Lauren Yarger

Lauren Yarger Lauren, a former newspaper editor, is the editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (http://ctarts.blogspot.com) and Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com) where she reviews Broadway, Off-Broadway and Connecticut theater. She is a member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, the CT Critics Circle, The League of Professional Theatre Women and the National Book Critics Circle. She offers script consulting and book event services for writers at The WritePros (www.thewritepros.com).
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BWW Fall Roundup: The Scoop on What Shows Not to Miss this Fall on Connecticut StagesBWW Fall Roundup: The Scoop on What Shows Not to Miss this Fall on Connecticut Stages
Posted: Sep. 11, 2015


BWW Interview: Stephanie Zimbalist of LIVING ON LOVE at Seven AngelsBWW Interview: Stephanie Zimbalist of LIVING ON LOVE at Seven Angels
Posted: Nov. 11, 2015


BWW Feature: Chernuchin Theatre Renamed for John CullumBWW Feature: Chernuchin Theatre Renamed for John Cullum
Posted: Oct. 19, 2015


2016 Top Picks for Connecticut Theater2016 Top Picks for Connecticut Theater
Posted: Dec. 31, 2015


BWW Review: Drama Desk Diamond JubileeBWW Review: Drama Desk Diamond Jubilee
Posted: Nov. 24, 2015


2016 Top Picks for Connecticut Theater2016 Top Picks for Connecticut Theater
December 31, 2015

As a new year begins, Connecticut's professional theater scene offers many exciting viewing opportunities including premieres of new shows as well as some old some old favorites. What shows am I most looking forward to? Here are some tops picks for 2016:
BWW Review: Drama Desk Diamond JubileeBWW Review: Drama Desk Diamond Jubilee
November 24, 2015

Members and past winners of the Dram Desk Award gathered to celebrate the organization's 65th Anniversary at a glittering party at Sardi's.
BWW Interview: Stephanie Zimbalist of LIVING ON LOVE at Seven AngelsBWW Interview: Stephanie Zimbalist of LIVING ON LOVE at Seven Angels
November 11, 2015

Stephanie Zimbalist Stars in Joe DiPietro's comdey with music at Seven Angels Theatre.
BWW Feature: Chernuchin Theatre Renamed for John CullumBWW Feature: Chernuchin Theatre Renamed for John Cullum
October 19, 2015

John Cullum attended opening night of Fracture Theatre Company's production of URINETOWN, the show for which he originated the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell, then had the theater named after him in ceremonies following the performance. Also in attendance were the show's composer, Mark Hollmann, book writer Greg Kotis ( they collaborated on the lyrics) and Jennifer Laura Thompson, the original Hope Cladwell. Cast gathered on stage as Cullum was presented with a plaque. The two-time Tony-Award winner ( SHENANDOAH, ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY) saiid watching the show had transported him right back to Urinetown and that of all the theaters he has performed in, this theater, where the show got its start, would be his choice to bear his name.
BWW Fall Roundup: The Scoop on What Shows Not to Miss this Fall on Connecticut StagesBWW Fall Roundup: The Scoop on What Shows Not to Miss this Fall on Connecticut Stages
September 11, 2015

Summer is on its way out, but Connecticut theaters are heating up with some exciting offerings this fall. Theater lovers have the best of both worlds here in the Nutmeg State: Broadway is just down the road, but we never even have to leave home to see exceptional theater thanks to the bevy of professional theaters that call Connecticut home too. This season looks particularly exciting and I'll share with you what I am most looking forward to reviewing this fall. There are other great shows scheduled this fall as well as through the 2016 season, but in the interest of space, I will concentrate on top picks for this fall.
BWW Reviews: Balancing Traditions for Characters, Audience with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at GoodspeedBWW Reviews: Balancing Traditions for Characters, Audience with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Goodspeed
July 21, 2014

Director Rob Ruggiero changes the focus for the production running over at Goodspeed, which has been extended through Sept. 12.
BWW Reviews: Leslie Uggams Makes History as GYPSY's First African-American Rose at UConnBWW Reviews: Leslie Uggams Makes History as GYPSY's First African-American Rose at UConn
July 16, 2014

History is being made over at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the UConn campus as Leslie Uggams becomes the first African-American actress to star as Rose in an Equity production with a mixed race cast for the musical Gypsy.
BWW Reviews: On-Stage Rapport Shines in CT Rep's THE SUNSHINE BOYSBWW Reviews: On-Stage Rapport Shines in CT Rep's THE SUNSHINE BOYS
June 26, 2014

More impressive than two good actors doing what they do best, however, is how Ruiz, pictured right with Kline, fits perfectly in to the mix. He has stood out in roles at CT Rep's My Fair Lady, The Music Man and Man of LaMancha as well as in Yale Rep'sAmerican Night, but really shines here. He conveys real affection for his uncle, admiration for Al and somehow manages to be engaging without getting in the way of the veterans.
Summer Stages: Summer Picks in ConnecticutSummer Stages: Summer Picks in Connecticut
June 16, 2014

