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BWW Reviews: Music Theatre of CT Wraps Season with THE FANTASTICKS Review BWW Reviews: Music Theatre of CT Wraps Season with THE FANTASTICKS
by Lauren Yarger (@LaurenYarger) - 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  LTM's STEEL MAGNOLIAS Blooms with Strong Cast Review BWW Reviews: LTM's STEEL MAGNOLIAS Blooms with Strong Cast
by Jacques Lamarre - April 14, 2014

Well, you know what they say: if you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me! (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE SHADOW OF THE HUMMINGBIRD in New Haven Review BWW Reviews: THE SHADOW OF THE HUMMINGBIRD in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - April 08, 2014

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BWW Reviews: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in Bridgeport - Do the Right Thing Review BWW Reviews: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in Bridgeport - Do the Right Thing
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - March 31, 2014

Few popular novels have been as powerful about a subject as Harper Lee's 1960 novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. As a film with an A-list star and as a play that is produced from time to time (but not nearly as often as it should be, in this critic's opinion), it's always a solid hit. Thankfully, the creative team at the Bridgeport Theatre Company did not depend on this. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Connecticut Repertory Theatre's GOBLIN MARKET is a Fairy Tale in Need of Magic Review BWW Reviews: Connecticut Repertory Theatre's GOBLIN MARKET is a Fairy Tale in Need of Magic
by Jacques Lamarre - March 29, 2014

Watch out for goblins bearing fruit. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Beatles, Bard and Billy Joe Make for a Mod Mix Musical in Yale Rep's THESE PAPER BULLETS Review BWW Reviews: Beatles, Bard and Billy Joe Make for a Mod Mix Musical in Yale Rep's THESE PAPER BULLETS
by Lauren Yarger (@LaurenYarger) - 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: TheaterWorks Explores THE OTHER PLACE a Mind Can Go Review BWW Reviews: TheaterWorks Explores THE OTHER PLACE a Mind Can Go
by Lauren Yarger (@LaurenYarger) - 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Ivoryton Playhouse Gives 'SHOUT! Out' to Mod '60s with Swinging England Musical Review BWW Reviews: Ivoryton Playhouse Gives 'SHOUT! Out' to Mod '60s with Swinging England Musical
by Lauren Yarger (@LaurenYarger) - 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 (more...)


BWW Reviews: This BOOK OF MORMON Gets a Warm Welcome as It Rings The Bushnell's Doorbell Review BWW Reviews: This BOOK OF MORMON Gets a Warm Welcome as It Rings The Bushnell's Doorbell
by Lauren Yarger - 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 (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Playhouse on Park's HIGGINS IN HARLEM Takes Shaw Uptown Review BWW Reviews: Playhouse on Park's HIGGINS IN HARLEM Takes Shaw Uptown
by Jacques Lamarre - March 08, 2014

Yoouuuuu can taaaake the A-Train, yooooou can take it all the way to Haaarlem. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Much to Make a To-Do About in This Refreshing MUCH ADO at UConn Review BWW Reviews: Much to Make a To-Do About in This Refreshing MUCH ADO at UConn
by Lauren Yarger - March 04, 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SONG AT TWILIGHT Dims in the Modern Age Review BWW Reviews: SONG AT TWILIGHT Dims in the Modern Age
by Lauren Yarger - March 04, 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: TIME STANDS STILL in Stratford Review BWW Reviews: TIME STANDS STILL in Stratford
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - March 03, 2014

The suffering of others (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Witty Prequel for Adults Flies in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at The Bushnell Review BWW Reviews: A Witty Prequel for Adults Flies in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at The Bushnell
by Lauren Yarger - February 19, 2014

Ropes become rooms and oceans, people become doors, gloves become birds and some very clever staging, directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Little Theatre of Manchester's NOISES OFF is a Door-Slamming Delight Review BWW Reviews: Little Theatre of Manchester's NOISES OFF is a Door-Slamming Delight
by Jacques Lamarre - February 16, 2014

Make some noise for this raucous comedy! (more...)


