Yale Rep’s “Father Comes Home from the Wars: Parts 1, 2 &3” Make for Compelling Theater

By Karen Isaacs  Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 &3 is an epic work in more senses than one. Suzan-Lori Parks has woven a story of a slave during the Civil War and the Greek Odyssey into a compelling story. Parks is well known to Connecticut theater goers. The Yale Rep presented the world premieres of The Death of the Last Black Man … Continue reading Yale Rep’s “Father Comes Home from the Wars: Parts 1, 2 &3” Make for Compelling Theater

Westport’s “Grounded” Is Chilling and Thought-Provoking Drama

By Karen Isaacs  War is getting both more remote and more personal. In the last century, we have moved from being able to see the faces of those a soldier is about to kill to them becoming simply “targets” for long-distance equipment. But with drones, we are moving back to being able to see and identify who is about to be killed. That is at … Continue reading Westport’s “Grounded” Is Chilling and Thought-Provoking Drama

The Ten Best Shows This 2014-15 Theater Season in Connecticut

By Karen Isaacs Here’s my list of the top shows in Connecticut this past season. Hamlet – Hartford Stage I’ve seen many Hamlets in my theater-going life on both stage and screen.  Olivier used an Oedipal interpretation,  Paul Giamatti was an older Hamlet. The Hamlet  at Hartford Stage directed by Darko Tresnjak had all the elements. A clear concept,  brilliant sets, costumes, lighting, and a … Continue reading The Ten Best Shows This 2014-15 Theater Season in Connecticut

Brecht’s “The Caucasion Chalk Circle” at Yale Rep Presents Universal Themes and Politics

By Karen Isaacs Most American theater goers think of Threepenny Opera when they think of Bertol Brecht, unless, of course, they think of Kurt Weill who wrote the haunting music.  But Brecht was a major playwright of the 20th century. Not only did he work with Weill on Threepenny, Maghonny, Happy End and others, he was poet, a playwright — Mother Courage, Galileo, The Good … Continue reading Brecht’s “The Caucasion Chalk Circle” at Yale Rep Presents Universal Themes and Politics