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BWW Review: CONSTELLATIONS moved hearts at TheatreWorks New Milford Photo BWW Review: CONSTELLATIONS moved hearts at TheatreWorks New Milford
by Jared Reynolds - March 12, 2020

Love knows no bounds; not distance, nor hardship, nor time. In a story where time is not linear and each scene is a different timeline of the same events it can be hard to follow, but when you trust the script to tell the story and trust your audience to pick up on these concepts, you can focus on m...
BWW Review: THE DINING ROOM at Square One Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: THE DINING ROOM at Square One Theatre Company
by Cindy Cardozo - March 11, 2020

Square One Theatre Company offers a glimpse into the lives of the upper middle-class with A.R. Gurney's THE DINING ROOM...
BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Castle Craig Players Photo BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Castle Craig Players
by Sean Fallon - March 08, 2020

How far would you go to help a suicidal loved one, especially if that person has already attempted suicide, but survived?  If you had the legal right to make treatment choices on behalf of your suicidal loved one, would you consent to your suicidal loved one receiving an extreme form of treatment th...
BWW Review: CATS at Shubert Theatre Photo BWW Review: CATS at Shubert Theatre
by Sean Fallon - March 06, 2020

While I have heard wonderful things about the musical CATS and about the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT, I had never experienced either until March 5, 2020, when both far exceeded my expectations when I saw this musical masterpiece phenomenally performed by an extraordinary cast, to a packed audie...
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at CT Repertory Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at CT Repertory Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - March 01, 2020

Theatre has a way of translating human emotion and experience into a tangible, relatable, and collective experience in a way no other medium can. Audiences shed tears during emotional moments and cheer when the hero defeats the villain. But rarely do theatre-goers have the opportunity to share emoti...
BWW Review: JANE EYRE at Hartford Stage Photo BWW Review: JANE EYRE at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - February 23, 2020

There are certain stories that strike an emotional chord regardless of the format or venue. One such story is the Charlotte Bronte classic JANE EYRE, which is now playing at Hartford Stage in a brand new adaptation by Associate Artistic Director, Elizabeth Williamson (who also directs). The story - ...
BWW Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Playhouse On Park Photo BWW Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Playhouse On Park
by Joseph Harrison - February 23, 2020

It is an exciting feeling when you discover something new about something you were already familiar with. Sometimes this happens when you read a favorite book for a second time, or learn a bit of history behind a favorite spot. But sometimes, the planets align and fresh light shines on a classic sto...
BWW Review: LOOPED at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre Photo BWW Review: LOOPED at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - February 23, 2020

On Saturday, February 22, I had the pleasure of seeing LOOPED at the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin, CT.  This comedy by Matthew Lombardo is based on a true story that took place back in 1965.  Director Kris McMurray brings out the best in talented actress Kelly Boucher who stars as Tallulah ...
BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre
by Sean Fallon - February 22, 2020

On Saturday, February 22, I had the pleasure of seeing the opening performance of THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre, in Bridgeport, CT. This adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story, made famous to younger generations by the animated Disney movie is written by Phil...
BWW Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at TheaterWorks Hartford Photo BWW Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at TheaterWorks Hartford
by Joseph Harrison - February 16, 2020

In today's world of a?oefake newsa?? and challenges to journalistic integrity, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell fact from fiction. Add in the desire to both entertain and inform readers (and sell publications) and it can be easy to see how, today, trust may be harder than ever to find i...
BWW Review: MANHATTA at Yale Rep Photo BWW Review: MANHATTA at Yale Rep
by Andrew Beck - 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 destr...
BWW Review: NEWSIES at Westport Country Playhouse Photo BWW Review: NEWSIES at Westport Country Playhouse
by Sean Fallon - February 15, 2020

NEWSIES in Westport is a must-see masterpiece! A combination of local talent and Broadway talent help create a moving show that touches the hearts of all the viewers! I highly recommend this show!...
BWW Review: ONE HIT WONDER at Landmark Community Theatre Photo BWW Review: ONE HIT WONDER at Landmark Community Theatre
by Jared Reynolds - February 10, 2020

With a title like a?oeOne Hit Wonder,a?? you might think you know what to expect: a series of well-known one hit wonders strung together with a loose story that feels more like a musical revue than a musical, but my experience seeing Landmark Community Theatre's production of One Hit Wonder flipped ...
BWW Review: GODSPELL at ACT Of Connecticut Photo BWW Review: GODSPELL at ACT Of Connecticut
by Sean Fallon - February 10, 2020

