Curtain Call: Hear me, then see ‘Tommy’

How many times have I seen “The Who’s Tommy”? Too many times to count using both hands. So what’s the big deal about the Seven Angels production? It’s definitive, it’s alive, it’s fresh, it’s amazing. So beautifully directed and choreographed with an emphasis on clarity by Janine Molinari that there’s never any confusion or question of what is happening. It’s … read more

Curtain Call: Jeeves & Wooster turn ‘Perfect Nonsense’ into slapstick magic

Hartford Stage, Hartford: “Perfect Nonsense” has more than a fair share of the wow factor. When the Goodale Brothers decided to write a new play from the works of P.G. Wodehouse, an English humor writer and creator of Jeeves, a gentleman’s valet, they not only kept the integrity of Wodehouse, but turned his humorous style and language into hilarious comedy. … read more

Curtain Call: ‘An Iliad’ shares electrifying anti-war story

Long Wharf, New Haven: First there was “The Iliad,” the ancient Greek epic poem about the Trojan and Greek War by Homer. Now there’s “An Iliad” adapted from Homer by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, which has been translated by Robert Fagles. This version is nothing short of electrifying. The playwrights have penned one of the most riveting anti-war stories … read more