Curtain Call: Race to New Milford’s production of ‘Race’

Playwright David Mamet wastes no time in throwing the New Milford TheatreWorks audience into the middle of today’s politically correct and racially charged American conflicts. Race is the main issue, but Mamet tosses in sex, gender, social standing, power, illegal immigrants, and wealth into the mix. Charles has already been rejected by the best attorney in town Nicky Greenstein. Jack, … read more

Curtain Call: Square One shows its ‘shiny side’

Square One Theatre Company, Stratford: When Alice tells her married son, who is having an affair with a personal trainer, that an affair is not real because the two lovers only show their “shiny side,” he listens attentively. Artistic Director Tom Holehan directs “Clever Little Lies” by Joe DiPietro at Square One. That he cast Peter Wood and Peggy Nelson … read more

Curtain Call: Dear theater-goers…

Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven: Dear theater-goers, were you addicted to the “Dear Abby” columns? Did you ever write to the columnist yourself? Do you want to spend an evening or afternoon listening to other people’s problems? If so, then Long Wharf’s current production of “Tiny Beautiful Things” is just for you. Here’s a production that Off Broadway audiences loved … 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

Curtain Call: Cliffhanger lives up to its title

Phoenix Stage Company, Oakville/Naugatuck: Mystery fans rejoice. The Phoenix Stage Company has a mystery thriller on the boards that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat but only when you’re not laughing out loud. Playwright James Yaff has managed to create an intelligent mystery spiked with plenty of humor. It’s like the best of both worlds. The … read more

Curtain Call: Eastbound Theatre happily wagging its tail

Eastbound Theatre, Milford: If you haven’t been to Eastbound Theatre lately, there’s something very new going on. On Friday and Saturday performances, the theater offers cabaret seating and BYO-Everything. There’s also wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks available in the theater’s lounge. I can’t think of a more perfect way to sit back and enjoy A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia. This comedy … read more

Curtain Call: Cabaret darker and without enough edge

Landmark Community Theatre, Thomaston Opera House: Unless you’ve really been off the planet, you have to be aware of how political everything has become. Whether it’s the White House, the NFL, or an awards ceremony, politics is blatantly in our faces. Theater is no exception. The choices artistic directors make and the direction a production takes almost always has a … read more

Curtain Call: Of active shooters, guns, and violence

Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven: Is anyone safe anywhere? Doubly charged with timeliness and believability, there’s nowhere to hide once the shooting starts in Julia Cho’s play Office Hour. Since we can’t hide from it (the violence, the racism, the pain), we ought to address it. “Looking at this thing and not turning out, or doing something else, or distracting … 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

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