Curtain Call: Race to New Milford’s production of ‘Race’

Playwright David Mamet wastes no time in throwing the New Milford TheatreWorks audience into the middle of today’s politically correct and racially charged American conflicts. Race is the main issue, but Mamet tosses in sex, gender, social standing, power, illegal immigrants, and wealth into the mix. Charles has already been rejected by the best attorney in town Nicky Greenstein. Jack, … read more

Curtain Call: Square One shows its ‘shiny side’

Square One Theatre Company, Stratford: When Alice tells her married son, who is having an affair with a personal trainer, that an affair is not real because the two lovers only show their “shiny side,” he listens attentively. Artistic Director Tom Holehan directs “Clever Little Lies” by Joe DiPietro at Square One. That he cast Peter Wood and Peggy Nelson … read more

Curtain Call: Dear theater-goers…

Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven: Dear theater-goers, were you addicted to the “Dear Abby” columns? Did you ever write to the columnist yourself? Do you want to spend an evening or afternoon listening to other people’s problems? If so, then Long Wharf’s current production of “Tiny Beautiful Things” is just for you. Here’s a production that Off Broadway audiences loved … read more

Curtain Call: ‘Working’ still doesn’t work

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) in Ridgefield tried to resuscitate the original Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso musical “Working,” but even with some updates, and songs by fine artists including James Taylor and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show still falls far short from Schwartz’s “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin.” Part of the problem is that “Working” is not actually a musical with a … read more