| Dec 30, 2013
| 6:52 AM
A red-hot rocking musical as well as a heart-felt one. Two ensemble dramas that looked at the way we live with humor and rue. A pair of outstanding shows from the state’s smaller theaters. A Shakespearean horror story and an over-the-top political...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 12:43 PM
The Garden Theatre's 2014-15 theatrical season will offer a Stephen Sondheim musical, a provocative drama, a sexy farce, an original Christmas musical and the classic children's story "Peter Pan." The theater, located in downtown Winter Garden, will...
| Mar 25, 2014
The show: "The Other Place" at Hartford's TheaterWorks
What makes it special?: Hartford production of recent Broadway play by Sharr White.
First impressions: How do you talk about "The Other Place" without giving the revelations away? It's a challenge...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 10:15 AM
A world premiere of a provocative play by Matthew Lopez, William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and a revival of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate’’ are among the highlights of Hartford Stage’s 2014-2015 season.
| Apr 21, 2013
Last June, Hartford's HartBeat Ensemble faced a devastating loss. Gregory R. Tate, one of the three founding artistic directors, died at the age of 60 from lung cancer.
But the small, community-centric company is resilient and after grieving it...
| Mar 10, 2013
In our first interview in the 1990s, Valerie Harper described the character of Rhoda Morgenstern —sidekick on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and star of the spinoff "Rhoda" — as "the brash New Yorker who says the unsayable."
The same can be...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Variety is the watchword for the Garden Theatre's 2013-14 theater season. The plays on tap range from old faithfuls such as "Nunsense" to a world premiere based on "Alice in Wonderland" to big Broadway-style musicals "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 8:02 AM
The show: "Ride the Tiger" by William Mastrosimone at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre
First impressions: You can't keep your eyes off the characters in this juicy, funny and fascinating new play that is part myth, part political melodrama and part pulp...
| Oct 15, 2013
The show: "Room Service" at Westport Country Playhouse
What makes it special?: Final show of the season of comedy at the playhouse.
First impressions: It takes a little while before this 1937 show biz comedy by John Murray and Allen Boretz gets...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Ah, if only Mrs. Mannerly were around today — and stationed at every theater lobby in America.
She would not tolerate a cell phone going off, or texting or talking, or a myriad of other audience sins that have the potential of ruining a night in...
| Oct 22, 2013
The show: "Mrs. Mannerly" at TheaterWorks in Hartford.
What makes it special?: Return of one of the theater's favorite playwrights, Jeffrey Hatcher ("Murderers," "Tuesdays with Morrie," "Three Viewings")
First impressions: I'll try to say this in...