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Monday, March 20, 2017

Yale Rep Tackles Sondheim's Dark Musical 'Assassins' by Christopher Arnott

Stephen Sondheim has given us the warm nostalgia of "Follies," the contemporary relationship foibles of "Company," the summer magic of "A Little Night Music" and the passion of "Passion." He…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

'Next To Normal' At TheaterWorks,' 'Eurydice' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Sarah Ruhl's feminist reworking of the ancient Greek myth "Eurydice" is set in the present day and gives its heroine a firmer hand in deciding her own fate — something she's been denied fo…

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'My Way' Sinatra Tribute Opens Ivoryton Season by Christopher Arnott

From the 1930s into the 1970s, you could find stars such as Groucho Marx, Carol Channing, Bob Fosse, Eartha Kitt, James Mason, Mae West and Ethel Waters at the intimate Ivoryton Playhouse on…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Topical 'Smart People' Brings Political, Lively Drama To Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

Desdemona Chiang says she knew that directing Lydia Diamond's hit drama "Smart People" was going to be challenging. But she also knew that this was the best time to do it. With "Smart People…

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Bushnell 2017-18 Season Includes 'Les Miserables,' 'School Of Rock' by Christopher Arnott

Pledge allegiance to the band. Get on your feet. Own the night. Welcome to the Renaissance. That's what is being asked of Bushnell audiences this fall and next year. The Bushnell announced i…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

'Jersey Boy's At Bushnell; 'Assassins' At Yale Rep by Christopher Arnott

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's envelope-pushing 1990 musical "Assassins" offers a nightmarish gathering of men from throughout American history who have one thing in common: They tried …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Comedian, 'WTF' Podcaster Marc Maron To Play College Street by Christopher Arnott

He coaxed Norm McDonald into describing the worst moments of his gambling addiction. He patched up an old friendship with Louis C.K., in a conversation that Slate magazine deemed "the best p…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

A New Maria Brings New 'Sound Of Music' To Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

Mention to Charlotte Maltby that "The Sound of Music" had its premiere at New Haven's Shubert theater in 1959 and she'll tell you she's heard all about it. Her father, the Broadway lyricist …

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Friday, March 3, 2017

'Smart People' At Long Wharf; 'Harriet Tubman' At Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

'Smart People," Lydia Diamond's drama about psychology and academia had its premiere nearly three years ago at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, just a few miles from the Harvard campus w…

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Hill-Stead, Albano Company Team Up For A Ballet Ball by Christopher Arnott

The Albano Ballet Company celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The Hill-Stead Museum turned 70 last year. These two institutions know something about elegant artistic traditions. On Ma…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Faust Gets A Remake From HSO's Kuan, TheaterWorks' Ort, WNPR's McEnroe by Christopher Arnott

You feel you know Faust? Not so fast. The immortal legend of eternal damnation has taken many forms, including plays, operas and musicals. It'll take a new one March 10 to 12 at Hartford Sym…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cirque Du Soleil's 'Toruk' Re-Creates Magic Of 'Avatar' At XL Center by Christopher Arnott

The Omaticaya, Tawkami and Anurai clans live! The Sky People breathe! Pandorian animals frolic! Na'vi is spoken! In Hartford! When James Cameron's science-fiction epic "Avatar" appeared in t…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

American School For The Deaf Marks 200 Years With Cuatro Puntos Concerts by Christopher Arnott

Great music has been written by deaf people, including Ludwig van Beethoven. Great music is also being written for deaf people. Cuatro Puntos, an innovative Hartford-based classical music en…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Actor Injury Cancels Performances Of Hartford Stage's 'Cloud 9' by Christopher Arnott

An actor in the current Hartford Stage production of "Cloud 9" was injured Thursday, causing the cancellation of performances this weekend.Performances are expected to resume Tuesday, Feb. 2…

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'Cloud 9': Cross-Gender Casting Keeps This Tale of Sexual Politics Fresh by Christopher Arnott

Editor's note: Hartford Stage released the following press release. "Due to the injury of an actor, Hartford Stage’s performance of "Cloud 9" scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, has b…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

