Curtain Call: Phoenix Stage Company brings home the gold

I’ve known Ed Bassett, the executive manager and artistic director of the Phoenix Stage Company, to be excited before, but there was no doubt that this time he was ecstatic and rightfully so. Phoenix Stage Company walked away with a couple awards at the Connecticut Community Theatre Festival held at the Warner Theatre in Torrington …

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Curtain Call: Westport Country Playhouse comedy is not so funny

When a line like “Get in the truck!” catapults Jake to a two million dollar paycheck, it’s not surprising that Harry, his Broadway understudy, is resentful. Theresa Rebeck’s play The Understudy showcases a talented actor’s frustrations. Celebrities earn the big bucks while some great actors never get a break. The play is touted as Rebeck’s …

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Curtain Call: Actors ignite the stage at Thrown Stone

There have been fiery performances before, but none as scorching hot as the ones in Jacqueline Goldfinger’s “The Arsonists” delivered by Emma Factor as “M” and Nick Plakias as “H.” This father-daughter business as arsonists-for-hire is normally as easy as lighting a match to gasoline. However, a problem arises when H gets caught in one …

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Curtain Call: C’est magnifique ‘The Flea in Her Ear’ at Westport’s Playhouse

By now, most theatergoers expect the pre-curtain speech reminding everyone to look for the exits and to turn off their cell phones. It’s far more entertaining to hear it spoken in seductive French. It immediately gets the audience laughing and ready for a good time. Considering that the diagonal black curtain spells out “PARIS” in …

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