Reviews of Past Productions (2018-2019)

The 2018-2019 season for the Connecticut Critics Circle (CCC) is June 1, 2018 through May 5, 2019. The following are past reviews from the current season by members of the CCC for award eligible theaters.

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A Chorus Line
Ivoryton Playhouse
August 8 – September 2, 2018

Geary Danihy
Tom Nissley
Tom Holehan
Don Church and Tony Schillaci
Brooks Appelbaum
Tim Leininger
Zander Opper
Joseph Harrison
Stuart Brown


A Civil War Christmas
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
November 29 – December 9, 2018

Bonnie Goldberg
Joseph Harrison
Tim Leininger


A Doll’s House, Part 2

Theaterworks
January 17 – February 24, 2019

Stuart Brown
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley
Bessy Reyna
Tom Holehan
Howard Steven Frydman
Tim Leininger
Zander Opper
Bonnie Goldberg
Joseph Harrison
James V. Ruocco
Karen Isaacs
Donald Brown


A Flea in Her Ear
Westport Country Playhouse
July 10 – 28, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis
Bonnie Goldberg
David Rosenberg
Tom Holehan
Karen Isaacs
Donald Brown
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Geary Danihy
Zander Opper
Tara Kennedy
Stuart Brown


Altar Boyz
Seven Angels Theatre
September 27 – October 21, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis
Bonnie Goldberg


Always…Patsy Cline
Sharon Playhouse
August 17 – September 2, 2018

Bonnie Goldberg
Nancy Sasso Janis
Howard Steven Frydman


Always…Patsy Cline
Music Theatre of Connecticut
February 8 – 24, 2019

Bonnie Goldberg
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Karen Isaacs
James V. Ruocco
Zander Opper


A Night with Janis Joplin
Ivoryton Playhouse
May 30 – June 24, 2018

Geary Danihy
Brooks Appelbaum
Tim Leininger
Bonnie Goldberg


An Iliad
Long Wharf Theatre
March 20 – April 14, 2019

Zander Opper
David Rosenberg
James V. Ruocco
Tom Holehan
Donald Brown


Anything Goes
Sharon Playhouse
June 15 – July 1, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis


Barefoot in the Park
Sharon Playhouse
July 27 – August 12, 2018

Geary Danihy
Stuart Brown
Tom Nissley


Burt & Me
Ivoryton Playhouse
March 20 – April 7, 2019

Bonnie Goldberg
James V. Ruocco
Tim Leininger
Stuart Brown
Howard Steven Frydman
Zander Opper
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley
Karen Isaacs


Cabaret
Music Theatre of Connecticut
March 29 – April 14, 2019

Geary Danihy
Donald Brown
James V. Ruocco
Bonnie Goldberg
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Karen Isaacs
Zander Opper
Stuart Brown


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Music Theatre of Connecticut
November 2 – 18, 2018

James V. Ruocco
Geary Danihy
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Bonnie Goldberg
Zander Opper
Donald Brown


Christmas on the Rocks
Theaterworks
November 27 – December 23, 2018

Tim Leininger
Karen Isaacs
Bonnie Goldberg
Joseph Harrison
James V. Ruocco


Detroit ’67
Hartford Stage
February 14 – March 10, 2019

Bonnie Goldberg
Geary Danihy
Zander Opper
James V. Ruocco
Donald Brown
Tim Leininger
Stuart Brown
Karen Isaacs


Disaster!
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
June 7 – June 16, 2018

Joseph Harrison
Bonnie Goldberg
Tim Leininger
Karen Isaacs
Stuart Brown
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley


