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BWW Review: BUYER & CELLAR at TheaterWorks BWW Review: BUYER & CELLAR at TheaterWorks
by Karen Bovard - February 10, 2016

Let's admit it:  Theater is sanctioned voyeurism, offering us a glimpse into lives we might not otherwise see.  Often the payoff is in empathy, all bound up with the guilty pleasure of sitting in the dark watching other people in conflict.   In BUYER & CELLAR at TheaterWorks in Hartford, empathy tak... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at the Warner Theatre BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at the Warner Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - February 09, 2016

When considering musical theatre, one often immediately thinks of the classics - those shows that tell an age old story with soaring and lyrical songs peppered with engaging dance numbers and beautiful costumes. Those plays certainly have their place in the world, but in the past decade or so, a new... (more...)
BWW Review: ONCE Enchants New Haven BWW Review: ONCE Enchants New Haven
by Lindsey Sullivan - January 29, 2016

Guy meets girl. They make some music. And they either end up together or apart, delighting or devastating their respective audiences. It's just as typical a story as the romance of the Broadway musical (and usually has a similar effect). Well, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's Once is hailed for da... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN at Hartford Stage Company BWW Review: THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN at Hartford Stage Company
by Karen Bovard - January 25, 2016

Dan O'Brien's play THE BODY OF AMERICAN turns on a friendship built on a bond of differing traumas.   It's a true story, and an on-going one. We watch two edgy, damaged, highly verbal men trying to understand themselves through the other and forge a friendship without pretense. ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION in New Haven BWW Review: THE LION in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - January 19, 2016

Must see Benjamin Scheuer's show to find out. @BenjaminScheuer... (more...)
BWW Review: JUNGLE BOOK in Bridgeport BWW Review: JUNGLE BOOK in Bridgeport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - January 11, 2016

The Jungle Book is best seen live in Bridgeport.... (more...)
BWW Review: CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS at TheaterWorks BWW Review: CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS at TheaterWorks
by Karen Bovard - December 07, 2015

What is Clara of NUTCRACKER fame like as a grownup? Or Tiny Tim, or Charlie Brown, or Cindy Lou Who from HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS? Answers await in Hartford's TheaterWorks basement space, transformed into a cozy but dated local bar on Christmas Eve, in a lonely corner of the cosmos with a st... (more...)
BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Connecticut Repertory Theater BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Connecticut Repertory Theater
by Karen Bovard - December 07, 2015

Fast-paced and funny is what the production of TWELFTH NIGHT at UConn's Connecticut Repertory Theater is going for, it seems. The text has been significantly cut so that running time is just barely two hours, and the antic clowning in the show works well. What's missing is the heart, and since thi... (more...)
BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Playhouse On Park BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Playhouse On Park
by Joseph Harrison - December 07, 2015

How does one find "the real"? That is the question that "Youth" the protagonist in PASSING STRANGE asks himself as he takes the audience along on his long journey of self-discovery. In this the second production of their seventh season, Playhouse on Park in West Hartford has taken a chance on a less... (more...)
BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at the Broad Brook Opera House BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at the Broad Brook Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - November 16, 2015

It's always a thrill to make your first visit to see a new theatre company. A lack of context creates a blank slate with limitless possibilities. That was my experience when I attend my first production by the Opera House Players at the lovely Broad Brook Opera House in Broad Brook, CT. Situated a b... (more...)
BWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT BWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
by Carissa Chesanek - November 13, 2015

Between the dancing, singing and joking, this fun-hearted musical is a pleasant surprised and one to be seen.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MASS APPEAL at Square One Theatre BWW Reviews: MASS APPEAL at Square One Theatre
by Cindy Cardozo - November 12, 2015

Square One Theatre opens season with MASS APPEAL... (more...)
BWW Review: DISGRACED at Long Wharf Theatre BWW Review: DISGRACED at Long Wharf Theatre
by Karen Bovard - November 02, 2015

How do we costume ourselves for public representation?  For friends and lovers?  What's essential to identity and what can be shed?   Can we take on aspects of cultural heritages other than our own without exploitation? DISGRACED, which won the Pulitzer in 2013, takes up the dynamics of cultural ap... (more...)
BWW Review: A New REAR WINDOW Premieres at Hartford Stage Company BWW Review: A New REAR WINDOW Premieres at Hartford Stage Company
by Karen Bovard - November 01, 2015

