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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Broadway Star Bryce Pinkham Returns To CT For NHSO Holiday Show by Christopher Arnott

Broadway star Bryce Pinkham joins up with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet for a special concert event “A Broadway Holiday” Dec. 16 at the First Congregational Church i…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Hoist A Holiday Cocktail As A Fresh 'Christmas On The Rocks' Turns Five by Christopher Arnott

‘Christmas on the Rocks” is the holiday gift that keeps on giving. The show, celebrating its fifth year of merrymaking at TheaterWorks, has maintained a faithful fan base while bringing …

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Stage Checklist: A Merry 'Mama D's' At Playhouse, Plus A Few 'Nutcrackers' by Christopher Arnott

Playhouse on Park’s annual holiday revue “Mama D’s Christmas Stocking” turns Christmas traditions inside out. For one thing, it’s rare to see dancers, actors and elves so scantily …

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ringing In The New Year With Laughs: Comedy To Wrap Up 2017 by Christopher Arnott

Ha-ha, Happy New Year! You’ve heard the jokes: “A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” “A New Year’s resolution is a fragile bit of crockery…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

'A Christmas Carol' At Hartford Stage Breaks In An Adroit New Scrooge by Christopher Arnott

Ebenezer Scrooge can now balance a turkey on his chin. If you want to know the biggest difference between Michael Preston’s portrayal of the “Bah! Humbug!” icon at Hartford Stage when …

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

HSO Continues 'Holiday Cirque Spectacular' Tradition by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Cirque Spectacular” has been an annual tradition since shortly after Carolyn Kuan became the symphony’s music director. This is the sixth year …

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Comedian Tig Notaro Returns To College Street by Christopher Arnott

When Tig Notaro took part in Connecticut Forum’s “Laughter, Anyone?” event at The Bushnell a few weeks ago, she got her first laughs within seconds of strolling onstage. With her natur…

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Tony-Winning Revival Of 'The Color Purple' At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

There are bountiful reasons to see “The Color Purple” when it arrives at The Bushnell for its six-day run Dec. 5 to 10. It’s the national tour of a Tony-winning hit. It’s a revival o…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stage Checklist: 'PAW Patrol,' 'Rudolph,' 'Ragtime' And Linda Eder by Christopher Arnott

For grown-ups, much of the fun of the nationally touring shows based on animated children's shows is seeing the manner in which they've jumped from one form of entertainment to another. "PAW…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Goodspeed Gives Dicken's 'Christmas Carol' A Connecticut Setting by Christopher Arnott

‘A Connecticut Christmas Carol” transports Charles Dickens’ Olde England to a little town called East Haddam in New England. The show, though set at the Goodspeed Opera House, is havin…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

A Scrooge Change For 'A Christmas Carol' At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

"A Christmas Carol" has been a Hartford Stage standard for 20 years now. The production was brought to the theater by its adaptor Michael Wilson shortly after he became Hartford Stage's arti…

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Comedian Mike Birbiglia At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

In the past year you might have seen Mike Birbiglia on "Orange Is the New Black" (as Danny Pearson), or in the movie he wrote and directed and starred in, "Don't Think Twice" (about an impro…

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From 'Nutcrackers' To 'Nuncrackers,' Holiday Theater Treats 'Til Christmas by Christopher Arnott

You know how some people buy their gifts from nationwide chain stores, while others make them by hand? And both are well worth having? Connecticut Christmas theater is like that, too. Just a…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Broadway Hit 'The Band's Visit' Backed By CT Producers by Christopher Arnott

The new Broadway hit “The Band’s Visit” is the story of a snappily dressed Egyptian police band whose travel plans go awry. They find themselves in Bet Hatikva, a desolate Israeli town…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Comedians Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Fred Armisen Converge For 'Laughter' At Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

A funny thing is happening on the way to Connecticut Forum. If you were looking for three people to demonstrate the changing face of American comedy today, you might well decide upon Fred Ar…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

'A Connecticut Christmas Carol' At Goodspeed; 'Buddy Holly Story' At Shubert by Christopher Arnott

