I'm Connecticut -- Quirky Comedy

By Karen Isaacs

I'm Connecticut which is now at Ivoryton Playhouse through June 23, is a lightweight comedy that makes gentle fun of our state. It was given its premier production at the Connecticut Rep at UConn in Storrs. This production uses the same sets and the same two leading actors.

The plot is quite simple. Connecticut native Marc is a 20-something who lives in New York City and has not been very successful in finding a girl friend.  According to the various people he consults -- his coworker Kyle, and the manager of a speed dating agency -- the problem he is boring because he comes from Connecticut. As Marc points out to the audience -- he talks to the audience a lot -- Connecticut has many nicknames including "the land of steady habits."

But Marc does meet someone and introduces her to his grandfather with whom he lives and seems to have some slight mental confusions. To seem more interesting Marc tells some less-than-factual stories which of course lead to complications.

Does it all sound a lot like a sitcom? You shouldn't be surprised because playwright Mike Reiss -- a Connecticut native -- has been a writer on The Simpsons and originated The Critic.

I'm Connecticut is a likeable comedy that still needs work. It has quirky charm and some funny ideas -- how the shape of a state influences its personality. I had never thought of Vermont and New Hampshire being gay lovers.

Harris Doran plays Marc with an easy likeability and Jerry Adlerr adds charm as grandpa.  Unfortunately, Marc's girlfriend seems a little bland; her vivacious mother and the possibly budding relationship with grandpa at times seems more interesting.

If you like Neil Simon -- especially his earlier plays, you will find I'm Connecticut good fun. This is still a work in progress, but it is at Ivoryton Playhouse through June 23.

This review aired on WHNU 88.7fm


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