‘The Lyons’ — a comedy that shows its claws

Courtney Lauria, Joseph Russo as Curtis Lyons, William Hughes, and Jody Bayer in a scene from The Lyons at TheatreWorks New Milford. —Richard Pettibone

Family dynamics can be fraught with anger especially during a crisis. Nicky Silver, who wrote The Lyons, now onstage at TheatreWorks, New Milford, takes a close look at a family gathered around the patriarch’s dying bedside. Don’t expect sentimental “I love you” professions in this bold and ...

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Past Oscar contenders

Robert Preston in The Music Man.

As we pack away our Oscar memories for this year, broadcast and cable television offerings remind us of some past contenders. Here’s a sample of what you can find this weekend. Argo (2012) Seeing Ben Affleck at the Oscars reminds how, two years ago, he was the big winner for this thriller of a ...

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Trout opening day will be April 11

Opening day for trout will be April 11, 2015.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that changes to sport fishing regulations have been approved – including moving forward the date of opening day of trout season by one week, from the third to the second Saturday in April. This means opening ...

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Winter in Scotland has its rewards

Black-faced sheep on a the hillside on the way to Ben Lomond. —Rob McWilliams photo

My father was one of five, three brothers and two sisters who grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, between the wars. Over the past 16 years, they have passed away one by one, my father among them. The last to go – living in a home for veterans, and days short of his 90th birthday –... Read More

2015 Dodge Dart GT: This compact shows its European roots

Steven Macoy tests out the 2015 Dodge Dart 2015 GT

With styling cues derived from Fiat Chrysler’s midsize and large sedans, the compact Dodge Dart is in no danger of being mistaken for the popular Dart models of the 1960s and ‘70s. It’s a nice-looking, functional four-door sedan that can be equipped for economy, luxury or sport, and after a ...

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Parking spots: snow rules

Snowplows are happy sights in storms, but they do cause problems for parking.

Q.  Where I live we all have to park in the street because we don’t have driveways. During the last storm, we all got plowed in, as usual, and it took me over two hours to shovel out my car. I had to do an errand, and when I got home a neighbor had pulled... Read More

The selfie is revealing

I tried taking a selfie the other night. It’s really simple, even for a technologically challenged guy like me. You point the cellphone camera at yourself, try to look handsome and snap the photo, only to discover you remotely resemble Marilyn Manson. There’s a secret button on the cellphone so ...

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