Taste of Hartford with Max + Midsummer Dreams at TheaterWorks

It’s Monday… it’s summer.  I know, I know.  You probably want to be at the beach, not reading this at your desk.  But never fear!  There are some GREAT things to do locally on a weekday (or weekend!) date in Hartford.

For you see – it’s Taste of Hartford all week, meaning affordable prix fixe menus showcasing seasonal goodness.  We have a reservation for Tuesday night at Max Downtown (yaaaas) so be on the lookout for all the food porn via my Instagram.  If you like the look of this check out their website for a full roster of upcoming events – or subscribe to the newsletter for updates.  Ok, without further ado, here are the menus:

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So many choices, so little time.  Book a reservation and get downtown!  And while you’re there, please do yourself a solid and see the quirky black (romantic) comedy and musical act which is Midsummer (a play with songs).  No, it’s not a musical.  No, no, no.  It’s more She & Him if instead of a group they were a madcap love encounter, set in Edinburgh.  Bold, modern, and paired down: with just two performers, two guitars, a ukulele, a stuffed elmo, and several other scant props, the play relies on brilliant acting and acoustic performances to create a past and present narrative.  The result is an unflinchingly honest look at two creative, soulful, magnificently flawed accidental lovers navigating their way through respective mid life crises, angry mob bosses, and a wedding scene which… well… I won’t give anything else away.  But I will highly recommend this highly acclaimed play, which is the summer nightcap to TheaterWork’s 30th year anniversary celebration.  Go get you some culture.

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Photo by:  Lanny Nagler for TheaterWorks

So there you have it.  That’s what you do this week.  Go.  Enjoy.  Let me know what you think.

Interview with the cast of “Higgins in Harlem” at Playhouse on Park

Stroll down Park Street in West Hartford, and you’ll encounter the Playhouse (on Park). Walk inside, and you’ll find a theater where there is little separation between the stage and the audience, and where the stage comes alive with plays old and new.

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“Higgins in Harlem,” by CT native Lawrence Thelan, is about as new as you can get, but it is based on the age old tale of “Pygmalion,” re-imagined during the Harlem Renaissance.

I interviewed the cast for the Playhouse on Park blog, which it is my honor to do on a semi-regular basis. The full YouTube video of the interview is posted above.  Enjoy!