Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Life & Style • Published May 19, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nominees and Snubs, Funny Girl, an Irreverent Musical, and More

Tony Award Nominees and Snubs: The big winners in total nominations for this year’s Tony Awards include the musicals MJ, Strange Loop, and, to the...

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Life & Style • Published May 05, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Morals, Parables, a New Look at History, and More

Double Bill in Madison: Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River are opening the 10th anniversary season of Madison...

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Life & Style • Published April 28, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Lost in Yonkers at Hartford Stage Explores the Scars Parents Leave on Children

All parents leave their marks on their children and grandchildren. For immigrant families, perhaps, these marks are sometimes bigger and more permanent.Neil Simon explores this with both...

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Life & Style • Published April 21, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Perfect for Mother’s Day, Wedding Nightmares, Moving On, and More

A Lasting Marriage: Branford’s Legacy Theater is opening its second season with the Tom Jones/Harvey Schmidt musical I Do! I Do! from Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, ...

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Life & Style • Published March 31, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Heritage vs. Money. Dream Hou$e at Long Wharf Explores the Dilemma

HGTV has a huge audience for all its various home renovation shows, from the Property Brothers franchise to the shows focused on buying, selling, or flipping homes.Playwright Eliana Pipes...

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Life & Style • Published March 24, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Rock and Roll, A Gifted Student, Time Travels, and More

Rockin’ and Rollin’: MTC in Norwalk had planned The Buddy Holly Story before the pandemic. It’s finally making it onto the stage through Sunday,...

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Life & Style • Published March 10, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Long Wharf News, the Immigrant Experience, Audiences Returning, and More

Long Wharf News: You may have missed it, but New Haven’s iconic Long Wharf Theatre has announced major changes. Beginning in the fall of 2023, the theater will no longer...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 24, 2022 12:01 a.m.

New Musicals, Reality Home Shows, Something Loverly, And More

New Musicals: January 2020 was the last time Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals was held. It’s a weekend showcasing three musicals in development and various talks ...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 24, 2022 12:01 a.m.

'Today Is My Birthday' Explores Modern Relationships and Technology

Have our relationships devolved into series of texts, voice mail messages, and brief phone calls? In Today Is My Birthday, the comedy that played at the Yale Rep and is now streaming...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 27, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A Mosaic of Views, James Bundy Again, Streaming Live Theater, and More

A Look at Us: Now at Long Wharf through Sunday, Feb. 6 is Fires in the Mirror. Playwright Anne Deavere Smith is known for her works that interweave multiple interviews to ...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 13, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A New Comedy, A Tragedy, Our Constitution, and More

New Comedy: Hartford Stage starts the new year with Angry, Raucous & Shamelessly Gorgeous a new comedy by Pearl Cleage. The show is about a pioneering actress who...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The Theater Year That Was (and Wasn’t), and a Look at 2022

Top Stories & Shows: Usually I do a list of the most noteworthy shows that I’ve seen during the year. But 2021 was very different and theater for the most part only...

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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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