Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TheaterWorks Receives $2.5 Million Grant For Major Renovations by Christopher Arnott

For its show “Constellations,” which ends its run Feb. 22, TheaterWorks cleverly redesigned its performance space from a proscenium to an arena. Now the entire building is getting a real…

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Author Matthew Desmond Awarded Stowe Prize For Social Justice Writing by Susan Dunne

Matthew Desmond has been awarded the 2018 Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice, awarded by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, for his 2016 book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in th…

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'Bodyguard' Understudy To Open Show At Bushnell In Wake Of Parkland Shooting by Christopher Arnott

In the wake of the high-school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week, singer/actress Deborah Cox is unable to perform at tonight’s opening performance of “The Bodyguard The Musical” at…

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'N-Word' Exhibit Takes A Hard Look At The Semantics Of Racism by Susan Dunne

Rhinold Ponder, an African-American artist, has hated “the n-word” his whole life. So it may seem strange that his recent series of artworks – on exhibit at Kehler Liddell Gallery in N…

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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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The Gothic, Gloomy Worlds Of Edward Gorey At Wadsworth Atheneum by Susan Dunne

The art of Edward Gorey is full of unidentifiable creatures, gloomy adults and children doing who-knows-what, inexplicable shadows, buildings that very well may be haunted. But he was not al…

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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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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Write Stuff: Amy Bloom To Give Talks On 'White Houses' by Carole Goldberg

Amy Bloom, a Wesleyan University professor and one of Connecticut’s most acclaimed writers, will discuss her new book, “White Houses.” Bloom’s novel is based on the friendship that b…

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Finder Of Lost Da Vinci To Tell His Tale At Wadsworth Atheneum by Susan Dunne

For three years, starting in 2008, New York art dealer Robert Simon sat on the art world’s most stunning secret. The cat got out of the bag in 2011: A painting Simon and an associate had p…

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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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The Shellye Valauskas Experience Spreads 'Panic,' Power Pop At Cafe Nine by Michael Hamad

Power pop — think Big Star, Cheap Trick, the Knack, the Bangles — is often appallingly short on power, says New Haven guitarist Dean Falcone. “To me, it’s the Who’s ‘I Can’t Ex…

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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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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Write Stuff: Mexican Novelist Yuri Herrera At Trinity College by Carole Goldberg

The Connecticut Book Awards, presented annually by the Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities, is accepting submissions now through April 20 for its 2018 competition. The …

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African Slave-Trading Center, Frederick Douglass Inspire Black History Exhibits by Susan Dunne

February is Black History Month, and nothing looms larger in black history than the evil specter of slavery. Three exhibits in the state take on this subject. Two were inspired by a notoriou…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Horror Film 'Winchester' Starring Helen Mirren Based On New Haven Heiress by Susan Dunne

In the 19th century, Sarah Winchester was one of the queens of Connecticut’s armaments industry, as the wife of gun-making scion William Winchester of New Haven. But her most enduring lega…

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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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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Write Stuff: R. J. Julia Hosting Authors Jojo Moyes, James T. Powers by Carole Goldberg

R.J. Julia Booksellers of Madison will present a talk on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 26 Meetinghouse Lane, Madison. Best-selling British author Jojo Moyes wil…

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Atheneum Triple-Feature Pays Tribute To Actress-Inventor Hedy Lamarr by Susan Dunne

Movie star Hedy Lamarr was a dream come true. “She represented a dream beyond reality, in terms of what you could look like if you were a woman or what a woman you love could look like if …

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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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Monday, January 22, 2018

The Poems Of Owen Elphik: "Poetry Out Loud" Champion

Connecticut's 2015 "Poetry Out Loud" champion, Owen Elphick competed in the National Competition in Washington, D.C., placing among the top nine. Hailing from Storrs, he is a student at Emer…

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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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Write Stuff: Chris Knopf Plans Talk, Hartford Student Contest Announced by Carole Goldberg

Chris Knopf, of Avon, an award-winning author of mysteries, will give a free talk Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, for the Library Foundation’…

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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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