The Drowsy Chaperone
Goodspeed Opera House
September 21 – November 25, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis
Joseph Harrison
Zander Opper
Stuart Brown
Geary Danihy
Bonnie Goldberg
James V. Ruocco
Donald Brown
Don Church and Tony Schillaci
David Rosenberg
Brooks Appelbaum
Tim Leininger
Karen Isaacs
Tom Holehan
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley
Lauren Rosenay


el Huracan
Yale Repertory Theatre
September 28 – October 20, 2018

Zander Opper
Geary Danihy
Tom Nissley
Bonnie Goldberg
James V. Ruocco
Donald Brown
Brooks Appelbaum
David Rosenberg
Joshua Gorero
Tom Holehan
Tim Leininger
Bessy Reyna


The Engagement Party
Hartford Stage
January 10 – February 3, 2019

Geary Danihy
Bessy Reyna
Howard Steven Frydman
David Rosenberg
Zander Opper
Tim Leininger
Stuart Brown
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley
Donald Brown
Tom Holehan
James V. Ruocco
Joseph Harrison
Bonnie Goldberg
Karen Isaacs
Frank Rizzo


Evita
A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut
October 4 – November 11, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis
Tom Nissley
James V. Ruocco
Karen Isaacs
Geary Danihy
Zander Opper
Susan Granger
Stuart Brown


First Date
Seven Angels Theatre
March 14 – April 7, 2019

Bonnie Goldberg
Karen Isaacs
Stuart Brown
Tim Leininger


Flyin’ West
Westport Country Playhouse
May 29 – June 16, 2018

Karen Isaacs
Zander Opper
Bonnie Goldberg
Lauren Yarger
Marlene Gaylinn
Susan Granger
Stuart Brown
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley


George and Gracie: Part 2
Seven Angels Theatre
January 31 – February 24, 2019

Marlene S. Gaylinn
Howard Steven Frydman
Tim Leininger
Bonnie Goldberg


Good Faith
Yale Repertory Theatre
February 1 – 23, 2019

Geary Danihy
Donald Brown
Zander Opper
James V. Ruocco
David Rosenberg
Bonnie Goldberg
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Stuart Brown
Karen Isaacs


The Grapes of Wrath
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
October 4 – 14, 2018

James V. Ruocco
Bonnie Goldberg
Bessy Reyna
Tim Leininger


Grease
Ivoryton Playhouse
July 5 – 29, 2018

Stuart Brown
Bonnie Goldberg
Geary Danihy
Don Church and Tony Schillaci
Tim Leininger
Brooks Appelbaum
Zander Opper
Karen Isaacs
Howard Steven Frydman


Hand to God
Theaterworks
July 20 – August 26, 2018

Geary Danihy
Stuart Brown
Joseph Harrison
Bonnie Goldberg
Tom Holehan
Tim Leininger
Howard Steven Frydman
Donald Brown
Tom Nissley
Tara Kennedy
Zander Opper
Karen Isaacs
Brooks Appelbaum
Bessy Reyna


Henry V
Hartford Stage
October 11 – November 11, 2018

Bonnie Goldberg
Zander Opper
Nancy Sasso Janis
Tim Leininger
James V. Ruocco
Donald Brown
Joseph Harrison
Karen Isaacs


If We Were Birds
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
March 28 – April 7, 2019

Bonnie Goldberg
James V. Ruocco
Tim Leininger


The Invisible Hand
Theaterworks
May 24 – June 23, 2018

Zander Opper
Tim Leininger
Bonnie Goldberg
Stuart Brown
Joseph Harrison
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley


In the Heights
Playhouse on Park
June 13 – July 29, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis
Bonnie Goldberg
Geary Danihy
Joseph Harrison
Zander Opper
Brooks Appelbaum
Tim Leininger
Donald Brown
Karen Isaacs
Bessy Reyna


Jekyll and Hyde
Music Theatre of Connecticut
September 28 – October 14, 2018

Donald Brown
Bonnie Goldberg
James V. Ruocco
Geary Danihy
Stuart Brown
Tom Nissley
Zander Opper
Marlene Gaylinn


Jesus Christ Superstar
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
July 12 – 22, 2018

Joseph Harrison
Bonnie Goldberg
Nancy Sasso Janis
Howard Steven Frydman
Tim Leininger
Stuart Brown
Donald Brown
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley


