| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The Puritans just didn't have much fun.
Until late in the 18th century, there wasn't much in the way of public entertainment for The Hartford Courant to cover, and certainly nothing in the way of theater.
Oh, there was the time just before the...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
Those attending the grand opening of the 1,600-seat Shubert Theater on Dec. 11, 1914, would especially remember comedian Sam Bernard singing "Who Paid the Rent for Mrs. Rip Van Winkle When Rip Van Winkle was Away?"
The show was "The Belle of Bond...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 2:29 PM
What to give that theater lover for Christmas? Here are a few recommendations.
On my bedside table already is “Fosse” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $32), Sam Wasson’s well-researched and crafted biography of director-choreographer Bob...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:13 PM
In 1794, the Connecticut Courant's 30th year of publication, there appeared in the paper an advertisement for two stage comedies — "Child of Nature" and "Love Alamode" — being performed by the Old American Company. Doors would open at 6 p.m.,...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:50 AM
Do you consider yourself a mixologist?
Yes, I do modern techniques on various cocktails. I went to school for hotel, restaurant management, with a minor in culinary, so I know about flavor profiles. I like to showcase local fruit and work with the chefs...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 12:18 PM
When I think of the Waterboys, I think of other bands doing their songs.
I think of that paramount bar band the Mocking Birds, who would play once a month at Cafe Nine in New Haven throughout the 1990s. Drummer Scott MacDonald (also known locally as co-...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 7:29 AM
Stuart Ward will be the guy and Dani De Waal the girl is the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical “Once,” which will play the Shubert Theater in New Haven in Feb. 26 to March 2. The tour of the romantic musical opens at the...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 12:35 PM
Among Julie Harris' Connecticut performances and connections:
In 1948, Harris performed in "Sundown Beach" at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Elia Kazan. With Kim Hunter, Steven Hill, Martin Balsam, Joan Copeland, Nehemiah Persoff. An Actors...
| Apr 7, 2013
Would the story of the Goodspeed Opera House make a good musical?
The thought occurred to me while I was interviewing Michael Price, who's been with the Victorian theater on the Connecticut River in East Haddam for 46 of its 50 years. During lunch at...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 9:02 AM
Last year, the fourth-best crowd for a women's-only tennis event was swallowed up by the seventh-largest tennis center in the world.
It's been that way for a while at the New Haven Open. The tournament drew a total of 53,004 during its nine-day run...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 8:25 PM
The show: "Sequence Eight" at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas
What makes it special?: The same hip, easy-going-yet-kinetic, hanging-out spirit that the Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main...