Curtain Call: What Southern soldiers lost in the Civil War

To say that the South lost the Civil War is a horrific understatement of what the Southern soldiers lost. While some lost arms, legs and body parts, others lost courage, faith, honor and their lives. Playwright Steve Warren dramatically points this out in his play “Rebel Yells,” directed with equal amounts of passion and empathy by Ed Bassett for the … read more

Curtain Call: Silence is golden in ‘Small Mouth Sounds’

Shrug your shoulder and you communicate that you don’t care. Roll your eyes, and you’re suggesting you don’t buy into something. Body language and gestures often speak volumes. More often words are totally inadequate, especially when it comes to describing depths of personal suffering. This comes through loud and clear in Bess Wohl’s play “Small Mouth Sounds” at Long Wharf … read more

Curtain Call: More than a Skillet Raging at TheaterWorks in Hartford

TheaterWorks, Hartford: Playwright Jacques Lamarre must have an appetite for memoirs featuring food. Several years ago his play “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti” was his adaptation of a memoir of the same name and played the theater circuit for a good run. It featured a woman cooking a meal on stage and serving it to several audience members. … read more

Curtain Call: Clay & Wattles not ‘Fiddling’ around

The Gary-The Olivia Theater at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem located just outside of Woodbury is a wonderful outdoor theater with covered roof and comfortable seats. Set in a picturesque woodland, the theater continues to provide quality productions. Putting on a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein is always a … read more

Curtain Call: Thrown Stone skips across generations

Thrown Stone Theatre Company, Ridgefield: As its name suggests, Thrown Stone Theatre Company has opened a play that skips across generations and across the memories of our lives like pebbles tossed in perpetual circles. Ross Dunsmore’s play “Milk” is a perfect choice for this fledgling theatre group. Making its U.S. debut, the play is exquisitely written and expertly directed by … read more

Curtain Call: Smart People who outsmart themselves

Race with its many insidious shades of bias is explored in the play Smart People, now at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven. Focusing on well educated, confident and mostly successful characters, the production of Lydia R. Diamond’s provocative play turns a keen eye on the role of racism not only in a public forum, but most personally among the … read more

Curtain Call: Calendar Girls deliver the goods

Tim Firth’s play Calendars Girls packed the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre at the Warner Theatre in Torrington on opening night. Excitement was palpable for the play with a dynamite cast, one that features some of the finest performers in community theater, and the audience gave the actors all the support they needed to do the play justice. For simplicity’s sake, … read more

Eastbound Theatre keeps English farce on track

Eastbound Theatre, Milford: Oh, the men with jobs and flexible schedules. They do keep a cast of actors running about in a good English farce. This time, it’s John Smith, a taxi cab driver whose well planned schedule is interrupted when he intervenes in a robbery. Though he acts heroically, he sustains a minor head injury and is taken to … read more

Curtain Call: Beckett’s masterpiece at Long Wharf

Brian Dennehy and Reg E. Cathey. — Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Just watch it and let it happen. That’s the best way to come to terms with Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Here’s an existentialist play that is as simple as it is profound. It’s not for everyone. If you liked Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, then you’ll most likely enjoy this play, which is considered Beckett’s masterpiece. This dark apocalyptic work explores the … read more

Curtain Call: New company shines with Almost, Maine

The cast of Almost, Maine at the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

Entering any theater for a production is always exciting. One never knows what will happen on a stage during a performance. If it’s a good production, the audience is transported to the realm of the shared imaginations of playwright, director, and creative crews. Anything can happen, but one thing is for certain; it is going to be an absolutely new … read more

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