TOWN OF BLOOMFIELD – COVID-19 UPDATES

BATV – Bloomfield Access Television provides the following COVID 19 UPDATES from The Town of Bloomfield, Bloomfield Board of Education, The State of Connecticut and various organizations assisting with the Pandemic.

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Bloomfield Board Of Education- Coronavirus INFO

Please go to the Bloomfield, Connecticut- Bloomfield Board of Education Website for COVID-19 updates.

http://www.bloomfieldschools.org

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The Howard ~ Exclusive Screening to “I STILL BELIEVE” with Gary Sinise

 

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AN INVITATION

You are cordially invited to the exclusive screening to I STILL BELIEVE – the Screening will take place on Tuesday, March 10 at Bowtie Palace, 7:00PM

To download:  http://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/nDwIl62236

**Please note, seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed. Get there early! Each pass will admit two.**

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I Still Believe – In Theaters March 13, 2020. Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, and Shania Twain.

#IStillBelieve

From the makers of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE comes the true life story of Christian music mega star Jeremy Camp. Jeremy’s remarkable journey of love and loss proves there is always hope in the midst of tragedy and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing.

SYNOPSIS:

One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp.

Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise, I STILL BELIEVE is directed by The Erwin Brothers, from a screenplay by Jon Erwin & Jon Gunn, based on the book by Jeremy Camp, and produced by Kevin Downes, John Erwin, and Andrew Erwin.

I STILL BELIEVE is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope can be found.

 

CAST & FILMMAKERS:                       

Cast:                                       KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh, Nathan Dean, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise

Directed by:                              The Erwin Brothers

Screenplay by:                          Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn

Produced by:                             Kevin Downes, Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin

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The Howard ~ Theater Review “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at CRT

 

Theater Review by Howard Steven Frydman
Production: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Theater:     Connecticut Repertory Theater
Playwright: Simon Stephens
Director:    Kristin Wold

His name is Tyler Nowakowski – Actor. I have just seen a new “Star” in the theatrical heavens- this star on the horizon is Mr. Tyler Nowakowski! It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, like a comet streaking overhead-one must take note of an amazing, impressive actor and his talents. I ask you to celebrate this young man and his brilliant performance as “Christopher” in the Connecticut Repertory Theater’s inspired production of “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, and directed by Kristin Wold.

Tyler Nowakowski

I seldom say this about a production, but the CRT’s  “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, is absolutely flawless in its stage production, casting, scenic design, stage projections and I even took note of the puppetry of the “Dog in the Night” – “Wellington” and Christopher’s companion pet rat “Toby”. For a person who is often known to nod off once in a great while at darkened theaters- Director Kristin Wold’s deft direction and Mr. Tyler Nowakowski flawless portrayal held my attention throughout this 2 hour and 30 minute production. In fact,  numerous times during the play, I took note of the audience’s reaction, especially my theater mates in row “L” – like myself, we are head in hand, leaning forward in our seats, steadfastly amazed and so delighted by this production and what we are resolutely beholding upon the lighted stage.

Tyler Nowakowski

Originally written in 2003 by British writer Mark Haddon, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s” title actually comes from a 1892 short story “The Adventure of Silver Blaze” which featured super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens in 2012, the play premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre at the Royal National Theater in London before transferring to the Apollo Theater in the West End. In 2013 the production won 7 Olivier Awards including “Best New Play”. It’s Broadway debut was in 2014 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, and the following year received a Tony Award for “Best Play”.

Christopher John Francis Boone, (portrayed by  Tyler Nowakowski – hmmm? – Where have I heard that name before) is a 15 year old boy, who told that his mother Judy has died two years earlier (Margot White) is currently living with his father Ed Boone (Joe Cassidy) in a small apartment in Swindon, England. It is understood by his reaction to being touched, that the young boy, though brilliant in math, has Asperger’s syndrome – a form of high-functioning autism. The play commences with Christopher finding his neighbor, Mrs. Shear’s (Elizabeth Jebran) dog, Wellington, murdered. Initially accused of the dog’s death, Christopher takes on the case of the “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” to investigate who the real culprit is and thus begins an adventure that leads him to truths about himself and the world around him.

As stated in my initial remarks, I was extremely impressed by this highly emotional production presented by the Connecticut Repertory Theater- major kudos to its director Kristin Wold – masterfully mounted. Though comprised with an exemplary array of talented  actors, including Joe Cassidy, Margot White, Thalia Eddy, Elizabeth Jebran, Mauricio Miranda, Justin Jager, Matthew Antoci, Alexandra Brodowski and Nicolle Cooper, it is the  play’s  pivotal character of “Christopher” and the Actor who portrays him that makes or breaks this production. Thus the coveted “Howard Noticed You Award” is presented to Mr. Tyler Nowakowski – Sir your performance IS Tony worthy and we and those who viewed your performance here at CRT look forward to not only your next performance but what the future holds in store for you! Enjoy!

