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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Monday, September 24, 2018

Hartford Stage's Darko Tresnjak Making Met Opera Debut With 'Samson Et Dalila' by Ronald Blum

Darko Tresnjak thought back to November 2016, when he headed to the acclaimed modernist home designed by Charles Gwathmey in Manchester that he had purchased a year earlier with his husband.…

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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

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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The Poems Of Benjamin S. Grossberg: Untangling Sex, Love And Death by Hartford Courant

Benjamin S. Grossberg, director of creative writing at the University of Hartford, came of age during the toughest years of the AIDS crisis, so for him sex, love, and death became tangled, a…

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'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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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Write Stuff: Shteyngart, Picoult At Writers Weekend, Authors On Pratt Street by Carole Goldberg

The Mark Twain House & Museum’s 2018 Writers Weekend will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Twain Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., and Immanuel Congregational Church, 10…

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Political Cartoons At Yale, UConn Lampoon The Powerful Of The 18th, 19th Centuries by Susan Dunne

The president’s never-ending battles with the media are reported on the news every day. But if he thinks he invented the concept of “fake news,” he is wrong. For centuries, the powerfu…

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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

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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'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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'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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“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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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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Write Stuff: CT Authors Trail Concludes, Twain Writers Weekend by Carole Goldberg

The Tenth Annual Connecticut Authors Trail, a series of free talks by local authors presented by a group of Eastern Connecticut libraries, will conclude with two events. On Tuesday, Sept. 18…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Write Stuff: Literary Libations, Riverwood Poetry, Mariani In West Hartford by Carole Goldberg

New Britain Public Library will hold its Literary Libations Vol. V fundraising event on Friday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the campus of CCSU. The event, which includes f…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Plainville Family Featured On A&E Documentary 'Deaf Out Loud' by Susan Dunne

Rachel Valentino of Waterbury met Mick Posner of Long Island at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Both were deaf but they came from different upbringings: She had spoken all her life, …

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Hartford's 'I Am An Artist Day' Lets You Taps Into Your Inner Creative Self by Susan Dunne

Anyone who wants to tap into their inner artist won’t want to miss the third annual lunchtime “I Am An Artist Day” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, when dozens of free events take place in Hart…

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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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Chucky And His BFF Headed To CT Horrorfest by Susan Dunne

Alex Vincent was 6 years old when he was cast as the lead in the horror movie “Child’s Play.” He was a little worried about the crying scene, but his best friend in the movie didn’t …

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Jodi Picoult Coming To Hartford To Speak About Her Latest Book And Its Topic Of Abortion by Susan Dunne

Jodi Picoult likes writing stories that challenge readers’ long-standing beliefs. “I have become known for writing about contentious issues by showing all side of a controversial subject…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Can Hartford's Parkville Neighborhood Be An Arts Destination? These Developers Think So. by Rebecca Lurye

The year he moved from Italy to Parkville, 12-year-old Al Pedemonti learned the streets of his new neighborhood from his bike seat, flinging newspapers up and down the avenues. A few pockets…

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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

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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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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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Write Stuff: James R. Benn, Mary Kubica, Wendy Walker At R.J. Julia by Carole Goldberg

Connecticut author James R. Benn, who has become an acclaimed writer of mystery novels set in Europe during World War II, will give a free talk about his 13th Billy Boyle mystery, “Solemn …

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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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Monday, August 27, 2018

Before You Go: Hear All 18 Bands Playing At Hartford's Hartbeat Music Festival by Chip McAbe

Sometimes you just need to take matters into your own hands, roll up your sleeves, and make the magic happen by sheer will. Such is the case with the inaugural Hartbeat Music Festival on Sat…

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