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Thursday, February 15, 2018

What Else Is Onstage? 'The Crucible' At CT Rep; 'Ada/Ava' at Wesleyan by Christopher Arnott

There are lots of reasons to revisit Arthur Miller’s retelling of the Salem Witch Trials, “The Crucible.” McCarthyism and other political witch-hunts — the metaphorical underpinning …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

'The Bodyguard' A Suspenseful Stage Musical For Whitney Houston Fans by Christopher Arnott

What’s it like to star in the first U.S. tour of musical “The Bodyguard”? For Deborah Cox, who’ll play the role of Rachel Marron — made famous by Whitney Houston — when the music…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Ken Ludwig's Lighthearted, Comic-Take On 'Murder On The Orient Express' At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Ken Ludwig is ubiquitous. He’s in Hartford. He’s in New Haven. He’s on a train. His game is afoot. Ludwig’s one of the most popular playwrights in the world today. This month, two ma…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

NEA Awards $245,000 In Grants To State Arts Organizations by Christopher Arnott

The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded nearly a quarter of a million dollars to 10 nonprofit Connecticut arts organizations this week, with the largest amount going to the Eugene O…

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Steve Martin and Martin: The Evolution Of An 'Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life' by Christopher Arnott

Steve Martin: “We’re coming up on 80.” Martin Short: “Steve, he didn’t ask how old you were. He asked how many shows we’ve done.” Short and Martin explained during a recent pho…

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More Onstage: 'Murder,' 'Rain,' And 'Black Girl' by Christopher Arnott

“Murder on the Orient Express” is Ken Ludwig’s comic adaptation of the famous Agatha Christie novel about a murder committed on a transcontinental train trip. The victim is an infamous…

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Sophie Tucker Comes Home In 'Red Hot Mama' At Seven Angels by Christopher Arnott

When Sharon McNight brings her Sophie Tucker tribute “Red Hot Mama” to theaters around the country, she is often introducing Tucker’s work to people who have have never heard of the on…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Funny 'Field Guide' At Yale Rep Grand, Yet Grounded by Christopher Arnott

Please read Sam Wasson’s history of improvisational theater “Improv Nation — How We Made a Great American Art.” It describes how small theater troupes of the 1950s and 1960s such as …

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Riverdance At Foxwoods; 'Citizen' Dance At Wesleyan by Christopher Arnott

After several seasons of branding itself as a 20th anniversary event, the national tour of “Riverdance” is back to its unadorned one-word title. The producers have nicknamed the U.S. tou…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Stage Checklist: 'A Hunger Artist' At Hartbeat'; 'Swan Lake' At Shubert by Christopher Arnott

'A Hunger Artist' “The Hunger Artist” is a trenchant short story by Franz Kafka about an entertainer whose “act” is that he fasts for days at a time. The tale is rife with metaphor, …

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Friday, January 26, 2018

With Edelstein Out, What's Next For Long Wharf? by Christopher Arnott

On Monday, The New York Times ran a story detailing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior concerning Gordon Edelstein, the artistic director of the Long Wharf …

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

'Something Rotten': A Comic Take On Elizabethan England At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

Blake Hammond’s back. As in back in time, in a show that sings “Welcome to the Renaissance.” As in back to the future, since he plays a prophet named Nostradamus. Hammond also finds hi…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

'Brothers Karamazov' Inspires Experimental, Far-Reaching 'Field Guide' At Yale Rep by Christopher Arnott

The members of Rude Mechs are far from rude. (The name comes from the company of tradesman actors in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”) The shows developed by this exciting …

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

TheaterWorks Alters Time And Space For Romantic 'Constellations' by Christopher Arnott

‘I’m always so refreshed by shows where my first instinct is to not have a set.” Strangely, that’s a set designer talking. Jean Kim recalls during a recent phone interview how Rob Ru…

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Two Dance Performances: Paul Taylor At The Quick Center; Shaping Sounds At Shubert by Christopher Arnott

