A whodunnit comedy, emphasis on comedy

Dick Terhune and Holly Martin star in The Thirty-Nine Steps in Torrington.

Whether being chased on the roof of a train or handcuffed to a woman who wants to report him to the police at every possible opportunity, Richard Hannay manages to get himself out of trouble almost as easily as he gets into it in a production of The Thirty-Nine Steps at the Warner Theatre, ...

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Forever: The mother of a memoir

Playwright/performer Dael Orlandersmith is presenting the world premiere of ‘Forever,’ her newest play, Jan. 2-Feb. 1 on Stage II at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. For tickets, call 203-787-4282 or visit longwharf.org/forever

If you could choose your own family, who would be in it? That’s the premise of Dael Orlandersmith’s riveting theater piece, Forever. Jim Morrison, Collette, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Proust, Eugene O’Neill, these, she declares, are her true family. They are the ones who made her what she is. ...

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Reviewer’s ‘Top 10’ from 2014

Looking at back through my files at the shows I really enjoyed the most in the year 2014, means that I look through all the theater reviews that I have written last year. This includes everything from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. The list is not broken down into seasons, but overall remained the shows... ...

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A blizzard of Christmas joy in Waterbury

The cast of Christmas Eve at Earlene’s Diner, playing through Dec. 21, at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.

Winds howl and snow flies, as a full-fledged blizzard rages just outside Earlene’s Diner on Christmas Eve. Earlene’s Diner has run into tough times and is about to be demolished but it proves to be a last-minute haven for an entire group of talented performers who are trying to make it to St. ...

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Steve Martin: A Picasso of comedic art

Picasso at the Lapin Agile brings together Pablo Picasso, left, played by Grayson DeJesus, opposite Robbie Tann as Einstein, and their friendly bartender Tom Riis Farrell.

When audiences first meet Einstein in Long Wharf’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, his hair is neatly combed. “What you don’t recognize me?” asks the actor playing the genius of relativity. He then runs his hands through his hair feverishly until it looks wild and weird. He suddenly ...

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In ‘War’ – families put up a good fight

Tonya Pinkins and Trezana Beverley in War. (Photo © Joan Marcus, 2014.)

Here’s a world premiere that belies the negativity associated with plays presented first time out. It’s written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and there’s a lot going for his brand new War. The title is a great hook because it refers to two types of wars. First it refers to World War II and more ...

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Best tenors ever lent to a comedy

The cast of Lend Me A Tenor.

Little Theatre, Town Players of Newtown: The Cleveland Grand Opera has sold out the house because the world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli is scheduled to perform. Saunders, the general manager has taken care of everything, including assigning Max to Merelli to make sure the tenor doesn’t drink or ...

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