Thursday, September 13, 2018

What Went Wrong? Bad Decisions Fuel The Plots Of Fall Theater Season by Christopher Arnott

What else could possibly go wrong? The fall theater season is a delirious mash-up of missteps, miscommunications and mistakes — expertly devised for maximum entertainment value. Among the …

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Scaled-Down 'Man of La Mancha' At Westport Playhouse by Christopher Arnott

‘Man of La Mancha” is the latest classical musical to be scaled down for a smaller orchestra, a smaller cast and a more intimate presentation by adventurous director Mark Lamos at the We…

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'The Play That Goes Wrong' Hits The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

‘The Play That Goes Wrong” has been going wrong for so long that somebody must be doing something right. It’s currently the longest-running non-musical play currently on Broadway, wher…

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'Elder Millennial' Iliza At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Iliza, the 2008 “Last Comic Standing” winner who has hosted a TV dating show, a game show and a talk show, brings her “Elder Millennial Tour” (she’s 35) to Foxwoods Resort Casino…

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“Drowsy Chaperone” Sings And Dances At Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

‘The Drowsy Chaperone” is a musical about musicals, for people who really love musicals. It’s a great fit for the musical theater specialists at Goodspeed Opera House, which is staging…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

'Hamilton' At The Bushnell Sold Out Within Hours, But You Can Still Get In by Christopher Arnott

Tens of thousands of “Hamilton” fans won the battle. Tickets to the Hartford stop on the Broadway hit’s national tour went on sale Saturday morning and within a few hours, the least ex…

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Write Stuff: CT Authors Trail Concludes, Twain Writers Weekend by Carole Goldberg

The Tenth Annual Connecticut Authors Trail, a series of free talks by local authors presented by a group of Eastern Connecticut libraries, will conclude with two events. On Tuesday, Sept. 18…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Write Stuff: Literary Libations, Riverwood Poetry, Mariani In West Hartford by Carole Goldberg

New Britain Public Library will hold its Literary Libations Vol. V fundraising event on Friday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the campus of CCSU. The event, which includes f…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Plainville Family Featured On A&E Documentary 'Deaf Out Loud' by Susan Dunne

Rachel Valentino of Waterbury met Mick Posner of Long Island at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Both were deaf but they came from different upbringings: She had spoken all her life, …

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Hartford's 'I Am An Artist Day' Lets You Taps Into Your Inner Creative Self by Susan Dunne

Anyone who wants to tap into their inner artist won’t want to miss the third annual lunchtime “I Am An Artist Day” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, when dozens of free events take place in Hart…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

'Make Believe' Drama About Childhood Trauma At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

The kids are all right. Playwright Bess Wohl and director Jackson Gay, old friends working together for the first time in years, are at Blue State Coffee in Main Street. They’re sharing th…

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Chucky And His BFF Headed To CT Horrorfest by Susan Dunne

Alex Vincent was 6 years old when he was cast as the lead in the horror movie “Child’s Play.” He was a little worried about the crying scene, but his best friend in the movie didn’t …

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Jodi Picoult Coming To Hartford To Speak About Her Latest Book And Its Topic Of Abortion by Susan Dunne

Jodi Picoult likes writing stories that challenge readers’ long-standing beliefs. “I have become known for writing about contentious issues by showing all side of a controversial subject…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Can Hartford's Parkville Neighborhood Be An Arts Destination? These Developers Think So. by Rebecca Lurye

The year he moved from Italy to Parkville, 12-year-old Al Pedemonti learned the streets of his new neighborhood from his bike seat, flinging newspapers up and down the avenues. A few pockets…

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Musical Play "Peter And The Starcatcher" Takes Turn At Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is not technically a musical. But it has songs, and comedy and fantasy, and is based on the same story that has already fueled numerous musicals (from “Pete…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Roger Kabler Bringing Robin Williams Tribute To Bobby V's by Christopher Arnott

Roger Kabler is an accomplished actor who was a sketch performer on “The Carol Burnett Show” in 1991. He played the title role of a crazed Robert DeNiro impersonator in the 2002 film “…

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Kegler's Funeral Farce "Final Arrangements" At Hole In The Wall by Christopher Arnott

Scott Stephen Kegler has directed and acted at New Britain’s Hole in the Wall Theater for years, bringing such audacious projects as Nicky Silver’s “Fat Men in Skirts” to the communi…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Write Stuff: James R. Benn, Mary Kubica, Wendy Walker At R.J. Julia by Carole Goldberg

Connecticut author James R. Benn, who has become an acclaimed writer of mystery novels set in Europe during World War II, will give a free talk about his 13th Billy Boyle mystery, “Solemn …

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Bushnell Announces On-Sale Date For 'Hamilton' Tickets by Christopher Arnott

Tickets to the national tour of “Hamilton” at The Bushnell will go on sale to the public on Sept. 8, the venue announced Tuesday. The highly anticipated tour will be at The Bushnell Dec.…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Before You Go: Hear All 18 Bands Playing At Hartford's Hartbeat Music Festival by Chip McAbe

Sometimes you just need to take matters into your own hands, roll up your sleeves, and make the magic happen by sheer will. Such is the case with the inaugural Hartbeat Music Festival on Sat…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Comedy Round-Up: Steven Wright At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

The man who turned sluggish moping into hysterical high art, Steven Wright, returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, for a night of riotously …

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Real Art Ways Approved For $1 Million State Grant For Relocation by Susan Dunne

The State Bond Commission has approved $1 million to help Real Art Ways with “planning and acquisition for a new, larger facility” in Hartford, according to minutes of the July 25 meetin…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Comedians Russell Peters, 'Fluffy' Iglesias Both Hitting Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Something of a Canadian comedy superstar, Russell Peters stars in the highly entertaining mystery/comedy series “The Indian Detective,” tours the world, and has appeared in dozens of mov…

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A Topical, Lively Theater Season Of Social Satire Comes To An Ended by Christopher Arnott

What else is there to say about a theater season that began and ended with puppets having sex? The copulation of puppets in “Avenue Q” (the first show of Playhouse on Park’s 2017-18 se…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Parkville Plans First Block Party To Highlight Growing Creative Center by Rebecca Lurye

Before the weather takes a turn for the chilly, Parkville is giving Hartford one more chance to celebrate summer with all of the food, music and arts the off-beat neighborhood is known for. …

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Monday, August 20, 2018

A Charming, Comical Outdoor Production Of 'Love's Labour's Lost' by Frank Rizzo

The show: The Elm Shakespeare Company presents a free outdoor show of “Love's Labour’s Lost” — a rarely produced early Shakespeare play — through Sept. 2 in Edgerton Park. First im…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Poems Of Jose B. Gonzalez: Coping With Isolation by Hartford Courant

Many of the poems of Connecticut poet José B. González deal with isolation. “Everywhere I look, I see this isolation come into play. From the child who is alone at the border to the sold…

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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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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Write Stuff: Summer Reading At Dunkin' Donuts Park, Free Author Talks At R.J. Julia by Carole Goldberg

A true tale of a wedding gone awry, a story involving a helper monkey and a novel about friendship and survival will be discussed at free events at R.J. Julia Booksellers. 768 Boston Post Ro…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Paint The City Murals Popping Up All Over Hartford by Susan Dunne

Colorful murals are popping up all over Hartford: a huge image of a toothy-smiled little kid on a community center, a painted collage of city leaders on the side of a school, two mysterious …

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