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Friday, May 29, 2020

Anniversary echoes: Artspace explores Black Panther movement 50 years after New Haven trials by Christopher Arnott

New Haven's progressive, community-oriented Artspace has had to postpone aspects of its multi-media exploration of the Black Panther trials that took place in the city 50 years ago. The "Rev…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Bushnell cancels ‘Wicked,’ postpones ‘Hadestown’ due to uncertainty of reopening timeline by Christopher Arnott

Two shows on The Bushnell's fall schedule have been affected by ongoing coronavirus concerns. The multi-week September run of "Wicked" has been canceled and "Hadestown"'s October dates will …

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International Festival of Arts & Ideas finds a new executive director to guide key transition by Christopher Arnott

Shelley Quiala is the new executive director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. She joins the 25-year-old festival after 17 years with the Ordway Center for the Performing A…

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Remembering the polarizing playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer, a writer who always spoke his mind by Christopher Arnott

Larry Kramer, who died Wednesday, was remarkable for how his plays and novels, meant to be outspoken and controversial for the times in which they were written, hold up beautifully today.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Goodspeed’s ‘Greatspeed’ musical memories, and other hot online arts events by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut theaters, dancers, DJs, drag artists and more go online with virtual performances.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

TheaterWorks announces a 2020-21 season that’s prepared to change with the times by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford's 2020-21 season will include two postponed shows from the current season ("Fun Home" and "The Who & the What"), plus "The Sound Inside," "Zoey's Perfect Wedding" a…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

International Festival of Arts & Ideas goes online, starts now by Christopher Arnott

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas has announced key events in its Democracy-themed Ideas series. The festival will be largely online this year, running from late May through the…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Hartford Public Library shifts from sanctuary to outreach amid coronavirus crisis by Christopher Arnott

It’s hard to be seen as a shelter, a sanctuary, or a temple of knowledge when your doors are closed. But Hartford Public Library, its buildings shut since March 13, has taken to the air an…

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Connecticut summer theater festivals Arts & Ideas, Five Senses and O’Neill Theater Center reinvent themselves for social distancing by Christopher Arnott

Three major Connecticut summer arts festivals planning to go ahead this summer: two by going online, and one through innovative socially distanced programming.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Handwritten Bob Dylan lyrics, an MLK speech, Mark Twain items among treasures to be sold online in Westport auction by Christopher Arnott

A May 6 auction in Westport displays historical treasures ranging from signed Bob Dylan lyrics to a stock certificate owned by Mark Twain and Jack Kerouac's pajama bottoms.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

It’s ’Next To Normal’ week at TheaterWorks and more virtual events in Connecticut, from theater to dance, music, comedy and more by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut theaters, dancers, DJs, drag artists and more go online with virtual performances.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Virtual events in Connecticut, from theater to dance, music, comedy and more by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut theaters, dancers, DJs, drag artists and more go online with virtual performances.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Hartford Stage moves performances to fall, will start 2020-21 season in January by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has been able to keep "Ah, Wilderness!" and "The History of Comedy (Abridged)" on the schedule by postponing them until October. The theater's 2020-21 season will now start in…

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A Connecticut DJ group is hosting a nine-hour dance party this weekend and you can stream it straight from your living room by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut club DJs have taken their turntables and controllers online, spinning sets through Facebook, Twitch and other platforms for a fervent crowd of stuck-indoor dancers.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Virtual one-act festival unites Connecticut community theater artists to perform together from isolation by Christopher Arnott

Dozens of community theater artists from throughout Connecticut are taking part in the Virtual One Act Festival April 18. The festival includes eight plays, and will be available online foll…

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Drag sashays online during Connecticut coronavirus crisis with revues, storytimes and flair by Christopher Arnott

Drag artists, with performance venues closed and their loyal audiences scattered, have turned their homes into stages, channeled their bravado through their Facebook pages, and are keeping s…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hartford theaters forge community online with virtual series while performance spaces are dark by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks and Playhouse on Park each has announced a series of virtual events to engage both employees and patrons while fostering a sense of community and hope for the fu…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Zooming for laughs: Connecticut comedy livestreams by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut comedy has gone online, largely via Facebook Live and Zoom, during the coronavirus crisis.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Bushnell 2020-21 season to include ‘Hadestown,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ the return of ‘Hamilton’ and more by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell has announced a 2020-2021 that features multi-week bookings of two blockbusters, "Hamilton" and "Wicked," plus the recent Broadway offerings "Hadestown," "Mean Girls," "Pretty W…

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

When the play is not happening: What to know about the shows not on Connecticut stages by Christopher Arnott

Many of the canceled or postponed theater shows that were set for Connecticut this month are based on books, people or things that can be accessed elsewhere. Keep your theatergoing spirits u…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hartford Stage announces 2020-21 season, ranging from Shakespeare to Pearl Cleage to Frankenstein by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has announced most of its 2020-21 season, including an acclaimed Chicago-based production of "Frankenstein," a new play by Martin Zimmerman, a Pearl Cleage feminist comedy and…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

In hopeful Hartford porch musical, West End neighbors belt out a Broadway showtune by Christopher Arnott

A "porch musical" livened up an isolated Sunday night in Hartford's West End neighborhood.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Patient rallies theater community to fill need for masks at Smilow Cancer Center by Christopher Arnott

When the managing director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas learned that Smilow Cancer Hospital needed masks, she put out a call for helps, and got overnight results.

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Hartford Stage lays off 8 staffers, furloughs 50 by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has eliminated eight staff positions and furloughed dozens of employees due to the need to cancel shows and other events during the coronavirus crisis.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

End of brilliance: ‘Every Brilliant Thing,’ a crowdpleaser about clinical depression, dazzled, enlightened in shortened run at TheaterWorks by Christopher Arnott

"Every Brilliant Thing," a play about clinical depression and expressions of hope during troubled times, had its run cut short at TheaterWorks due to coronavirus precautions but was speaking…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

When you can’t suspend disbelief: A wedding comedy disengages at Seven Angels by Christopher Arnott

One of the only plays being performed in the state last weekend, "Always a Bridesmaid" at Seven Angels Theatre, couldn't help but seem out of synch with the times.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Curtain Calls: Theater cancellations spread throughout Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

A listing of theater cancellations throughout Connecticut.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hartford Stage cancels final performances of ‘Jane Eyre,’ axes entire run of ‘The King’s Speech’ by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has canceled the remaining performances of "Jane Eyre" and the entire run of its next show, "The King's Speech," due to coronavirus concerns.

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TheaterWorks to proceed with ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ performances, 100 audience members at a time. by Christopher Arnott

Besides taking special cleanliness precautions based on CDC guidelines, TheaterWorks is shrinking the audience size for each performance of its current production, "Every Brilliant Thing."

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‘The Chinese Lady’ to continue adventurous season at Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

"The Chinese Lady" by Lloyd Suh is about the first Chinese immigrant to the United States, a young woman brought to be displayed as a curiosity. The play is at the Long Wharf Theatre March 1…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A refreshed, resilient, ‘radically inclusive’ Long Wharf Theatre announces its 2020-21 season by Christopher Arnott

The Long Wharf Theatre has announced its 2020-21 season, which brings it major changes to how (and where) the theater will produce its shows.

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