Complete List of Nominees & Winners for the 28th Annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

Outstanding Solo Performance Elizabeth Stahlmann –Grounded -Westport Country Playhouse Outstanding Debut Shannon Keegan –The Wolves -TheaterWorks Megan O’Callaghan –The Bridges of Madison County and Fun Home -Music Theatre of Connecticut Noah Kierserman –Newsies -Connecticut Repertory Theatre Outstanding Ensemble Cast of Avenue Q – Playhouse on Park – Weston Chandler Long, James Fairchild, Ashley Brooke, Peej Mele, E J Zimmerman, Abena Mensah-Bonsu and Colleen Welsh  Cast … Continue reading Complete List of Nominees & Winners for the 28th Annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

The Age of Innocence, Rags Tops 28th Annual Connecticut Critics Awards

The world premiere of Hartford Stage’s The Age of Innocence and a revised version of the musical Rags from Goodspeed Musicals took top honors at the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards Monday, June 11. (Complete list of nominees and winners). The event, which celebrated the work from the state’s professional theaters during the 2017-18 season, was held at Westport Country Playhouse. Among area theaters, Ivoryton received … Continue reading The Age of Innocence, Rags Tops 28th Annual Connecticut Critics Awards

Looking Back at My Nights in Connecticut Theaters This Season

By Karen Isaacs  Do you realize how many professional theatrical productions are seen in Connecticut each year?  What would be your guess? With the ending of the Connecticut theater season which runs from about June 1 to May 31, I attempted to count up the shows. I know I missed some. But including all the professional theaters (those that have some type of contract from … Continue reading Looking Back at My Nights in Connecticut Theaters This Season

“Oklahoma!” “The Age of Innocence” Lead In Connecticut Critics Nominations

(Revised from a press release) Hartford Stage’s world premiere of “The Age of Innocence” and Goodspeed’s “Oklahoma!” led the shows nominated for the 28th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. Yale Rep’s production of “Native Son,” Goodspeed’s production of “Rags,” and “Diary of Anne Frank” at Playhouse on Park also received numerous nominations. The awards event, which celebrates the best in professional theater in the state, … Continue reading “Oklahoma!” “The Age of Innocence” Lead In Connecticut Critics Nominations

Hartford Stage Ends Season with A Lesson from Aloes –How We Learn to Adapt and Survive

By Karen Isaacs  Athol Fugard, the South African playwright has the ability to illuminate universal issues in a way that is both personal and touching. His A Lesson from Aloes which is getting a stunning production at Hartford Stage through Sunday, June 10 is just one example of this talent. I first saw Aloes at its U.S. premiere at Yale Rep in 1980 before it … Continue reading Hartford Stage Ends Season with A Lesson from Aloes –How We Learn to Adapt and Survive

Did “Phantom of the Opera” Really Need a Sequel?

By Karen Isaacs  Phantom of the Opera is a musical beloved by millions. It is the longest-running show in Broadway history and still going strong. So a sequel to the show must have seemed like a good idea. Love Never Dies, the sequel written by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics) and Ben Elton (book) is based on the novel The Phantom in Manhattan. Of … Continue reading Did “Phantom of the Opera” Really Need a Sequel?

Dion’s Musical Biography at Seven Angels Theatre Shows All the Warts

By Karen Isaacs  If you grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s you undoubtedly listened and danced to songs by Dion and the Belmonts. Later it was just Dion alone. Dion DiMucci, who grew up in the Bronx, has written a musical with Charles Messina focusing on his early career. Seven Angels Theatre is presenting Rock ‘n Roll Redemption – The Story and The Music … Continue reading Dion’s Musical Biography at Seven Angels Theatre Shows All the Warts

Goodspeed’s Will Rogers Follies Entertaining though Flawed

By Karen Isaacs  Will Rogers is a name that may be unknown to many, but he was one of the first political satirist in American media. A genuine cowboy from Oklahoma, he rose from doing roping tricks in vaudeville to starring in the Ziegfeld Follies and moving to Hollywood for films and a radio show. His folksy demeanor let him get away with skewering all … Continue reading Goodspeed’s Will Rogers Follies Entertaining though Flawed

Is it farce? Melodrama? Reality TV? Kiss at Yale Rep Tries to Be All Things

By Karen Isaacs  During the first part of Kiss now at the Yale Rep through Saturday, May 19, you think you know what type of play this is: a melodramatic romantic comedy with some satire thrown into it. But you will quickly realize it is more than just that. Guillermo Calderón has written a play that touches on so many fascinating topics including the interaction … Continue reading Is it farce? Melodrama? Reality TV? Kiss at Yale Rep Tries to Be All Things

Intimate Space Adds Emotional Impact to MTC’s Fine Production of “Fun Home”

By Karen Isaacs  Fun Home won the Tony for best musical in 2015. The Music Theater of Connecticut (MTC) is one of the first regional theaters to be given the rights to produce the show. The resulting production that runs through May 6 is excellent. Once again, artistic director Kevin Connor has done an excellent job both casting and directing this show. In fact, the … Continue reading Intimate Space Adds Emotional Impact to MTC’s Fine Production of “Fun Home”