Connecticut's theater season heats up during the summer with regular and summer series offerings. Some of the top picks I am looking forward to:
CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE Announces Nominations for 2013-2014 SeasonCONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE Announces Nominations for 2013-2014 Season
June 16, 2014

A reception at 6:30 precedes the ceremony, which will begin at 7:30. All are welcome to attend the free event, which is fast becoming the theater-networking event in the state.
BWW Reviews: Durang Gets Laughs with Chekhov Themes in VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE at Hartford StageBWW Reviews: Durang Gets Laughs with Chekhov Themes in VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE at Hartford Stage
June 6, 2014

Maxwell Williams directs a talented ensemble to tell the story of three very different siblings gathering at their home, where quoting Chekhov, throwing coffee cups at the wall and channeling Maggie Smith are not considered strange.
BWW Reviews: Love at First, Last Sights Takes Stage in LOVE/SICK John Cariani's New Play at TheaterWorks HartfordBWW Reviews: Love at First, Last Sights Takes Stage in LOVE/SICK John Cariani's New Play at TheaterWorks Hartford
May 27, 2014

A talented cast of four playsy 20 characters in ten sketches about love at its best and not-so-best set at "7:30 pm on different Friday evenings, Spring through Winter in an alternate suburban reality."
BWW Reviews: DiPietro Throws Changeup at DAMN YANKEES with Red Sox Taking the Plate at GoodspeedBWW Reviews: DiPietro Throws Changeup at DAMN YANKEES with Red Sox Taking the Plate at Goodspeed
May 5, 2014

Strong performances highlight this production. Beach, who created the role of Henry in The Great American Mousical at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in 2012 is a comic genius (loved him in the original Urinetown on Broadway). He's sleazy enough to be believable as the devil, yet sarcastic enough to be likable.
BWW Reviews: Music Theatre of CT Wraps Season with THE FANTASTICKSBWW Reviews: Music Theatre of CT Wraps Season with THE FANTASTICKS
April 15, 2014

The stage directions for the musical don't say that it should be performed at Music Theatre of Connecticut's 45-seat theater in Westport, but maybe they should. The intimate space and wonderful circus-tent-themed backdrop by scenic designer Carl Tallent are the perfect setting for the one-piano musical.
BWW Reviews: Beatles, Bard and Billy Joe Make for a Mod Mix Musical in Yale Rep's THESE PAPER BULLETSBWW Reviews: Beatles, Bard and Billy Joe Make for a Mod Mix Musical in Yale Rep's THESE PAPER BULLETS
March 25, 2014

Take one of his classic comedies, throw in a Fab Four group sort of like the Beatles and let Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong (AMERICAN IDIOT) write the music and presto: you have a modern, interesting show called THESE PAPER BULLETS.
BWW Reviews: TheaterWorks Explores THE OTHER PLACE a Mind Can GoBWW Reviews: TheaterWorks Explores THE OTHER PLACE a Mind Can Go
March 25, 2014

Levy shows a wide arc of emotions as the character goes from educated woman in control of her life to someone not quite sure who to trust, including herself.
BWW Reviews: Ivoryton Playhouse Gives 'SHOUT! Out' to Mod '60s with Swinging England MusicalBWW Reviews: Ivoryton Playhouse Gives 'SHOUT! Out' to Mod '60s with Swinging England Musical
March 25, 2014

Singing 30 tunes popular in the era like 'Goldfinger,' 'Downtown,' To Sir with Love,' and the title song 'Shout,' the girls, identified only by colors that signify their personalities, try to embrace modern times while seeking the advice of columnist Gwendolyn Holmes
BWW Reviews: This BOOK OF MORMON Gets a Warm Welcome as It Rings The Bushnell's DoorbellBWW Reviews: This BOOK OF MORMON Gets a Warm Welcome as It Rings The Bushnell's Doorbell
March 21, 2014

This tour is quite well done, with strong vocals for the leads. Evans nails 'I Believe' and Ncube shows a lovely soprano in her national tour debut. O'Neill, making his professional debut, shows solid comic ability as the awkward Cunningham
BWW Reviews: Much to Make a To-Do About in This Refreshing MUCH ADO at UConnBWW Reviews: Much to Make a To-Do About in This Refreshing MUCH ADO at UConn
March 4, 2014

This production, helmed by Paul Mullins, is delightful in every way, with wonderfully full portrayals, a fanciful set (designed by Joe Keener III) and costumes (designed by Tiffany Delligatti) that are to die for.
BWW Reviews: SONG AT TWILIGHT Dims in the Modern AgeBWW Reviews: SONG AT TWILIGHT Dims in the Modern Age
March 4, 2014

In Noel Coward's time, and when one of his last plays, A SONG AT TWILIGHT was written in 1966, it must have been shocking to have the possible outing of a closeted gay man be the driving force of a plot. In 2014, when such a play is just one of a plethora of stories written by men, featuring male characters and very often, gay men's issues, we have to wonder why two of Connecticut's theaters have chosen to include a revival of it on their stages this season (currently it's at Hartford stage through March 16. It moves to Westport Country Playhouse April 29), especially when there are so many other great plays out there just begging to be produced.


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