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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Goodspeed Revives Loving Musical Parody 'The Drowsy Chaperone' by Christopher Arnott

Goodspeed actors agree: “There’s a little Man in Chair in all of us.” John Scherer and John Rapson each utter that illuminating comment in separate phone interviews, describing the mus…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Eduardo Guerrero's 'Flamenco Pasion' At UConn by Christopher Arnott

The Spanish dancer and choreographer Eduardo Guerrero has rethought flamenco dancing for the 21st century, but he also understands the traditions and history of this remarkable art form. Com…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

'Whose Line Is It Anyway' Comedians Doing Two Shows In Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood can’t stop clowning around — though they need your input on what exactly to be funny about. They were regulars on the original British version of the impr…

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Feisty 'Altar Boyz' Musical Playing At Seven Angels by Christopher Arnott

‘Altar Boyz” is a feisty, funny musical theater piece that slyly sends up boy bands and fundamentalist Christianity at the same time. The show purports to be the final concert of the Chr…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Chaos Comes To The Bushnell With Comedy 'The Play That Goes Wrong' by Christopher Arnott

The Mischief Theatre has gone too far, but then that’s what they’re known for. In its native England, the comedy troupe has created three smash theater hits in a row. The first of these,…

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Aziz Ansari Announces Pop-Up Show At College Street Music Hall by Christopher Arnott

Aziz Ansari was doing stand-up comedy long before he became a household name thanks to the sitcoms “Parks and Recreation” and his own “Master of None.” Like many comedians, Ansari us…

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TheaterWorks To Stage Shows At Wadsworth During Pearl Street Renovations by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks will stage at least two of the shows in its 2018-19 season in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s theater space while its usual Pearl Street space is undergoing extensive renovations in …

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

What Went Wrong? Bad Decisions Fuel The Plots Of Fall Theater Season by Christopher Arnott

What else could possibly go wrong? The fall theater season is a delirious mash-up of missteps, miscommunications and mistakes — expertly devised for maximum entertainment value. Among the …

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“Drowsy Chaperone” Sings And Dances At Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

‘The Drowsy Chaperone” is a musical about musicals, for people who really love musicals. It’s a great fit for the musical theater specialists at Goodspeed Opera House, which is staging…

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'Elder Millennial' Iliza At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Iliza, the 2008 “Last Comic Standing” winner who has hosted a TV dating show, a game show and a talk show, brings her “Elder Millennial Tour” (she’s 35) to Foxwoods Resort Casino…

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'The Play That Goes Wrong' Hits The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

‘The Play That Goes Wrong” has been going wrong for so long that somebody must be doing something right. It’s currently the longest-running non-musical play currently on Broadway, wher…

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A Scaled-Down 'Man of La Mancha' At Westport Playhouse by Christopher Arnott

‘Man of La Mancha” is the latest classical musical to be scaled down for a smaller orchestra, a smaller cast and a more intimate presentation by adventurous director Mark Lamos at the We…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

'Hamilton' At The Bushnell Sold Out Within Hours, But You Can Still Get In by Christopher Arnott

Tens of thousands of “Hamilton” fans won the battle. Tickets to the Hartford stop on the Broadway hit’s national tour went on sale Saturday morning and within a few hours, the least ex…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

'Make Believe' Drama About Childhood Trauma At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

The kids are all right. Playwright Bess Wohl and director Jackson Gay, old friends working together for the first time in years, are at Blue State Coffee in Main Street. They’re sharing th…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Musical Play "Peter And The Starcatcher" Takes Turn At Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is not technically a musical. But it has songs, and comedy and fantasy, and is based on the same story that has already fueled numerous musicals (from “Pete…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Kegler's Funeral Farce "Final Arrangements" At Hole In The Wall by Christopher Arnott

Scott Stephen Kegler has directed and acted at New Britain’s Hole in the Wall Theater for years, bringing such audacious projects as Nicky Silver’s “Fat Men in Skirts” to the communi…

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Roger Kabler Bringing Robin Williams Tribute To Bobby V's by Christopher Arnott

Roger Kabler is an accomplished actor who was a sketch performer on “The Carol Burnett Show” in 1991. He played the title role of a crazed Robert DeNiro impersonator in the 2002 film “…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Bushnell Announces On-Sale Date For 'Hamilton' Tickets by Christopher Arnott

Tickets to the national tour of “Hamilton” at The Bushnell will go on sale to the public on Sept. 8, the venue announced Tuesday. The highly anticipated tour will be at The Bushnell Dec.…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Comedy Round-Up: Steven Wright At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

The man who turned sluggish moping into hysterical high art, Steven Wright, returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, for a night of riotously …

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Topical, Lively Theater Season Of Social Satire Comes To An Ended by Christopher Arnott

What else is there to say about a theater season that began and ended with puppets having sex? The copulation of puppets in “Avenue Q” (the first show of Playhouse on Park’s 2017-18 se…

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Comedians Russell Peters, 'Fluffy' Iglesias Both Hitting Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Something of a Canadian comedy superstar, Russell Peters stars in the highly entertaining mystery/comedy series “The Indian Detective,” tours the world, and has appeared in dozens of mov…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Comedians Brian Regan At Garde, Andrew Santino At Mohegan by Christopher Arnott

Brian Regan’s observational humor involves an awful lot of food. Like those jars that have peanut butter and jelly pre-mixed together: “I want to meet the guy who needs that.”). Or cra…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cirque Eloize Brings 'Hotel' To Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

The celebrated Canadian “new circus” troupe Cirque Eloize has a special relationship with Foxwoods. Cirque Eloize performs at the resort casino complex in Ledyard at least once a year, a…

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'Mama D's Gay Nineties Romp' a Sexy Revue At Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

The “Mama D’s” burlesque shows at Playhouse on Park are a special thrill. Grounded in old vaudeville jokes, striptease bump-and-grind, and honking jazz music, they also manage to be st…

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Comedy Round-Up: Larry The Cable Guy, Tom Cotter by Christopher Arnott

Some classic comedy stylings enliven the dog days of summer. Larry the Cable Guy has been around since cable TV was still a new thing in the 1980s, and is coming to Foxwoods Aug. 17. This be…

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The Comic Romance 'Love's Labour's Lost' At Elm Shakespeare Company by Christopher Arnott

Elm Shakespeare Company is one of the oldest and largest providers of free outdoor summer Shakespeare shows in Connecticut. The company’s shows are seen by tens of thousands of people each…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Comedy Roundup: Bill Maher At Oakdale; Trevor Noah At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Two top-rank political comedians are in Connecticut, using news to amuse. Both comics have interviewed presidents, senators, business moguls, movie stars, activists and journalists. Both hav…

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Westport Playhouse Readies 'The Understudy' by Christopher Arnott

‘The Understudy” is play about what it’s like to be in a play — when the play is a newly discovered script by Franz Kafka and the star is a fading Hollywood action movie star named J…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Goodspeed's 'Cyrano': Modern Songs, Swordfights And ... No Big Nose? by Christopher Arnott

The swashbuckling musical “Cyrano” has arrived for its first full-fledged workshop at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre with a few readings under its sword-belt, many revisions and fres…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Behind The Complex Puppetry Of 'The Lion King' At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

They have found their “place on the path … in the circle of life.” As children, both Greg Jackson and Bruce Paul Reik enjoyed putting on puppet shows in their backyards. Now they’re …

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

'SNL' Comedian Leslie Jones Coming To Funny Bone by Christopher Arnott

Leslie Jones is the complete entertainer. On “Saturday Night Live,” she’s both a standout performer (especially when flirting with Colin Jost on “Weekend Update”) and a consummate …

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