Kiss Me, Kate
Summer Theatre of New Caanan
June 28 – July 29, 2018

Bonnie Goldberg
Geary Danihy
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Susan Granger
Zander Opper
David Rosenberg
Stuart Brown
Tom Nissley


Make Believe
Hartford Stage
September 6 – 30, 2018

Geary Danihy
Joseph Harrison
James V. Ruocco
Nancy Sasso Janis
Tim Leininger
Bonnie Goldberg
Tom Holehan
Joshua Gorero
Zander Opper
Frank Rizzo
Howard Steven Frydman
Stuart Brown
Karen Isaacs
Tom Nissley


Mamma Mia
A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut
June 7 – July 1, 2018

Geary Danihy
Tom Holehan
Susan Granger


Man of La Mancha
Westport Country Playhouse
September 25 – October 14, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis
Tom Nissley
Bonnie Goldberg
Geary Danihy
James V. Ruocco
Tom Holehan
Zander Opper
Joey Meyers
Marlene S. Gaylinn
David Rosenberg
Donald Brown
Karen Isaacs
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley
Frank Rizzo


Miller, Mississippi
Long Wharf Theatre
January 9 – February 3, 2019

Bonnie Goldberg
Geary Danihy
Zander Opper
Tim Leininger
Tom Holehan
Donald Brown
James V. Ruocco
Joshua Gorero
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Karen Isaacs


Murder for Two
Playhouse on Park
January 16 – February 3, 2019

Geary Danihy
Joseph Harrison
Stuart Brown
Tim Leininger
James V. Ruocco
Bonnie Goldberg
Zander Opper
Donald Brown


The Mystery of Edwin Drood
CT Repertory Theatre
February 28 – March 10, 2019

Bonnie Goldberg
James V. Ruocco
Don Church and Tony Schillaci
Stuart Brown
Howard Steven Frydman
Tim Leininger
Joseph Harrison


Oliver!
Goodspeed Opera House
June 29 – September 13, 2018

Geary Danihy
Nancy Sasso Janis
Joseph Harrison
Zander Opper
Bonnie Goldberg
Don Church and Tony Schillaci
Frank Rizzo
Brooks Appelbaum
Tim Leininger
Karen Isaacs
Howard Steven Frydman
Tara Kennedy
Bessy Reyna
Tom Nissley
Tom Holehan
Amy Barry
James V. Ruocco
David Rosenberg


Once
Ivoryton Playhouse
September 19 – October 14, 2018

Geary Danihy
Zander Opper
Brooks Appelbaum
James V. Ruocco
Susan Granger
Tim Leininger
Karen Isaacs
Bonnie Goldberg


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Playhouse on Park
October 31 – November 18, 2018

Geary Danihy
Nancy Sasso Janis
Joseph Harrison
Tom Nissley
Donald Brown
Zander Opper
James V. Ruocco
Bonnie Goldberg
Stuart Brown
Tim Leininger
Joshua Gorero
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley


Paradise Blue
Long Wharf Theatre
November 23 – December 16, 2018

Tom Holehan
Donald Brown
Zander Opper
Tim Leininger
Bonnie Goldberg
Stuart Brown
Joshua Gorero
Lauren Rosenay


>Perfect Nonsense
Hartford Stage
March 21 – April 20, 2019

Tim Leininger
Don Church and Tony Schillaci
James V. Ruocco
Joseph Harrison
Zander Opper
Howard Steven Frydman
Donald Brown
Bonnie Goldberg
Tara Kennedy


Peter and the Star Catcher
Playhouse on Park
September 12 – October 14, 2018

Geary Danihy
Nancy Sasso Janis
James V. Ruocco
Donald Brown
Zander Opper
Bonnie Goldberg
Joseph Harrison
Karen Isaacs
Howard Steven Frydman
Tom Nissley
Stuart Brown


