Connecticut Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Playhouse On Park BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Playhouse On Park
by Joseph Harrison - September 16, 2017

As a young child, one of my favorite things to do was sit in front of the television, probably with a bowl of sugary cereal, and see what my friends who lived on Sesame Street were learning (and teaching me) that day. I consider the lessons I learned in my living room as the foundation that my futur... (more...)
BWW Review: WORKING: A MUSICAL at Broad Brook Opera House BWW Review: WORKING: A MUSICAL at Broad Brook Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - September 10, 2017

We spend a large percentage of our lives working in some way or another. Whether someone works in a trade (Ironworker, Stonemason), an office (Project Manager, Receptionist), in the home, or anywhere in-between, working is something that is an integral part of who we are. For some, a person's profes... (more...)
BWW Review: TEA AT FIVE at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre BWW Review: TEA AT FIVE at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - August 26, 2017

The life of Katherine Hepburn is brilliantly presented in a one woman show that captivates the audience making us feel as if we are in the presence of the real Katherine Hepburn, both in the first act set in 1938 and in the second act set in 1983.... (more...)
BWW Review: OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY at Hartford Stage BWW Review: OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - August 20, 2017

As Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky once said "To regret the past, to hope in the future, and never to be satisfied with the present: that is what I spend my whole life doing". These words, from arguably the greatest Russian composer of all time, summarize well the life of this conflicted, yet brilliant mus... (more...)
BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Goodspeed Opera House BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Goodspeed Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - August 06, 2017

When Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! premiered on Broadway in 1943, audiences were introduced to a style of theatre that would soon become a staple of American pop culture - the book musical. The show, borrowing from its pioneer subject matter, itself became a pioneer in the theatrical world, rede... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGING SKILLET at TheaterWorks BWW Review: RAGING SKILLET at TheaterWorks
by Joseph Harrison - July 30, 2017

What do you get when you take one part book launch/cooking demonstration, add a heaping helping of auto-biographical comedy, mix in a portion of supernatural Jewish mother guilt and a strong dose of irreverence? In TheaterWorks' world premiere production of Jacques Lamarre's RAGING SKILLET, this rec... (more...)
BWW Review: SPAMALOT at Castle Craig Players BWW Review: SPAMALOT at Castle Craig Players
by Sean Fallon - July 29, 2017

The Castle Craig Players bring Monty Python's classic farce to the stage in a brilliantly comedic portrayal of Arthur, King of The Britons, and his Knights of the Round Table's adventures in trying to find the Holy Grail, a quest loaded with farcical encounters and some great musical numbers.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: GROUNDED in Westport BWW Reviews: GROUNDED in Westport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - July 18, 2017

Elizabeth Stahlmann gives a tour de force performance.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival
by Joseph Harrison - July 16, 2017

"They have measured many a mile to tread a measure with you on this grass." A very appropriate quote from William Shakespeare's comedy LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, which is playing through July 30th on the grounds of St. Joseph's University in West Hartford - a performance of the Greater Hartford Shakespea... (more...)
BWW Review: MY WAY at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre BWW Review: MY WAY at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - July 16, 2017

Start spreading the news; the best musical tribute to Frank Sinatra that you will ever experience is now running in Berlin, CT, at the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre!... (more...)
BWW Review: MILK at Thrown Stone Theatre Company BWW Review: MILK at Thrown Stone Theatre Company
by Sean Fallon - July 14, 2017

The brilliantly conveyed intertwined stories of three couples will spark deep emotions as Thrown Stone Theatre Company gives MILK its American debut with innovative theatrical elements including smell and actors remaining in character while moving the set.... (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES at Connecticut Repertory Theatre BWW Review: NEWSIES at Connecticut Repertory Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - July 12, 2017

There are many reasons why people love to hear stories of the underdog making his or her voice heard and creating real change in the world. Sometimes it is because they can relate to the lone voice of reason cutting through the noise, or the brave soul willing to stand up for what's right, regardles... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Playhouse On Park BWW Review: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Playhouse On Park
by Joseph Harrison - July 09, 2017

