Connecticut Theaters

The Hole Amount

Starting with their season-opening production of Romeo & Juliet on the Bayou, Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain has changed the generous “donation only” policy instituted at the theater’s birth in the early 1970s. An explanation can be found on the Hole in the Wall website, here. But isn’t it already obvious? … Continue reading »

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Arts & Ideas & Times

Always canny at making its presence felt year-round and not just for two weeks in June, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas has announced its second annual “Visionary Leadership Award” recipient. It’s New York Times Executive Editrix Jill Abramson, first female to hold that post in the Old Gray Lady’s history. The ceremony is … Continue reading »

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Another Season, another reason…

Who’s gonna be in Jersey Boys when it trucks to Hartford for a return engagement Oct. 19-Nov. 6? The same Frankie Valli who’s been with the touring company since it first hit the road four years ago, Joseph Leo Bwarie. John Gardiner, who was in the ensemble when Jersey Boys last visited Hartford in 2009, … Continue reading »

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New Ron Jenkins play being read at Wesleyan TONIGHT!

  Wesleyan Center for the Arts in Middletown is premiering a new play by Ron Jenkins tonight. The reading is held at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28, in the center’s CFA Hall, for free. Must be cool to go to school where Ron Jenkins teaches. I never studied with him, but I followed Jenkins for … Continue reading »

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The hundredyearspacetrip review, and six Yale Cabaret shows you haven’t missed yet

  hundredyearspacetrip. Closed; played Sept. 22-24 at the Yale Cabaret. Created by We Buy Gold and the acting ensemble. Performed by Kate Attwell, Ryan Davis, Brenda Meaney, Nina Segal and others. Lighting design by Yi Zhao. Sound design by Brandon Curtis. Yale Cabaret productions are shortlived by design—six performances in three days, and that’s it. … Continue reading »

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The Three Sisters Review

Three Sisters By Anton Chekhov. A new version by Sarah Ruhl. Based on a literal translation by Elise Thoron with Natalya Paramonova and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati. Directed by Les Waters Scenic Designer: Annie Smart. Costume Designer: Ilona Somogyi. Lighting Designer: David Budries. Dramaturg: Rachel Steinberg. Stage Manager: James Mountcastle. Performed by Natalia Payne (Masha), Wendy Rich … Continue reading »

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The YSD Three

The news has gotten around in other ways, but I just received the official press release for the three Yale School of Drama productions this season. These are the thesis projects for the three students in the School’s directing program. They also serve as showcase for the directors’ classmates in the acting, design and management … Continue reading »

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One Knows, Don’t One?

The cast and creative team of the impending Long Wharf Theatre production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Oct. 26-Nov. 20) has been announced, and every member has been involved in some previous production of the same show. Which is appropriate, since this isn’t one of those Long Wharf musicals which seeks to reinterpret large-cast classics for a … Continue reading »

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The Unsinkable Molly Sweeney: An Interview with the Irish Repertory Theatre’s Ciaran O’Reilly

The first show of the Long Wharf’s 2011-12 season was the last one chosen for it. Molly Sweeney wasn’t mentioned at the theater’s season-announcement event in May. Long Wharf’s artistic director Gordon Edelstein explains that while he was looking for something economical, with a small cast, to fill the remaining mainstage slot on the sched, … Continue reading »

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The Talk Radio Review

Talk Radio By Eric Bogosian. Presented by New Haven Theater Company through Sept. 17 at Ultra Radio, 242 College Street, New Haven. Directed by Hallie Martenson. Performed by Peter Chenot (Barry Champlain), Erich Greene (Stu Noonan), Hilary Brown (Linda MacArthur), Steve Scarpa (Jack Woodruff), Jack Rogers (Kent), Marty Tucker (Sid Greenberg/Callers), Jenny Schuck (Dr. Susan … Continue reading »

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