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  • Theater Review: Powerful, Absorbing ‘The Other Place’ Receiving Masterful Treatment In Hartford

    HARTFORD — Sometimes when a review begins with a discussion of the set it is out of an attempt to be kind, because there was nothing else on stage worth mentioning or remembering.

  • Theater Review: Good ‘Mannerly’ In Hartford

    HARTFORD — Having seen about a quarter of his total output of more than two dozen stage works, I’ve never met a Jeffrey Hatcher play I didn’t like.

  • Theater Review: "Becoming Dr Ruth" A Life-Affirming Saga Of An Unexpected Celebrity

    HARTFORD — I really didn’t know what to expect from Becoming Dr Ruth, Mark St Germain’s one-woman play about America’s most famous sex therapist, the tiny grandmotherly woman with the thick German accent, the beaming smile, and the startlingly frank vocabulary. Hartford TheaterWorks had been touting the show for months, bringing it directly from Pittsfield, Mass., where it premiered to sell out audiences last June.

  • Theater Review: Two Strangers, One Motel Room: Captivating "Mountaintop" In Hartford

    HARTFORD — Winner of England’s 2010 Oliver Award, and a Broadway success when it starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop is a surrealistic fantasy that incorporates real historic events and oratory, even as it mingles comic riffs with deeply tragic overtones and implications. The title comes from the Reverend Martin Luther King’s final speech on April 3, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, in which, apparently foreseeing his own death, the 39-year old preacher and moral leader of a generation declaimed: