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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Joke Master Norm Macdonald At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Norm Macdonald's been declared "a modern master of the long joke" (by the pop culture site Vulture) and "one subversive, hilarious dude" (by Paste magazine). A viral video of Macdonald telli…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Paul The Dog Promises To Steal Stage In Goodspeed's 'Darling Grenadine' by Christopher Arnott

"I think I'm typecast," says Phillip Huber. Fourteen years ago he was asked to supply a puppet dog for a new musical called "Road to Hollywood" at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre. T…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Powerful, Poignant 2016-17 Season From Connecticut's Theaters by Christopher Arnott

It had bangs and whimpering sounds, bullies and victims, politics and personal issues. It ended with a chef serving appetizers to the audience. Yes, with the world premiere of "Raging Skille…

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'Rude, Crude, Partially Nude': 'Mama D's Hot Summer Nights' At Playhouse On Park by Christopher Arnott

Playhouse on Park is unveiling another of its bawdy "Mama D's" seasonal dance/comedy/revues. The latest saucy spectacle is "Mama D's Hot Summer Nights," conceived and directed by Mama D hers…

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'Romeo And Juliet' At Edgerton Park by Christopher Arnott

The Elm Shakespeare Company underwent the biggest change in its more than 20-year history last summer, when its founder James Andreassi passed on the artistic director reins to Rebecca Goodh…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Composer Comes To Life In 'Our Great Tchaikovsky' At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Hershey Felder has made a career out of dramatizing the lives of famous composers. He dresses like them, plays their greatest works live on piano, and he brings out the real-life human stori…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

'The Tempest' At Playhouse On Park; 'Love's Labour's Lost' In Ridgefield by Christopher Arnott

The Glass Eye theater company, founded by Hartt School alumni and based in New York City, originally focused on new works. In recent years, however, the Glass Eye has added a touring outdoor…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Legends In Concert: Spirit Of The King, Ol' Blue Eyes And More At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Two dozen years ago, a Frank Sinatra concert opened the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The spirit of Ol' Blue Eyes is returning to the Fox. Forty years ago in Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Pr…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

John Davidson Takes On Two Roles In 'Finding Neverland' At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

John Davidson plays the seafaring pirate Captain Hook, who chases a flying child in "Finding Neverland." But he's got his feet firmly on the ground. "I like it when a character's objectives …

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Friday, July 21, 2017

'Finding Neverland' At The Bushnell, John Douglas Thompson At Gunn Library by Christopher Arnott

"Finding Neverland," the Broadway musical about how J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan, has been on a national tour since October 2016. That's long enough for it to have undergone a few cast chan…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Director Looks For Right Tone For Goodspeed's 'Oklahoma!' by Christopher Arnott

In East Haddam, the wind goes sweeping down the Connecticut River rather than the plain. But Jenn Thompson is feeling right at home, bringing Rodgers and Hammerstein's game-changing 1943 mus…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Simple, Unassuming 'Love's Labour's Lost' Outdoors At St. Joseph's by Christopher Arnott

The Capital Classics presentations at the University of St. Joseph are so simple, unassuming and unadorned that they're more about resting on a comfortable lawn than having to get too deeply…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

'Raging Skillet' A Louder Food Tale From Jacques Lamarre At TheaterWorks by Christopher Arnott

For his third play about food, Jacques Lamarre wanted to whip up something fresh, try some fresh spices and increase the portion size. "Raging Skillet," having its world premiere at TheaterW…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Hartford Stage's 'Christmas Carol' Has A New Scrooge by Christopher Arnott

"Spirit!" he cried, tight clutching at its robe, "hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been." — Ebenezer Scrooge, in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens It…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

A Romantic, Realistic 'Newsies' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

New "Newsies" is good "Newsies." The Disney musical about enterprising newsboys in early 20th-century New York played more than 1,000 performances on Broadway from 2012-14, then spent anothe…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Stage Checklist: Outdoor Shakespeare, 'Mamma Mia!' And 'Oklahoma' by Christopher Arnott

