‘Woody Sez’ defines the American spirit

David M. Lutken performs as Woody Guthrie in ‘Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie’ at TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Some people just know what they have to do with their lives. One of those people was the iconic folk singer Woody Guthrie. This guitar-and-harmonica-playing singer sang about the lives of everyday hard-working honest Americans. In Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie at ...

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Too dry for a rainmaker at Sherman Playhouse

The Rainmaker: Jeff Rossman as H.C. Curry, William H. Greenage IV as Noah Curry, Alexis M. Vournazos as Bill Starbuck, Stacy-Lee Frome as Lizzie Curry, and Thomas Ovitt as Jimmy Curry. —Josh Siegel

One could argue that a really good play could easily be performed with no set. And yet sets add so much to the time and ambiance of an era. The same is true for costumes. When you have a really great cast of actors, then you don’t really need costumes. Audiences are so forgiving as... Read More

Bergman’s ‘Nora’ at Westport Country Playhouse is not Ibsen’s

Liv Rooth and Lucas Hall in “Nora,” Ingmar Bergman’s adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” directed by David Kennedy, at Westport Country Playhouse, playing through Aug. 2. —Photo by Carol Rosegg

The Westport Country Playhouse production of Nora is an interesting “spin” on Ibsen’s A Doll House (oops — I mean adaptation) by Ingmar Bergman. Nora deserves its new title. It’s a different play with a lot of references to Ibsen’s masterpiece. Since Bergman cut one third of Ibsen’s work and ...

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Bonnie & Clyde: the human side of the outlaws

Marilyn Hart as Bonnie Parker and Adam Stordy as Clyde Barrow. —Richard Pettibone

Adam Peck’s one-act play Bonnie & Clyde attempts to show the human side of the two murdering criminals whose dastardly deeds evolved from headline news stories to a full blown myth. Peck, an Englishman, put his own spin on this notorious American couple who were willing to cut their lives ...

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Town Players make ‘Hating Hamlet’ fun

Jordan Rose Lee and Stephen Saxton in a scene from the comedy ‘I Hate Hamlet,’ which opened last weekend at the Town Players of Newtown Little Theatre. —Michael Stanley

It’s easy to be drawn to Paul Rudnick’s comedy “I Hate Hamlet” even before the play begins at the Little Theatre, Newtown. Just knowing a little about some of the fascinating background to this play immediately intrigues readers. Rudnick actually lived in actor John Barrymore’s New York ...

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A ‘New World’ at the Warner

Loosely tying a cycle of songs together, Jason Robert Brown’s music and lyrics manage to capture the progression of some of life’s cycle in “Songs for a New World” at the Warner Theatre in Torrington. Under the excellent direction of Katherine Ray and superior music direction by Dan Koch, the ...

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Westport Country Playhouse’s Sing for Your Shakespeare is superior

Seated, Stephen DeRosa, Karen Akers; standing, Britney Coleman, Constantine Germanacos, Laurie Wells, Darius de Haas in the world premiere musical revue, “Sing for Your Shakespeare,” June 3 - 22, at Westport Country Playhouse. —Carol Rosegg

“Sing For Your Shakespeare,” currently playing at the Westport Country Playhouse is a most witty, enchanting, and superb musical revue. Here is a 90-minute, no-intermission production that is so good, one wishes it would go on longer. How often does that happen? Leave it to Mark Lamos, artistic ...

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