There’s an excellent reason why Jez Butterworth’s “The River” proved to be a blockbuster on Broadway in 2014 and its success can be summed up in two words: Hugh Jackman. The critically panned play did not win over many friends, but the New York producers had the good sense to cast someone wh…

The Yale Repertory Theatre has a host of new plays on tap this season and they have opened with a promising world premiere, “El Huracán” by Charise Castro Smith. This generational saga, about Cuban-Americans waiting out a storm in Miami, has ample story to share and, for most of its running …

On that very short list of musicals that I really don’t ever need to see again, “Man of La Mancha,” the much-loved 1965 Broadway hit about the perils of Don Quixote, would fall somewhere after “Menopause, the Musical” and just before “Mamma Mia!”, “Cats” and “Les Miserables.” That acknowledg…

“Make Believe,” the brave and beautiful new play by Bess Wohl currently having its world premiere at Hartford Stage, has set the bar very high for the new fall theatre season. Certainly, it is Hartford Stage’s most impressive new work in years.

It’s a new season and Connecticut’s rich assortment of professional regional theatres have several new plays making their world premieres in the state as well as some tried and true classics. Nutmeggers can count themselves lucky for the varied theatre menu currently being offered. A brief o…

My annual summer trek to the Berkshires and the various theatre festivals in the area did not disappoint again this year. I recently spent a long weekend with friends in the hills of western Massachusetts for an event we have come to call, “Theatrepalooza!,” as we took in six plays over four…

“This business sucks,” observes Jake, a popular action movie star and one of three characters in Theresa Rebeck’s hit-or-miss backstage comedy, “The Understudy,” currently on the boards at the Westport Country Playhouse. The “business” Jake refers to is “show” and Rebeck offers an insider’s …

Lots of credit to the Ivoryton Playhouse which is currently presenting a very worthy production of “A Chorus Line,” Michael Bennett’s Pulitzer Prize winner from 1975. The venerable but modest theatre company has wanted to produce this modern classic for years and they have apparently waited …

It is hard to believe that Lionel Bart’s celebrated 1960 musical, “Oliver!”, has never trod the boards at the Goodspeed Opera House. Even harder to believe and understand is that there hasn’t been a major revival of this Tony award winner on Broadway in over 30 years. Who knows why, but be g…

The deliciously naughty Broadway comedy, “Hand to God,” has found a welcome home at TheaterWorks in Hartford. Robert Askins' Tony nominated play about an unruly puppet with a mind of his own is packing the house at the spunky theatre where the audience has been groomed to try the adventurous…

There’s yet another new theatre in the picturesque town of Ridgefield, Conn. Just a few weeks ago A Contemporary Theatre of Ridgefield (ACT) unveiled their production of “Mamma Mia!” and now the Thrown Stone Theatre Company has opened its second season with the New England premiere of “The A…

In a co-production with the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware, the Westport Playhouse and Artistic Director Mark Lamos are presenting George Feydeau’s turn-of-the-20th-century French farce, “A Flea in Her Ear”. Lamos directed the production last March in Delaware and mo…

I don’t know how they do it, but Netflix seems to be everywhere these days. Offering original hit series and movies each month, taking out full page ads in the New York Times and mounting Oscar campaigns for their critically praised films and documentaries, the streaming service apparently m…

One of Connecticut’s most venerable theatres, the Westport Country Playhouse, has been producing plays and musicals since 1931 and there’s no sign that they will be closing their doors any time soon. The theatre’s 2018 season just opened with a solid revival of Pearl Cleage’s historic drama,…

Hartford Stage’s world premiere production of “The Age of Innocence” and Goodspeed Musical’s refashioned revival of “Rags” were named “Outstanding Production” and “Outstanding Musical” at this year’s annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. “Rags,” which had a total of six nominations, also…

It’s been a while since Connecticut has welcomed a brand new professional theater to its state, but in Ridgefield that is just what has happened with the debut of A Contemporary Theatre, ACT, of Connecticut. Under the leadership of founders Katie Diamond, Bryan Perri and Daniel C. Levine, AC…

Hartford Stage is concluding their season with a revival of Athol Fugard’s critically acclaimed play from 1980, “A Lesson from Aloes.” The drama replaces the previously announced Fugard revival of “Statements After an Arrest Under the Immortality Act”. Any chance to see the works of the grea…

Yes, believe it or not, there are movies coming out this summer that don’t feature spandex-clad superheroes, high-rise explosions or The Rock. It’s called counter-programming and it’s always good to know there will be a few choice examples of calm and intelligence in what looks to be a very …

The Tony Award winning “Best Musical” from 1991, “The Will Rogers Follies, A Life in Revue,” has opened the new season at Goodspeed Musicals. This is an uncharacteristically low-key revival for the East Haddam theatre which usually relies on far more boisterous and lavish musicals for its no…

We all need reminders about how to act in this world, courses in diversity, training in anti-discrimination, how to be politically correct in speech and actions. A small town in New Jersey gets the real deal in one Leonard Pelkey, a young teenager who was not afraid to be true to himself. In…

Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whopie Goldberg, “Sister Act” became a stage musical in 2011 and had a semi-successful Broadway run for just over a year. Since then, it has played on tour across the country and is currently enjoying an engagement at the Westchester Broadway Theatre where…

Let the testifying begin! Some of that old time religion is currently kneeling-room-only at New Haven’s Long Wharf theatre where a rambunctious revival of “Crowns,” the gospel musical, is currently in residence.

So you’ve been mourning the passing of “Downtown Abbey” since its final episode aired two years ago? You can get a taste of that polite, upper-crust society (albeit American) with “The Age of Innocence”, the new stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s classic novel currently in a world premiere …