Hey, hi. I’m Jonathan McNicol.

I’m a writer.

“The Money” Makes American Premiere at Arts and Ideas Festival
It’s 5pm. You’re at the Quinnipiack Club in New Haven, where you’ve been shut up in the library. A big, red, digital clock sits in the corner, counting down from 90 minutes. You and 14 other people sit around a table. In the middle of the table sits $300. An audience looks on as you and the others try to figure out what to do with this stack of cash before the time runs out…

Harvard Wins “The Game”; Yale Bowl to Remain Natural Grass
In what will not be the final game played on a natural grass surface at Yale Bowl, Harvard beat Yale 38 to 19, clinching a share of the Ivy League football title on Saturday in West Haven…

Bulldogs Mark 150th Anniversary of Yale Baseball
On September 30, 1865, Yale University played its first-ever baseball game, a Saturday afternoon matchup against Wesleyan. Last Saturday night, the two teams met in an exhibition game to celebrate the sesquicentennial of their rivalry, and of their respective baseball programs…

Rookie Second Baseman Stands Out in Norwich
You notice Pat Mackenzie on the field at Dodd Stadium in Norwich — not in the bottom of the first, as the Connecticut Tigers’ lead-off hitter. And maybe not in the top of the first, as their second baseman. Before the game even starts, during the national anthem, his shaved-bald, hatless head catches your eye. Or maybe his mustache-free goatee does. But you do notice Pat Mackenzie, as the players line up and face the flag…

Kvitová Repeats at the Connecticut Open
Petra Kvitová won the Connecticut Open singles tennis championship for the second straight year, besting Lucie Šafářová today in three sets at the Connecticut Tennis Center…

Waterford’s Little League World Series Dreams Dashed in Extras
Catcher David Marchetti hit two home runs including a storybook game winner in extra innings to lead Cranston, Rhode Island, to a 3–2 win over Waterford, Connecticut, today in Bristol. Rhode Island’s victory propels them to the New England Regional semi-final game and ends Connecticut’s run toward the Little League World Series…

In Bridgeport, a Game That Didn’t Matter, on a Night That Did
With a four-run, eighth-inning rally, the Freedom Division All Stars beat the Liberty Division All Stars, five to one, in the 2015 Atlantic League All-Star Game Wednesday night in Bridgeport. Now you’re wondering: What’s the Atlantic League? What’re the Freedom and Liberty divisions? And does any of this actually matter? So I’ll try to answer your questions in order…

All-Star Baseball Comes to the Park City
Sunday night, Major League Baseball announced the starting lineups for this year’s All-Star Game, to be held next week in Cincinnati. Well, this week, Bridgeport will host another version of all-star baseball at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard…

The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body
At Grossology, a new exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center, one of the first things you see is a nine- or ten-foot-tall model of a human nose with six- or seven-foot-tall nostrils. As you enter, you're surrounded by things like the olfactory epithelium and the conchae, and you learn things like how the Eustachian tubes regulate the pressure around your ear drums and so then a stuffy nose makes your ears feel clogged. As you stand there in this giant schnozz…

The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body on Display in Connecticut
At Grossology, a new exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center, one of the first things you see is a gigantic model of a human nose. As you enter, you’re surrounded by things like the olfactory epithelium and the conchae, and you learn things like how Eustachian tubes regulate the pressure around your ear drums…

Bridgeport Bluefish Ballplayer To Retire After 20-Year Career
When Luis Lopez played his first professional baseball game, Bill Clinton was president, Forrest Gump had just beaten Pulp Fiction for best picture at the Academy Awards, and Derek Jeter was still a year away from his rookie season with the New York Yankees. In less than two weeks, Lopez will put on a Bridgeport Bluefish uniform for the last time and play the final game of a 20-year career as a professional baseball player…

Shakespeare Plus The Beatles, Sort Of, at Yale Rep
Yale Repertory Theatre’s current production plays on Shakespeare to tell the story of The Beatles’ triumphant return to England from the U.S. in 1964. Except the band isn’t quite The Beatles, the language isn’t entirely Shakespeare’s, and the songs aren’t by Lennon and McCartney…

Art Exhibit Draws Inspiration from Talking Heads Song
As a first-time curator, Stephen Grant “kind of did it maybe,” in his words, “backwards.” Rather than base his debut show on specific artists and media, Grant started with a concept, a theme…

All Dolled Up

Let's Talk
The article you are reading right now will probably never be part of a museum exhibition. We—you and I—we should come to terms with that at the outset here. I’ve spent however much time writing this; you’re about to spend however much time reading it. And that’ll pretty much be that…

Roll Players
In the blur before you, you catch glimpses of hot pink fishnets. You catch glimpses of skulls and crossbones and mustachioed helmets. Glimpses of fluorescent shoe laces and tall socks and tattoos. In the blur before you, are ten girls. Ten girls wearing ten mouth guards. Ten girls wearing twenty wrist guards and twenty knee pads and twenty elbow pads. In the blur before you, are ten girls skating 130 feet of track on eighty 2" polyurethane wheels…

Many Happy (Carriage) Returns
Manson H. Whitlock has been working with and in and around typewriters since the 1920s, and Whitlock’s Typewriter Shop has been in business, in one form or another, since the ’30s. And it’s still here today…

Touch and Go

A Movie Becomes a Play About a Radio Production
It’s dangerous business adapting a film as iconic as It’s a Wonderful Life for the stage. For one thing, you’re begging audiences (and reviewers alike) to compare your new adaptation to the source material, even to reassess the source material itself at every turn. Those comparisons and reassessments are nothing approaching fair, but they happen anyway. So let’s dispense with as much of that as we possibly can at the top here…

Molière with a Mirrorball
There are very few other ways to have this much fun six times a week in New Haven. I can really only think of one…