Wednesday, August 04, 2021

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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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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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