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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Long Wharf Theatre announces new artistic director by Christopher Arnott

New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre has selected Jacob G. Padrón, a major force in new play development, especially among minority writers, as its new artistic director. He begins his new job …

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Comics Tim Allen, Orny Adams to do stand-up on casino stages by Christopher Arnott

An established comedy icon who came up on the old sitcom/“Tonight Show” route, and a member of the next generation, whose career took a similar trajectory during changing times, both hit…

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'Paradise Blue,' the first of Dominique Morisseau's 'Detroit Trilogy,' at Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

Dominique Morisseau is one of the most produced playwrights in the country right now. TheaterWorks did Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby” last year. The hot Morisseau scripts this season are th…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Who is legendary Peter Brook? The creator of 'The Prisoner' at Yale Rep tells us in his own words by Christopher Arnott

He’s done it all. He’s changed the face of world theater. And he’s still at it. Peter Brook’s latest work, “The Prisoner,” which he co-wrote and co-directed with his main collabo…

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Camille A. Brown dancers at Jorgensen by Christopher Arnott

Camille A. Brown and Dancers were already a known quantity in Connecticut — having performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Wesleyan University and elsewhere — when troup…

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Immigrant themes resonate in 'Fiddler on the Roof' at the Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

Bartlett Sher is known for finding strong thematic connections between the stories from classic Broadway musicals and the world as it is today. He does this subtly, without hitting audiences…

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Sonia Plumb dancers perform 'Salute to the Troops' at Real Art Ways by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford-based Sonia Plumb Dance Company has a multimedia, multi-styled, military-themed event planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford. More Veterans Day event…

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Connecticut Lyric Opera's 'Carmen' travels the state for 4 performances by Christopher Arnott

As a gypsy, Carmen really gets around. Connecticut Lyric Opera is the most mobile opera company in the state, bringing each of its shows to a variety of locations. Its production of Bizet’…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Drag Diva Lady Bunny Bringing 'Pig In A Wig' To TheaterWorks For One Night by Christopher Arnott

Lady Bunny founded the fabulous Wigstock Festival, a hallowed LGBTQ gathering that marked the end of summer in New York City from the mid-’80s the early ‘00s. Wigstock was magically revi…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

HSO Hitting Upward Hartford For First Of Season's Intimate Intermix Concerts by Christopher Arnott

Upward Hartford is proud of its recent renovations. It has more space now. So it’s hosting an avalanche. On Nov. 8, an ensemble of musicians from Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform M…

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UConn Hosting Holographic Concert Of Opera Singer Maria Callas by Christopher Arnott

The magic of holograms brings opera singer Maria Callas to life for “Callas in Concert” Nov. 8 at Jorgensen Auditorium, 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs. Callas was one o…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Managing Director Michael Stotts To Leave Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Michael Stotts, who has been the managing director of Hartford Stage since 2006, is leaving the theater at the end of January for a similar post at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, the t…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Comedian Howie Mandel Doing His Stand-Up At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Howie Mandel has been bringing his stand-up show to Connecticut since the late 1970s. During those decades he also became a ubiquitous presence on TV — first as a voice on the “Muppet Ba…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Meet The Student Dancers In The Greater Hartford Academy Of The Arts Choreographers Showcase by Christopher Arnott

Eight young dancers form two lines. The only male dancer breaks from the pack and moves to center stage, where he’s joined by two more dancers, then others. They leap. They strut. They gli…

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One Man's DACA Journey On Three Connecticut Stages by Christopher Arnott

When he was 3 months old, Alex Alpharaoh was taken on a life-changing journey from Guatemala to the United States. Thirty-six years later, he’s travelling around the country to share his s…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

'Thousand Pines,' A Gun Control Drama, In Westport by Christopher Arnott

Matthew Greene’s “Thousand Pines” is a new drama with a gun control theme. Westport Country Playhouse held a workshop of it last year, then decided to do a full production as part of i…

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Family Drama 'Good Children' Premieres At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Tracy Thorne’s contemporary drama “Good Children” is set in a “a society where the secrets of the past are closely guarded,” and a young man named Val learns some of those secrets …

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

'Henry V' At Hartford Stage Aims For A Contemporary Feel In The Round by Christopher Arnott

The V in "Henry V” at Hartford Stage could stand for "versatility.” In scanning the cast list for this new production of Shakespeare’s historical drama “Henry V,” what stands out i…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Alex Alpharaoh Bringing His Own DACA Story To Hartford Stages by Christopher Arnott

Alex Alpharaoh’s one-man show “Wet: A DACAmented Journey” chronicles his own adventures as an undocumented American. He was brought to the U.S. when he was just two months old and grew…

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Impractical Jokers Coming To Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

The 21st century hidden-camera prank show “Impractical Jokers” spawned a live stage show several years, which has gone through several different editions. There was the “Where’s Larr…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Lily Tomlin At 'WRCH’s Nite Of Lite Laughter' by Christopher Arnott

The great Lily Tomlin has been enjoying a career renaissance thanks to her Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” but in fact she’s had remarkable successes in each of the last six decade…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

There Will Be Fish In 'The River' At TheaterWorks, But We Can't Tell You Much More by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks’ drama “The River” is shrouded in mystery. ‘I can’t say too much,” the play’s star Billy Carter says, regretfully. “...There are elements of a ghost story and a …

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dworin Dance Troupe Adds Immigration To Its Socially Conscious Repertoire by Christopher Arnott

‘There’s the challenge,” socially conscious choreographer Judy Dworin says. “How do I make this different from a news story you read on your phone?” Dworin has staged dance pieces …

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

West Hartford Ballet Once Again 'Dancing For A Cause' by Christopher Arnott

Last year West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company organized a benefit dance concert to raise money for victims of the Las Vegas shootings. The event was so well-received that the the BTC ha…

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Live 'So You Think You Can Dance' Coming To Mohegan Sun by Christopher Arnott

So you think you can see “So You Think You Can Dance” live in Connecticut? You happen to be right. The long-running TV competition visits Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasvil…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Horror Rocker Alice Cooper Returns To Palace 46 Years Later, Just In Time For Halloween by Christopher Arnott

The ’70s have been good to Alice Cooper. Not just the 1970s, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer first achieved international success. It’s also his age. “I never thought I would be, …

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Famous Voices Sing An Animaniac Celebration in Danbury by Christopher Arnott

Remember the whimsically grating voice of Yakko Warner, who with his siblings Wakko and Dot updated classic Warner Brothers cartoon wackiness for the mid-1990s as “The Animaniacs”? Rob P…

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'The Roommate' Moves Into The Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut audience know Jen Silverman from the premiere of her brazen Gothic update “The Moors” at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2016 and last year’s Connecticut Repertory Theatre produc…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Phoenix's 'Rocky Horror' Haunts Two Theaters by Christopher Arnott

The Phoenix Theatre Company has been a most reliable purveyor of the perverse seasonal treat “The Rocky Horror Show.” The original stage version of the ghoulish counterculture spectacle …

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Illusionists Bringing Their Magic To The Palace by Christopher Arnott

‘The Illusionists” is an internationally touring multi-magician spectacle that shorthands its performers with such intriguing nicknames as The Manipulator, The Inventor, The Mentalist, T…

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Williamson Directing 'Henry V' At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has done a Shakespeare play, directed by Darko Tresnjak, every year since he became artistic director. This year is different. There will be a Shakespeare play, but instead of…

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