus Christ is super stressed out, man. Connecticut Repertory Theatre has restored Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s raucous religious rock opera to its 1970s origins, with a chorus of h…

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'Pianist Of Willesden Lane' At Hartford Stage Still Resonant And Newly Relevant by Christopher Arnott

‘I had the most wonderful mother.” Now there’s a statement you rarely hear in the American theater. It’s how Mona Golabek opens “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” which she has bro…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Comedy Round-Up: SNL Veterans, Michael Blackson, Sea Tea Wrestling Match by Christopher Arnott

Four “Saturday Night Live” veterans, including one of the show’s longest-serving members, are at Mohegan Sun Arena at 8 p.m. July 28. Jon Lovitz, active on “SNL” from 1985-90, was …

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Goodspeed Extends Run Of 'Cyrano,' Starring Peter Dinklage by Christopher Arnott

Eight extra performances have been added to the run of the new musical “Cyrano” at Godspeed Musicals’ Norma Terris Theatre in Chester. The show, which opens Aug. 3 and was originally s…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

'Hand To God': Hanging Out With An Unhinged, Satanical Hand Puppet At Theaterworks by Christopher Arnott

‘Hand to God” is a harrowing, hilarious, hand-wringing comedy with tragic elements about a young man whose life is changed — and endangered — by an unhinged, demonically possessed ha…

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'Lion King' Making Summer Stop At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

‘The Lion King” still rules. The circle of life brings Julie Taymor’s acclaimed stage version of the 1994 animated Disney feature back to The Bushnell for a two-and-a-half-week engagem…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Waterbury Palace Motivational Series Highlights Life's Second Acts by Christopher Arnott

Theaters know something about second acts. The Palace Theater in Waterbury is giving the stage to Connecticut residents who have created second acts in their own lives. The inaugural Second …

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Comedy Round-Up: Jeff Dunham. Tammy Pescatelli, Kate Quigley. Leonard Ouzts by Christopher Arnott

Folks used to mock ventriloquists mercilessly as outdated, unfunny relics of comedy as it was a century ago. Then came Jeff Dunham. He’s made the ancient art of voice-throwing contemporary…

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Outdoor Shakespeare This Summer: 'Pericles,' 'Love's Labour's Lost,' 'Hamlet' And... by Christopher Arnott

Yes, Shakespeare has lurked in more than a few castles and dungeons. But most of the bard’s plays celebrate the outdoors — and in the summertime, that’s where you’re most likely to f…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

'Jesus Christ Superstar' Resurrected At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

From demon barber to son of God. Fresh from his triumph in the title role of “Sweeney Todd” for Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Nutmeg Summer Series, Terrence Mann now disappears backs…

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Comedy: Emma Willmann At Mohegan; Juston McKinney At Funny Bone by Christopher Arnott

New England natives dominate the comedy clubs this week. Emma Willmann, who’s from Maine, has become a New York fixture, performing at clubs throughout the city and making her late-night T…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

New Kids Company Populates 'Oliver!' At Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

The Kids Company at Goodspeed Musicals may be new, but the youngsters already — as a particular set of lyrics from “Oliver!” goes — “consider themselves one of the family.” The n…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

'Pianist of Willesden Lane' Gives Encore At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

In Connecticut, Mona Golabek has become a familiar face thanks to her one-woman show “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” But that face really belongs to her mother. Golabek dons a red wig t…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

'Grease' Slips Into Ivoryton Playhouse by Christopher Arnott

The Ivoryton Playhouse, in a bucolic village of Essex, has cornered the market on musicalized urban teen angst. In recent summers, the theater has staged “Rent,” “West Side Story” an…

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Comedy Roundup: Seinfeld, In Living Colour Stars' Reunion Tour Coming To Casinos by Christopher Arnott

