Curtain Call: The Laramie Project is a beautiful tribute

Community Theatre at Woodbury (CTAW) couldn’t have planned the opening of The Laramie Project at a better time. Not only is this the 20th anniversary of the savage murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, but it was just announced that his ashes will now remain in the crypt at the Washington National Cathedral. This is a most fitting resting … read more

Curtain Call: Man of La Mancha in Westport – Less is not always more

I couldn’t wait to see Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Man of La Mancha. With my schedule so full, I was allowed to see the preview, the night before the official opening. I admit to being spoiled. I had seen so many great men perform the title role. The most memorable was Robert Goulet, who sang The Impossible Dream and … read more

Curtain Call: Phoenix Stage Company brings home the gold

I’ve known Ed Bassett, the executive manager and artistic director of the Phoenix Stage Company, to be excited before, but there was no doubt that this time he was ecstatic and rightfully so. Phoenix Stage Company walked away with a couple awards at the Connecticut Community Theatre Festival held at the Warner Theatre in Torrington on Sept. 8. One Night … read more

Curtain Call: Phoenix deals eight hearts — all winners

Phoenix Stage Company, Oakville: Anyone who has a sister can imagine what would happen when eight sisters get together every other Friday night to play bridge. Stories are going to be shared, gossip will make the round; and sparks will fly. So it is with The Octette Bridge Club, when eight Irish Catholic sisters come together for a friendly game … read more

Curtain Call: Westport Country Playhouse comedy is not so funny

When a line like “Get in the truck!” catapults Jake to a two million dollar paycheck, it’s not surprising that Harry, his Broadway understudy, is resentful. Theresa Rebeck’s play The Understudy showcases a talented actor’s frustrations. Celebrities earn the big bucks while some great actors never get a break. The play is touted as Rebeck’s latest comedy, but truth be … read more

Curtain Call: Ridgefield musician takes on the ’60s

This week Seven Angels Theatre will present The Sixties Show. Here’s a show that has been selling out wherever it plays. Why? It was a transformative era and the music represented the voice of the people. Anti-Vietnam War protests, the civil rights movement with its marches, all of this transpired because the people of this country felt they had to … read more

Curtain Call: She Loves Me – A feel good musical

Benjamin Scheuer sings his story in the one-man show The Lion at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven.

Clay & Wattles Theater Company presents She Loves Me at The Gary-The Olivia Theatre on the grounds of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem. This musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff is one of those feel good shows that makes summer lighter and brighter no matter a matinee or evening performance. As usual director/choreographer Sally Camm … read more