| Aug 21, 2014
| 11:23 AM
When I was a kid growing up outside Boston, I would make it a point to see "preview" performances of Broadway-bound shows, in part because the tickets were cheaper.
And it made sense, too, for both me and the show's producers. After all, these...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Some Shakespeare, a touch of Stoppard and then things get really Wilder (Thornton, that is). That's just some of the major writers whose works will highlight a busy stage season on Connecticut. Throw in a new musical at Goodspeed, a new comedy by a...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 10:05 AM
Editor's note: Broadway actress and singer Elaine Stritch, 89, died on Thursday, July 17, at her home in Birmingham, Mich. (Story and photos here.) Following is an interview by Hartford Courant theater critic Frank Rizzo from 2008.
Elaine Stritch is...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 12:20 PM
The National Endowment for the Arts announced its latest round of funding, awarding 15 grants to Connecticut arts groups, totaling $1,024,200.
Receiving the largest funding is the state office of the arts under the Department of Economic and Community...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 4:47 AM
“House of Cards” actors Jayne Atkinson and Michael Gill head the cast for a Monday, March 10 reading of Hugh Whitemore’s spy thriller play “Pack of Lies” at the Westport Country Playhouse Monday at 7 p.m.
Also featured in...
| Mar 1, 2014
The show: Noel Coward's "A Song at Twilight" at Hartford Stage
What makes it special?: This late-Coward play is staged by Mark Lamos, former artistic director of Hartford Stage in the theater's 50th anniversary season.
First impressions?: It's...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 11:33 AM
I love interviewing independent women in show business of a certain age who speak their minds. One of my favorite interviews was in 2002 was with composer-writer Mary Rodgers from her Central Park West home. Rodgers died yesterday of heart failure at...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 7:23 PM
Brian Murray, Mia Dillon and Gordana Rashovich star in the Noel Coward’s bittersweet comedy -- and one of his last works -- “A Song at Twilight” at Hartford Stage.
Mark Lamos, former artistic director of Hartford Stage and now at...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 7:53 AM
John Tillinger will return to direct another Alan Ayckbourn comedy at the Westport Country Playhouse this summer.
Tillinger will stage “Things We Do For Love” Aug. 19 to Sept. 6. The director had previously staged Ayckbourn’s “...
| 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...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 9:55 AM
Rocker Billie Joe Armstrong, South African playwright Athol Fugard and New Haven’s Broken Umbrella Theatre will be recognized for their special contributions to theater in the state at the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards ceremony this month. ...