Stars of two groundbreaking TV comedy shows are in Connecticut this week — on the same night, at competing casino theaters. It’s been 20 years since the “Seinfeld” sitcom ended its n…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Terrence Mann Kills It As 'Sweeney Todd' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Within a few notes of the orchestra starting up, and a deep-voiced chorus member exhorting me to “attend the tale of Sweeney Todd,” I knew I was safe. Which is a funny word to use regard…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Goodspeed To Stage Dickens' Tale Of Downtrodden 'Oliver Twist' by Christopher Arnott

‘Please sir, I want some more.” That’s the phrase that sets “Oliver Twist” in motion. It proclaims the title character’s innocence, his politeness, his meekness, his forthrightne…

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G-Thang To Play Funny Bone; Tim Dillion Coming To Comix by Christopher Arnott

Gary “G-Thang Johnson” has an intriguing name, an intriguing film resume (“Moneyball” and “Disaster Movie”), and last year he starred in the TV series “Grown Folks.” He does …

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Arts & Ideas 2018 Wraps Up With Peppy 'Sgt. Pepper' by Christopher Arnott

Mark Morris laughs when asked if he enjoys coming to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven because it’s not so close to the Brooklyn headquarters of his internationally r…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

'Band's Visit' Tonys Add To 'A Miracle Weekend' For New Britain's Thomas Perakos by Christopher Arnott

‘You saw me onstage at the Tonys, didn’t you?” Thomas Perakos says gleefully during a phone interview between late-night airplane flights Wednesday. Last weekend was a whirlwind for Pe…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Week Two Of Arts & Ideas: Kaki King, A Post-Modern 'Merchant Of Venice,' And Amir Elsaffar by Christopher Arnott

Internationally renowned post-modern theater artist Karin Coonrod says she knows “there’s no ghetto in this play. It’s something people rush to tell me, that I know already.” Yet Coo…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Long Wharf Sexual Harassment Report Finds No Internal Wrongdoing by Christopher Arnott

An internal review by New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre of its sexual harassment policies has found no fault with management or the board of directors over alleged misconduct by its former ar…

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Gloria Estefan Calls 'On Your Feet!' A Timely Message About Immigrants by Christopher Arnott

“My fans,” Gloria Estefan shares during a phone interview, “know me like Emilio knows me. For decades, they’ve been listening to my innermost being.” Apparently, fans think the bio…

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Rob Ruggiero Picks 10 Favorite Shows From His 25 Years At TheaterWorks by Christopher Arnott

‘I really cut my teeth as a director” at TheaterWorks, says Rob Ruggiero, where in the past quarter-century he’s directed more than 60 shows. Ruggiero — who also directs regularly at…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Comedy At The Casinos: From Katt Williams To The 'Bumping Mics' Tour by Christopher Arnott

You can find four famous comedians spread out over three separate shows, in three different performance spaces at two Connecticut casino complexes, on the same hilarious Saturday night — J…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Gilbert Gottfried Bringing His Crazed Comedy To The Kate by Christopher Arnott

He squints his eyes. He knows no boundaries. In other media, he has portrayed a parrot (in Disney’s “Aladdin”) and a duck (in old insurance company ads). He co-hosts his own “Amazing…

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Terrence Mann Takes On 'Sweeney Todd' As Part Of CT Rep Summer Series by Christopher Arnott

On Broadway, Terrence Mann is best known for being feline, French and furry. He was Rum Tum Tugger in “Cats,” Javert in “Les Miserables” and the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast.” …

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Arts & Ideas Kicks Off First Week With Strong Woman, Rapper Whodini by Christopher Arnott

The 2018 International Festival of Arts & Ideas kicks off in and around downtown New Haven June 9 and continues through June 23. The festival has a pronounced theme this year: immigration. T…

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

"In the Heights" Hits Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

Until his “Hamilton” changed all the rules of what a hit musical could be, Lin-Manuel Miranda had a notable hit with “In the Heights.” The show ran on Broadway for three years, winni…

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