Author: mchaiken

If he didn’t talk about it, others will

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Comedian Brad Williams is unafraid to tackle the elephant in the room with his stand-up routine. That elephant is Williams’ dwarfism. Some of his bits joke about the irony of a dwarf buying Lucky Charms;…

CT gets peek at ‘Paper City Burnout’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the indie film “Paper City Burnout” is screened for the first time in Connecticut, Nutmeg fans of cinema will see some of the handiwork of a lifelong Plymouth resident. And if they look closely…

Celebrate the Oscars, support a good cause

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The spotlight of the Academy Awards will shine a little closer to home once again this year. And the glitz and glamour of Hollywood will benefit a good cause in Connecticut. On Feb. 24, the…

From the pommel horse to pummeling villains

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Joshua Davidson currently may be playing the role of Doc Green, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk before children and adults. But long before audiences spied him on the arena floor for “Marvel Universe Live!” Davidson stood…

Nostalgic updating of ‘Charlie…’ and Willy Wonka

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I remember back in fifth grade in the early 1970s, Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was “the” book to read. At the McDivitt Elementary School library in then-Madison Township, N.J., there was an…

Homecoming for this ‘Blonde’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Connecticut actress Andee Buccheri is coming home. This time, however, she is returning to the Nutmeg State as part of the national tour for “Legally Blonde – The Musical” as the character Margot. The show…

Two become five

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the beginning, there were two. Then there were three. Now there are five. And The Penniless Wild are making some noise in Hartford this weekend. Originally, the group was a folk duo with Carson…

Focus on the new, not the past

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Entertainment,” the seminal album by pioneering punks Gang of Four, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. And when the group, led by original member Andy Gill, hits the shores of Australia in March, they will be…

If music be the food of love, feast on ‘Latin Lovers’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Valentine’s Day, in case you’ve forgotten, is Feb. 14. And as you bask in the romantic afterglow, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will stoke the glowing embers of love for a little longer with its “Latin…

How ‘Cats’ found its groove

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Years ago when I worked at a regional theater company, I was working the light board during a successful run of one of their play productions. The show was midway through its run, and the…