Thursday, December 02, 2021

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

A Lively (and In-Person) Holiday Theater Season is Here

Another Christmas Carol: Westport Country Playhouse is resuming it’s in person Script-in-Hand series on Monday, Dec. 13 with A Merry Little Christmas Carol. The...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Humor and Love Make Say Goodnight, Gracie at Ivoryton Charming

The funniest jokes are often the old jokes; the ones we’ve heard before but we still laugh out loud when we hear them for the umpteenth time.You only have to see Say Goodnight,...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

'The Chinese Lady' Gets Long Wharf Off To A Strong Start

Long Wharf Theatre is back with a fascinating play, The Chinese Lady running through Sunday, Oct. 31. It had been planned for the 2019-’20 season until COVID interrupted the...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 21, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Picking Up Where Things Left Off, Plus Bond

Finally: Long Wharf was in rehearsal with The Chinese Lady in 2020 when everything shut down. Now we can all see this production that is described as a “whimsical...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 07, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Congrats to a Tap Dancing Mom, Tony Awards,Congrats to a Tap Dancing Mom, Tony Awards,

Broadway Baby: Not quite, but Lisa Helmi Johanson, who is currently at Ivoryton Playhouse in The Porch at Windy Hill, is a very new mom. She gave birth to her first...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Afghanistan, Tony Awards, Live Music, and More

Afghanistan on Stage: It may seem odd to have a play about Afghanistan described as a comedy, but Two Jews Walk into a War is such a play. It’s described as a...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

A Universal Story of Falling In and Out of Love

Branford’s new Legacy Theatre is ending its inaugural season with The Last Five Years, a two-person musical by Jason Robert Brown through Sunday, Sept. 26.The Last Five...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Rosemary Clooney, Eclectic Music, Limiting Audiences, and More

Rosemary Clooney: Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical will be at MTC in Norwalk from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 3. The show features the songs associated with...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 26, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Stars on Stage, Monstersongs, Vaccination News, and Come From Away

Television Audience: You can be in the audience for the filming of Stars on Stage from Westport Country Playhouse, a new television series. Three shows will be filmed: on Tuesday, ...

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Life & Style • Published July 29, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Bold Choices and Classics in the Works

A Bold Choice: Legacy Theatre’s next production is a bold choice, a Greek tragedy. Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex will run through Sunday, Aug. 22. We may have read ...

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Life & Style • Published July 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Murder! Music! Mayhem! Ivoryton Reopens with Murder for Two

Blending several different theatrical genres and making it all work is a challenge. Murder for Two at the newly reopened Ivoryton Playhouse combines elements of farce, murder mysteries,...

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Life & Style • Published July 15, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The Rep Returns and the Masks Come Off (Mostly)

Abbreviated Yale Season: The Yale Rep will reopen in January 2022 and offer a three play season. The first show since March 2020 is a comedy Today Is My Birthday, Jan. 27 ...

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Life & Style • Published June 17, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Shakespeare and Sondheim This Summer,Shakespeare and Sondheim This Summer,

Shakespeare Outdoors: Playhouse on Park in West Hartford is launching the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival, which will present performances at Auerfarm in Bloomfield. This new...

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Life & Style • Published May 13, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Legacy Theatre Off to a Rousing Start

The brand new Legacy Theatre in Branford opened with a production of the first big Neil Simon hit, Barefoot in the Park, which runs through Sunday, May 23.The combination of a...

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Life & Style • Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Goodspeed Kids Company, Celebrating Broadway, a Benefit, and More

Summer for Kids: Goodspeed Musicals is offering a series of classes this summer as part of its Kids Company, all virtual. Schools can take advantage of the Goodspeed Classroom...

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Life & Style • Published April 29, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Tru, Arts and Ideas, and Theaters’ 2021 Plans Aren’t Purely Virtual

Shubert Leadership: The Shubert Theater in New Haven, which is formally known as CAPA-CT, has named Anthony McDonald as its new executive director. McDonald has extensive...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Missing the Greats, Looking to the Future, Legacy Theatre on Track, and More

Theater Loses Great Performers: In the last two weeks, theater (as well as film and television) lost three terrific performers. While they were all elderly, they will be missed....

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

State Grants for the Arts, Save Our Stages, and More

Early Christmas Gifts: Christmas came early for many Connecticut theaters when in late December Governor Ned Lamont announced $9 million in grants to state arts organization...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 03, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A Classic Story on the Radio, Holiday Laughs, A Classic Story on the Radio, Holiday Laughs,

A Radio Play on Stage: You may have seen the move It’s a Wonderful Live many times, but have you seen the live radio play? You should. MTC in Norwalk is presenting ...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A Thanksgiving Tradition, A Classic Film,

An Immigrant’s Story, and More

A Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition: It’s not theater, but a Connecticut tradition will continue, though in a different form. Orchestra New England (ONE), based in New Haven, has for 40 years...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A Gala, a Series, and a Lot of Online Opportunities

Virtual Benefit: Branford’s new Legacy Theatre is holding a virtual gala, A Day at the Theatre, on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The entertainment sounds great and includes...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 24, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Shakespeare’s Scariest, a Little Irish, Cabaret, Viva Broadway, and More

Helping Halloween: Elm Shakespeare Company is offering teens a way to enjoy the scary season of Halloween safely. It’s with the Teen Troup, which has teens working with...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Concerts by the River, More Approvals,Concerts by the River, More Approvals,

Concerts by the River: Goodspeed by the River Concerts will continue at least through Sunday, Sept. 27. David Lutken, who starred in the production of The Will Rogers...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 13, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Theater Community Remains Active Despite COVID Cancellations

Hartford Stage Update: Good and bad news. The bad news first: the theater has postponed/canceled all 2020-’21 productions through June including A Christmas Carol. ...

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Life & Style • Published July 30, 2020 12:01 a.m.

More Changes, Next Season, Looking Back, and More

Bushnell, More Date Changes: No sooner had the Bushnell announced dates for its Broadway series, then the scheduled changed again. This time it is about Hamilton. The show was...

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