Hartford Stage's new adaptation of REAR WINDOW is an exercise in style as well as being a significant reworking of a famous story for our time. And it offers a celebrity sighting: Kevin Bacon in the role made famous by Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock's thriller, based on the same source material. So the ... (more...)
BWW Review: EVITA is a Feast for the Eyes in Music Theatre of Connecticut's Snug Space BWW Review: EVITA is a Feast for the Eyes in Music Theatre of Connecticut's Snug Space
by Lindsey Sullivan - October 20, 2015

What a time for Music Theatre of Connecticut to revive this musical, bringing the 'circus' that is how we the people view seemingly larger-than-life characters into its snug Norwalk space.... (more...)
BWW Review: A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed Opera House BWW Review: A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - October 19, 2015

It's a tricky thing when a popular film is adapted for the musical stage. Sometimes it works and sometimes it simply falls flat. For A WONDERFUL LIFE, presented by Goodspeed Musicals, it falls somewhere in-between. To be fair, It's A Wonderful Life is not just a "popular film", it's practically an A... (more...)
BWW Review: THIRD at TheaterWorks BWW Review: THIRD at TheaterWorks
by Karen Bovard - October 12, 2015

The title character of THIRD is male:  Woodson Bull III, called 'Third' for short.  He's a blonde, blue-eyed athlete, with the kind of name that suggests he's a scion of a powerful upper class family-but looks can be deceiving. Unfortunately, the central character in the play, Professor Laurie James... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ODYSSEY: AN EPIC DANCE JOURNEY at Carol Autorino Center, University Of St. Joseph BWW Review: THE ODYSSEY: AN EPIC DANCE JOURNEY at Carol Autorino Center, University Of St. Joseph
by Karen Bovard - October 12, 2015

Hartford, Connecticut's Sonia Plumb Dance Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary season with an ambitious original production:  THE ODYSSEY: AN EPIC DANCE JOURNEY.... (more...)
BWW Review: BROKEN GLASS in Westport BWW Review: BROKEN GLASS in Westport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - October 12, 2015

Westport Country Playhouse closed its season by honoring the centennial of Pultizer prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller with his 1994 play, Broken Glass. The title partly refers to Kristallnacht, the pogrom during which the windows of Jewish-owned homes and businesses and synagogues were smashed ... (more...)
BWW Review: SLEEPY HOLLOW in Bridgeport BWW Review: SLEEPY HOLLOW in Bridgeport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - October 12, 2015

Don't believe me, just watch.... (more...)
BWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Playhouse On Park BWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Playhouse On Park
by Joseph Harrison - October 05, 2015

At the beginning of the premiere production of Playhouse on Park's seventh season, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, we learn that we are present for the last class taught by Morrie Schwartz, and that Mitch Albom, the author of the book on which the play is based, will be the sole student. But seated in the aud... (more...)
BWW Review: AN OPENING IN TIME at Hartford Stage Company BWW Review: AN OPENING IN TIME at Hartford Stage Company
by Karen Bovard - September 29, 2015

At the top of Christopher Shinn's new play at Hartford Stage, AN OPENING IN TIME, the lights never dim to blackout. Instead, they brighten to lead us into a familiar suburban world occupied by a collection of characters whose lives intertwine as they yearn, in varied ways, to love and be loved.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BEDROOM FARCE Leaves Audiences in Stitches as Westport Country Playhouse's Grown-Up Bedtime Tale BWW Reviews: BEDROOM FARCE Leaves Audiences in Stitches as Westport Country Playhouse's Grown-Up Bedtime Tale
by Lindsey Sullivan - August 31, 2015

Alan Ayckbourn makes another delightful, not-so-clean comedy sweep at Westport Country Playhouse with Bedroom Farce. The play captures all the fun, frustration, fighting, frivolity, and fidgeting that inevitably goes into any all-nighter.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEDROOM FARCE in Westport BWW Review: BEDROOM FARCE in Westport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - August 30, 2015

Alan Ayckbourn's 1975 play, Bedroom Farce, is as good as it gets at the Westport Country Playhouse.... (more...)
BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO in New Haven BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - August 24, 2015

'They put the laughter in manslaughter' is the tagline for Murder for Two, the new musical playing at The Long Wharf Theatre through August 30.... (more...)




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