A blizzard of Christmas joy in Waterbury

The cast of Christmas Eve at Earlene’s Diner, playing through Dec. 21, at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.

Winds howl and snow flies, as a full-fledged blizzard rages just outside Earlene’s Diner on Christmas Eve. Earlene’s Diner has run into tough times and is about to be demolished but it proves to be a last-minute haven for an entire group of talented performers who are trying to make it to St. ...

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Steve Martin: A Picasso of comedic art

Picasso at the Lapin Agile brings together Pablo Picasso, left, played by Grayson DeJesus, opposite Robbie Tann as Einstein, and their friendly bartender Tom Riis Farrell.

When audiences first meet Einstein in Long Wharf’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, his hair is neatly combed. “What you don’t recognize me?” asks the actor playing the genius of relativity. He then runs his hands through his hair feverishly until it looks wild and weird. He suddenly ...

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In ‘War’ – families put up a good fight

Tonya Pinkins and Trezana Beverley in War. (Photo © Joan Marcus, 2014.)

Here’s a world premiere that belies the negativity associated with plays presented first time out. It’s written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and there’s a lot going for his brand new War. The title is a great hook because it refers to two types of wars. First it refers to World War II and more ...

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Best tenors ever lent to a comedy

The cast of Lend Me A Tenor.

Little Theatre, Town Players of Newtown: The Cleveland Grand Opera has sold out the house because the world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli is scheduled to perform. Saunders, the general manager has taken care of everything, including assigning Max to Merelli to make sure the tenor doesn’t drink or ...

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Square One revisits its first play for 25th anniversary

Damian Long and Pat Leo rehearse a scene from ‘A Walk in the Woods.’

It doesn’t seem possible that 25 years have passed since Square One, Stratford’s premiere theater, opened its first show, Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods. Tom Holehan, the artistic director of the theater, and his board of directors decided to celebrate their silver anniversary season by ...

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Hartford Stage presents Hamlet – A thriller

Zach Appelman stars in the Hartford Stage production of ‘Hamlet.’ —T. Charles Erickson

What perfect timing for Hartford Stage’s Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak to mount Shakespeare’s Hamlet. At its core, Hamlet is a true thriller. It is full of dark secrets, danger, deceit, murder, graveyard scenes complete with skulls and bones, and most importantly, a ghost. What better time ...

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Extra! Extra! ‘Newsies’ moves from Palace to Philly

The ‘Newsies’ ensemble at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. —Deen Van Meer

Leave it to Disney to wave a wand and turn a flop of a movie into a hit of Broadway musical called Newsies. It’s true that by all critical accounts the movie was a bomb when it opened in 1992 and the film lost a lot of money for Disney. In all fairness to the... Read More