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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

LEONARD QUART: Embracing a city in purgatory

However, though I am not an optimist by nature, I know once the plague ceases, life in the city will be irreparably changed.

EYES TO THE SKY: Field guide to nightly entertainment

While we continue to learn how to dodge threats to our physical health from the pandemic, spring is arriving with opportunities to nurture mind and body in the safety of the outdoors.

LEONARD QUART: Living with the plague

For the moment, I am thinking of how the country will deal with the agony of the present.

Alan Chartock: Democracy in decline

I have no doubt that some judges will do just about anything to please Trump.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Poking the hornet’s nest

According to reports from members of Congress, the briefing regarding what appears to be an illegal act of war on a foreign government was full of holes.

CONNECTIONS: Unpopular presidents

All five received mixed reviews, but possibly all presidents do. What they accomplished and how their terms were characterized varied.

DANCE REVIEW: ‘THE DAY’: A requiem for 9/11

These spoken words, along with Lang’s keening cello score played by Maya Beiser and the unfurling movements of Wendy Whelan (choreographed by Lucinda Child), mourns with devastating understatement the magnitude of loss when the Twin Towers fell Sept. 11, 2001, turning to ashes all those living, breathing, feeling, innocently unaware, engaging lives within.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Shortest Way Home’: The making of a presidential candidate

“There is no going back … This is the deepest lie of our recent national politics, the core falsehood encoded in “Make America Great Again.” Beneath the impossible promises—that coal alone will fuel our future, that a big wall can be built around our status quo, that climate change isn’t even real—is the deeper fantasy that time itself can be reversed, all losses restored, and thus no new ways of life required." --Mayor Pete Buttigieg

REVIEW: ‘The Threat’ offers a nuanced look at the always-complex challenges of trying to enforce law and order

Andrew McCabe has spent his life on the front lines and appreciates the stakes in a way most of us can’t. His passion is matched by his sense of urgency. It says something when some of the toughest folks in the land—FBI officials, former CIA officials—are frightened.

CONNECTIONS: The presidential power grab

It appears that national emergencies were declared in time of war or when the emergency was clear to all, dire, and demanded immediate attention. The power grab was for a specific purpose and time-limited. 

AMPLIFICATIONS: Moments

I believe we are not really a nation of baby-killing, Jew-hating, Islamophobic racists. Now everyone just needs to stand up and prove it.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Comey on Comey in ‘A Higher Loyalty’

Critical reviews of “A Higher Loyalty” are easy to find. Instead, I’m going to offer some excerpts many critics have neglected—reminiscences that reveal why James Comey has become the man he is, providing perspective about why he responded the way he did to the Clinton email investigation and the improper demands of Donald Trump.

Raymond W. Alexander, 76, of South Egremont, retired New York City firefighter, victim of World Trade Center-linked cancer

During his career he was cited numerous times for conspicuous duties and once for personal bravery in which he slid on a life-saving rope down the rear of a burning tenement to search for trapped occupants.

The day I don’t remember: Visiting the 9/11 Memorial

Monument Mountain Regional High School junior Jacob Robbins was in preschool when al-Qaeda terrorists flew two commandeered aircraft into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, toppling the towers and killing more than 3,000. He recently visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City to find connections to a day he doesn't remember.
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