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Thursday, April 22, 2021

TheaterWorks’ production of deep, disturbing drama ‘The Sound Inside’ a theater/film hybrid success by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks' latest staged-to-stream production, of Adam Rapp's trenchant teacher/student drama "The Sound Inside," incorporates a filmmaker on its creative team. It's a subtle, deep, distu…

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Summer venues in Middlesex County face a second year of canceled shows amid lingering COVID-19 challenges by Christopher Arnott

Three arts venues with a reputation as summer arts destinations face different challenges in reopening this year, after all being shuttered last year due to COVID.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

USJ Civil Rights film series tells stories of Antonia Pantoja, Fannie Lou Hamer, Emmet Till by Christopher Arnott

The Civil Rights struggle of the 20th century will be explored through three historical figures — voting rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer, Puerto Rican activist Antonia Pantoja and teen murder…

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New Elizabeth Banks movie ‘Call Jane’ to film in Hartford by Christopher Arnott

A new movie, "Call Jane" is filming some scenes in Hartford.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Connecticut documentarian’s ‘Mama Gloria,’ about a legendary Chicago trans activist, is now streaming by Christopher Arnott

Hot on the heels of International Transgender Visibility Day March 31, the new documentary “Mama Gloria” by Connecticut filmmaker Luchina Fisher is getting its broadcast debut this week,…

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Bushnell announces new dates for eight ‘Broadway series’ shows postponed due to COVID by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell has set new dates for eight shows it postponed from its 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons due to COVID. The musicals will start appearing in October of this year. The Bushnell will be…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

10 Connecticut arts events for April: The HSO plays The Wadsworth, cafe nine reopens, and more by Christopher Arnott

Some big names come to Hartford venues virtually, college theaters begin to wrap up their online seasons and there are even some live music clubs reopening. Here are ten top entertainment pi…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Goodspeed pushes live indoor shows to September, plans outdoor events for summer by Christopher Arnott

Goodspeed Musicals has had to further postpone its 2021 season, rescheduling the opening of "South Pacific" from June to September and moving "Anne of Green Gables" to next year. The theater…

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Dave Chappelle live shows announced at Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

In one of the biggest entertainment events to hit Connecticut since COVID, Dave Chappelle will be at Foxwoods Resort Casino's Grand Theater on June 25 and 26. Tickets go on sale Friday at no…

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5x5 Dance Festival returns virtually, inspired by the coronavirus, with a dozen short films by Christopher Arnott

One of Connecticut's premiere homegrown dance events, the 5x5 Dance Festival at the University of Saint Joseph's Autorino Center, has gone online for its 19th edition, with short filmed cont…

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Live entertainment is returning to Connecticut. When are venues reopening? by Christopher Arnott

Some Connecticut theaters are beginning to formalize their reopening plans following a year of being shuttered due to COVID. Expect a slew of outdoor shows to happen in spring and summer, wh…

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Theater artist laid off from Hartford Stage running 55-mile fundraiser to help theater reopen by Christopher Arnott

Erin Keller, who was properties manager at Hartford Stage until the theater was shuttered during the COVID crisis, is running 55 miles along the Farmington River Trail on May 29 to raise mon…

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Westport Country Playhouse’s all-virtual 90th anniversary season a mix of new and old productions by Christopher Arnott

Westport Country, after not producing any shows in 2020, has announced that its 2021 season, running April through December, will be all virtual. Among the new productions will by the comedy…

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Musicals could return to the Bushnell in October as coronavirus relief promises to hasten opening of Connecticut theaters; “Hamilton” possible in by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell could open sooner that anticipated thanks to large federal grants for theaters contained in the American Rescue Plan. Many Connecticut arts venues will benefit from the Shutter …

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Fairfield Comedy Club supports out-of-work comedians with sales of unique Vans shoe design by Christopher Arnott

Fairfield Comedy Club has designed its own Vans shoe, to raise money for out-of-work comedians.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

