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Living Features • Published April 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Girl Friend at TheaterWorks – If You Loved the Album, You’ll Love the Show

Nothing in Girl Friend now at TheaterWorks in Hartford through Sunday, April 28 will surprise you. It may be billed as a ’90s rock musical, but the music seemed to me on the softer ...

Living Features • Published April 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Women’s Rights,Women’s Rights,Women’s Rights,

Women’s Rights: Yale Rep closes its season with Cadillac Crew, a world premiere by Tori Samson that runs Friday, April 26 to Saturday, May 18. The play is set on...

Living Features • Published April 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Brilliant Acting Makes Long Wharf’s ‘An Iliad’ Compelling Theater

Many of us reluctantly read the classic Greek epic, The Iliad, prodded by high school or college English instructors. The experience wasn’t the most enjoyable experience, as I...

Living Features • Published April 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Perfect Nonsense Is Apt Description of Hartford Stage Comedy

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, which is at Hartford Stage through Saturday, April 20, is just that: almost perfect nonsense.This is the North American premier of the play...

Living Features • Published April 04, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Does Yale’s Multi-Media Production of ‘Twelfth Night’ Add or Detract from the Play?

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is one of his most-performed comedies. The production now at Yale Rep through Saturday, April 6 gives us a good representation of the play despite some...

Living Features • Published April 04, 2019 12:01 a.m.

If You Love Burt Bacharach’s Music, You’ll Find Ivoryton’s ‘Burt & Me’ Charming

Burt Bacharach with Hal Davis provided the soft rock sound track of the ‘60s and ‘70 with a string of pop hits introduced by The Carpenters, Dionne Warwick, Perry Como, and just...

Living Features • Published March 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Jane Austen, The Music Man, An Iliad, and Cabaret!

Pride & Prejudice: A new musical version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is next at ACT-CT in Ridgefield. Back in the ’50s, there was another...

Local News • Published March 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Morgan School 2nd Marking Period Honors

The following students were named to the Honor Roll at The Morgan School in Clinton for the second marking period, 2018.Grade 9High Honors: Isaac Gavin Adler,...

Living Features • Published March 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Burt Bacharach, a New Location, Silly Fun, Behind the Curtain, and More

Music You’ll Recognize: Ivoryton Playhouse is opening its season with Burt & Me from Wednesday, March 20 to Sunday, April 7. The musical is about a young man,...

Living Features • Published March 07, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Detroit Was in Flames as One Family Tries to Survive in Hartford Stage’s Detroit ’67

It is sometimes said that there are only four or five plots in the world, and that may be true. If so, what differentiates novels, films, and plays is not if the plot is unique or even...

Living Features • Published March 07, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Long Wharf’s Tiny Beautiful Things Is Sweet But Unsatisfying

Tiny Beautiful Things, now at Long Wharf through Sunday, March 10, is a perplexing play—perplexing because it has had a number of productions throughout the country, but...

Living Features • Published Feb. 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Rent, Again; Creative Teams; Broadway News; and The Ferryman

Rent, Again: Rent, the musical that some say revolutionized musicals in 1996 when it opened off-Broadway, is touring once more. This time it is the 20th anniversary tour...

Living Features • Published Feb. 20, 2019 07:00 a.m.

World Premiere at Yale Rep is Must-See Theater for Shoreline Residents

Good Faith, now having its world premiere at Yale Rep through Saturday, Feb. 23 fits into the category of documentary theater, which, depending on what sources you look at, is also...

Living Features • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Detroit, a Discussion, Advice to the Lovelorn, and More

Looking at 1967: Another play by Dominique Morisseau, Detroit ‘67 will be at Hartford Stage, through Sunday, March 10. This is the second in Morisseau’s...

Living Features • Published Feb. 07, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nora Reenters, Still Angry, in TheaterWorks A Doll House—Part 2

After Nora Helmar, the main character in Ibsen’s classic, A Doll’s House, slams the door, leaving her husband and children, many have speculated about her future....

Local News • Published Feb. 07, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Daniel Hand High School 1st Trimester Honors

The following students were named to the Honor Roll at Daniel Hand High School in Madison for trimester one, 2018.Grade 9High Honors: Sydney Aboulian, John Adams, Zahra...

Living Features • Published Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Expectations for Long Wharf’s Miller, Mississippi Mislead Audience

The idea behind Miller, Mississippi now at Long Wharf through Sunday, Feb. 3 is promising.How does a privileged family adapt or resist the enormous changes in society during the...

Living Features • Published Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Up in Flames; a Legend; More of a Good Thing; No Boundaries; and More

Audacious Idea, Spectacular Ending: The American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford went up in flames this month, although the idea had died decades earlier. The theater had been...

Living Features • Published Jan. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Family Struggles, a World Premiere, Murder for Two, and More

Three Decades of Change: Miller, Mississippi, which is at Long Wharf through Saturday, Feb. 2 looks at how one family copes with the changes that occur in the south over...

Living Features • Published Jan. 09, 2019 07:00 a.m.

Broadway and Off-Broadway Schedules Still in Flux

We may know just about everything that will be produced in Connecticut this spring, but Broadway and off-Broadway is more changeable. Producers are still considering what to offer this year on...

Living Features • Published Jan. 09, 2019 07:00 a.m.

Plenty of Musicals, Dramas to Pick From in Upcoming Theater Season

Connecticut might be a small state, yet it is blessed with numerous fine professional theaters. This coming season there will be plenty to pick from along the Connecticut shoreline, in the...

Living Features • Published Jan. 03, 2019 12:01 a.m.

A Look Back at theA Look Back at the

Let’s start the New Year with a look back at the 2018 theater scene.Here’s my list of the most memorable productions in Connecticut and New York I saw in 2018. (A caveat: I...

Living Features • Published Dec. 20, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A Perfect Gift, New Musicals, New York City Notes

Stuck for the Perfect Gift? For the theater lover, you have lots of choices. Every one of Connecticut professional theaters—Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Goodspeed, Ivoryton, Westport, Hartford...

Living Features • Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Long Wharf’s Paradise Blue Delivers on Most of What it Attempts

While watching Paradise Blue the play now at Long Wharf through Sunday, Dec. 16, I was struck by how clear it was what had influenced playwright Dominque Morisseu: August Wilson....

Living Features • Published Dec. 06, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Special at Goodspeed; Streaming Shows; and Holiday Theater in NYC

Special Events at Goodspeed: If you are seeing A Connecticut Christmas Carol at Goodspeed’s Terris Theatre in Chester, you might want to combine it with some of...