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Chazz Palminteri's Tale of the Bronx

By Bonnie Goldberg

When actor and writer Chazz Palminteri was a nine year old boy sitting innocently on a cement stoop in front of his Bronx home, he witnessed a murder.  He saw two men fighting five feet in front of him, ostensibly over a parking space, when a third man stepped in to help his friend. He killed his friend's opponent and, thus,  rescued his friend.  The police, no matter how they tried, couldn't get Chazz, who was called by his given name Calogero, to testify.

In the midst of this devastating encounter, Chazz's eyes met those of the stranger's, who turned out to be Sonny, the capo di tutti capi, or "boss of all bosses" or godfather if you prefer. The young impressionable lad soon found himself swept into a different and exciting world that Sonny commanded, into a fancy club, fetching coffee and cutting lemons and limes, rolling dice and collecting tips.  Chazz's father, a hardworking bus driver, did not approve of his son's new associates and when Sonny tried to give him a lucrative job he refused.  Soon "C" as he was called became Sonny's "penance, something good to leave behind."

(Photo: Chazz Palminteri)


Searching for Lorca's Ghost


Playwright Michael Bradford

On October 2, OLIVES AND BLOOD will open on the stage at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, making its regional theatre and Connecticut premiere.  The production marks the culmination of a journey that playwright Michael Bradford began nearly a decade earlier.  The play explores the mystery surrounding the unsolved murder of the Spanish poet-playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca.  Lorca, a promising and polarizing young artist, was disappeared during the Spanish Revolution.

Michael Bradford, also a professor at UConn, was doing research for a course he was teaching on 20th century drama.  Already familiar with the poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, Bradford was captivated by the writer’s poetic voice and startling mysterious murder.  It began an artistic journey for Bradford that took nearly a decade to complete.


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Coming This Year

By Karen Isaacs

A new school year and a new theater season.  Not really because for most of us, the theater season year begins in Connecticut around June 1st and runs to May 31st. At least those are the approximate dates that the Connecticut Critics Circle uses for its  annual awards eligibility.

Each year as I look over the productions scheduled, a few stand out to me.

Why?  It may be a play that I particularly like or a work that is seldom produced and I want to see performed. It may be director or cast. Or it can be the topic that sounds intriguing, often for new works.

So let me share with you the productions that I've circled on my calendar.  (One caveat -- Goodspeed and Ivoryton have not yet announced their 2015 seasons). I've listed these in order of their openings.

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