The outdoor Shakespeare season is on! Middletown's Artfarm is staging "Hamlet" July 9 to 16 and July 19 to 23 as part of its Shakespeare in the Grove series. Director Dic Wheeler has describ…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Westport Playhouse Preparing for Social Drama 'Grounded' by Christopher Arnott

"Grounded" is a dark, isolated, legal and social drama by George Brant. It's about war, sacrifice, personal ethics and clashes with the system. But director Liz Diamond beams. "I'm so enjoyi…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

CT Rep Wraps Up Summer Series With 'Newsies' by Christopher Arnott

"Newsies" is still in circulation. Disney's decision not to continue doing national tours of its jaunty journalism musical after an initial two-year go-round (which played Connecticut twice)…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

'West Side Story' At Ivoryton by Christopher Arnott

What would summer be without "West Side Story" at some small Connecticut theater? The Bernstein/Laurents/Sondheim/Robbins street fight is at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton (E…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

'Complete Works of William Shakespeare' At Playhouse On Park by Christopher Arnott

The works of William Shakespeare have been around for about 500 years. "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," a popular multistyled comic romp through those works, has been …

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Author Neil Gaiman Says Meeting His Readers Is 'Enormously Fun' by Christopher Arnott

Ancient battles among gods will mingle with modern mortal realities when celebrated English storyteller Neil Gaiman returns to The Bushnell July 10. Gaiman has written some of the finest fan…

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'Fun Home' Honors A Daughter's Coming-Of-Age Story by Christopher Arnott

"Fun Home" is where the heart is. The national tour of "Fun Home" is a large, rich production of a musical known for its small, tender moments. It concerns a young woman coming of age and co…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

'The Wolves,' 'Hand of God' At TheaterWorks 2017-18 Season by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks has announced its 2017-18 season. All of the playwrights are new to TheaterWorks, but some are well-known from other theaters in Connecticut. The season opens in October with "T…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

'Fun Home' Broadway Musical Arrives At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

"Fun Home" is the consummate "alternative" comic that became a maverick Broadway musical. The national tour of the show comes to The Bushnell June 20 through 25. The original format for "Fun…

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Connecticut Playwright A.R. Gurney Dies At 86 by Christopher Arnott

A.R. "Pete" Gurney not only lived in Connecticut, he became one of the most produced playwrights at the state's regional theaters. The eminent dramatist died Tuesday at the age of 86. He had…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hip-Hop Theater Production Confronts Society's Toughest Issues by Christopher Arnott

"(Be)Longing" belongs to two well-established traditions at New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas: it's a world premiere, and it tackles provocative social issues. The show, whi…

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Director From Mexico Brings 'Frida Kahlo' Story To Carriage House by Christopher Arnott

In his native Mexico, Hiram Marina is a well-known theater director and producer who's helmed shows involving more than a hundred performers at once, for audiences that numbered in the tens …

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Monday, June 12, 2017

'Indecent' Among Tony Winners With Connecticut Connections by Christopher Arnott

Tony Awards were given Sunday night to several Broadway shows that were first seen or developed at Connecticut theaters. Rebecca Taichman won for directing "Indecent," the klezmer-scored his…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

'Fade' Is Grander Than Its Office Setting by Christopher Arnott

An insecure writer named Lucia is settling into her first real job, at a big TV studio. She shares her hopes and fears with a custodian, Abel, who comes in regularly to change the liners in …

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Two Theatrical Highlights Of Arts & Ideas: 'Black Girl' And 'The End of TV' by Christopher Arnott

For nearly all of its 22-year existence, New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas has been known for creating strong working relationships with the artists it presents. It arrange…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

'Motown The Musical' At The Shubert by Christopher Arnott

"Motown the Musical" is an ensemble drama roiling with temptations, miracles and all those other fantastic Detroit groups of the 1960s and '70s. The central characters in the musical are Ber…

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