This production will take place at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theater located on the campus of the University of Connecticut. CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut- Storrs, CT. For ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone: 860-486-2113 or visit online at www.crt.uconn.edu. 

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at howards2424@gmail.com.

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The Howard ~ Theater Review- “Jane Eyre” at Hartford Stage

Reviewer: Howard Steven Frydman aka “The Howard”
Production:   Jane Eyre
Theater:         The Hartford Stage
Playwright:    Elizabeth Williamson
Director:        Elizabeth Williamson

The Howard’s Exhale – “A timeless classic – a masterpiece of a journey”

It’s poignant, it’s courageous, it’s mysterious, it’s tragic, it’s Gothic, it’s bold, it’s Brontë – Charlotte Brontë . The Hartford Stage presents a new adaptation of Brontë’s Victorian novel Jane Eyre, adapted for the stage and directed by Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson, and starring as the iconic strong-willed heroine “Jane Eyre”, Helen Sadler, with Chandler Williams portraying the rugged and aloof Mr. Edward Rochester – master of Thornfield Hall.

Helen Sadler

Productions come and go- but I love those productions that have you with head in hand – attention fully a-gazed at the stage, and straining not to miss one single syllable of the delectable dialogue emanating from the live characters and their various on stage portrayals – “Jane Eyre” fills this criteria – and I so happily deem this glorious mounted production as everything that one would expect when visiting Connecticut’s most prestigious house of theater, “The Hartford Stage”, star  performances, a memorable production and quality that strikes one with appreciated intensity.

Helen Sadler, Marie-France Arcilla

As in the novel, the production is presented in the “first person” as “Jane” somberly chronicles her memorable story to the audience “Dear Reader” –  describing her life story from being orphaned as a child, and when of age taking a position as governess at Thornfield Hall for the troubled and mysterious Edward Rochester. The strong-willed and ever passionate Jane soon falls in love with her enigmatic employer, but the discovery of a dark secret and its devastating aftermath forces the young governess to make a heart-wrenching decision that changes their lives forever.

Helen Sadler, Chandler Williams

As they say, “A GOOD CAST IS WORTH REPEATING..” – but “Jane Eyre” with a cast of 8, each portraying several characters is an event that I humbly state is not to be missed and give my heartfelt kudus to the following actors – including: Marie-France Arcilla as Blanche, Bessie and Grace Poole; Grayson DeJesus as Mason, St. John Rivers and John Reed; Megan Gwyn  as Diana Rivers and Leah; Felicity Jones Latta as Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Fairfax, and Bertha; Meghan Pratt as Adèle and Young Jane; and Steve Routman as the Priest, John, and the Doctor.

Chandler Williams, Helen Sadler

Jane Eyre’s creative team includes Scenic Designer Nick Vaughan, Costume Designer Ilona Somogyi, Lighting Designer Isabella Byrd, Sound Designer Matt Hubbs, Composer Christian Frederickson, Dialect Coach Claudia Hill-Sparks, Dramaturg Fiona Kyle, and Fight Choreographer Greg Webster.

Tickets for the Hartford Stage production of “Jane Eyre” are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (860) 527-5151 or by visiting http://www.hartfordstage.org. Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Saturdays, Sundays and select weekdays at 2 p.m.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at TheHoward24@gmail.com

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The Howard ~ Theater Review “Pride & Prejudice” at Playhouse on Park

 

Reviewer: Howard Steven Frydman aka “The Howard”
Production:   Pride and Prejudice 
Theater:         Playhouse On Park
Playwright:   Kate Hamill
Director:        Jason O’Connell

The Howard’s Exhale – “POPS P & P is a Who-zis of a Great Time”!

Who’s your little who-zis – Who’s your turtle dove – Who’s your little who-zis -Who do you love? * The Who-zis in this case – the extraordinary Playhouse on Park’s production of playwright and actress Kate Hamill’s innovative adaptation of the classic romance novel by Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”, directed by Jason O’Connell, Choreographed by Joey ( Lets Do The Hustle) Beltre, and starring Kimberly Chatterjee as Elizabeth “Lizzy” Bennett and Nicholas Ortiz as Mr. Darcy.

Kelly Letourneau, Maia Guest, Sophie Sorensen, Jane Bradley, Nadezhda Amé

Who’s the little what’s-it – That you’re dreaming of? Who’s your little who-zis – Who do you love?  The love you ask – why it’s the most endearing love tale in literature- the proud Miss Elizabeth Bennett and the prejudice Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy- or is it the other way around? – even Meg Ryan got it wrong in “You’ve Got Mail”. No matter what- this production is a sure thing of beauty to behold! Folks – let me tell ya – I am simply in awe of this zany, romantic romp that is currently being presented at POP. Enough said? No way – let me tell ya more!

