Monday, November 20, 2017

Goodspeed Gives Dicken's 'Christmas Carol' A Connecticut Setting by Christopher Arnott

‘A Connecticut Christmas Carol” transports Charles Dickens’ Olde England to a little town called East Haddam in New England. The show, though set at the Goodspeed Opera House, is havin…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

From 'Nutcrackers' To 'Nuncrackers,' Holiday Theater Treats 'Til Christmas by Christopher Arnott

You know how some people buy their gifts from nationwide chain stores, while others make them by hand? And both are well worth having? Connecticut Christmas theater is like that, too. Just a…

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Comedian Mike Birbiglia At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

In the past year you might have seen Mike Birbiglia on "Orange Is the New Black" (as Danny Pearson), or in the movie he wrote and directed and starred in, "Don't Think Twice" (about an impro…

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A Scrooge Change For 'A Christmas Carol' At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

"A Christmas Carol" has been a Hartford Stage standard for 20 years now. The production was brought to the theater by its adaptor Michael Wilson shortly after he became Hartford Stage's arti…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Write Stuff: 'Wicked' Author Maguire Introduces New Novel, Victor LaValle At Beyond Words by Carole Goldberg

The author who spun a best-selling series of novels and a blockbuster musical from his re-imagining of a classic book will appear Sunday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Wheeler Library, 101 Ma…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Broadway Hit 'The Band's Visit' Backed By CT Producers by Christopher Arnott

The new Broadway hit “The Band’s Visit” is the story of a snappily dressed Egyptian police band whose travel plans go awry. They find themselves in Bet Hatikva, a desolate Israeli town…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Documentary By New London Band Pocket Vinyl Captures Life On Road by Michael Hamad

Pull into a new city, just before sundown, and park the van. Load in, play a gig for adoring fans, pocket a wad of cash from the smiling venue owner, grab a delicious meal, and sleep between…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Comedians Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Fred Armisen Converge For 'Laughter' At Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

A funny thing is happening on the way to Connecticut Forum. If you were looking for three people to demonstrate the changing face of American comedy today, you might well decide upon Fred Ar…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Comedian Whitney Cummings At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

What's up with Whitney Cummings? The comedian's own sitcom "Whitney" lasted only two seasons 2011 to13, but "Two Broke Girls," which she created around the same time, lasted six seasons, end…

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'A Connecticut Christmas Carol' At Goodspeed; 'Buddy Holly Story' At Shubert by Christopher Arnott

The latest "Christmas Carol" in Connecticut transports Dickens' holiday story across the ocean, setting it in the East Haddam home of famed early 20th actor William Gillette. The 90-minute, …

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Write Stuff: Denis Leary, Ex-White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses To Give Book Talks by Carole Goldberg

Two authors and comedians will present a sarcastically satirical look at contemporary America on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven. Denis Le…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

'90s-Crime Mystery Spoof 'Charter Boys' At Sea Tea Improv by Christopher Arnott

Remember "The Charter Boys," that action-packed TV detective drama that aired on UPN, then the WB, for most of the 1990s? Of course you don't. It's a spoof, a parody. But "The Charter Boys: …

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A New, One-Of-A-Kind 'Phantom' Swoops Into Palace by Christopher Arnott

"The Phannnnntom of the opera is therrrrree…" Oh, and over here as well. It's important to know that the tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" coming to the Palace in Wa…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

A ‘Twinless Twin’ Tribute Among Hundreds Of Open Studio Hartford Artworks by Susan Dunne

Katherine Emely Gomez was born eight minutes after her sister Emely, and they grew up as close as identical twins tend to be. Then, at age 23, Emely Gomez died during an epileptic seizure. K…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

'Dodgers' Author Bill Beverly Wins Mark Twain American Voice Award by Susan Dunne

Bill Beverly is the winner of the 2017 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, in honor of his 2016 novel "Dodgers," the Mark Twain House & Museum announced Thursday. Beverly will rec…