BWW Reviews: CABARET at Broad Brook Opera House Manages to be Derivative and Devastating Review BWW Reviews: CABARET at Broad Brook Opera House Manages to be Derivative and Devastating
by Jacques Lamarre - February 16, 2014

Broad Brook's dishes up a CABARET with something old, something new, something borrowed and a dash of blue. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Reality, Fantasy Clash in FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS at Yale Rep Review BWW Reviews: Reality, Fantasy Clash in FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS at Yale Rep
by Lauren Yarger - February 07, 2014

Once upon a time we could go to the theater and enjoy a play that made sense, challenged our thinking, moved our hearts and made us feel enlightened when the curtain fell. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Tale of Friendship, Love, War Gallops to the Stage in Tour of WAR HORSE at The Bushnell Review BWW Reviews: A Tale of Friendship, Love, War Gallops to the Stage in Tour of WAR HORSE at The Bushnell
by Lauren Yarger - January 30, 2014

A sweeping tale of friendship and devotion amidst the horrors of war combines with spectacular puppetry to bring Michael Morpurgo's children's novel WAR HORSE, to life on stage. It reins in for a tour stop at The Bushnell through Sunday. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Matters of Life and Death Fuel Debate about God in FREUD'S LAST SESSION at TheaterWorks Review BWW Reviews: Matters of Life and Death Fuel Debate about God in FREUD'S LAST SESSION at TheaterWorks
by Lauren Yarger - January 27, 2014

How can a person with keen intelligence believe in a God that can't be proven? (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE CONSULTANT in Great Recession Triggers Questions, Depression in World Premiere at Long Wharf Review BWW Reviews: THE CONSULTANT in Great Recession Triggers Questions, Depression in World Premiere at Long Wharf
by Lauren Yarger - January 27, 2014

The Dow may be plunging, but angst is at an all-time high at the pharmaceutical advertising company of Sutton, Feingold and McGrath where recent layoffs have the remaining employees pinning their hopes to an all-important presentation coming up by Jun Suk (Nelson Lee). (more...)


BWW Reviews: DREAMGIRLS Dazzles in Bridgeport Review BWW Reviews: DREAMGIRLS Dazzles in Bridgeport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - January 27, 2014

Bridgeport Theatre Company, soon to celebrate four years since it was founded, is presenting Dreamgirls, the big, bold, groundbreaking musical. The Henry Krieger-Tom Eyen show premiered in 1981 and is loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes and other singers who helped make Motown a huge crossover success. More than 30 years later, it is still a terrific show, but a little cutting would make it easier for today's audiences to digest. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Playhouse on Park's LEND ME A TENOR Visits the Silly Side of Othello Review BWW Reviews: Playhouse on Park's LEND ME A TENOR Visits the Silly Side of Othello
by Jacques Lamarre - January 26, 2014

The Moor of Venice is back at Playhouse on Park, this time all-singing and all-slamming! (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Littlest Mermaid in Bridgeport Review BWW Reviews: The Littlest Mermaid in Bridgeport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - January 20, 2014

There are supposed to be laws against using TNT in fishing, but The Littlest Mermaid, which is now playing at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre is dynamic. The story is a take-off of The Little Mermaid, with the theme of love and the wit of interjecting reality TV and social networking into the plot. (more...)


BWW Reviews: World Premiere of THE CONSULTANT at Long Wharf Review BWW Reviews: World Premiere of THE CONSULTANT at Long Wharf
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - January 20, 2014

Everyone knows someone who is unemployed. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Hartford Stage, Hartford Symphony Orchestra Collaborate on Dreamy MIDSUMMER NIGHT Review BWW Reviews: Hartford Stage, Hartford Symphony Orchestra Collaborate on Dreamy MIDSUMMER NIGHT
by Lauren Yarger - January 10, 2014

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