The legendary choreographer Paul Taylor turned 87 this year, and the dance company that bears his name was founded in 1954. Taylor’s repertoire represents half a century of modern American…

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'Love Letters' At MTC In Norwalk; 'Field Guide' At Yale Rep by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut grieved when A.R. Gurney died last year. The playwright had a home in Roxbury. He premiered more than a dozen of his WASP-laden dramas and romances at Westport Country Playhouse.…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Singing Ventriloquist Darci Lynne Bringing 4 Of Her Puppets To Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

The ventriloquist can’t talk just now. Darci Lynne Farmer, the celebrated 13-year-old singing voice thrower and latest winner of “America’s Got Talent,” is in the first week of her f…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda To Receive Monte Cristo Award From O’Neill Center by Christopher Arnott

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer and original star of the groundbreaking musical “Hamilton,” will receive the 2018 Monte Cristo Award from the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford.…

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'Little Girl Who Lived In The Library' Tells Her Story At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Mention any show in her long stage resume, and Sharon Washington instantly has a story to tell. She recalls “Digging Eleven,” the Kia Corthron drama she appeared in at Hartford Stage in …

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'Amazing Grace' At Shubert; 'Glass Menagerie' At Hole In The Wall by Christopher Arnott

The new national tour of the historical musical “Amazing Grace” — at the Shubert, 247 College St., New Haven, from Jan. 19 to 21 — is a Connecticut homecoming: The show premiered in …

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Three-Day Goodspeed Festival Celebrates New Musicals by Christopher Arnott

Douglas Lyons was attending Career High School in New Haven when he first began to consider theater as a career choice. There was a poster for the University of Hartford’s Hartt School in …

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Topical Drama 'Office Hour' At Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

The Long Wharf Theatre is consistently good at finding new plays about timely social issues such as race relations and cultural differences. “Office Hour,” a new drama by Julia Cho, is a…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hartt Grad Returns To Hartford To Perform In 'Stomp' At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

When Kris Lee graduated from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School a decade ago, it was with a degree in music production and jazz performance. Now she uses that expertise, along with …

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Monday, January 1, 2018

David Lutken Brings Crowd-Pleasing 'Woody Sez' To Westport Playhouse by Christopher Arnott

David Lutken’s getting comfortable in Connecticut, with some characters who caused some discomfort in their time, but who also brought much enjoyment. From Jan. 9 to 20, Lutken is the acer…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

'Skanks' Podcast Hosts At Mohegan, Funny Bone by Christopher Arnott

Two of the hosts of the podcast “Legion of Skanks,” a show that claims to “consistently raise the bar on filth and depravity,” are in Connecticut Jan. 4 to 6, although at different c…

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Stage Checklist: A Year-End Comedy Roundup; 'I'm Too Fat' At Sea Tea; Pinkalicious At Shubert by Christopher Arnott

The final days of 2017 bring much mirth. Here’s a comedy-show checklist: John Oliver is at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, for a whopping four shows over t…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dragons, Monsters, Murders: Hot Productions On CT's Stages To Get Us Through Winter by Christopher Arnott

The year 2018 begins with fire and noise on local theater stages to get us through the rest of winter. The title of “Feeding the Dragon,” Sharon Washington’s one-woman show at Hartford…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Hartford Stage and Hartford Public Library Unveil New Program by Christopher Arnott

Check out a theater show … at your local library. Hartford Stage and the Hartford Public Library have joined together for what they describe as a “multi-tiered community partnership” w…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Memorable Moments On Connecticut's Stages In 2017 by Christopher Arnott

Join me, as the year winds to a close, in a survey of some of the sensational stage moments, highlights and trends of the past 12 months. Literary Lights The year began and ended with excell…

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Stage Checklist: 'Shen Yun' At Palace; Robyn Schall At Funny Bone; Dada Life At Mohegan by Christopher Arnott

The Chinese classical dance spectacle “Shen Yun” promotes itself as “5,000 Years of Civilization Reborn.” The New York-based ensemble revives narrative dance and music traditions tha…

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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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