Musicals on the menu

Oliver! the musical will be on television this weekend.

Get ready to tap your feet through some favorite film musicals this weekend on broadcast and cable television. Yes, the movies love to sing and dance. And, after checking out these titles, you may, too. A Star Is Born (1954) By the time Judy Garland scored a comeback with this musical version ...

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Foxcatcher brings truth to life

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher.

Truth, as the saying goes, is stranger than fiction. No matter what creative thinkers can conjure, what occurs in real life can reach beyond what any reel experience can fabricate. When in the hands of a moviemaker as gifted as Bennett Miller, what’s true certainly keeps us guessing. As he did ...

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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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Reining in a book group

Book groups: keeping them on course takes some effort.

Q.  I’m in a book group that has become a talkfest about everything about the book. Young moms talk about their kids, older members pass around pictures of their grandchildren, and so on. We are all friends, so it’s interesting, but it’s not why we are there. We eventually do get around to ...

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2014 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 — Astonishingly good car

2014 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

For years now, Hyundai has been building cars that elicit an almost unanimous response from critics and car aficionados: It’s better than I expected, but it’s still a Hyundai, which means it’s emphatically not a BMW, Audi or Lexus. The time is fast approaching when such thoughts will have to be ...

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Miraculous comfort in the kitchen — garlic!

Garlic — comforting in so many ways.

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” —John Ruskin Whenever I am in the kitchen, I realize there is no other place in the world that offers a more comforting, loving and cozy atmosphere. Here is where we can gather with family and friends and enjoy the great pleasures of ...

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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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