2018-19 Connecticut Theater Season Looks Interesting. “Hamilton” Is Coming!

By Karen Isaacs  It’s the year of Hamilton arriving in Connecticut. That’s the big news. As ever year, certain productions planned for Connecticut theaters pique my interest. I circle their dates on my calendar in anticipation. Here’s my list for this year. Connecticut is blessed with an abundance of fine professional theaters – from the major regional companies (Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed, … Continue reading 2018-19 Connecticut Theater Season Looks Interesting. “Hamilton” Is Coming!

Lots to Anticipate with Pleasure in Connecticut’s Up-Coming Theater Season

By Karen Isaacs  Every year as theaters announce their up-coming seasons, certain productions pique my interest. I circle their dates on my calendar in anticipation. So what have I circled for this up-coming year? Connecticut theaters offer a good mixture of the new, the classics, the familiar, and the rare. I have circled some of each. (One caveat: Goodspeed, Ivoryton and Westport have not announced … Continue reading Lots to Anticipate with Pleasure in Connecticut’s Up-Coming Theater Season

Connecticut’s Smaller Theater Well Represented at Awards Ceremony

By Karen Isaacs  The gala celebration of Connecticut’s professional theater, co-chaired by Shore Publishing’s own Amy Barry, produced winners from both the largest professional theaters in the state and some of the smaller. The big winners were The Invisible Hand produced by Westport Country Playhouse and Next to Normal produced by TheaterWorks. Invisible Hand by Ayah Akhtar won outstanding drama, outstanding director (David Kennedy) and … Continue reading Connecticut’s Smaller Theater Well Represented at Awards Ceremony

Connecticut Critics Circle 2016-17 Winners and Nominees

Winner in boldface Outstanding Solo Performance Jodi Stevens                I’ll Eat You Last                     MTC Jon Peterson                He Wrote Good Songs           7 Angels   Outstanding Debut Maya Kelcher (Natalie)           Next to Normal           TheaterWorks Dylan Frederick                      Assassins                     Yale Rep Nick Sacks                              Next to Normal           TheaterWorks   Outstanding Ensemble Cast of…                                Smart People                           Long Wharf Cast of…                                Trav’lin                                    7 Angels Cast of…                                Meteor Shower                       Long Wharf Cast of…                                Assassins                                 … Continue reading Connecticut Critics Circle 2016-17 Winners and Nominees

The Hits & Misses of the 2016-17 Connecticut Theater Season

By Karen Isaacs  Connecticut’s professional theaters produced over 40 shows from June 2016 to the end of May 2017; plus various national tours played the major producing houses. Connecticut theatergoers had over 60 productions to choose from. I saw nearly 90 percent of the shows at the professional theaters and some of the national tours. So how did the season measure up? My top plays: … Continue reading The Hits & Misses of the 2016-17 Connecticut Theater Season

You’re Invited to the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

Everyone is invited to attend this FREE event celebrating Connecticut’s professional theaters.  Among the presentes are Julie James (of Sirius XM’s Broadway channel), Patricia Flicker Addiss (producer of 39 Steps, Passiing Strange, and  Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, plus last year’s winners Teren Carter and Erika Rolfsrud. Continue reading You’re Invited to the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

Will the Tony’s follow the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk? See What I Think

By Karen Isaacs  Sunday is Tony Night and while some awards seem a sure thing, others are up-for-grabs. One question is will the Tony voters follow the lead of the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk voters?  Of course, these two programs have slightly different rules:  they include off-Broadway productions and may exclude Broadway offerings that moved from an off-Broadway productions in a prior season. … Continue reading Will the Tony’s follow the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk? See What I Think

“Next To Normal,” “The Invisible Hand” Tops Connecticut Theater Critics Nominations

TheaterWork’s production of the musical “Next to Normal” led the nominations for the 27th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards event to be held Monday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart University’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield. The show received a total of 10 nominations, including best musical. Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Ayad Akhtar’s play “The Invisible Hand” led the … Continue reading “Next To Normal,” “The Invisible Hand” Tops Connecticut Theater Critics Nominations

Broadway’s Terrence Mann to Host Connecticut Critics Awards

Three-time Tony Award-nominee Terrence Mann will be master of ceremonies for the 27th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart University’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield. A private reception will precede the awards show. The Monday night event, which celebrates the best in professional theater in the state, is free and open to the public. … Continue reading Broadway’s Terrence Mann to Host Connecticut Critics Awards

Outer Critics Circle Announces Awards Nominations – Some Interesting Omissions

By Karen Isaacs  The major NYC theater awards kicked off with the nominations for Outer Critic Circle awards on Tuesday (April 25).  By the way, I am a member of the group. The OCC honors both Broadway and off-Broadway productions, sometimes in combined categories. Only the categories of outstanding play and musical are separated into Broadway and off-Broadway categories. If a play or musical has … Continue reading Outer Critics Circle Announces Awards Nominations – Some Interesting Omissions