Curtain Call: A ‘suite’ surprise in Brookfield farce

The egos of two highly competitive divas make it impossible for Mr. Dunlap, the hotel manager, to control a situation that quickly spirals into a wild and wickedly funny chaos in Michael McKeever’s “Suite Surrender.” Claudia McFadden demands top billing in a USO fund-raiser for WWII military. She also insists that white roses fill her …

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Curtain Call: The God Game or a political prayer for agnostics

Square One Theatre Company, Stratford: With politics and midterm elections in the spotlight, it’s not surprising that artistic director Tom Holehan chose Suzanne Bradbeer’s The God Game for the November slot of his 29th season. You certainly couldn’t ask for a more timely production. Since every aspect of a politician’s life is analyzed and scrutinized …

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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: 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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Curtain Call: An Irish love story opens Bethlehem’s season

A crescent moon and a single star were shining in the cloudless sky over Bethlehem’s Abbey of Regina Laudis where the Clay & Wattles Theatre Company opened its summer season. You couldn’t ask for a better background for Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley. A good Irish love story beautifully presented by a talented cast reinforces …

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Curtain Call: Third: A first rate play at Eastbound

Eastbound Theatre, Milford: Wendy Wasserstein’s Third is a grand, intelligent play. It’s about making assumptions and judgments about people without really knowing them. Currently, Eastbound Theatre offers a pretty good production of this play with some outstanding performances. The plot centers on a college student, Woodson Bull III, and an English professor, Laurie Jameson, a …

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