No matter how many times you may have seen GODSPELL before, it is definitely worth your time to see the ACT of Connecticut's vastly different interpretation which I like to refer to as a?oeGodspell on Caffeine.a?? The energy and comedy levels are magnified to the nth degree, with every cast member, ...
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Opera House Players Photo BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Opera House Players
by Joseph Harrison - February 09, 2020

It seems these days that every other musical opening on Broadway is based on a popular film. From PRETTY WOMAN to BEETLEJUICE, Broadway has been home to film adaptations for years. Sometimes these can be a mixed bag, but sometimes they shine as brightly (or even brighter) than their original source ...
BWW Review: THE SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES at Downtown Cabaret Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES at Downtown Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - February 04, 2020

On Saturday, February 1, I had the pleasure of revisiting THE SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, CT.  I enjoyed it even more this second time seeing it!  This approximate two hour performance includes nearly fifty different songs, performed by four extremely talen...
BWW Review: SMORGASBORD! at Ridgefield Theater Barn Photo BWW Review: SMORGASBORD! at Ridgefield Theater Barn
by Sean Fallon - February 01, 2020

On Friday, January 31, 2020, I had the pleasure of seeing SMORGASBORD! at the Ridgefield Theater Barn in Ridgefield, CT.  This musical revue has music and lyrics by Bradford Blake who is also directs the show.  Under the excellent accompaniment of musical director Charles Smith on keyboard, Charles ...
BWW Review: PIKE ST. at Hartford Stage Photo BWW Review: PIKE ST. at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - January 20, 2020

Communities are beautiful things due in part to the vast diversity that can exist in them. Even if made up of people of common means, there are so many layers to each neighborhood, each block, and each building. Some of these people are friends, some one hardly ever sees, but many are, or can feel l...
BWW Review: TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL at Playhouse On Park Photo BWW Review: TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL at Playhouse On Park
by Joseph Harrison - January 20, 2020

Hers is some of the most iconic music of the 20th century and many of her songs formed the soundtrack of people's lives in the American post war era. And though Rosemary Clooney's public persona was one of grace and composure, in her personal life she was battling significant personal demons that al...
BWW Review: HEATHERS rocks at TRINITY-ON-MAIN Photo BWW Review: HEATHERS rocks at TRINITY-ON-MAIN
by Jared Reynolds - January 20, 2020

While you may not need a proscenium stage, proper stage rigging, and high end equipment, performing in a space not intended for theater certainly introduces some challenges. Director Michael Ricciardone gathered a team of designers to overcome the limitations of a non-traditional venue. When a talen...
BWW Review: ANASTASIA at The Bushnell Photo BWW Review: ANASTASIA at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - January 18, 2020

A mysterious girl, who may or may not be the long lost Princess Anastasia Romanov of Russia, a grandmother intent on finding her, and the desperate men willing to do whatever it takes to get out of Russia. These are at the center of the musical ANASTASIA which is now playing at The Bushnell in Hartf...
BWW Review: 8-TRACK THE SOUNDS OF THE 70S at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre Photo BWW Review: 8-TRACK THE SOUNDS OF THE 70S at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - January 18, 2020

On Friday, January 17, I had the pleasure of seeing 8-TRACK THE SOUNDS OF THE 70S at the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin, CT.  This new musical conceived by Rick Seeber constitutes performances of mainstream United States chart-topping songs from the 1970s.  Incredibly talented singers Jason B...
BWW Review: THREE PIGS at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre Photo BWW Review: THREE PIGS at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre
by Sean Fallon - January 13, 2020

On Saturday, January 11, I had the pleasure of seeing THREE PIGS at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre in Bridgeport, CT.   This was an excellent start to a new decade of theatrical experiences!  The stellar cast brings their A game to this Chris Gensur adaptation of this classic children's tal...
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL EXPERIENCE at Fairfield Center Stage Photo BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL EXPERIENCE at Fairfield Center Stage
by Sean Fallon - December 23, 2019

I am convinced that the absolute best live performance of this timeless Charles Dickens story that has impacted generations, internationally, is this one performed by Fairfield Center Stage.  This is a wonderful experience all-around!...
BWW Review: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at Connecticut Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at Connecticut Theatre Company
by Joseph Harrison - December 16, 2019

Sometimes it a simple, yet beautiful show is exactly what the doctor ordered. With the hustle and bustle that comes this time of year, it is important to stop and remember the important things in life - family, home, and loved ones around us. That is what makes Connecticut Theatre Company's fantasti...