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166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT



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Swan Lake

Classical Dance

Enjoy this performance of Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet.


• Fri 9/29/17 at - 7:30 PM

Jay Leno

Stand Up Comedy

Former star of NBC's 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,' this famous host has created his own unique "late-night style" with humor, talk and entertainment. One of the country's premier comedians, Leno is a passionate live performer who loves his audiences.


• Fri 10/13/17 at - 8:00 PM

David Sedaris

Solo Performance,Signing/Readings,Comedy

Tweaking the familiar until it warps; David Sedaris mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. David Sedaris' wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre is always sure to deliver insights and laughs. One of six children in a second-generation Greek family, he grew up in Raleigh, NC. In 1977, he dropped out of Kent State University to hitchhike around the country. Aside from working as an elf, Sedaris has worked a number of charmingly quirky jobs such as a house painter, an apple picker, an aide in a mental hospital, a creative writing teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, and an apartment cleaner. Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy's elf, reading his "Santaland Diaries" on National Public Radio's Morning Edition in 1992. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique have made him one of NPR's most popular and humorous commentators. In 2001, he was named Humorist of the Year by Time magazine and received the Thurber Prize for American Humor. The author of "Barrel Fever" and "Holiday on Ice," as well as bestselling memoirs "Naked," "Me Talk Pretty One Day," "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" and most recently, "Letís Explore Diabetes with Owls," his next book, "Theft by Finding," due out in the summer of 2017, will be a collection of his diaries.


• Sat 10/14/17 at - 8:00 PM

Tuesdays With Morrie



• Sun 10/15/17 at - 6:30 PM

A Christmas Story

Holiday, Film, For the Family

Why wait for the Christmas Day cable marathon when you can see it on the big screen? A box-office bomb when it debuted in 1983, it slowly morphed into a quirky and indespensable holiday classic. Based on the short story "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd (who narrates the film), the plot revolves around young Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) and his laser focus on the only Christmas gift he wants: a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillion play his offbeat parents in a film filled with Ho! Ho! Ho!, a fra-gee-lee major award, highly imaginative cussing, a Little Orphan Annie decoder ring, essays, a tongue frozen to a flagpole, the neighbor's hounds and a grinning Chinese "chicken."


• Fri 11/24/17 at - 7:30 PM
• Sat 11/25/17 at - 7:30 PM
• Sat 11/25/17 at - 2:00 PM
• Sun 11/26/17 at - 1:00 PM

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Children's Theatre

Joyous Holiday Musical: Beloved Television Special Comes to Life A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now the classic, animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.


• Fri 12/1/17 at - 7:00 PM
• Sat 12/2/17 at - 10:00 AM
• Sat 12/2/17 at - 2:00 PM
• Sun 12/3/17 at - 2:00 PM


Classical Dance

A joint production in collaboration with the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, this version of The Nutcracker brings the magic of the season alive with beautiful dancing and the lively re-telling of this classic tale.


• Sat 12/16/17 at - 4:30 PM
• Sat 12/16/17 at - 12:30 PM

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Urban/Hip Hop,Holiday

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" re-imagines Tchaikovsky's score through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. This evening-length show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.


• Sun 12/17/17 at - 4:00 PM