Ridgefield Theater Barn produces Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences

The flow of talent from theater to theater and town to town up and down and across Connecticut is amazing. Since I cover so much Connecticut theater, I have a unique view. While it’s just common sense that actors, directors and crews from the Greater Waterbury area would travel to the Warner Theatre, Landmark, The Phoenix Stage Company and other local community theaters, I have seen a move south where actors from the greater Waterbury area are now showing up at theaters such as the Brookfield Playhouse, the Town Players of Newtown and now, most noticeably, The Ridgefield Theater Barn. … Read more

Curtain Call: Theater cure for cabin fever

It seems as though the only places people are stepping out to these days are grocery stores and gas stations. However, both of these places do little to cure cabin fever. This has been a brutally cold January, and hopefully the frigid weather will break soon. People do need to get out and about before they feel like prisoners in their homes. Theater is the perfect cure for cabin fever because it transports audiences to other places and other times. That’s why theater lovers are anxious for new play productions to start filling the 2018 calendar. Last week, I mentioned … Read more

Curtain Call: Goodspeed’s Rags ripped apart then tailored to a tight fit

Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam: The year is 1910 and a ship full of immigrants is making its way to New York Harbor. Those onboard are excited and singing “We’ve talked about America; we’ve dreamed about coming to America,” and now here they are. In a beautifully rendered musical counterpoint, well dressed capitalist are bemoaning “Another ship of greenhorns.” These successful Americans want to take back their country. They’re tired of watching ship after ship of Italians, Irish and Jews coming to their shores. And so Rags, a musical that opened some 30 years ago and closed after only four … Read more

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