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

Curtain Call: The past haunts a Southern family at Long Wharf

Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven: “None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it … and you’ve lost your true self forever.” The quote is from Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, but it is most appropriate for depicting Boo Killebrew’s Miller, Mississippi. Here is a Southern Gothic tale of … read more

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