Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cirque To Go Performing Roller Disco Circus At Ron-A-Roll by Susan Dunne

Every weekend, Ron-A-Roll roller rink in Vernon is packed with skating families. On Friday, July 27, circus performers join the fun. Cirque to Go is a newly formed collective of former circu…

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Old Lyme Midsummer Festival: 2 Days Of Music, Arts, Dining by Susan Dunne

The 32nd annual Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, a weekend of family-friendly activities, is July 27 and July 28 in areas around the Old Lyme Arts District, along Lyme Street. All events are fre…

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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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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Write Stuff: Charles Monagan Kicks Off CT Authors Trail, Avon's Author Fest Continues

Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, is known for sponsoring free talks by authors and other book-related programs. On Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m., its fifth annual Loca…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

TheaterWorks Throwing Pop-Up Musical Block Party by Alison Kuznitz

TheaterWorks views itself as a cultural steward of the capital, helping to unify those who live and work downtown. Hartford can be a destination in Connecticut, staff members of the downtown…

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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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The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained by Susan Dunne

It isn’t just the inside of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art that is bursting with artworks. The front lawn’s collection of outdoor artworks is growing. On June 21, the first day of …

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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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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Write Stuff: CT Authors Trail Begins, Beatriz Williams' Release Party And Books With Immigrant Theme 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 begin Tuesday, July 10, with a free talk at 6:…

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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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A Caribbean Flair Hits This Year's Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz by Alison Kuznitz

The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz carries the spirit of the Caribbean islands to Bushnell Park July 20 to 22 — though the Capitol building will replace glistening, sandy shores as its …

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The Monday Night Jazz Series' Avant-Garde Sounds Return To Bushnell Park by Alison Kuznitz

For 51 years, world-renowned saxophonists and trumpeters have made performance pit stops in Bushnell Park, conveniently situated along the route from New York City’s to Boston’s jazz sce…

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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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Write Stuff: Deadline Extended For Twain House's Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest by Carole Goldberg

The deadline to enter the Mark Twain House & Museum’s 2018 Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest has been extended to July 15. Prizes will go to a first-place winner and two runners-up in e…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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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'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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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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Thursday, June 21, 2018

CT's New State Troubadour Nekita Waller Wants To 'Bring Us Closer Together' by Michael Hamad

Nekita Waller, a singer from Middletown, will be Connecticut’s 17th state troubadour, according to a statement released by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Wal…

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Outgoing Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin Confronts Illness As Just Another Journey by Susan Dunne

Rennie McQuilkin was born and raised in Pittsford, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester. His mother, Eleanor, was a poet. “I think you have to have somebody in the family preceding you as a poet, t…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Storytelling Champ Matthew Dicks At RJ Julia, Psychotherapist Talks Women's Friendships by Carole Goldberg

A champion storyteller, two novelists and an expert on women’s friendships will give free talks at R.J. Julia Booksellers,768 Boston Post Road, Madison. All begin at 7 p.m. and require res…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

G-Thang To Play Funny Bone; Tim Dillion Coming To Comix by Christopher Arnott

Gary “G-Thang Johnson” has an intriguing name, an intriguing film resume (“Moneyball” and “Disaster Movie”), and last year he starred in the TV series “Grown Folks.” He does …

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Goodspeed To Stage Dickens' Tale Of Downtrodden 'Oliver Twist' by Christopher Arnott

‘Please sir, I want some more.” That’s the phrase that sets “Oliver Twist” in motion. It proclaims the title character’s innocence, his politeness, his meekness, his forthrightne…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Arts & Ideas 2018 Wraps Up With Peppy 'Sgt. Pepper' by Christopher Arnott

Mark Morris laughs when asked if he enjoys coming to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven because it’s not so close to the Brooklyn headquarters of his internationally r…

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