West Hartford native uses theater to spark discussion of social issues on new podcast, ‘Why We Theater’ by Christopher Arnott

Ruthie Fierberg, who grew up in West Hartford enjoying musical theater and a good high school arts education, has created a national podcast centered on major social issues as handled by pro…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New Shubert executive director brings Broadway experience to New Haven theater by Christopher Arnott

The Shubert has announced its new executive director. Anthony McDonald is only the second person to hold that position since the theater was taken over by the CAPA management company 20 year…

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Domestic violence is theme of New England Ballet Theatre dance/discussion event by Christopher Arnott

The newest professional dance company in the area, New England Ballet Theatre, is presenting “Ballet Speaks: Against Domestic Violence” at 7 p.m. on March 13, live as well as livestreame…

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Friday, March 5, 2021

HartBeat reading tackles modern slavery, set in Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

HartBeat Ensemble's latest virtual show is a reading of a new play about modern slavery, set in a wealthy Connecticut suburb. "Bee Trapped Inside a Window" is by Romanian playwright Saviana …

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

TheaterWorks increases accessibility by adding American Sign Language interpretation to productions by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks has added American Sign Language interpretation to its latest online show, James Anthony Tyler's “Talkin’ to This Chick Sippin’ Magic Potion," and will offer the service f…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

LGBTQ Film Festival returning in June, both in-person and online by Christopher Arnott

The 34th Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival will take place June 4-13, lasting a day longer than usual and holding screenings both online and in-person.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Theater launches ‘Goodspeed on Demand’ streaming videos of new musicals by Christopher Arnott

Goodspeed Musicals will be airing archived video of some of its recent shows as part of a new "Goodspeed on Demand" series during the pandemic. The first screening is of the new musical "Pa…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Hartford Library’s Big Read for 2021, ‘In the Time of Butterflies,’ celebrates Dominican culture by Christopher Arnott

This year's Big Read events at Hartford Public Library are all virtual, centered around the historical novel "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez.

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New ‘Our Town’ book considers impact, enduring relevance of Thornton Wilder’s classic play with look at key Connecticut productions by Christopher Arnott

"Another Day's Begun," a new book on the contemporary importance of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" mentions some major productions of the play that happened in Connecticut. The state was also …

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Harry Connick Jr. shot his new music video in Connecticut. Have you seen these other music videos shot in the nutmeg state? by Christopher Arnott

Many famous artists, from David Bowie to Billy Joel to Ariana Grande to (just this month) Harry Connick Jr., have shot music videos in Connecticut.

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Community theaters deemed eligible for Save Our Stages funding after local challenge by Christopher Arnott

Community theater sucessfully lobbied to be eligible for COVID relief funding through the Save Our Stages Act. But there are still issues for certain non-profits applying for funds.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

West Hartford Commission of Arts creates job bank to match artists with work by Christopher Arnott

The recently formed West Hartford Commission of Arts has started an Artist Job Bank where artists can register and be considered for local gigs.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Real Art Ways receives NEA grant to continue awards program supporting emerging artists by Christopher Arnott

Real Art Ways has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its annual Real Art Awards competition, which gives money and exhibition opportunities to six e…

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UConn’s Jorgensen Center sets spring schedule of virtual concerts and Arts & Activism talks by Christopher Arnott

The spring 2021 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts season at UConn includes concerts by Ben Folds, Kronos Quartet, Arcis Saxophone Quartet and Chris Thile and an entire day of discussi…

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Eight lovely music and theater shows for Valentine’s Day: Six online and two live by Christopher Arnott

Valentine's day entertainment may be fewer this year, but include some livestreamed concerts that you can enjoy at home with your sweetheart.

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Playhouse on Park radically retells classic comedy ‘Private Lives’ with COVID focus on couple stuck inside together by Christopher Arnott

Actors Veanne Cox and Ezra Barnes have boiled the Noël Coward classic “Private Lives” to just its second act and given it a naturalistic modern-day COVID setting. Titled "Amanda & E…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre