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Is "faking it" as a person always a bad thing? Explore the art of hypocrisy with Faith Middleton and Bruce Clements. Plus, a celebration of Aint Misbehavin at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven for those who want a sassy good time.

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How to handle a non-stop talker at your next dinner party. Plus, a look at the Long Wharf Theater season with Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein.

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There is no more heart-stopping understudy story (that I'm aware of) than Elaine Stritch's much-told tale of understudying Ethel Merman in "Call Me Madam" while simultaneously being cast in the 1952 debut of "Pal Joey," with a first entrance in the second act.

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Every year Renbrook Summer Adventure in West Hartford has a group of campers that focus on musical theater - and this year it got our attention. Why? Because they’re doing radio theater. Where We Live senior producer Catie Talarski had to make a trip to visit the budding radio thespians. She brought us this audio postcard.

You can see (and hear) their radio theater production Thursday August 4 at 2PM and 6PM at Renbrook School in West Hartford.

When Is It OK To Applaud?

Jul 5, 2011
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A couple of weeks ago, I got a press release from a Connecticut theater company touting the merits of a play they had up and running.

Shakespeare in Stratford

Jun 10, 2011

The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre opened in 1955 as a living memorial to English playwright, William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Under the guidance and directorship of Lawrence Langner, John Houseman and Michael Kahn, the theatre provided memorable theatrical experiences for more than thirty years.

Stratford, Connecticut was an appropriate setting for the theater, echoing the name of Shakepeare’s birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon in England.  The octagonal shape of the theater recalled the Globe Theatre in London, where Shakepeare’s plays were performed during the 17th century.


Connecticut Magazine editor Charlie Monagan's new musical based on real events in Waterbury, Connecticut. And, big news -- a new hospice facility is about to be built on the east end of Long Island. Plus, Yale law professor Stephen Carter talks about his latest novel Jericho's Fall.

Ticket Resale Debate

Apr 16, 2011
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Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would ease restrictions on companies that resell concert, theater and sports tickets online.  But opponents say that would hurt consumers.

Connecticut’s general prohibition on ticket scalping was repealed in 2007.  And in the past few years, a lucrative online secondary ticket-sellers market has flourished.  

Tammy Denease: Woman of Many Faces

Apr 5, 2011

For the past seven years, my friend Tammy Denease, the woman of many faces, developed several characters of women from the past. She grew up in a family with a rich background in performing, especially storytelling.  Her mom and dad were singers, but her grandparents were storytellers. In fact, it was quite a common occurrence for the family to get together and entertain each other with their very own stories, stories they made up, or re-created from day to day happenings.

Emmy and Tony Award-winning Mandy Patinkin performs his critically acclaimed theatre concert, "Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual," at the Palace Theater in Waterbury Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m.

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Having arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor, Jack Garfein would soon rise to the top of his field as a teacher and practitioner. He has worked with a who's who of twentieth-century acting, especially those associated with the Actors Studio, the West Coast branch of which he founded.

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Twenty years ago, Connecticut was held in thrall by the murder conspiracy trial of Karin Aparo in connection with the murder of Karin's mother Joyce. 

Hot Seat!

Feb 19, 2011
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Today's guest is Jackie Farrelly.  She's the Property Manager at Long Wharf Theatre, where she's been responsible for set dressing and props for over one hundred productions during her tenure. Jackie, a Connecticut native, lives in North Haven.

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I got my first glimpse at backstage Broadway when I was in the first grade.

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Until theatrical autobiographical monologue develops a large roster of superstars, everybody will be compared to Spalding Gray, whether or not that makes sense on a case-by-case basis.

The monologue is, I suppose, as old as human speech, but Gray refined it and married it to performance art around 1980.

I Shudder

Jan 27, 2011

From his classic plays and screenplays to his sidesplitting pieces for The New Yorker and Premiere, Paul Rudnick is one of our most adored humor writers. Now, in this long overdue collection, he casts his gleefully wicked eye on the world as he sees it: a landscape of stylish dowagers, irascible producers, and full-tilt eccentrics.