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Backstage with Richard Ridge: GREAT COMET Bad Boy Lucas Steele Talks the Evolution of Anatole Backstage with Richard Ridge: GREAT COMET Bad Boy Lucas Steele Talks the Evolution of Anatole
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 05, 2017

In the opening song of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, audiences quickly learn that Anatole (who spends his money on women and wine) is hot. When Lucas Steele hits the stage at the Imperial Theatre, however, he brings a lot more depth to a character that he not only created, but has been playing in various incarnations over the past five years. Below, watch as Richard Ridge checks in with Steele about the evolution of Anatole, his relationship with his costars, and so much more!... (more...)

Ginny Anderson's CRADLE WILL ROCK at Connecticut College
MICHAEL BARRA (I) of A BRONX TALE
MICHAEL BARRA (I) of A BRONX TALE MICHAEL BARRA (I) of A BRONX TALE
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - March 22, 2017 in Connecticut

Connecticut has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to established actors who have homes here, so it means that much more to Connecticut theatre lovers when one of their own residents works his way through any of its many community theatres and then gets to Broadway. One such actor is Michael B... (more...)
Ginny Anderson's CRADLE WILL ROCK at Connecticut College Ginny Anderson's CRADLE WILL ROCK at Connecticut College
by Christopher Castanho - February 28, 2017 in Connecticut

As relevant today as it was when it debuted in 1937, 'The Cradle Will Rock' electrifies the Tansill Theater stage at Connecticut College, with performances Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m, Saturday, March 4, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. The infamous musical, a biting critique of u... (more...)
Christine Scarfuto in New Haven Christine Scarfuto in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - January 13, 2017 in Connecticut

Christine Scarfuto is the Long Wharf Theatre's literary manager and resident dramaturg. Never heard of that position? 'It's a pretty fascinating job,' she says, one that she discovered after being in college for a while. Her job at the Long Wharf Theatre includes providing articles about the play ... (more...)
Spencer S Lawson is Haunting in Hartford Stage's A Christmas Carol Spencer S Lawson is Haunting in Hartford Stage's A Christmas Carol
by Christopher Castanho - December 26, 2016 in Connecticut

Currently spooking audiences as a ghostly apparition and other ensemble roles is performer Spencer S Lawson. Being in his senior year at The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, Spencer joins fellow Hartt students in the production as well as veteran ensemble members, many of whom have been p... (more...)
Liv Rooth Liv Rooth
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - November 29, 2016 in Connecticut

Liv Rooth is back in Connecticut!... (more...)
Susannah Jones of A CHRISTMAS STORY at Waterbury's Palace Theatre Susannah Jones of A CHRISTMAS STORY at Waterbury's Palace Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - November 14, 2016 in Connecticut

If the word Fragile (pronounced Frah-GEE-lay) or the phrase "You'll shoot your eye out, kid" bring a smile to your face, then you are likely one of the many people who love A CHRISTMAS STORY, the classic 1983 movie that has become required viewing for many families each Christmas season. And, while ... (more...)
Devanand Janki, Artistic Director of Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat Devanand Janki, Artistic Director of Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat
by Kathryn Kitt - October 05, 2016 in Connecticut

Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat (BCTR) develops new work for the stage that promotes and celebrates diversity. Emphasizing non-traditional casting, multi-ethnic participants, and bold theatricality, BCTR offers unique development opportunities for new plays and musicals that encourage dialogue among ar... (more...)
Lisa Lampanelli in Stamford Lisa Lampanelli in Stamford
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - September 20, 2016 in Connecticut

From journalist to skewer.... (more...)
Alan Safier in Ridgefield Alan Safier in Ridgefield
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - September 14, 2016 in Connecticut

Say Goodnight Gracie @RPlayhouse.... (more...)
Beau Gravitte at Ridgefield Playhouse Beau Gravitte at Ridgefield Playhouse
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - September 02, 2016 in Connecticut

Connecticut has almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to seasoned performers who settle here while still finding opportunities to act close to home as well as in New York and Hollywood. One of our favorite couples is Beau and Debbie Gravitte (nee Shapiro), who add so much professionally ... (more...)
THE BIKINIS Creators, James Hindman and Ray Roderick THE BIKINIS Creators, James Hindman and Ray Roderick
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - July 05, 2016 in Connecticut

