Curtain Call: ‘Skeleton Crew’ takes on a Detroit auto plant

Westport Country Playhouse, Westport: Set in a kitchenette within a Detroit auto factory, Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew” focuses on four workers who talk about life and disturbing rumors during their breaks. They ask their union representative, Faye, if it’s true that the factory plans on closing down. She skirts the issue because she has already agreed with management not to … read more

Curtain Call: Spell Winner – ACT’s Production of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

ACT of Connecticut, Ridgefield: How timely is ACT’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee?” Eight young spellers stayed the course and all eight won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 31. The next day, on June 1, ACT of Connecticut, opened with the musical comedy based on just such a challenging spelling bee. The timing couldn’t be more … read more

Curtain Call: Hear me, then see ‘Tommy’

How many times have I seen “The Who’s Tommy”? Too many times to count using both hands. So what’s the big deal about the Seven Angels production? It’s definitive, it’s alive, it’s fresh, it’s amazing. So beautifully directed and choreographed with an emphasis on clarity by Janine Molinari that there’s never any confusion or question of what is happening. It’s … read more

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

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