Nadezhda Amé, Kelly Letourneau, Maia Guest, Sophie Sorensen, Kimberly Chatterjee

This production is a perfect theatrical centerpiece of actors, dialogue, music, and production – a bravo to Artistic Directors, Sean Harris, Tracy Flatter, and Darlene Zoller for including Kate Hamill’s play as part of the POP season. After seeing this production I do indeed have a case of the kvells – I simply celebrate this lovely rosy production of   “Pride and Prejudice”, its humor, its enthusiasm, its captivating nature, its staging, and the music- “Lets Hustle”, and all the other incidental tunes – from “Rocky”, “The Muppets – Rainbow Connection”, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, etc.  – thanks again Joey Beltre! In fact, I would go further in stating – I would so gladly like to propose to the POP A.D.s  that you include this production yearly- as part of a POP/Jane Austen Romance Festival – in fact the night I took in the  production, an entire group of Jane Austen Fans, came to the program dressed in “Victorian” garb –  (P & P  is actually set in the “Regency Era”) from her novels (or for those who only saw the film versions) and are situated throughout the POP theater the day I do my review- it added greatly to the atmosphere and everyone’s enjoyment of the POP production.

Nadezhda Amé, Jane Bradley, Kelly Letourneau

I am certain, that you dear reader are familiar with the story of “Pride & Prejudice”, surely you have read the Austen book or at least seen the numerous adaptations be it PBS, Movie, Film, be it on the Hallmark Channel, or all its derivatives – P & P vs Zombies, P & P in outer space, I just saw a new TV reality series  “Bride and Prejudice” – oy! So the tale nightingale, plain and simply – Mr. Bennett, (Sophie Sorensen) a wealthy land owner has 4 unwed daughters – Jane (Nadezhda Amé), Mary (Jane Bradley), Lydia (Kelly Letourneau), and Elizabeth (Kimberlee Chatterjee) aka “Lizzy”. Unfortunately, his estate cannot be passed on to his daughters – oh my what to do? Leave it to their resourceful mother (Maia Guest) to find them each  “a wealthy guy” to wed at the upcoming “ball”. Down comes the “Disco Ball” and did someone say “Let’s do the Hustle” – sure enough the gals soon are introduced to the wealthy Mr. Bingley (Jane Bradley) and his even wealthier friend, the ever aloof Mr. Darcy (Nicholas Robert Ortiz). So who hooks up with who? Either read the book or head over to POP for this effervescent and saucy Austen rework.

Nadezhda Amé, Kimberly Chatterjee, Sophie Sorensen

Matthew Krob, Nicholas Robert Ortiz

The cast is a joy joy joy deep in my heart – with all  the actors intermingled portraying either male and female characters – they are all terrific! Yet at some point I would so enjoy seeing an all female cast portraying all roles. Of our two male leads, Nicholas Ortiz as Mr. Darcy, is the  only actor in the troupe to portray one character, Mr. Darcy, he is original to character, providing correct aloofness. Mr. Matthew Krob portrays three characters, Mr. Collins and Miss Bingley – both are wonderfully comically interpreted, though his characterization of Mr. Wickham is portrayed a bit too heroic and lacks that “hiss-able” moment associated with the character. We give kudos to both Kimberly Chatterjee as “Lizzy B.” and Sophie Sorensen as “Mr. Bennett” for their standout performances – truly star quality!! Though the entire cast shines throughout, the coveted “Howard Noticed You” Award is presented to Kelly Letourneau, in her dual roles as both Lydia Bennett and Lady Catherine. Miss Letourneau – you provided an effervescent and all together an unforgettable performance that one can surely state would make  a “parent proud” event but I simply state you are a “phenom”!  Say, when you get the blue-zis, Who you thinking of, Who’s your little who-zis, Who do you love? Why “Pride & Prejudice” at POP of course! Enjoy!

* WHO’S YOUR LITTLE WHO-ZIS? – From the film “Night World” (1932)

Tickets for the Playhouse on Park’s production of “Pride and Prejudice” are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the POP box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at TheHoward24@gmail.com

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The Howard ~ Exclusive Screening to “I STILL BELIEVE” with Gary Sinise

 

 

AN INVITATION

You are cordially invited to the exclusive screening to I STILL BELIEVE – the Screening will take place on Tuesday, March 10 at Bowtie Palace, 7:00PM

To download:  http://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/nDwIl62236

**Please note, seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed. Get there early! Each pass will admit two.**

BATV IS YOUR MEDIA SPONSOR

 

I Still Believe – In Theaters March 13, 2020. Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, and Shania Twain.

#IStillBelieve

From the makers of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE comes the true life story of Christian music mega star Jeremy Camp. Jeremy’s remarkable journey of love and loss proves there is always hope in the midst of tragedy and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing.

SYNOPSIS:

One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp.

Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise, I STILL BELIEVE is directed by The Erwin Brothers, from a screenplay by Jon Erwin & Jon Gunn, based on the book by Jeremy Camp, and produced by Kevin Downes, John Erwin, and Andrew Erwin.

I STILL BELIEVE is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope can be found.

 

CAST & FILMMAKERS:                       

Cast:                                       KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh, Nathan Dean, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise

Directed by:                              The Erwin Brothers

Screenplay by:                          Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn

Produced by:                             Kevin Downes, Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin

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