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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Some entertaining gems

Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda in 9 to 5.

Entertaining gems from the Hollywood archive are easy to find this weekend on broadcast and cable television. What better ways to enjoy movie time? Check out these titles. Nine to Five (1980) Every time the great Lily Tomlin appears on screen — or on stage or television — she teaches us how a ...

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The Blue Room tells a compelling story in a short time

Stéphanie Cléau (left) and Mathieu Amalric in a scene from “The Blue Room.“

Films don’t have to be lengthy to feel complete. When a director chooses how to tell a story, he or she sets a pace for the narrative. While some movies let sloppy rhythm add unnecessary minutes to the running time, others remain focused to stay tight. Few in recent memory get the job done ...

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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

Work vs. personal email: setting boundaries

Email etiquette: setting boundaries.

Q. What can I say to a business friend who knows both my work and my home email but sends every communication, including jokes, chain letters and recipes, to my work email? A. You can say, “Fran, I love your emails but when they aren’t about work-related matters, can you please send them to ...

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It’s the season for all things pumpkin

As Judy and I traveled the Tri-State Area promoting Breast Cancer awareness this month, we met many new people and heard about so many new recipes. It is usually still breakfast time when we get off the set, so we have been eating breakfast everywhere. Pumpkin, apple and bold autumnal spices ...

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Whiplash tells compelling story of musical ambition

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.

As the son and father of musicians, I have spent my life surrounded by the sounds they create and the challenges they face. From an early age, a musician juggles time and ego to be ready when opportunities surface. And they learn how to take pressure in stride. Cool is everything in the music ...

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