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Some Classics, a Premiere, and a Freebie

 April 16, 2014

Simon Comedy: Ivoryton is offering us a relatively unknown Neil Simon comedy, I Ought to Be in Pictures, from Wednesday, April 23 to May 11. The play, which was first performed in 1980 and had a subsequent film, is...

'The Shadow of the Hummingbird' Soars on Long Wharf Stage

 April 16, 2014

An old man enters a home library in a knit cap and pajamas, muttering about his missing spectacles. He immediately charms the audience with the ease with which he takes on the role of an elderly man, yearning to recapture the magic of the past, crotchety about...

'The Other Place': Emotional and Brilliant

 April 9, 2014

One of most people's greatest fears is the fear of losing one's mind, either through mental illness, disease, or dementia. The Other Place, which is now getting a stunning production at the TheaterWorks in Hartford, tackles that difficult issue. The...

A Premiere, a Memory, and a Look Ahead

 April 2, 2014

World Premiere: Romance Language, now at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, is a world premiere by Joe Godfrey. As described in the press materials, it is about 32-year-old single Penny Morgan and her mom, who...

Musical to 'Shout!' About at Ivoryton Playhouse

 April 2, 2014

Shout! The Mod Musical spans the decade between 1960 and 1970 in London as seen through the eyes of the all-female cast of five whose lives are being transformed by the sexual revolution and the dawning women's liberation movement. Their...

Gearing Up for Spring

 March 19, 2014

Spring Training: Baseball teams are in spring training for the upcoming season, and Goodspeed Musicals will be starting rehearsals for its opening show, Damn Yankees, which runs April 11 to June 21. This baseball...

'Mod Musical' Comes to Ivoryton Playhouse

 March 19, 2014

The last British raid on Essex was 200 years ago, and 27 ships were burned. This year, they're coming back-not burning ships this time, but definitely shaking up the town with the fab music of London in the '60s and '70s.

Coward’s 'A Song at Twilight' Explores the Cost of Living a Lie

 March 12, 2014

I was looking forward to Hartford Stage's production of Noël Coward's A Song at Twilight. It is a later play of his and touches on some interesting and serious issues.Coward is too often regarded as a playwright...

Looking Ahead

 March 5, 2014

Reimagining Pygmalion: A world premiere will take the stage at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford. Higgins in Harlem re-imagines George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. It's reset in...

Kidz Konnection Stages 'The Wizard of Oz'

 February 26, 2014

The non-profit youth theater company Kidz Konnection presents The Wizard of Oz From March 14 to 16 in the Andrews Memorial Theater, 54 East Main Street, Clinton. Show times are on March 14 at 7 p.m.; March 15 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and March 16 at 2 p.m.

Much Shakespeare, a Bountiful Recreation, and More

 February 19, 2014

Three Generations: Next at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury is The Crimson Thread, which had its world premiere there in 1994. It tells the story of three generations of Irish sisters from 1869 to 1911 and travels from...

'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' at the Ivoryton Playhouse

 February 5, 2014

"Sometimes I buy something that isn't black, and I put it on and I am so sorry."The immortal words of Nora Ephron are brought to life, among racks of clothes and reminiscences of favorite shoes, at the Ivoryton Playhouse on...

A Return, a Hint, and Some Realism

 February 5, 2014

Classic Drama: The Yale School of Drama presents the classic Ibsen drama Hedda Gabler through Friday, Feb. 7 at the University Theatre on York Street. The play tells the story of a woman who feels trapped by society's...

End of an Era, Some Magic, and a Disappointment

 January 22, 2014

New Leader After 45 Years: Michael Price arrived at Goodspeed Opera House in 1968 when the theater was struggling. He will relinquish his post as executive director at the end of 2014, but remain in an advisory role through...

Goodspeed Fosters New Talent, Productions

 January 15, 2014

Goodspeed's ninth annual Festival of New Music, scheduled for Jan. 17 to 19, offers area residents up-close looks at the process of creating musical theater. The festival combines semi-staged readings of three new works, with cabaret performances, seminars, a...

Saybrook Stage Company Presents 'Almost, Maine'

 January 8, 2014

Spend a cozy winter evening in Almost, Maine as the Saybrook Stage Company brings to life John Cariani's romantic play at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street, Old Sayrbook. You will find yourself immersed in this charming town on...

Shakespeare Acting Laboratory Starts Jan. 22

 January 8, 2014

ARTFARM offers its Shakespeare Acting Laboratory, led by ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge, on Wednesdays, Jan. 22 to March 12, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The class culminates in an informal public presentation of Shakespeare scene work on March 12.

What's in Store for 2014

 January 8, 2014

God, Sex, Love: Freud's Last Session, next up at TheaterWorks in Hartford, promises those topics are covered in a debate between Sigmund Freud and writer C.S. Lewis, author of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe...

Long Wharf’s 'Fences' Not Quite a Home Run

 December 18, 2013

Long Wharf Theatre's production of Fences tries valiantly to be worthy of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play but ends up disappointing. Yet the production is worthy of your attention because the play is so very good.

Whatever Happened to the Christmas Kids?

 December 18, 2013

Have you ever wondered if Ralphie from A Christmas Story did shoot his eye out? Or if Tiny Tim become a sweet and loving adult? Or perhaps you are curious about an adult Cindy Lou Who.TheaterWorks in Hartford is...

More Effects Rejuvenate 'A Christmas Carol'

 December 18, 2013

Hartford Stage's production of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas has been a gift to Connecticut for 16 years, and a gift to the company's budget. Former artistic director Michael Wilson brought it with him from Texas when he came to...

Ivoryton Playhouse Stages 'The Bells of Dublin'

 December 18, 2013

A Symposium, Some Gift Ideas, and Some Shakespeare

 December 11, 2013

Symposium on Wilson: Two distinguished writers will take the stage at Long Wharf Theatre to discuss the works of August Wilson following the Sunday, Dec. 15 matinee of Wilson's Fences. The talk should begin just after 4...

Ivoryton Playhouse Presents an Non-Traditional Irish Christmas Story

 November 27, 2013

It's Christmas Eve in Dublin. The shops are closing, the night is drawing in, and the wind would skin you alive. But at The Bells Pub and Guest House, a few stragglers remain by the fire, sharing a glass of holiday cheer and stories from both sides of the...

The Original, For the Kids, and the Best Yet

 November 27, 2013

Nobel Prize-Winner's Play: Next up at the Yale Rep is Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. Fo, an Italian, is known for his biting satire and theatrical high jinks. The show runs from...

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