???????Very few people can claim to have seen all 37 of William Shakespeare's plays in their entirety. It would probably take a lifetime to do this, not to mention the fact that some of the more obscure plays are rarely performed. However, if someone wanted to get a flavor for the Bard's entire body... (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS 2017 at Ridgefield Theater Barn BWW Review: AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS 2017 at Ridgefield Theater Barn
by Sean Fallon - July 01, 2017

Eight well written, acted, and directed short comedies are all performed at the Ridgefield Barn Theater, providing the audience with plenty of laughs and entertainment, all throughout the evening.... (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH at Shakespeare On The Sound BWW Review: MACBETH at Shakespeare On The Sound
by Elizabeth Budinoff - June 30, 2017

Rowayton's Pinkney Park has been transformed into the Scottish Highlands! Shakespeare on the Sound's production of Macbeth is playing from June 15th through July 2nd at 7:30pm.... (more...)
BWW Review: PIPPIN at Foxwoods Casino BWW Review: PIPPIN at Foxwoods Casino
by Elizabeth Budinoff - June 30, 2017

Sunday, June 18th, marked the end of the Pippin National Tour. After months of performing the magical production came to a close at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. While the performers had an a-typical audience they performed with high energy and a renowned ability to treat this fa... (more...)
BWW Review: NOISES OFF at Connecticut Repertory Theatre BWW Review: NOISES OFF at Connecticut Repertory Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - June 17, 2017

Sardines. Slamming doors. Relationships budding (and burning) before your eyes. A farce within a farce. And laughter, so much laughter. Take all of this and mix it together and you get Michael Frayn's masterpiece of a comedy NOISES OFF, which is currently playing as the Connecticut Repertory Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: BODY AWARENESS at Ridgefield Theater Barn BWW Review: BODY AWARENESS at Ridgefield Theater Barn
by Sean Fallon - June 11, 2017

Joyce finds herself needing to juggle the needs of her 21 year old son, who she suspects may have Asperger's Syndrome, with the needs of her live-in partner. Her life becomes more complicated when a houseguest of questionable integrity arrives and shakes things up.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CEMETERY CLUB at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre BWW Review: THE CEMETERY CLUB at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - June 10, 2017

Three widowed Jewish friends visit their late husbands' graves together each month. When one of those widows begins to enter a new romantic relationship, the other two take issue for their own unique reasons. This plays out in comedic and dramatic ways that will keep the entire audience invested a... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LETTICE AND LOVAGE in Westport BWW Reviews: LETTICE AND LOVAGE in Westport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - June 04, 2017

History need never be dull.... (more...)
BWW Review: 1776 at Connecticut Repertory Theatre BWW Review: 1776 at Connecticut Repertory Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - June 03, 2017

It is a staple image of American History - one that every American child learns about in school and one that comes to mind for many as the barbecues fire up and fireworks are prepared for Independence Day on the Fourth of July. I am speaking of the iconic image of the brave founding fathers signing ... (more...)
BWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE at Hartford Stage BWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - May 21, 2017

From the very moment audiences enter the theater at Hartford Stage for its final production of the 2016-17 season, George Bernard Shaw's HEARTBREAK HOUSE, it is immediately apparent the evening is going to be quite unique. In what has been called Shaw's "most ambitious and prophetic achievement", HE... (more...)
BWW Review: BECOMING DR. RUTH at Square One Theatre BWW Review: BECOMING DR. RUTH at Square One Theatre
by Cindy Cardozo - May 17, 2017

Becoming Dr. Ruth is an uplifting show about the triumph of the human spirit.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROOM IN NEW YORK in New Haven BWW Reviews: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROOM IN NEW YORK in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 15, 2017

Yummy new musical @Long_Wharf, from the city that offers Apizza and created the hamburger.... (more...)
BWW Review: TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Broad Brook Opera House BWW Review: TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Broad Brook Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - May 14, 2017

Whenever one thinks about the RMS Titanic, often the first images that come to mind is the massive vessel - the largest ship of its time that was "unsinkable", which met an unthinkable fate on its maiden voyage across the sea. But what is truly remarkable about the fateful voyage are the stories of ... (more...)