Curtain Call: Jeeves & Wooster turn ‘Perfect Nonsense’ into slapstick magic

Hartford Stage, Hartford: “Perfect Nonsense” has more than a fair share of the wow factor. When the Goodale Brothers decided to write a new play from the works of P.G. Wodehouse, an English humor writer and creator of Jeeves, a gentleman’s valet, they not only kept the integrity of Wodehouse, but turned his humorous style and language into hilarious comedy. … read more

Curtain Call: ‘An Iliad’ shares electrifying anti-war story

Long Wharf, New Haven: First there was “The Iliad,” the ancient Greek epic poem about the Trojan and Greek War by Homer. Now there’s “An Iliad” adapted from Homer by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, which has been translated by Robert Fagles. This version is nothing short of electrifying. The playwrights have penned one of the most riveting anti-war stories … read more

Curtain Call: Take your date to ‘First Date’

Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury: Wondering where to take your date? Surprise her or him and get tickets to “First Date” at Seven Angels. It’s perfect for those in their 20s and 30s because it reflects that generation. Crisp, clean, and wonderfully young and fresh, this show is meant to bring in the Internet daters, and the Google researchers who check … read more

Curtain Call: Race to New Milford’s production of ‘Race’

Playwright David Mamet wastes no time in throwing the New Milford TheatreWorks audience into the middle of today’s politically correct and racially charged American conflicts. Race is the main issue, but Mamet tosses in sex, gender, social standing, power, illegal immigrants, and wealth into the mix. Charles has already been rejected by the best attorney in town Nicky Greenstein. Jack, … read more

Curtain Call: Square One shows its ‘shiny side’

Square One Theatre Company, Stratford: When Alice tells her married son, who is having an affair with a personal trainer, that an affair is not real because the two lovers only show their “shiny side,” he listens attentively. Artistic Director Tom Holehan directs “Clever Little Lies” by Joe DiPietro at Square One. That he cast Peter Wood and Peggy Nelson … read more

Curtain Call: Dear theater-goers…

Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven: Dear theater-goers, were you addicted to the “Dear Abby” columns? Did you ever write to the columnist yourself? Do you want to spend an evening or afternoon listening to other people’s problems? If so, then Long Wharf’s current production of “Tiny Beautiful Things” is just for you. Here’s a production that Off Broadway audiences loved … read more

Curtain Call: ‘Working’ still doesn’t work

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) in Ridgefield tried to resuscitate the original Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso musical “Working,” but even with some updates, and songs by fine artists including James Taylor and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show still falls far short from Schwartz’s “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin.” Part of the problem is that “Working” is not actually a musical with a … read more

Curtain Call: ‘Always … Patsy Cline’ packs the house

Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC), Norwalk: Some super star vocalists who produce pure magic on stage with their amazing voices are actually down-to-earth people. At least that’s what Ted Swindley, the creator and writer of the show “Always…Patsy Cline” wants us to know about this country western singer. Patsy rose to fame on the Arthur Godfrey show where Louise Seger … read more

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