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Living Features • 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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Living Features • 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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Living Features • 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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Living Features • Published July 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Goodspeed Celebrates Pearl Bailey, A Performer You Should Know

Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn are all names that music aficionados know well. But how many today remember Pearl Bailey?You should, for she was a consummate entertainer, singer,...

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Living Features • Published July 01, 2021 12:01 a.m.

A Celebration, a Re-opening, Nina Simone, and More

Delayed Again: Goodspeed’s plans for South Pacific have been delayed once more, though theater officials promise it will happen. The delay is due to how large the...

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Living Features • Published June 17, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Just Desserts—A Musical Bake-OffJust Desserts—A Musical Bake-Off

Do you enjoy cooking competitions? Country fairs?Even if the answer is “No,” you will still enjoy Just Desserts—A Musical Back-Off, at Legacy Theatre through...

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Living Features • 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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Living Features • Published June 09, 2021 07:00 a.m.

Connecticut Theaters Exploring All the Options for Summer Productions

Cole Porter wrote the lyrics, “Another Openin’, Another Show” for Kiss Me Kate, and that could be the theme song this spring and summer for Connecticut theaters....

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Living Features • Published June 03, 2021 03:41 p.m.

Reopenings, Near and Far

Reopening: Ivoryton Playhouse will reopen with a five-play season beginning with Murder for Two from Thursday, July 1 to Sunday, Aug. 1. Other shows will be announced. The show has no...

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Living Features • Published May 20, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Big News on Broadway! And What You Can Watch Now

Broadway Is Reopening! The big news is that Broadway is planning its reopening. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Broadway shows can open at full capacity on Sept. 14...

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Living Features • 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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Living Features • 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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Living Features • 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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Living Features • Published Feb. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Another Loss, Shakespeare, Financial Challenges, and More

Another Loss: Christopher Plummer is the latest death of a major theatrical stars keep piling up. Plummer, a longtime Connecticut resident, died at 91. His career spanned film,...

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Living Features • 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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Living Features • Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Good News, Changes at Goodspeed, Plays in Development, and More

Good News: Everyone involved in theater and the performing arts were heartened when Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the renowned scientist and immunologist serving as the director of the...

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Living Features • 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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Living Features • Published Dec. 17, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A Community Carol, Re-imagined Dance, A Very Ella Christmas, and More

Hartford Stage: The popular version of A Christmas Carol that sells out at Hartford Stage was canceled, but through Monday, Dec. 21, A Community Carol will...

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Living Features • 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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Living Features • Published Nov. 25, 2020 07:00 a.m.

By Sofa, by Car, or Outdoors in the Fresh Air, Here’s How to Have a Happy Holiday

Sofa?Car?Or outdoors, socially-distanced?These are the options for enjoying holiday entertainment and attractions in Connecticut and New York City.All of us have our...

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Living Features • 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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Living Features • 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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Living Features • Published Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Everyday Banality of Destablizing Democracy; Bobby’s Last Crusade; a Play Reading Club; and More

Collaborative Work: It’s billed as a “workplace” comedy but Russian Troll Farm next up at TheaterWorks also seems very timely. According to press...

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Living Features • Published Oct. 07, 2020 07:00 a.m.

What Will Theater Look Like in 2021?

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Connecticut earlier this year, many of the rest of us took the time at home to hone our bread baking skills, kill time on social media, or catch up on that...

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Living Features • Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:01 a.m.

One Night Only, Men in Boats, No Fancy Dress Required, More West Side Story

One Night Only: Goodspeed is partnering with arts organizations around the country to present a virtual concert event. Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland, streams live ...

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