It doesn’t seem possible that the Connecticut Critics Circle (CCC) Awards is 30 years old. As one of the original founders of the group, it’s always interesting to see how an organization carries on. When I checked in on the CCC website to see what it was going to do regarding the cut short theater season, I read that it had opted for recognizing outstanding productions and performers during the COVID-19 shortened theater season. That certainly makes sense.
I touched base with David Rosenberg who was instrumental in creating the group. It was Irene Backalenick and Rosenberg’s idea to start such a group. The original intent was for critics to share thoughts and ideas on theater criticism. It also served as a think tank and support group. Most importantly, we invited distinguished theater guests to our monthly meetings in order to learn new ideas that were happening in theaters and we took guided tours backstage, in costume workshops, prop shops and attended the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford. The O'Neill Center is considered the most important organization for developing new plays.