It opened on Broadway in 1986 and, after dismal reviews, ran a total of 18 previews and four performances. It was “Rags” and featured a score with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) and music by Charles Strouse (“Annie”) with a company of actors that included Judy Kuhn, Larry Kert and Lon…

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The corporate world is ever evolving, changing at a dizzying pace and a challenge for anyone caught in a position of authority. If the buck stops here, at your desk, than the ability to adjust to the winds of progress can be daunting. Take, for example, Richard, the head of a small, struggli…

  • By Mike Lauterborn
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When you say someone “can do it all,” it’s not always accurate. But Westport Artist Elise Black really can, exuding a “no fear” attitude and taking on challenges that combine her passions for design, building and fine art. We visited her at her home and studio recently to sew up her bio and …

  • By Tom Holehan
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The smiles that stretch from ear to ear on audience members at the Long Wharf Theatre’s world premiere play, “Fireflies,” are in clear evidence throughout most of Matthew Barber’s touching, funny and beautifully acted new drama. The New Haven theatre currently has the prime example of a comm…

  • By Tom Holehan
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“Dunkirk” still leads the Oscar-worthy pack of films from the summer, but it will soon have plenty of competition as the fall movie season starts to inundate us with quality product. A-list directors like Steven Spielberg, Darren Aronofsky, Todd Haynes and Woody Allen will all have new films…

  • By Tom Holehan
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Stephen Sondheim’s seminal 1970 classic, “Company,” is currently in very good voice at the Barrington Stage Company, one of the most popular summer theatre companies in the scenic Berkshires area. Located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and only a two hour drive or less from Connecticut, the th…

“Appropriate,” the 2014 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, is being staged at Westport Country Playhouse, through September 2. The story of family secrets is written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient, and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associat…

  • By Tom Holehan
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It is yet another journey down dysfunction junction for theatregoers attending “Appropriate,” the new and very loud family drama by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins currently on stage at the Westport Country Playhouse. The playwright, obviously inspired by the works of Eugene O’Neill and August Wilson…

  • By Tom Holehan
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Everything is up to date at Goodspeed Musicals where a glorious revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “Oklahoma!”, has already been extended by popular demand until Sept. 27. It’s easy to see why the enduring popularity of this golden age chestnut continues; it’s just great entertainment!

  • By Tom Holehan
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In what has proved to be a remarkably strong summer for new movies, Christopher Nolan’s intimate and epic World War II drama, “Dunkirk” may be the biggest surprise of all. While we expect popcorn films like “Wonder Woman” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” every summer, other choices like …

  • By Tom Holehan
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The tri-state area is blessed with an abundance of summer theatre festivals this time of year and a drive to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts is one of the most rewarding trip theatre lovers can take. I just spent a long weekend with friends in the Berkshires for an event we dubbed “t…

  • By Tom Holehan
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She’s back! “Annie,” the beloved Tony-winning musical from 1977 (can it really be that long ago?) is back onstage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre for an extended stay throughout the summer. Far from a definitive production of this enduring classic, it’s still always a pleasure to revisit…

  • By Tom Holehan
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Modern drone warfare and its repercussions on the human psyche is at the core of “Grounded,” George Brant’s timely but static one-woman play currently onstage at the Westport Country Playhouse.

  • By Tom Holehan
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Those beleaguered folks in Stratford, still trying to make that town a theatre destination with the Shakespeare festival, would do well to pay a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada. This postcard-perfect Ontario town – just minutes from Niagara Falls – is a theatre destination spot done r…

  • By Tom Holehan
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TheaterWorks’ revival of “Next to Normal” and the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of “The Invisible Hand” took major honors at this year’s annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. Both productions were the top nominees with the TheaterWorks musical garnering ten nominations and WCP’…

The Hamden Arts Commission announces their 2017 Annual Free Summer Concert Series. All of the shows take place at Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Avenue. Food is available on site with ample free parking. Opening acts often start at 7:30 pm, with headliners at 8:15 p.m.

  • By Tom Holehan
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I’m late to the game extolling the many virtues of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” the intoxicating revival currently concluding its successful run at the Goodspeed Opera House. You still have time to catch this delightful confection, the kind of silly, old-fashioned period musical our friends a…

  • By Tom Holehan
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A fairly predictable story about race, ambition and Hollywood is on the menu in the well-acted “Fade,” Tanya Saracho’s contemporary drama currently on the boards at TheaterWorks in Hartford. This two-hander performed in about 90 minutes with no intermission has its moments, but follows a fam…

  • By Tom Holehan
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A shaky but somewhat satisfying revival of Peter Shaffer’s comic play, “Lettice and Lovage” has opened the 86th season (is that possible?) of the venerable Westport Country Playhouse. The new season, under Artistic Director Mark Lamos, will also include the 2016 Obie Award winner, “Appropria…

  • By Tom Holehan
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I’ve always been baffled by the ongoing popularity of “Mamma Mia!,” the blockbuster stage musical featuring the songs of Abba with a book by Catherine Johnson. It had a long and fruitful run on Broadway and is currently playing on national tours and in venues across the world. Now this mega …

  • By Tom Holehan
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Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak is comfortably in his element when taking on a stage classic and the proof is all there with Hartford Stage’s lavish season-ender, “Heartbreak House” by George Bernard Shaw. This well-acted but long-winded revival of Shaw’s rarely produced take on the works o…

  • By Tom Holehan
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With hip musicals like “Hamilton” and Dear Evan Hanson” defining the new Broadway arena, an old-fashioned offering like “The Most Beautiful Room in New York,” the world premiere musical currently closing out Long Wharf’s uneven 2016-17 season, seems positively retro in comparison. That this …