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A Stage Checklist: 'Imaginary Invalid,' Dorrance Dance, 'Charter Boys' by Christopher Arnott

The second-ever production at Quinnipiac University's Theatre Arts Center is the 17th-century French playwright Moliere's timely medical-care comedy "The Imaginary Invalid." One of the best-…

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Warfare Art Thou, Romeo? Productions Reflecting A More Violent Political Climate by Christopher Arnott

Classic drama has plenty to say about modern times. Sometimes the connections are made glaringly obvious by directors and designers. Other times there's a subtlety, an underlying sensation t…

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Write Stuff: Exploring Mark Twain's Ideas In Today's Politics; Tomie DePaolo Book Release by Carole Goldberg

In 1889, in “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” Mark Twain wrote: “You see, my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its office-holder…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Stage Checklist by Christopher Arnott

Prolific local playwright Jacques Lamarre has had his scripts produced at TheaterWorks, Seven Angels and Hole in the Wall Theatre in recent seasons. His latest premiere is the socioreligious…

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'Rags' Wraps Up Goodspeed Season In Style by Christopher Arnott

Taking the 1986 Broadway misfire "Rags" out of mothballs was a risk. Refashioning it fully, with two of its original creators (lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Charles Strouse) on boar…

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5X5 Dance Festival At University Of St. Joseph by Christopher Arnott

When does five times five equal 15? When the locally rooted 5X5 Dance Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary Nov. 4 with a full day of performance activities in and around Bruyette Athenae…

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'The Sound of Music' Returns To Shubert by Christopher Arnott

It's rare that a major national tour of a classic musical will come to Connecticut without playing The Bushnell. "The Sound of Music" has now done that twice. It seems you don't have to clim…

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Criss Angel's 'Mindfreak Live!' At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Rock star-styled illusionist Criss Angel regularly disappears at Foxwoods, whether on his own or as the co-creator of the ensemble magic spectacle "The Supernaturalists." Angel's latest "Min…

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Write Stuff: CT Children's Book Fair; Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash by Carole Goldberg

The 25th Connecticut Children's Book Fair will take place on the UConn campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, in Rome Commons Ballroom, 626 Gilbert Road Ext., Storrs. …

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dystopian 'Beasts Made Of Night' By New Haven Author A Metaphor For Racial Injustice by Susan Dunne

"Beasts Made of Night" is set in a dystopian, sci-fi world where aristocrats hire poor youths to cleanse their souls by "eating" their sins. Those sins show up on the sin-eaters' skin in the…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

An Intimate (And Spontaneous) Night With Anderson Cooper And Andy Cohen At The Oakdale by Susan Dunne

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are bringing their long-running tour, AC2, to the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford on Nov. 4. The uninitiated might ask: What do they do on the stage? AC2…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Nine Neighborhood Murals Chosen For Hartford Paint The City by Susan Dunne

Nine artists have been chosen to paint murals in nine locations throughout Hartford as part of the municipal Hartford Paint the City project. The selections, the result of a public vote, are…

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Murder Mystery 'That Poor Girl And How He Killed Her' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut theatergoers remember Jen Silverman from her Gothic pastiche "The Moors" at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2016. Her "Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties" premiered at Washington,…

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Stage Checklist: 'Million Dollar Quartet' At Seven Angels; 'The Game' At Ivoryton by Christopher Arnott

After numerous tours through the state, not to mention club and concert appearances by members of the original New York cast, "Million Dollar Quartet" is now rocking the state's smaller thea…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Family Struggles With A Dark Past In 'Seder' At Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

"I knew I had to direct it." Elizabeth Williamson has been with Hartford Stage for more than five years, originally as a dramaturg and director of new play development and since 2015 as the …

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

HSO To Play Live Score During Giant 'Harry Potter' Film Screening by Susan Dunne

At one point in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Harry, Hermione and Ron battle a troll in the Hogwarts restroom. In the film, John Williams' music, heavy on the low brass, scores th…

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