| Oct 26, 2014
Hal Holbrook will celebrate his 90th birthday in February on stage in Hartford performing his solo show "Mark Twain Tonight!"
The Tony and Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award nominee will return with the show for which he has performed over the past...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:07 PM
Bethlehem resident John Drescher was living in Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Mo., when Hal Holbrook started his one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!" in 1954.
When Drescher was 13, four years after Holbrook started his show, the big Mark Twain fan was...
| Oct 5, 2014
For the season opener of Long Wharf Theater's 50th anniversary season, artistic director Gordon Edelstein wanted a work that not only made an artistic statement about the theater but one that reflected the New Haven community.
His choice —...
| Oct 12, 2014
| 5:46 AM
Think Auntie Mame with big hats, a Texas accent and a gift for organizing people and events, and you'd have a partial picture of Fran Gordon. Combine the energy of a cheerleader with endless optimism and a sense of fun and you will have a sense of the...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 7:01 PM
When Hal Holbrook first portrayed Mark Twain in his one-man show in 1954, it was 10 years before the enactment of the Civil Rights Act. The show featured Twain's biting racial commentary from "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
Sixty years later, the...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Dick Smith, known as the "Godfather of Makeup," has died at age 92. Smith's protege, Rick Baker, tweeted of the legend's passing on Thursday morning.
The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" touched down on Hollywood Boulevard outside the El Capitan Theatre on July 15 for the animated film's premiere, with Dane Cook returning to voice high-flying Dusty, the crop duster.
"It's a loving tribute to...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:30 PM
"Planes: Fire & Rescue" sounds more like a category on Craigslist than the name of a new animated film. But what this Disney feature lacks in the title department it makes up for with fluid visuals and fast-moving action of the, yes, firefighting variety....
| Jul 4, 2014
| 6:30 AM
After making a tin-eared debut with last year's "Planes," an earthbound pileup of lame jokes and ethnic caricatures, Disney's "Cars" spinoff franchise gets a bit higher off the ground with "Planes: Fire & Rescue." Largely ditching the funny accents in...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 11:18 AM
His intelligence and wit are legendary. Now you can witness both for yourself when playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard presents a free lecture at Yale's University Theatre on Monday at 5:15 p.m. The event is open to the public.
The richly worded...
| Aug 29, 2014
Once, on a second date in Chicago, I was asked if Houston looked like West Texas; if it was, in fact, a blighted landscape of cactus and tumbleweeds. My answer — "It's the fourth largest city in the U.S." — was met with a confused look. The...