The Prisoner
Yale Repertory Theatre
November 2 – 17, 2018

Zander Opper
James V. Ruocco
Bonnie Goldberg
Tom Nissley
Tim Leininger
Donald Brown
Lauren Rosenay


The Queens of the Golden Mask
Ivoryton Playhouse
October 31 – November 18, 2018

Bonnie Goldberg
Brooks Appelbaum
Tim Leininger
Donald Brown
Karen Isaacs
Zander Opper
Lauren Rosenay


Reel to Real
Playhouse on Park
March 27 – April 7, 2019

Joseph Harrison
Geary Danihy
Tim Leininger
Bonnie Goldberg


The Revolutionists
Playhouse on Park
February 20 – March 10, 2019


Geary Danihy
Joseph Harrison
Stuart Brown
James V. Ruocco
Donald Brown
Tim Leininger
Zander Opper
Karen Isaacs
Bonnie Goldberg


Ripchord
Seven Angels Theatre
November 8 – December 2, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis
Bonnie Goldberg
Tim Leininger


The River
Theaterworks
October 4 – November 11, 2018

Geary Danihy
Joseph Harrison
James V. Ruocco
Bonnie Goldberg
Tom Holehan
Tom Nissley
Tim Leininger
Donald Brown
Zander Opper
Stuart Brown
Bessy Reyna
Karen Issaacs
Howard Steven Frydman
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley


Rock ‘n’ Roll Redemption
Seven Angels Theatre
May 17 – June 17, 2018

Nancy Sasso Janis
Karen Isaacs
Tim Leininger
Bonnie Goldberg


The Roommate
Long Wharf Theatre
October 10 – November 4, 2018

James V. Ruocco
Donald Brown
Tom Nissley
Susan Granger
Zander Opper
David Rosenberg
Bonnie Goldberg
Tim Leininger
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Tom Holehan
Stuart Brown
Lauren Rosenay
Karen Isaacs


Sweeney Todd
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
June 21 – July 1, 2018

Joseph Harrison
Nancy Sasso Janis
Bonnie Goldberg
Stuart Brown
Tim Leininger
Zander Opper
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley


Thousand Pines
Westport Country Playhouse
October 30 – November 17, 2018

Bonnie Goldberg
Tom Nissley
James V. Ruocco
Susan Granger
Zander Opper
David Rosenberg
Tom Holehan
Karen Isaacs
Geary Danihy
Joshua Gorero
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Stuart Brown
Donald Brown
Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley
Lauren Rosenay


Tiny Beautiful Things
Long Wharf Threatre
February 13 – March 10, 2019

Bonnie Goldberg
Tom Nissley
Zander Opper
Stuart Brown
Donald Brown
Tim Leininger
James V. Ruocco
Tom Holehan
David Rosenberg
Karen Isaacs


Twelfth Night
Yale Repertory Theatre
March 15 – April 6, 2019

James V. Ruocco
Tom Holehan
Zander Opper
Tim Leininger
Bonnie Goldberg
Donald Brown
Karen Isaacs



The Understudy
Westport Country Playhouse
August 14 – September 1, 2018

Geary Danihy
Bonnie Goldberg
Karen Isaacs
Susan Granger
Tom Holehan
Zander Opper
Marlene S. Gaylinn
Brooks Appelbaum
Tara Kennedy


The Will Rogers Follies
Goodspeed Opera House
April 13 – June 21, 2018

Geary Danihy
Don Church & Tony Schillaci
Nancy Sasso Janis
Zander Opper
Tim Leininger
Bessy Reyna
David Rosenberg
Howard Steven Frydman
Tom Holehan
Karen Isaacs
Bonnie Goldberg
Stuart Brown
Lauren Yarger
Joseph Harrison


Working
A Contemporary Theatre
February 14 – March 10, 2019

Geary Danihy
James V. Ruocco
Bonnie Goldberg
Tom Holehan
Stuart Brown
Donald Brown
Zander Opper
Karen Isaacs

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