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Andrew Beck Andrew Beck resides in Connecticut where he enjoyed a 30+ year career in public relations, marketing and fundraising before re-inventing himself as a theater reviewer and feature writer for the examiner.com national website providing coverage for professional theaters in Connecticut and western Massachusetts. He served for two years as the editor of a Connecticut-western Massachusetts LGBT news magazine and for nearly a decade he ran the Hartford Gay Men’s Professional Network. In addition to writing about theater, he also serves as a volunteer usher for most of the non-profit professional theaters in New York City.


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BWW Review: GIRLS at Yale Repertory TheaterBWW Review: GIRLS at Yale Repertory Theater
Posted: Oct. 15, 2019


BWW Review: WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE at Ivoryton PlayhouseBWW Review: WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE at Ivoryton Playhouse
Posted: Nov. 7, 2019


BWW Review: MANHATTA at Yale RepBWW Review: MANHATTA at Yale Rep
Posted: Feb. 15, 2020


BWW Review: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at Hartford StageBWW Review: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at Hartford Stage
Posted: Jun. 26, 2019


BWW Review: THE PLOT at Yale Repertory TheatreBWW Review: THE PLOT at Yale Repertory Theatre
Posted: Dec. 16, 2019


BWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS at Ivoryton PlayhouseBWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS at Ivoryton Playhouse
Posted: Oct. 4, 2019


BWW Review: ACTUALLY at Hartford TheaterworksBWW Review: ACTUALLY at Hartford Theaterworks
Posted: Jun. 9, 2019


BWW Review: MANHATTA at Yale Rep
February 15, 2020

Manahatta,' the impressive world premiere from Mary Kathryn Nagle at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, history repeats itself with devastating consequences in lower Manhattan as the violent removal of the indigenous Delaware Lenape people in colonial times is echoed by the heartless destruction of the nation's economy by Wall Street four centuries later.

BWW Review: THE PLOT at Yale Repertory Theatre
December 16, 2019

There is indeed a lot of plot in the world premiere of 'The Plot' at the Yale Repertory Theatre now through December 21, especially for a play by Will Eno. The author of 'Thom Pain (based on nothing),' 'Wakey, Wakey,' and 'Title and Deed' confused and confounded audiences with those plays, while impressing them with a precision of language that earned him the title of 'a Samuel Beckett of the Jon Stewart generation.'

BWW Review: WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE at Ivoryton Playhouse
November 7, 2019

A history lesson with music is the perfect way to describe 'Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie,' that is now playing at the Ivoryton Playhouse through November 10. There's no need for sepia toned distance as this work covers the ups and downs of Guthrie's journeys and songs. With a marvelous cast of four, led by co-creator David M. Lutken, Guthrie's legacy is given an immediacy and excitement that brings an audience into the heyday of protest music that grew out of what Ken Burns described as 'hillbilly music' in his recent documentary on the country genre.

BWW Review: GIRLS at Yale Repertory Theater
October 15, 2019

Don't expect Lena Dunham or any of her posse of Brooklynites to show up on the stage of the Yale Rep's University Theatre at any point during the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins mad dream of a new play just because it's called 'Girls.'

BWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS at Ivoryton Playhouse
October 4, 2019

But 'Shear Madness,' the madcap murder mystery comedy that lets its audience vote each night on the identity of the perpetrator, owes a lot of its popularity to the show's willingness to update itself on essentially a daily basis, so that the jokes and setting feel as fresh and exhilarating as possible. After all, the show started nearly 40 years ago in Boston, where you can still find it running at the venerable Charles Playhouse today.

BWW Review: CABARET at Ivoryton Playhouse
August 27, 2019

The Ivoryton Playhouse's current production of Kander and Ebb's 'Cabaret' does justice to the musical in its own unique way. It is by no means a slavish replica of Sam Mendes's 1998 revision that stressed the decadence to a significantly risqué degree. Nor does it reflect the more conventionality of the 1968 original that still managed to shock audiences with its more subtle but piquant references to the rise of the Nazi party in 1930's Berlin and a huge on-stage mirror that placed the audience as observers and participants in the fall of the German culture.

BWW Review: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at Hartford Stage
June 26, 2019

From George Gershwin through such musical luminaries as Franz Lizst, Frederick Chopin, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the actor, playwright and composer Hershey Felder has brought the life and music of any number of musical luminaries to audiences across the United States, Canada and the world, winning himself in the process his own category on the quiz show "Jeopardy" earlier this year.

BWW Review: ACTUALLY at Hartford Theaterworks
June 9, 2019

What starts off as a "he said, she said" recounting of what appears to be a simple hookup between two Princeton freshmen turns into something more penetrating and harrowing in playwright Anna Ziegler's powerful and jarring "Actually," which is now running at Hartford's Theaterworks through June 22.

BWW Review: ACTUALLY at Hartford Theaterworks Penetrating and Harrowing
June 10, 2019

What starts off as a 'he said, she said' recounting of what appears to be a simple hookup between two Princeton freshmen turns into something more penetrating and harrowing in playwright Anna Ziegler's powerful and jarring 'Actually,' which is now running at Hartford's Theaterworks through June 22.