Wednesday, July 26, 2017

John Davidson Takes On Two Roles In 'Finding Neverland' At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

John Davidson plays the seafaring pirate Captain Hook, who chases a flying child in "Finding Neverland." But he's got his feet firmly on the ground. "I like it when a character's objectives …

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Albano Ballet Showcases Young Dancers In ‘Peter and the Wolf’ At Mohegan by Sharma Howard

With his arms flung wide, Peter embraces danger, bursting out from behind a white picket fence to join a menagerie of charming creatures: a cat, duck, bird, and one lone, menacing wolf. Leav…

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Write Stuff: Al Franken At Shubert; Sharon Hosts Summer Book Signing by Carole Goldberg

More than 30 authors and illustrators will take part in the 21st annual Sharon Summer Book Signing, which benefits Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, under tents on the town green at 10 Upper Main…

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A Midsummer Fest: Celebrating Old Lyme With Art, Music, Even A Dog Show by Susan Dunne

Old Lyme is proud of its history as a hive of activity for artists. Florence Griswold hosted an art colony in her home from 1899 until her death in 1937. Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

New Sendak Book Found In Ridgefield To Be Published In 2018 by Susan Dunne

The late, legendary children's book author Maurice Sendak frequently worked on multiple projects at a time. This was the case in 1997, when he and Arthur Yorinks co-created a book called "Pr…

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'Finding Neverland' At The Bushnell, John Douglas Thompson At Gunn Library by Christopher Arnott

"Finding Neverland," the Broadway musical about how J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan, has been on a national tour since October 2016. That's long enough for it to have undergone a few cast chan…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

10,000 Comic Books Donated To Trinity Library by Susan Dunne

For more than 150 years, Hartford's Watkinson Library has been a research hub. Today, the collection housed at Trinity College includes 200,000 volumes dating back 10 centuries, including an…

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Director Looks For Right Tone For Goodspeed's 'Oklahoma!' by Christopher Arnott

In East Haddam, the wind goes sweeping down the Connecticut River rather than the plain. But Jenn Thompson is feeling right at home, bringing Rodgers and Hammerstein's game-changing 1943 mus…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Write Stuff: Local Author Festival In Avon, Former Cubs Player At R.J. Julia by Carole Goldberg

The free Local Author Festival presented by Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, will continue Tuesday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. with a Biography/Memoir Author Panel featuring…

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Loss And Affirmation: The Poems Of Julia Morris Paul

Julia Morris Paul, an elder law attorney in Manchester, was named that city's first poet laureate in 2014. She is a founding member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate and serves …

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A Simple, Unassuming 'Love's Labour's Lost' Outdoors At St. Joseph's by Christopher Arnott

The Capital Classics presentations at the University of St. Joseph are so simple, unassuming and unadorned that they're more about resting on a comfortable lawn than having to get too deeply…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

ArtShapes Stamford's Latest New, Whimiscal Outdoor Sculpture Project by Susan Dunne

The great screen comedian Gene Wilder lived in Stamford and sometimes gave talks at the Avon Theatre. Thanks to artist Juni Crane, the spirit of Wilder is back. An artwork honoring Wilder, w…

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'Raging Skillet' A Louder Food Tale From Jacques Lamarre At TheaterWorks by Christopher Arnott

For his third play about food, Jacques Lamarre wanted to whip up something fresh, try some fresh spices and increase the portion size. "Raging Skillet," having its world premiere at TheaterW…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Hartford Stage's 'Christmas Carol' Has A New Scrooge by Christopher Arnott

"Spirit!" he cried, tight clutching at its robe, "hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been." — Ebenezer Scrooge, in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens It…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Write Stuff: Cornelius Eady, Emily Junmin Yoon Up Next At Sunken Garden by Carole Goldberg

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival will continue its 25th anniversary season on Wednesday, July 19, on the grounds of Hill-Stead Museum, a National Historic Landmark at 35 Mountain Road, Farm…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

A Romantic, Realistic 'Newsies' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

