Curtain Call: Theaters keep on giving — how about you?

Giving Day is coming. On March 1, Giving Day, “powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation,” will mark its fifth year for the marathon fund-raising event. All you have to do is contribute $10 or more to your favorite non-profit at Hoping to upgrade its sound system, the Ridgefield Theater Barn is one of the non-profits hoping to benefit from … 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: CTAW jolts you out of your comfort zone

Community Theatre at Woodbury: It’s in the news every day. There’s a shoot out, a stabbing, a bombing, a massacre somewhere. Why? How natural is violence in our daily lives? Can we control violence? If someone assaults you, do you respond? Four actors tackle these questions as they perform Yazmina Reza’s French play “God of Carnage.” The play staged by … read more

Ridgefield Theater Barn produces Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences

The flow of talent from theater to theater and town to town up and down and across Connecticut is amazing. Since I cover so much Connecticut theater, I have a unique view. While it’s just common sense that actors, directors and crews from the Greater Waterbury area would travel to the Warner Theatre, Landmark, The Phoenix Stage Company and other … read more

Curtain Call: Theater cure for cabin fever

It seems as though the only places people are stepping out to these days are grocery stores and gas stations. However, both of these places do little to cure cabin fever. This has been a brutally cold January, and hopefully the frigid weather will break soon. People do need to get out and about before they feel like prisoners in … read more

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

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