Thursday, October 22, 2020

On the Aisle

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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Life & Style • Published July 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

No Goodspeed, More Cancellations, Some Highlights

No Goodspeed: South Pacific, which Goodspeed had hoped to produce this fall, has been postponed to 2021. Executive Director Michael Gennaro said that “in the end, as much...

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Life & Style • Published June 04, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Balancing Heart, Humanity, Humor at TheatreWorks; Another Cancellation; Instead of the Tony Awards: and More

TheaterWorks Season: Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero announced a 2020-’21 season for TheaterWorks in Hartford, though no dates were attached. As he said, “I have...

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Life & Style • Published May 07, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Revised Theater Schedules Begin to Come Together

Another Schedule Change: West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park is among the state’s professional theater companies to announced schedule changes. Its Stop/time dance...

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Life & Style • Published April 09, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Some Optimism, Innovative Art at Long Wharf, Musicals and Comedies, and More

Optimism: Each spring, theaters across Connecticut announce their upcoming seasons that often run from late summer to early June. Despite everything that is going on, we are still ...

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

A Classic Play, Broadway Satire, From Film to Stage, and More

A Classic Play: Yale Rep is presenting the classic play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry from Friday, March 13 to Saturday, April 4. The play was the first play...

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

Every Brilliant Thing, A Man and His Dog, A Local Story, And More

Addition to Schedule: Every Brilliant Thing has been added to the TheatreWorks schedule for a short run. It will run just two weeks (Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 23, 2020 12:01 a.m.

New Plays, Some Setbacks, Trailblazers, In Memoriam, and More

Reading Series of New Plays: From A to Z by Monica Raymond is next in the Playhouse on Park’s new play reading series in West Hartford. It is scheduled for Sunday, ...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 09, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Sweet Music, Looking to Spring, and Manhatta

Saying Goodbye: 2019 ended on a sad note with the passing of composer/lyricist Jerry Herman. He gave us some of the most engaging musicals of the last half of the 20th century,...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 19, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Here’s Hoping, Year End Lists, and A Wish for the New Year

An Unnerving Reality: It’s no secret that theaters all across the country are facing challenges. Still, it’s unnerving when the chatter turns to specific theaters...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 03, 2019 11:26 a.m.

A Must See, Closings, Holiday Gifts, and More

A Must See: Even if you think you have seen enough stage adaptations of A Christmas Carol, you still need to see the new production on Broadway through Sunday, Jan. 5. It ...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 21, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Hilarious Jane, a Tiny Plot of Land, Fun Home, and More

“Hilarious Jane Austen": Most Jane Austen fans wouldn’t use that adjective, but Long Wharf Theatre uses it to describe the production of Pride and Prejudice ...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Woody Sez, Cry It Out, American Son, Don Juan, and More

Woody Guthrie: If you watched the marvelous documentary series about country music that Ken Burns did on PBS, you heard many of the performers mention Woody Guthrie. While...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Forbidden Romance, a Post-Electric Play, a Return Visit, The Fabulous Invalid, and More

Hall of Fame: Michael Price, who was the man behind Goodspeed Musicals for decades before retiring, will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 18. It’s...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Modern Take on Don Quixote Story Brings New Dimension to Classic Story

Few of us have read Miguel de Cervantes’s classic Spanish novel Don Quixote.Yet most of us know the story due to the popularity of the musical Man of La Mancha,...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 26, 2019 12:01 a.m.

From Broadway to the Met; Discussing Mlima’s Tale; Opening With a Classic; and More

Broadway Melodies: As part of the biannual Guilford Performing Arts Festival, the Madison Lyric Stage is presenting an evening of musical theater and opera favorites, “From ...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 12, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Shear Madness, a Modern Take, a Familiar Comedy, Billy Elliot, and More

The Season Begins: Ivoryton Playhouse is one of several theaters starting the fall season. Shear Madness, which has run for decades in Boston, is coming to Connecticut...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 05, 2019 12:01 a.m.

My Most Anticipated New York Shows

The New York theater scene is much more fluid that Connecticut’s. Only the subscription-based companies announce a full season; many producers announce a production only a month or two...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 05, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Farewell Hal Prince; the New and the Old; Shubert Musicals; Gyllenhall and Sturridge; and More

A Loss for Theater: At the end of July, Broadway, and, in reality, theater everywhere, lost a giant with the death of director and producer Hal Prince. A Yale Drama School grad,...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 15, 2019 12:01 a.m.

A Quiet Month, Shakespeare in the Park, Moulin Rouge, and Broadway

Quiet Month: The Connecticut theater scene is very quiet this month. Currently running is Cabaret at Ivoryton Playhouse through Sunday, Sept. 1, Because of Winn...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 01, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Scottsboro Boys, Music Theater, Bigger and Better, Beauty and the Beast, and More

Don’t Miss It: I am encouraging everyone who wants thoughtful theater to see Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford....

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