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'Woody Sez': This Play is Bound for Glory

 August 27, 2014

Are the performers musicians first and actors second or the other way around in Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie at Hartford's TheaterWorks? And does it really matter? The music and dialogue are so beautifully synthesized that it's hard...

Enjoy 'Pericles' in the Park

 August 13, 2014

The Elm Shakespeare Company brings William Shakespeare's most popular play to Edgerton Park in New Haven this summer. No, it's not Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, or anything produced on Broadway lately.

Tradition, Ambition, and a Look at What's Ahead

 August 6, 2014

Newsies on Tour: The first Connecticut appearance of the national tour of Newsies, which is closing on Broadway this August, isn't at the Bushnell or the Shubert. The honor goes to...

Opera Theater of Connecticut Presents 'La Bohème'

 July 30, 2014

Opera Theater of Connecticut (OTC) presents Puccini's La Bohème on Tuesday, Aug. 5; Thursday, Aug. 7; and Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the air-conditioned Andrews Memorial Theater, 54 East Main Street,...

Enjoy Theater Under the Stars Aug. 6 to 10

 July 30, 2014

Join Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) for "theater under the stars" as it welcomes back Shakesperience Productions, Inc., for this summer's Shakespeare on the Shoreline production of King Lear. Bring blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners and come out for a...

'La Cage aux Folles' at Ivoryton Playhouse

 July 30, 2014

It's the dog days of summer, but in Ivoryton, August is kicking its way through the heat in feathers, glitter, and six-inch heels. La Cage aux Folles, the smash hit Broadway musical, opens in Ivoryton on Wednesday, Aug. 6 and runs through Aug. 31.

'Fiddler on the Roof': Topnotch Production at Goodspeed

 July 30, 2014

Fiddler on the Roof is one of those musicals that stay fresh and relevant despite its age. The play, book by Joseph Stein, based on Tevye and His Daughters and other tales by Sholem Aleichem, opened in 1964 and was the longest-running...

Enjoy Shakespeare in the Garden Aug. 16 and 17

 July 23, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, the professional acting division of Kidz Konnection-the Shoreline Actors Collective (SAC)-will perform Shakespeare in the Gardens at the Clinton Historic Society on Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. This free event is set...

'The Bikinis' Suits Up for Summer Fun at Long Wharf Theatre

 July 23, 2014

The Bikinis fits the bill for light-hearted musical revues popularly staged in the summer. Everything clicks into place and moves fluidly along in this clever and engaging production, presented by Long Wharf Theatre along with Miracle Or 2...

Terrific Cast Makes 'All Shook Up' a Delight

 July 16, 2014

All Shook Up, on stage now at Ivoryton Playhouse through Sunday, July 27, is one of those jukebox musicals that gives you hope for the genre. While it is not in the class of Jersey Boys or the current Broadway hit Beautiful: The...

Familiar Faces to Headline Ivoryton Show This Fall

 July 9, 2014

Joyce DeWitt and Micky Dolenz will play opposite one another in Mike Reiss's new play, Comedy Is Hard!, premiering on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

A New Twist, an Extension, and an Adaptation

 July 9, 2014

Mama Rose: Many actresses have played the iconic Mama Rose in Gypsy: A Musical Fable, but when Leslie Uggams takes the stage as Rose at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre on Thursday, July 10, it will be unique. Uggams,...

Get 'All Shook Up' at the Ivoryton Playhouse

 June 25, 2014

Time to dust off your blue suede shoes: The Ivoryton Playhouse is preparing for its latest summer musical, All Shook Up by Joe Di Pietro, inspired by and featuring the songs of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.

'Fingers & Toes': Snappy, Toe-Tapping Musical at Ivoryton Playhouse

 June 18, 2014

If a well-developed plot and sharply honed dialogue isn't high on your list of requirements for a musical as long as there are great song and dance numbers, then

This Isn’t Your Father’s Russian Drama

 June 11, 2014

What happens when playwright Christopher Durang, known for his comic surreal rants, lets loose on Chekhov? The result, the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is getting a rip-roaring production at Hartford Stage through Sunday, June 15.

Success for Valley Regional at Connecticut High School Music Theatre Awards

 June 11, 2014

Valley Regional High School received 12 nominations for its production of The Secret Garden and took home two awards from the Connecticut High School Musical Theatre Awards 2014 ceremony held earlier this month at the Palace Theatre: Ingrid Walsh won...

Pratt & Whitney, Middletown Commission on the Arts Support ARTFARM’s 'King Lear'

 June 11, 2014

ARTFARM theater company of Middletown has received support from both the Middletown Commission on the Arts and Pratt a& Whitney for this summer's Shakespeare in the Grove production of King Lear.

An Invitation, a Question, and Nominations

 June 11, 2014

You're Invited: Want to help celebrate the best of Connecticut theater? You're invited to attend the annual awards ceremony of the Connecticut Critics Circle on Monday, June 23 at Westport Country Playhouse, beginning with a...

'Love/Sick': The More Neurotic Side of Love

 June 4, 2014

Last year, I was delighted by TheaterWorks's production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani. It was a quirky, charming piece about some Maine residents falling in love, staying in love, and falling out of love.

A New Tap Musical, Some Shakespeare, and Dancing

 May 28, 2014

Toes Will Be Tapping: A brand-new tap musical opens the summer season at Ivoryton Playhouse, running from Wednesday, June 4 to June 22. Finger & Toes is set in the 1930s. The plot revolves around a tap dancer and a...

'The Last Five Years'—Well Worth an Evening at Long Wharf

 May 28, 2014

The Last Five Years at Long Wharf Theatre plays like clockwork-to match the rotating clock on the stage floor. Gordon Edelstein's direction is precisely executed; the two-person cast is in perfect timing with one another.

New Musical Comedy at Ivoryton Playhouse

 May 21, 2014

A 1930s tap-dance spectacular that burst on to the New York Stage in 2010 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Fingers & Toes opens the summer season at the Ivoryton Playhouse. A brand-new work from Logan Medland, this mini musical...

Tony Nods, Tony Disses, and What’s Ahead

 May 14, 2014

Tony Nods, Tony Disses, and What's AheadInside Notes and Comments about Connecticut and New York Professional TheaterWhimsical Comedy: Love/Sick, the next play at...

Madhatters Performance to Benefit VSAWL

 May 14, 2014

Madhatters Theatre Company presents performances of Alice Through the Looking-Glass at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 17 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children...

Heartfelt 'Damn Yankees' at Goodspeed Opera House

 May 14, 2014

"You've Got to Have Heart" may be the most memorable tune to have come out of the 1950s musical Damn Yankees, heartily reprised throughout the Goodspeed production, but there are many more reasons this version of the show hits a homerun.

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Summer of Science Movie Series — 5:00 pm; Wed., Aug. 27

Film and Discussion — 6:30 pm; Thu., Aug. 28

Rhythm & Roots Festival — ; Fri., Aug. 29

Guided Tour of Connecticut College Arboretum's Caroline Black Garden — 10:00 am; Sat., Aug. 30

Meet the Artists and Artisans — ; Sat., Aug. 30

Rhythm & Roots Festival — ; Sat., Aug. 30

Weekend Flea Market — 9:00 am; Sat., Aug. 30

Coast Guard Band performs at Fort Trumbull — 3:00 pm; Sun., Aug. 31

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