New "Newsies" is good "Newsies." The Disney musical about enterprising newsboys in early 20th-century New York played more than 1,000 performances on Broadway from 2012-14, then spent anothe…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Who's Playing When At Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz by Michael Hamad

The unspoken theme of this year's Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, which takes place in Bushnell Park from July 14 to 16, might be this: Go ahead and dance. You've earned it. New Haven-bas…

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Horn Player Haneef Nelson Honored To Launch Paul Brown Jazz Series by Michael Hamad

Trumpeter Haneef N. Nelson never imagined he'd be a leader in the Greater Hartford jazz scene. "Before college, I didn't know anything about Connecticut north of New Haven," Nelson says. "Th…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Stage Checklist: Outdoor Shakespeare, 'Mamma Mia!' And 'Oklahoma' by Christopher Arnott

The outdoor Shakespeare season is on! Middletown's Artfarm is staging "Hamlet" July 9 to 16 and July 19 to 23 as part of its Shakespeare in the Grove series. Director Dic Wheeler has describ…

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Write Stuff: Sunken Garden Continues With 'Poetry Of Our World' by Carole Goldberg

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival will continue its 25th anniversary season on Sunday, July 9, on the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum, a National Historic Landmark at 35 Mountain Road, Farm…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Westport Playhouse Preparing for Social Drama 'Grounded' by Christopher Arnott

"Grounded" is a dark, isolated, legal and social drama by George Brant. It's about war, sacrifice, personal ethics and clashes with the system. But director Liz Diamond beams. "I'm so enjoyi…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cirque Eloize's 'iD' Comes To Foxwoods Twice In July

Cirque Eloize's still-newish relationship with Foxwoods Resort Casino is thriving. The Canadian theater troupe staged the world premiere of its Wild West show "Saloon" at the Fox Theater las…

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CT Rep Wraps Up Summer Series With 'Newsies' by Christopher Arnott

"Newsies" is still in circulation. Disney's decision not to continue doing national tours of its jaunty journalism musical after an initial two-year go-round (which played Connecticut twice)…

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Berkshires Art Road Trip: See Picasso, Warhol, Rockwell And More by Susan Dunne

If you had to choose between art exhibits, which would it be? Pablo Picasso or Grandma Moses? Sol LeWitt or Helen Frankenthaler? Andy Warhol or Nick Cave? Robert Rauschenberg or Norman Rockw…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Early Bird Social Club, Chango Rosa Kick Off Summer Dance Parties by Katherine Burns

The Early Bird Social Club has a new summer series for adults who like to dance but also like to be in bed by midnight. The series is an expansion of the club's debut this past spring, with …

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Write Stuff: CT Authors Trail Hosting Dozens Of Free Talks by Carole Goldberg

The ninth annual Connecticut Authors Trail begins Thursday, July 6, with a free talk by Diana Ross McCain, historian and author, at 6:30 p.m. at the Janet Carlson Calvert Library, 5 Tyler Dr…

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Goshen Hosts Inaugural New England Balloon Festival by Matt Ormseth

If a weekend of hot air balloon rides, food trucks and live music sounds like a weekend well spent, you're not alone — 64,000 people have hit the "Interested" tab on the New England Balloo…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

'West Side Story' At Ivoryton by Christopher Arnott

What would summer be without "West Side Story" at some small Connecticut theater? The Bernstein/Laurents/Sondheim/Robbins street fight is at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton (E…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

'Complete Works of William Shakespeare' At Playhouse On Park by Christopher Arnott

The works of William Shakespeare have been around for about 500 years. "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," a popular multistyled comic romp through those works, has been …

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

'Fun Home' Honors A Daughter's Coming-Of-Age Story by Christopher Arnott

"Fun Home" is where the heart is. The national tour of "Fun Home" is a large, rich production of a musical known for its small, tender moments. It concerns a young woman coming of age and co…

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R.J. Julia Hosts Book Events In Madison, Westbrook by Carole Goldberg

Four novelists, two authors of a book about Hammonassett State Park and an illustrator of children's books will speak at events presented by R.J. Julia Booksellers of Madison. All require re…

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