Raging Skillet at TheaterWorks Is Problematic Play about a Chef

By Karen Isaacs Will you like Raging Skillet, the world premiere play by Jacques Lamarre now at TheaterWorks in Hartford through Sunday, Aug. 27? Just answer these simple questions: Does loud rock music split your eardrums? Does lots of gratuitous four letter words bother you? Do you think stereotypical, guilt inducing mothers inherently funny? Does insulting your mother seem acceptable? If you answered no to … Continue reading Raging Skillet at TheaterWorks Is Problematic Play about a Chef

Complete Shakespeare (Abridged) Will Have You Laughing

By Karen Isaacs  If you view Shakespeare as tough sledding, you will find your opinions turned upside down at Playhouse on Park’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) running through July 30.  While this work has been around for many years, it has been revised for the 21st century and director Tom Ridgely says it took elements from two different versions. But … Continue reading Complete Shakespeare (Abridged) Will Have You Laughing

“Fade” at TheaterWorks Changes Themes at End

By Karen Isaacs  When we think about stereotyping people by gender, age, ethnicity, we usually assume that it members of outside groups who do that to people unlike themeslves. Men stereotype women, whites stereoptype Africian-Americans and more. The new play at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Fade by Tanya Saracho makes us aware of how within a group, the stereotyping can occur. Women stereotype other women, Asians … Continue reading “Fade” at TheaterWorks Changes Themes at End

Seven Angels Theatre Delights with “Trav’ling – the 1930s Harlem Musical”

By Karen Isaacs  Discovering a little known composer – at least to me – and finding his works delightful and well-presented is one of the joys of being a theater critic. That’s what happened when I saw Trav’ling – the 1930s Harlem Musical now at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury through June 11. The music for this production – which is more revue than true … Continue reading Seven Angels Theatre Delights with “Trav’ling – the 1930s Harlem Musical”

Judy Garland and Dorothy: the making of a star -“Chasing Rainbows” at Goodspeed

By Karen Isaacs  Chasing Rianbows the Road to Oz is a rare thing for Goodspeed – a new musical. Recently the new musicals on the main stage have been adaptations of well-known films — It’s a Wonderful Life and last year Holiday Inn which is now on Broadway. It did not even have a workshop at their Terris Theater in Chester though some of its … Continue reading Judy Garland and Dorothy: the making of a star -“Chasing Rainbows” at Goodspeed

Long Wharf’s Artistic Directors Look Back on 50 Years

By Karen Isaacs  The four artistic directors who have helped Long Wharf Theater win acclaim during its 50 years history, looked back on that history on June 7 with moderator Colin McEnroe of WNPR. Jon Jory(1965-67) founded the theater with Harlan  Kleiman. After leaving Long Wharf, he went on to become the producing director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville and served as artistic director … Continue reading Long Wharf’s Artistic Directors Look Back on 50 Years

CT Critics Circle Give Multiple Award Nominations to Hamlet, Fiddler on the Roof, Arcadia, Kiss Me Kate and The Liar

By Karen Isaacs  The Connecticut Critics Circle has announced nominations for its annual awards which honor outstanding productions, performances and creative work at Connecticut’s professional theaters. The winners will be honored at an award ceremony, Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Iseman Theater on Chapel Street in New Haven. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. In the major … Continue reading CT Critics Circle Give Multiple Award Nominations to Hamlet, Fiddler on the Roof, Arcadia, Kiss Me Kate and The Liar

“Woody Sez”, “Newsies” in Connecticut and Broadway Readings

Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater By Karen Isaacs Newsies on Tour:  The first Connecticut appearance of the national tour of Newsies which is closing on Broadway this August, isn’t at the Bushnell or the Shubert.  The honor goes to Waterbury’s Palace Theater where the tour will play Oct. 23 to 25, just four performances.  Tickets are now on sale. … Continue reading “Woody Sez”, “Newsies” in Connecticut and Broadway Readings