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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Comedians Brian Regan At Garde, Andrew Santino At Mohegan by Christopher Arnott

Brian Regan’s observational humor involves an awful lot of food. Like those jars that have peanut butter and jelly pre-mixed together: “I want to meet the guy who needs that.”). Or cra…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cirque Eloize Brings 'Hotel' To Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

The celebrated Canadian “new circus” troupe Cirque Eloize has a special relationship with Foxwoods. Cirque Eloize performs at the resort casino complex in Ledyard at least once a year, a…

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'Mama D's Gay Nineties Romp' a Sexy Revue At Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

The “Mama D’s” burlesque shows at Playhouse on Park are a special thrill. Grounded in old vaudeville jokes, striptease bump-and-grind, and honking jazz music, they also manage to be st…

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Comedy Round-Up: Larry The Cable Guy, Tom Cotter by Christopher Arnott

Some classic comedy stylings enliven the dog days of summer. Larry the Cable Guy has been around since cable TV was still a new thing in the 1980s, and is coming to Foxwoods Aug. 17. This be…

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The Comic Romance 'Love's Labour's Lost' At Elm Shakespeare Company by Christopher Arnott

Elm Shakespeare Company is one of the oldest and largest providers of free outdoor summer Shakespeare shows in Connecticut. The company’s shows are seen by tens of thousands of people each…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Comedy Roundup: Bill Maher At Oakdale; Trevor Noah At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Two top-rank political comedians are in Connecticut, using news to amuse. Both comics have interviewed presidents, senators, business moguls, movie stars, activists and journalists. Both hav…

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Westport Playhouse Readies 'The Understudy' by Christopher Arnott

‘The Understudy” is play about what it’s like to be in a play — when the play is a newly discovered script by Franz Kafka and the star is a fading Hollywood action movie star named J…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Goodspeed's 'Cyrano': Modern Songs, Swordfights And ... No Big Nose? by Christopher Arnott

The swashbuckling musical “Cyrano” has arrived for its first full-fledged workshop at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre with a few readings under its sword-belt, many revisions and fres…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Behind The Complex Puppetry Of 'The Lion King' At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

They have found their “place on the path … in the circle of life.” As children, both Greg Jackson and Bruce Paul Reik enjoyed putting on puppet shows in their backyards. Now they’re …

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

'SNL' Comedian Leslie Jones Coming To Funny Bone by Christopher Arnott

Leslie Jones is the complete entertainer. On “Saturday Night Live,” she’s both a standout performer (especially when flirting with Colin Jost on “Weekend Update”) and a consummate …

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

'Cyrano' Bringing Swordplay, Big Stars To Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

Before a single one of its duels (physical or verbal) has been fought, and before a single one of its songs (by members of the great indie rock band The National) has been sung, the musical …

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Comedy Trio 'Two Kings And A Queen' Bring Royal Mirth To Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

‘Two Kings and a Queen” is a touring trio of stand-up comedians from New York. The queen is Cocoa Brown, who’s ruled on BET’s “Comic View” and “One Mic Stand,” Comedy Central…

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'A Chorus Line' At Ivoryton Playhouse by Christopher Arnott

The Ivoryton Playhouse has done four musicals so far this summer of four distinct styles. First was the fantasy “The Fantasticks,” then the biographical tribute “A Night With Janis Jop…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

'Oliver!' Rough And Ready At Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

Kids scramble up ladders and across bridges. Muttering, mutton-chopped authority figures wave their staffs (or even their spoons) menacingly. There are drinking songs and horseplay and expre…

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Pilobolus' Five Senses Festival: Music, Dance, Meditative Calm by Christopher Arnott

Pilobolus sees things differently than others do. When the internationally renowned dance/movement troupe decided to start an arts festival in its Connecticut hometown of Washington, it wasn…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Dark, Unrelenting 'Jesus Christ Superstar' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Jesus Christ is super stressed out, man. Connecticut Repertory Theatre has restored Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s raucous religious rock opera to its 1970s origins, with a chorus of h…

