- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Ray Cooney has long been considered one of the most successful practitioners of the French style farce on the English stage, winning himself the nickname “The English Feydeau” (the French master of the comedies of infidelity involving multiple doors, beds, and mistresses). In particular, Cooney’s Move Over Mrs Markham and Run For Your Wife (which ran for eight years on the London stage) are performed regularly by local theater groups looking to entertain the homefolks.
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013
RIDGEFIELD — When four people see a play and then spend the 45-minute ride home arguing about it, and then the next day continue the discussion with family and friends who didn’t get to see it, well that must mean something, doesn’t it?
Theater Review: "Seascape" At TheatreWorks New Milford Offers Thurberesque Fable, Another Great ProductionTuesday, May 21, 2013
NEW MILFORD — In recent months we’ve been approached by attractive young (but not indecently young) women with earnest smiles and degrees in marketing, plying us with free lunches and ballpoint pens in return for allowing them to explain the benefits of their employers — the such and such Continuing Care Community which will free us from the drudgery of shoveling and mowing, while bestowing on us all the joys of spacious floor plans, indoor pools with water aerobics, fine dining and on site medical staff…
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
WESTPORT — An elegant realtor is showing off the gracious old formal dining room to a harried corporate exec who has one day to find a house for his family in this, his latest posting.
“Look at this beautiful dining room,” she chirps. “I grew up in a dining room just like this one.”
“I did too,” he recalls. Together they spend a few minutes sharing happy memories.
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
EAST HADDAM — The original Broadway production of Good News! ran for 557 performances back in the Gatsby era, starting in 1927, and closing months before the stock market bad news that initiated the Great Depression. In short, it was the kind of mindless fluff that entertained the punters and employed the starlets who flocked to those outrageous parties at Gatsby’s West Egg mansion.
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013
When a production is billed as a comedy, it is not always clear what to expect. Frequently, audiences are treated to a farce, with lots of doors from which spouses emerge at inopportune times, or through which lovers and other problems are shoved, so as not to be caught on forbidden ground. Then there are screwball comedies, whose humor depends on bizarre situations, like Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn singing “I can’t give you anything but love, Baby,” to a leopard as they try to retrieve a missing dinosaur bone.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013
HARTFORD — Winner of England’s 2010 Oliver Award, and a Broadway success when it starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop is a surrealistic fantasy that incorporates real historic events and oratory, even as it mingles comic riffs with deeply tragic overtones and implications. The title comes from the Reverend Martin Luther King’s final speech on April 3, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, in which, apparently foreseeing his own death, the 39-year old preacher and moral leader of a generation declaimed:
- Friday, April 12, 2013
SHERMAN — Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…
- Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Christina Bennett Lind plays Judy, “an amiable, beautiful, and exceedingly dim-witted young woman.”