‘The Lyons’ — a comedy that shows its claws

Courtney Lauria, Joseph Russo as Curtis Lyons, William Hughes, and Jody Bayer in a scene from The Lyons at TheatreWorks New Milford. —Richard Pettibone

Family dynamics can be fraught with anger especially during a crisis. Nicky Silver, who wrote The Lyons, now onstage at TheatreWorks, New Milford, takes a close look at a family gathered around the patriarch’s dying bedside. Don’t expect sentimental “I love you” professions in this bold and ...

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The Wildest at Seven Angels — run to get tickets!

The cast of The Wildest at Seven Angels Theatre are "Hip, Cool and Swingin' "

Anyone who missed the opening weekend of Seven Angels Theatre’s The Wildest missed one of the greatest shows of the season at the Waterbury venue. Don’t fret. There’s still time to catch a performance. Knowing this now means that even if you have to hitch a ride on a snow plow, you need to ...

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All aboard for Eastbound Theatre’s great big hit

The cast of ‘The Last Romance,’ playing through Feb. 22 at Milford’s Eastbound Theatre.

Don’t miss the train for The Last Romance. Here’s a perfect Valentine gift to the greater Milford area as well as to theater lovers everywhere. Beautifully crafted by Joe DiPietro, this play focuses on a lonely widower who discovers that it’s never too late to fall in love again. Ralph Bellini ...

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Suspense so thick, you can’t see through it

Trish Perry and Alexandra Petrova in a scene from ‘Dead Guilty’ at the Clockwork Repertory Theatre.

Dead Guilty by Richard Harris, now at Clockwork Repertory Theatre, Oakville, comes close to rivaling Stephen King’s Misery. Directed by Susan P. Pantely, this spine-chilling, edge-of-your-seat murder mystery is a Grade A psychological thriller. It focuses on a young graphic artist, Julia ...

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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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