Girl group revue is back by popular demand. Two years ago, the Long Wharf Theatre offered a blast from the past with The Bikinis, James Hindman and Ray Roderick's breezy jukebox revue of '60s and '70s music. The show was loosely based on a true story about senior residents in Florida, who were bein... (more...)
JUDY COLLINS for RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE and THE KATE JUDY COLLINS for RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE and THE KATE
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 18, 2016 in Connecticut

In Europe any day now and in Connecticut in June.... (more...)
MARA DAVI MARA DAVI
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 04, 2016 in Connecticut

Mara Davi to appear at the Long Wharf Theatre's play, My Paris by Alfred Uhry.... (more...)
BWW Review: HAVING OUR SAY in New Haven BWW Review: HAVING OUR SAY in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - March 02, 2016 in Connecticut

If you miss it in New Haven, see it in Hartford.... (more...)
Lou Diamond Phillips of BURNING DESIRE at Seven Angels Lou Diamond Phillips of BURNING DESIRE at Seven Angels
by Lauren Yarger - February 10, 2016 in Connecticut

Lou Diamond Phillips stars in the world premiere of his play, BURNING DESIRE.... (more...)
Collegiate Theatrics: Vanderbilt's SADIE ANDROS Collegiate Theatrics: Vanderbilt's SADIE ANDROS
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 26, 2016 in Connecticut

Vanderbilt University's Sadie Andros, one of the region's busiest and most acclaimed young actors - she was Psyche and Aphrodite in last fall's production of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses and takes on the role of Olivia in this spring's Vanderbilt Players' production of Twelfth Night - is among tho... (more...)
Joel Grey at The Ridgefield Playhouse Joel Grey at The Ridgefield Playhouse
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - January 21, 2016 in Connecticut

Think you know @joelgrey? See him, hear him, be surprised by him at The Ridgefield Playhouse @RPlayhouse... (more...)
Stephanie Zimbalist of LIVING ON LOVE at Seven Angels Stephanie Zimbalist of LIVING ON LOVE at Seven Angels
by Lauren Yarger - November 11, 2015 in Connecticut

Stephanie Zimbalist Stars in Joe DiPietro's comdey with music at Seven Angels Theatre.... (more...)
Chris Ward on THE INDEPENDENTS Chris Ward on THE INDEPENDENTS
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - October 31, 2015 in Connecticut

After staged reading, plans to include kick-ass projections and live painting.... (more...)
Franc D'Ambrosio Franc D'Ambrosio
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - October 07, 2015 in Connecticut

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Angela Reed Talks BROKEN GLASS at Westport Country Playhouse Angela Reed Talks BROKEN GLASS at Westport Country Playhouse
by Lindsey Sullivan - October 05, 2015 in Connecticut

With Broadway credits, national tours (Spring Awakening and War Horse, no less), and the firecracker role of Barbara in August: Osage County under her belt, Angela Reed has done it all. However, the Westport Country Playhouse first timer is currently learning a lot in rehearsals for Arthur Miller's ... (more...)
Stephen Schnetzer Stephen Schnetzer
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - October 05, 2015 in Connecticut

Stephen Schnetzer has accomplished something very few actors can claim: he can get a favorable review from the notoriously hard to please critic John Simon. Schnetzer won a Soap Opera Digest award for Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actor (Daytime) for his work on Another World and has received ... (more...)
Christopher Shinn of AN OPENING IN TIME at Hartford Stage Company Christopher Shinn of AN OPENING IN TIME at Hartford Stage Company
by Karen Bovard - September 14, 2015 in Connecticut

Obie-winning playwright Christopher Shinn grew up in central Connecticut and attended an arts magnet high school in Hartford. He attended Hartford Stage as a teenager, which has since produced his play DYING CITY.  Now 40, he's rehearsing the world premiere of his new play AN OPENING IN TIME at Hart... (more...)
Wade Preston of MOVIN' OUT in Bridgeport Wade Preston of MOVIN' OUT in Bridgeport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - September 07, 2015 in Connecticut

Broadway's Piano Man performs at the Downtown Cabaret. www.mycabaret.org.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: MARY JANE SCHAEFER BWW Interviews: MARY JANE SCHAEFER
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - June 11, 2015 in Connecticut

Actress and playwright Mary Jane Schaefer explores the relationship between Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald in her play, Scott and Zelda: Happy Forever, which was performed at the Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk in June. Schaefer is best known for her work in Shakespeare. She performed with Shakespea... (more...)