'Sound Of Music' At Palace Theater by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut has a special ear for "The Sound of Music." The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical — about a nun/nanny, the adorable kids she cares for and the gruff captain with a heart,…

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A Week Of Dance: Riverdance, Urban Bush, BODYTRAFFIC by Christopher Arnott

The title "Riverdance — 20th Anniversary Tour" is getting a little old. When it played The Bushnell last May, it was firmly in the zone, coming two decades and two months after the Irish d…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

After Three Decades, Raphael Xavier Still Break Dancing Strong by Christopher Arnott

Raphael Xavier feels that he's taking break dancing to places it has never been before. "I'm still a breaker, man," he says in a recent phone interview. "As a 46-year-old breaker, I'm not su…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

CT Rep Takes On Political 'Waiting For Lefty' by Christopher Arnott

"Waiting for Lefty" is the stuff of political theater legend, right up there with "The Cradle Will Rock" and "The Crucible." Clifford Odets' Depression-era drama, staged as a series of short…

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'Cinderella' Brings The Ball To The Palace by Christopher Arnott

Don't worry, you're not late to the ball. The national tour of "Cinderella" has already parked its pumpkin coach in Connecticut twice — just over a year ago at The Bushnell in Hartford and…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Play About Queen Elizabeth I At Wesleyan by Christopher Arnott

Karin Coonrod found Queen Elizabeth I to be such a compelling subject that she needed four actresses, and four thrones, to contain her. "I totally get her spirit," Coonrod said in a recent, …

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Still A Hot Ticket, 'Book Of Mormon' Returns To Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

It bodes well for a good time in the theater that when the star of the show is asked to name one of its funniest bits, he mentions one of its first moments. "The first time I ring a doorbell…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Seven Angels Helps A Younger Generation Discover 'George and Gracie' by Christopher Arnott

They're together again: George and Gracie! And Bruce and Semina! Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury has fashioned a stage production "George and Gracie: The Early Years" out of classic routin…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

'Book of Mormon' At Bushnell, 'Moon For Misbegotten' At Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

"Hello! My Name is Elder Price! And I would like to share with you the most amazing book." "The Book of Mormon" returns to The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. in Hartford, Feb. 14 to 19, with a l…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

West Hartford Actor Lands Dream Role In 'Comedy of Errors' by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford theater scene has been good to Matthew Macca. Six years ago, when he was still in high school, he landed the plum role of Eugene in the Neil Simon play "Brighton Beach Memoirs" …

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

'Menopause The Musical' At Shubert; 'Who's Tommy' At Two Venues by Christopher Arnott

You may know "Menopause the Musical" from several summer rental engagements at the Long Wharf Theatre in the past decades. It returns to New Haven, in a larger production, for three performa…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hundreds Gather At Theaters To Support Diversity, Inclusion by Christopher Arnott

HARTFORD — Hundreds of people stood outside Hartford theaters Thursday night. They shined flashlights, battery-operated candles and cellphones in what was intended as a collective artistic…

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''Tis Pity She's a Whore' At Yale; 'Jimmy And Lorraine' Revisit Hartbeat by Christopher Arnott

The graduate thesis projects for the students in the directing program at the Yale School of Drama are large-scale productions. The acting students at the school spend a year on mastering El…

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Mike Birbiglia At Funnybone, Barry Crimmins At Mohegan by Christopher Arnott

In October, Connecticut audiences got to see comic writer and performer Mike Birbiglia's full-length performance "Thank God for Jokes" at College Street Music Hall in New Haven. That show, a…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CT Theaters Join Ghostlight, A Nationwide Diversity Pledge by Christopher Arnott

Dozens of theaters in Connecticut are joining hundreds of theaters nationwide Thursday night in a pledge to promote diversity and inclusion in their communities. The Ghostlight Project, name…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Actor Tony Todd Returns For TheaterWorks' 'Sunset Baby' by Christopher Arnott

Tony Todd leans back on a couch in a hallway outside the rehearsal rooms at TheaterWorks. He's never worked at this particular theater before, but it's a homecoming. Todd spent most of his c…

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