Curtain Call: Shows coming your way

The theater season slows down a bit in the first two months of the year. Because too many shows have been cancelled due to snow in past years, many theaters shy away from January and February productions. Nonetheless, diehard theatergoers will find that there’s still plenty of theater  to keep boredom and cabin fever away. Westport Country Playhouse opens on … read more

Curtain Call: The best Equity theatre of 2017

Since Connecticut is fortunate enough to enjoy great theater on so many different levels, high school, college, community, professional traveling tours and professional Equity productions; this past year has been filled with exceptional performances that thrilled audiences. Our very proximity to New York and Broadway has a trickledown talent effect that many has made most of Connecticut theater really good. … read more

Curtain Call: Nuncrackers are better than ever

Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury: “Nunsense” fans rejoice. Remember “Nunsense,” the first nun sensation musical by Dan Goggin, which starred Semina DeLaurentis — Seven Angels artistic director? Well, in that episode, Sister Amnesia finally realized that she won a fortune. Since then the nuns were able to build a cable access studio in the basement of the convent and are about … read more

Curtain Call: The Chosen is a perfect pick for Hanukkah and the holiday season

There are universal truths about best friends. They trust each other, confide to one another and create strong bonds that often last for a lifetime. Adapted from Chaim Potok’s novel and adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok, The Chosen shows how two enemies become best friends. Two Jewish fathers and their sons are at the heart … read more

Curtain Call: There’s no place like home especially in Bountiful

Town Players Little Theatre, Newtown: In keeping with the season, Town Players Little Theatre of Newtown produced a most appropriate play “The Trip to Bountiful” by playwright Horton Foote. This is the story of Carrie Watts, an old widow who desperately wants to return to her home in Bountiful, Texas. She has been living with her son Ludie and daughter-in-law … read more

Curtain Call: The Phantom of the Opera a theatrical masterpiece shines brighter than ever

Palace Theater, Waterbury: Anyone who saw Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in the late 1980s might wonder why on earth that great blockbuster musical would need a make-over. After all, it originally took the world by storm, broke records everywhere and won award after award. The answer to that question is now playing at … read more

Curtain Call: Noises Off couldn’t be more on

The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Brookfield: Anyone who has ever done anything in theater must see this production of Noises Off at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts in Brookfield. Audiences should start begging for tickets. This is such an outrageously funny production that no one should miss the opportunity to enjoy a good laugh out-loud comedy. There’s so … read more

Curtain Call: Core Values in Square One’s spotlight

I don’t remember the last time I was disappointed in anything that Square One Theatre produced, but Steven Levenson’s Core Values is about as exciting as watching grass grow. Tom Holehan, the artistic director of the Stratford based theatre has almost been infallible with his choice of pithy plays. A top notch director who brings out the best in a … read more

Curtain Call: Goodspeed’s Rags ripped apart then tailored to a tight fit

Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam: The year is 1910 and a ship full of immigrants is making its way to New York Harbor. Those onboard are excited and singing “We’ve talked about America; we’ve dreamed about coming to America,” and now here they are. In a beautifully rendered musical counterpoint, well dressed capitalist are bemoaning “Another ship of greenhorns.” These … read more

Curtain Call: Next to Normal at Sacred Heart University

If ever there was a time for theater, it’s now. There are shows all over Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield Counties. The theaters are all a quick drive away and all of these theaters have free or reasonable parking. Long Wharf has a world premiere production of Matthew Barber’s Fireflies, a romance with a star-studded cast. Yale Repertory Theatre has … read more

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