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Living Features • Published Jan. 13, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A New Comedy, A Tragedy, Our Constitution, and More

New Comedy: Hartford Stage starts the new year with Angry, Raucous & Shamelessly Gorgeous a new comedy by Pearl Cleage. The show is about a pioneering actress who...

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Living Features • Published Dec. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The Theater Year That Was (and Wasn’t), and a Look at 2022

Top Stories & Shows: Usually I do a list of the most noteworthy shows that I’ve seen during the year. But 2021 was very different and theater for the most part only...

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Living Features • Published Dec. 14, 2021 03:45 p.m.

Christmas in Connecticut Dazzles, Delights On Stage

What type of Christmas show do you want to see? Something heart-warming? Something funny? Something with music? Something with romance?Connecticut’s theaters are offering show that...

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Living Features • Published Dec. 14, 2021 03:37 p.m.

Stephen Sondheim, a Jug-Band Christmas, Ivoryton in ’22, At the Movies, and Gift Ideas

 “No One Is Alone”: Stephen Sondheim gave us that song and hundreds others, from “Send in the Clowns” to “Comedy Tonight.” The composer and...

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Living Features • Published Dec. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

A Lively (and In-Person) Holiday Theater Season is Here

Another Christmas Carol: Westport Country Playhouse is resuming it’s in person Script-in-Hand series on Monday, Dec. 13 with A Merry Little Christmas Carol. The...

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Living Features • Published Nov. 24, 2021 07:00 a.m.

Ivoryton and Other Connecticut Theaters Offer New Options for Holiday Theater-Going

Are you anticipating the holiday rush with pleasure? Or are you already feeling stressed?No matter your answer, A Christmas Survival Guide at Ivoryton Playhouse is just the ticket. ...

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Living Features • Published Nov. 18, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Goodspeed Announces Schedule, Something for Fans of Jane Austen, Playing the Palace, and More

2022 at Goodspeed: Two well-known and well-loved musicals plus one new musical that was originally scheduled for 2020 are on the program for Goodspeed next year. The season will...

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Living Features • Published Nov. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Humor and Love Make Say Goodnight, Gracie at Ivoryton Charming

The funniest jokes are often the old jokes; the ones we’ve heard before but we still laugh out loud when we hear them for the umpteenth time.You only have to see Say Goodnight,...

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Living Features • Published Nov. 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Ah, Wilderness! Captures the Lighter Side of Eugene O’Neill at Hartford Stage

Melia Bensussen’s directorial debut at Hartford Stage was long delayed due to the pandemic but well worth the wait. Ah, Wilderness! was supposed to end the 2019-’20 season....

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Living Features • Published Nov. 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

A Family Affair, a Tony Award Winner, an Irreverent Musical, and More

Family Affair: Falsettoland, now at Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk through Sunday, Nov. 21, features a father and son playing father and son. Rabbi/Cantor Dan...

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

'The Chinese Lady' Gets Long Wharf Off To A Strong Start

Long Wharf Theatre is back with a fascinating play, The Chinese Lady running through Sunday, Oct. 31. It had been planned for the 2019-’20 season until COVID interrupted the...

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Living Features • Published Oct. 21, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Goodspeed Reopens with Terrific Rodgers & Hammerstein Review

Bravo to Goodspeed, Rob Ruggiero, Adam Souza, and the talented cast that make It’s a Grand Night for Singing such a delight.Goodspeed is known for its high quality...

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Living Features • Published Oct. 21, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Picking Up Where Things Left Off, Plus Bond

Finally: Long Wharf was in rehearsal with The Chinese Lady in 2020 when everything shut down. Now we can all see this production that is described as a “whimsical...

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Real Estate • Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Real Estate Transactions for Oct. 14

Branford9 Ballou Road: Thomas and Robert Shanley to Richmond Ng and Amy Parsons-Ng, $289,000 on Sept. 165 Carle Road: Matthew Pacelli and Talia Pagan to Juhaina and Abdelmuhaimen...

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Living Features • Published Oct. 07, 2021 12:01 a.m.

World Premier Play-with-Music at Ivoryton Touches Your Heart and Your Ears

Bluegrass and Appalachian music usually aren’t my thing, but my toes were tapping while enjoying the play-with-music The Porch at Windy Hill now at Ivoryton Playhouse through...

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Living Features • Published Oct. 07, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Congrats to a Tap Dancing Mom, Tony Awards,Congrats to a Tap Dancing Mom, Tony Awards,

Broadway Baby: Not quite, but Lisa Helmi Johanson, who is currently at Ivoryton Playhouse in The Porch at Windy Hill, is a very new mom. She gave birth to her first...

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Living Features • Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Afghanistan, Tony Awards, Live Music, and More

Afghanistan on Stage: It may seem odd to have a play about Afghanistan described as a comedy, but Two Jews Walk into a War is such a play. It’s described as a...

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Living Features • Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

A Universal Story of Falling In and Out of Love

Branford’s new Legacy Theatre is ending its inaugural season with The Last Five Years, a two-person musical by Jason Robert Brown through Sunday, Sept. 26.The Last Five...

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Living Features • Published Sep. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Rosemary Clooney, Eclectic Music, Limiting Audiences, and More

Rosemary Clooney: Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical will be at MTC in Norwalk from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 3. The show features the songs associated with...

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Living Features • Published Aug. 26, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Stars on Stage, Monstersongs, Vaccination News, and Come From Away

Television Audience: You can be in the audience for the filming of Stars on Stage from Westport Country Playhouse, a new television series. Three shows will be filmed: on Tuesday, ...

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Living Features • Published Aug. 26, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Two Remarkable Women Share Living History in Ivoryton Playhouse’s Having Our Say

Think about all that happened in the 20th century. Two world wars, radio, television, space explorations, airplane travel, penicillin, votes for women, desegregation, and so much more.The...

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Real Estate • Published Aug. 19, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Real Estate Transactions for August 19

Branford67 Dover Court Unit D: Henglin Yan and Xingtie Nie to Mishaal and Geeta Ahuja, $126,000 on July 2739 Featherbed Lane: Martha C. Lombardi to Alexander Acunzo, $460,000 on July ...

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

Musicals Are Back, and Masks, Too

Broadway Requires Vaccinations: The Broadway League, the group representing producers, theater owners, and others, will require audiences to show proof of full vaccination before entering theaters ...

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

TheaterWorks’ Walden Shows What

Immersive Theater Is All About

It wasn’t your typical entry into a theater. After parking in the lot, we walked down a gravel road (approximately 1,000 feet) until we came into a clearing. Chairs were set up in a...

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

Legacy Theatre’s ‘Oedipus Rex’ Is a Rare Chance to See This Classic Tragedy

Have you ever seen a Greek tragedy? Most of us haven’t. We may have read one in high school or college, or perhaps we learned something about Aristotle’s definitions of tragedy,...

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