| Sep 1, 2011
| 9:13 AM
As we bid farewell to the Summer of Swelter, it's a grand time for pulling up the appointment app on your smart phone (or pulling out the day planner, if you're a traditionalist) and setting aside some play dates with the hottest shows in town.
| Sep 29, 2011
Veterans of the mating wars will recognize the scene, from one agonizing side or another. There has been a single date — an awkward date that began with the tactless suggestion that the woman's dress resembled a birthday cake — but it...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 5:17 PM
Baltimore County school leaders disregarded advice from state officials and forged ahead to overhaul the teaching of English, spending more than $5 million over the past few years to buy textbooks that mostly sit unused and to rewrite a curriculum that...
| Oct 1, 2011
Suddenly, I have a hankering to hoist a beer at Capt. Tony's, on that barstool with Bob Dylan's name painted on it, looking out the door at the free-spirited lifestyle of Key West.
Yeah, the scene on Duval Street isn't the anarchistic scene that it was...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 11:16 AM
“You know it don’t take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in hell ever got himself out of one without removing one nail?” asks sozzled Tom Wingfield of his pathologically shy sister. But the answer...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Playwright-poet Marcus Gardley will be the Aetna New Voices Fellow at Hartford Stage during the 2011-2012 season.
Gardley was awarded the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright. He was recently chosen as one of “50 writers to watch&...
| Nov 2, 2011
Interior design firm's creative force
Harry Lawenda, 87, an interior designer who was the creative force behind the influential Kneedler Fauchere design firm founded by his late wife, Dorothy Kneedler Lawenda, died at his Los Angeles...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 10:18 AM
Most arts organizations have carefully worded mission statements, filled with arty buzzwords and forged by groups. Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater's mission statement was written by one woman and just gets right down to it: "to eradicate racism."
| Nov 16, 2011
| 2:30 PM
In the pantheon of great American playwrights, three names stand out: Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. And few would dispute the notion that, when assessing Williams' work, his masterpiece was "A Streetcar Named Desire," which won the...
| Jul 29, 2012
| 7:44 AM
The show: “The Tempest” at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. in the Berkshires, starring Olympia Dukakis.
Didn’t we just see “The Tempest?”: Several times, if you count Hartford Stage’s stylish production and...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...