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!
By Karen Isaacs Next to Normal at TheaterWorks. You could criticize practically nothing in this production. Rob Ruggiero cast it brilliantly with Christiane Noll, David Harris, Maya Keleher (in her professional debut), Nick Sacks and John Cardoza. Ruggiero used the aisles to add to the intimacy; it was remarkable. A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hartford Stage This Shakespeare play is done so often, it … Continue reading My Top Ten Connecticut Shows in 2017 Plus the Runners-Up — What do you think?
By Karen Isaacs The Yale Rep production of Native Son as written and adapted by Nambi E. Kelly is at times chilling but also confusing. It runs through December 16. Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son, is said by some to have opened the door to African-American literature. It certainly was an important and best-selling work that is still often taught in schools. The novel … Continue reading Yale Rep’s “Native Son” Is Compelling
By Karen Isaacs Sometimes I see a play, walk out perplexed, think about and end up still perplexed by the work. Imogen Says Nothing now at the Yale through Feb. 11 is just such a work. It would be easy to dismiss it as “much ado about nothing” since the beginning of the play makes reference to that Shakespeare work. But I keep trying to make … Continue reading The Ideas in “Imogen Says Nothing” Worth Reflection
Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater By Karen Isaacs A Dangerous Title: Calling a show a “turkey” usually means that it is a total flop, but the Connecticut Repertory Theater on the UConn campus is taking a chance with the title of its next show. An Absolute Turkey is by Georges Feydeau, one of the masters of French farce. This … Continue reading
By Karen Isaacs Cymbeline which is now at the Yale Rep through Saturday, April 16, is one of Shakespeare’s problematic plays. Written late in his career (it was first performed in 1611), some scholars believe there was a collaborator on this play. Scholars also disagree on how to classify this play: is it a tragedy? A comedy? A history? A romance? Elements of the plot … Continue reading Yale Rep’s “Cymbeline” Raises Questions
By Karen Isaacs It’s that time of year, when we all make lists of things to do or buy, and critics make lists of the ten best or the ten worst of the past year. Instead of naming best and worst, I’ll give you a list of some of the things that impressed me this year. My Choices for Best Connecticut Productions: Three musicals are … Continue reading Best of Connecticut & NYC Theater in 2015
Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater By Karen Isaacs Important Centennial: Arthur Miller, one of America’s most important playwrights and Connecticut resident, was born 100 years ago. Westport Country Playhouse is marking his centennial with a production of Broken Glass to Oct, 24. It is directed by Artistic Director Mark Lamos. Lamos said, “In its swift-moving, almost thriller-like action, Miller audaciously … Continue reading “Broken Glass,” “Laramie Project,” “Third,” and More on the Boards in Connecticut Now
Complete list of nominations for the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards with winners in bold. Outstanding Sound Design David Budries – Picasso at the Lapin Agile Long Wharf Theatre Kate Marvin – Elevada Yale Repertory Theatre Adam Phalen – Forever Long Wharf Theatre Jane Shaw – Hamlet Hartford Stage Matt Tierney – The Caucasian Chalk Circle Yale Repertory Theatre Outstanding Costume Design Tracy Christensen – Guys … Continue reading 2014 – 2015 Connecticut Critics Circle Nominations and Winners
Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater By Karen Isaacs A Plant Gone Wild: MTC in Norwalk is closing its season with the musical, Little Shop of Horrors about a plant gone wild. It runs April 17 to May 3 and is a great musical to introduce kids (probably 11 and up) to the theater. The music is rock, the story … Continue reading ‘Camelot’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ Hartford Stage & Long Wharf Next Year and More.