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Living Features • Published July 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

No Goodspeed, More Cancellations, Some Highlights

No Goodspeed: South Pacific, which Goodspeed had hoped to produce this fall, has been postponed to 2021. Executive Director Michael Gennaro said that “in the end, as much...

Living Features • Published June 18, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Online Summer Camps, Reimagining, and Looking Forward to Next Year

Next Year: Ivoryton Playhouse has canceled its 2020 season. They hope the lights will be back on in 2021.Shubert: The Shubert in New Haven is looking ahead ...

Living Features • Published June 04, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Balancing Heart, Humanity, Humor at TheatreWorks; Another Cancellation; Instead of the Tony Awards: and More

TheaterWorks Season: Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero announced a 2020-’21 season for TheaterWorks in Hartford, though no dates were attached. As he said, “I have...

Living Features • Published May 20, 2020 07:00 a.m.

Arts & Ideas Festival Takes it Online

What can you do during a pandemic when you run an event that takes places all over a city and includes audiences in spaces small and large, indoors and outdoors?New Haven’s...

Living Features • Published May 20, 2020 07:00 a.m.

Arts Organizations Look to Future, Make Plans to Reconnect

“We will survive.”That is the consensus among leaders of six of Connecticut’s major arts organizations.Elaine C. Carroll, chief executive officer of the New...

Living Features • Published May 07, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Revised Theater Schedules Begin to Come Together

Another Schedule Change: West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park is among the state’s professional theater companies to announced schedule changes. Its Stop/time dance...

Living Features • Published May 06, 2020 07:00 a.m.

Memories of Mom’s Kitchen

Growing up, I was lucky enough to have three meals a day. They just showed up.Breakfast when we got up. Lunch, all bagged up and ready to go during the school year. And dinner, often with...

Living Features • Published April 23, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Theater: Uncertainty is Alive and Well

Uncertainty is alive and well. Theaters are juggling when and how to present shows. Award shows are either going on or not, schedules for the 2020-’21 season are being announced, and more...

Living Features • Published April 09, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Some Optimism, Innovative Art at Long Wharf, Musicals and Comedies, and More

Optimism: Each spring, theaters across Connecticut announce their upcoming seasons that often run from late summer to early June. Despite everything that is going on, we are still ...

Living Features • Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

‘Adversity Engenders Creativity’

Someday this current health related crisis will be under control.With all of the uncertainty and havoc it’s created, one of many questions that remains unclear is what Connecticut...

Living Features • Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Theaters Scramble to Address Unprecedented Crisis

I went to see Girl from the North Country on Broadway on March 12, and the theater was full. Yes, there were some empty seats, but since the show was sold out and standing room, those...

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

A Classic Play, Broadway Satire, From Film to Stage, and More

A Classic Play: Yale Rep is presenting the classic play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry from Friday, March 13 to Saturday, April 4. The play was the first play...

Living Features • Published March 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Jane Eyre, the Heroine, Is a Truly Independent Woman Caught Up in a Gothic Novel

As a teenager reading Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, I was caught up in the story of the rags to riches (or at least prosperity) heroine and the seemingly doomed love story...

Living Features • Published Feb. 27, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Changes, PlayDates, Elvis in East Haddam, Sad News, and Summer Camp

Another Major Change: Michael Gennaro, the executive director of Goodspeed since 2015, will be stepping down at the end of the season. Gennaro had the unenviable task of...

Living Features • Published Feb. 27, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Long Wharf Tells a Fascinating True Story in ‘I Am My Own Wife’

Even the simplest human being is complicated, and Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the central character in I Am My Own Wife, is more so than most. She is incredibly complex and her story is...

Local News • Published Feb. 20, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Morgan School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

The following students have been named to The Morgan School Second Quarter Honor Roll:Grade 12High Honors: Matthew Alexander Alvarez-Hidalgo, Alexander Paul Amendola,...

Living Features • Published Feb. 20, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Lifespan of a Fact at TheaterWorks Explores When Is a Fact Accurate?

The central question in Lifespan of a Fact, which is getting a magnificent production at TheaterWorks in Hartford through Sunday, March 8, is: Do verifiable facts tell the real story?...

Living Features • Published Feb. 13, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Centuries Change, But the Story Is the Same, in Yale Rep’s Manahatta

Manahatta, now at the Yale Rep through Saturday, Feb. 15, offers a great deal to think about. It is getting its east coast premiere, having had its initial production at the Oregon...

Living Features • Published Feb. 13, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Creative Women, Changes at the Goodspeed, the Governess and Mr. Rochester, and More

Inside Notes and Comments About Connecticut and New York Professional Theater...

Living Features • Published Jan. 30, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Every Brilliant Thing, A Man and His Dog, A Local Story, And More

Addition to Schedule: Every Brilliant Thing has been added to the TheatreWorks schedule for a short run. It will run just two weeks (Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March...

Living Features • Published Jan. 30, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Humor, Pathos, Raw Emotion in Pike St. at Hartford Stage

Nilaja Sun first came to my attention with her solo piece No Child... that received numerous awards. It was based on her experiences as a teaching theater artist in the New York public...

Living Features • Published Jan. 23, 2020 12:01 a.m.

New Plays, Some Setbacks, Trailblazers, In Memoriam, and More

Reading Series of New Plays: From A to Z by Monica Raymond is next in the Playhouse on Park’s new play reading series in West Hartford. It is scheduled for Sunday, ...

Living Features • Published Jan. 08, 2020 07:00 a.m.

Connecticut Theater Offerings You Won’t Want to Miss

Resist the urge to hibernate during the dark, cold, wintery days. If you do, you will miss many promising theater productions and events.In January, with Goodspeed’s spring...

Living Features • Published Jan. 08, 2020 07:00 a.m.

Revivals and Transfers Dominate Broadway this Spring

Broadway will welcome a number of revivals (mostly of plays), some transfers from off-Broadway and London, as well as some new musicals. Of course, any of this could change at any time. Schedules...

Living Features • Published Jan. 09, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Sweet Music, Looking to Spring, and Manhatta

Saying Goodbye: 2019 ended on a sad note with the passing of composer/lyricist Jerry Herman. He gave us some of the most engaging musicals of the last half of the 20th century,...