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Shubert Announces 2017-18 Season Of Crowd-Pleasers

The Shubert in New Haven has nabbed the first national tours of "Bright Star" and "Amazing Grace."

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Kathleen Chalfant Cast In Yale Rep’s ‘Mary Jane’; A ‘Makeover’ Cocktail At Hartford Stage

Kathleen Chalfant is returning to Yale Repertory Theatre in the premiere of Amy Herzog's family drama "Mary Jane."

Chalfant appeared at the Rep in "A Delicate Balance," "All's Well That Ends Well" and the premiere of Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play." She was in the Long Wharf Theatre production of "Wit" that transferred to New York.

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What Will You Be Seeing At The Theater In 2017-18?

For its soon-to-end 50th anniversary season, Yale Repertory Theatre brought great writers and directors back together: the late August Wilson and Timothy Douglas for "Seven Guitars," Sarah Ruhl and Mark Wing-Davey for "Scenes from Court Life." The tradition continues with the Rep's just-announced 51st season, which features Liz Diamond directing a Suzan-Lori Parks play.

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One-Man 'Leonard Pelkey' Brightens Hartford Stage

There's nothing "absolute" about "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey." James Lecesne's one-man show makes a series of interesting choices. It tells a tragic story, but in broad comic voices. It sets up a mystery, then blurts out a big plot twist that solves the thing before you get a chance to process the clues.

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TheaterWorks 'Next To Normal' A Mind-Blowing Production

Rob Ruggiero regularly directs musicals at the Goodspeed and The Muny in St. Louis. Why would he see the need to bring one to the small-staged, low-ceiling, acoustically complicated TheaterWorks, where (as the theater's producing artistic director) he's directed mostly straight plays?

His breathtaking production of "Next to Normal" at TheaterWorks shows you why.

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'Long Day's Journey Into Night' Extended; LGBT Night At Hartford Stage

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman sat Wednesday on the stage of the Yale University Theatre, where their musical "Assassins" is playing, and spoke almost exclusively about that one show for 90 minutes. The talk wasn't announced to the general public but the 620-seat theater was packed with Yale students and faculty, Yale Repertory Theatre subscribers and this lucky journalist.

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