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'Pianist Of Willesden Lane' At Hartford Stage Still Resonant And Newly Relevant by Christopher Arnott

‘I had the most wonderful mother.” Now there’s a statement you rarely hear in the American theater. It’s how Mona Golabek opens “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” which she has bro…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Comedy Round-Up: SNL Veterans, Michael Blackson, Sea Tea Wrestling Match by Christopher Arnott

Four “Saturday Night Live” veterans, including one of the show’s longest-serving members, are at Mohegan Sun Arena at 8 p.m. July 28. Jon Lovitz, active on “SNL” from 1985-90, was …

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Goodspeed Extends Run Of 'Cyrano,' Starring Peter Dinklage by Christopher Arnott

Eight extra performances have been added to the run of the new musical “Cyrano” at Godspeed Musicals’ Norma Terris Theatre in Chester. The show, which opens Aug. 3 and was originally s…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

'Hand To God': Hanging Out With An Unhinged, Satanical Hand Puppet At Theaterworks by Christopher Arnott

‘Hand to God” is a harrowing, hilarious, hand-wringing comedy with tragic elements about a young man whose life is changed — and endangered — by an unhinged, demonically possessed ha…

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'Lion King' Making Summer Stop At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

‘The Lion King” still rules. The circle of life brings Julie Taymor’s acclaimed stage version of the 1994 animated Disney feature back to The Bushnell for a two-and-a-half-week engagem…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Waterbury Palace Motivational Series Highlights Life's Second Acts by Christopher Arnott

Theaters know something about second acts. The Palace Theater in Waterbury is giving the stage to Connecticut residents who have created second acts in their own lives. The inaugural Second …

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Comedy Round-Up: Jeff Dunham. Tammy Pescatelli, Kate Quigley. Leonard Ouzts by Christopher Arnott

Folks used to mock ventriloquists mercilessly as outdated, unfunny relics of comedy as it was a century ago. Then came Jeff Dunham. He’s made the ancient art of voice-throwing contemporary…

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Outdoor Shakespeare This Summer: 'Pericles,' 'Love's Labour's Lost,' 'Hamlet' And... by Christopher Arnott

Yes, Shakespeare has lurked in more than a few castles and dungeons. But most of the bard’s plays celebrate the outdoors — and in the summertime, that’s where you’re most likely to f…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

'Jesus Christ Superstar' Resurrected At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

From demon barber to son of God. Fresh from his triumph in the title role of “Sweeney Todd” for Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Nutmeg Summer Series, Terrence Mann now disappears backs…

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Comedy: Emma Willmann At Mohegan; Juston McKinney At Funny Bone by Christopher Arnott

New England natives dominate the comedy clubs this week. Emma Willmann, who’s from Maine, has become a New York fixture, performing at clubs throughout the city and making her late-night T…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

New Kids Company Populates 'Oliver!' At Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

The Kids Company at Goodspeed Musicals may be new, but the youngsters already — as a particular set of lyrics from “Oliver!” goes — “consider themselves one of the family.” The n…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

'Pianist of Willesden Lane' Gives Encore At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

In Connecticut, Mona Golabek has become a familiar face thanks to her one-woman show “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” But that face really belongs to her mother. Golabek dons a red wig t…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

'Grease' Slips Into Ivoryton Playhouse by Christopher Arnott

The Ivoryton Playhouse, in a bucolic village of Essex, has cornered the market on musicalized urban teen angst. In recent summers, the theater has staged “Rent,” “West Side Story” an…

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Comedy Roundup: Seinfeld, In Living Colour Stars' Reunion Tour Coming To Casinos by Christopher Arnott

Stars of two groundbreaking TV comedy shows are in Connecticut this week — on the same night, at competing casino theaters. It’s been 20 years since the “Seinfeld” sitcom ended its n…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Terrence Mann Kills It As 'Sweeney Todd' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Within a few notes of the orchestra starting up, and a deep-voiced chorus member exhorting me to “attend the tale of Sweeney Todd,” I knew I was safe. Which is a funny word to use regard…

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