The latest "Christmas Carol" in Connecticut transports Dickens' holiday story across the ocean, setting it in the East Haddam home of famed early 20th actor William Gillette. The 90-minute, …

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Comedian Whitney Cummings At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

What's up with Whitney Cummings? The comedian's own sitcom "Whitney" lasted only two seasons 2011 to13, but "Two Broke Girls," which she created around the same time, lasted six seasons, end…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

'90s-Crime Mystery Spoof 'Charter Boys' At Sea Tea Improv by Christopher Arnott

Remember "The Charter Boys," that action-packed TV detective drama that aired on UPN, then the WB, for most of the 1990s? Of course you don't. It's a spoof, a parody. But "The Charter Boys: …

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A New, One-Of-A-Kind 'Phantom' Swoops Into Palace by Christopher Arnott

"The Phannnnntom of the opera is therrrrree…" Oh, and over here as well. It's important to know that the tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" coming to the Palace in Wa…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Stage Checklist: 'Imaginary Invalid,' Dorrance Dance, 'Charter Boys' by Christopher Arnott

The second-ever production at Quinnipiac University's Theatre Arts Center is the 17th-century French playwright Moliere's timely medical-care comedy "The Imaginary Invalid." One of the best-…

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Warfare Art Thou, Romeo? Productions Reflecting A More Violent Political Climate by Christopher Arnott

Classic drama has plenty to say about modern times. Sometimes the connections are made glaringly obvious by directors and designers. Other times there's a subtlety, an underlying sensation t…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Stage Checklist by Christopher Arnott

Prolific local playwright Jacques Lamarre has had his scripts produced at TheaterWorks, Seven Angels and Hole in the Wall Theatre in recent seasons. His latest premiere is the socioreligious…

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Criss Angel's 'Mindfreak Live!' At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Rock star-styled illusionist Criss Angel regularly disappears at Foxwoods, whether on his own or as the co-creator of the ensemble magic spectacle "The Supernaturalists." Angel's latest "Min…

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'The Sound of Music' Returns To Shubert by Christopher Arnott

It's rare that a major national tour of a classic musical will come to Connecticut without playing The Bushnell. "The Sound of Music" has now done that twice. It seems you don't have to clim…

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5X5 Dance Festival At University Of St. Joseph by Christopher Arnott

When does five times five equal 15? When the locally rooted 5X5 Dance Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary Nov. 4 with a full day of performance activities in and around Bruyette Athenae…

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'Rags' Wraps Up Goodspeed Season In Style by Christopher Arnott

Taking the 1986 Broadway misfire "Rags" out of mothballs was a risk. Refashioning it fully, with two of its original creators (lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Charles Strouse) on boar…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Stage Checklist: 'Million Dollar Quartet' At Seven Angels; 'The Game' At Ivoryton by Christopher Arnott

After numerous tours through the state, not to mention club and concert appearances by members of the original New York cast, "Million Dollar Quartet" is now rocking the state's smaller thea…

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Murder Mystery 'That Poor Girl And How He Killed Her' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut theatergoers remember Jen Silverman from her Gothic pastiche "The Moors" at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2016. Her "Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties" premiered at Washington,…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Family Struggles With A Dark Past In 'Seder' At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

"I knew I had to direct it." Elizabeth Williamson has been with Hartford Stage for more than five years, originally as a dramaturg and director of new play development and since 2015 as the …

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Friday, October 13, 2017

West Hartford's Ballet Theatre Organizes 'Dancing For Last Vegas' Benefit by Christopher Arnott

Stephanie Dattellas moved to Connecticut from Syracuse, N.Y., just a few months ago to become the new artistic director of West Hartford's Ballet Theatre Company in June. She looked forward …

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stage Checklist: 'School Of Rock' At Bushnell, 'Seder' At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

The national tour of "The School of Rock" is so new that there aren't photos of it yet. The show, based on the 2003 Jack Black movie, has been running for nearly two years on Broadway and fo…

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