Berkshire Stages Kick-Off Summer Season – by Tom Holehan

A weekend trip to the Berkshires, under two hours from Stratford, is not only scenic but a cultural oasis! I was delighted with a recent trip to Massachusetts where the Berkshires’ professional theatre companies are up and running. There’s a clever high concept play currently at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield where “A Tender Thing” by Ben Power is in residence through July 20. What would happen if Romeo and Juliet did not die and moved into old age together? That’s the basic premise in Power’s intriguing work performed in just under 90 minutes without intermission. The playwright utilizes iambic… read more

Broadway Comes to Southern Connecticut

NEW CANAAN, CT: Your favorite local theatre is dark because it’s summer. New York City is hot and sweaty, not to mention tickets are still overpriced. Yet, you yearn for theatre. Something fresh, affordable, fun and air conditioned. We have the solution! Come to New Canaan instead! See seven new world premieres by seven new playwrights, curated and presented at the intimate Powerhouse Theatre in bucolic Waveny Park, courtesy of former-New York-based theatre festival, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. “We’re looking for enthusiastic theatregoers to collaborate with our artists and offer their feedback to these artists from across the country,” BBTF… read more

CT Critics Give “A View From the Bridge” and “Summer Stock” Top Honors at 32nd Awards Ceremony

New Haven — A innovative production of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” at Long Wharf Theatre and a high-spirited, buoyant production of “Summer Stock” at Goodspeed Musicals took top honors at the 32nd annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards (ctcritics.org) held on Monday, June 24. The event, which celebrates the work from the state’s professional theaters during the 2023 – 2024 season, was held at the Iseman Theater, part of Yale Repertory Theatre, in downtown New Haven. This year the awards were spread out to many productions throughout the state, with Goodspeed Musicals’ “Summer Stock” and “Private Jones” earning… read more

“A View From the Bridge?” and “Kinky Boots” Top 2024 Connecticut Critics Circle Nominations

Long Wharf Theatre’s innovative staging of the Arthur Miller classic, “A View From the Bridge” and A Contemporary Theatre’s (ACT of CT) rousing production of “Kinky Boots” lead the shows nominated for the 32nd annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. The awards event, which celebrates the best in professional theater in the state, will be held Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Yale Repertory Theater’s Iseman Theatre in downtown New Haven. “A View From the Bridge” earned nine nominations, including outstanding play production, director, and best actor. “Kinky Boots” received eight nods, including outstanding musical production, director, choreographer, leading actor… read more

“Women of Will” by Elm Shakespeare

Have you ever lost sleep pondering the fate of The Bard’s female characters? If so, you have a treat in store for you as Elm Shakespeare has a new and novel show designed with you in mind. Tonight, May 16 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Southern CT State University’s Blackbox Theatre, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven will be alive with Tina Packer’s unique production of “Women of Will,” an intimate look at the females who populate Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies with humor, passion,… read more

32nd Annual CT Critics Awards Ceremony

The 32nd Annual Connecticut Critics Circle (CCC) Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 24, 2024 at Yale Repertory Theatre, Iseman Theater from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. The event is open to the public. CLICK ON THE “READ MORE” BUTTON for the link – To RSVP to the event. We hope you will join us in helping the Connecticut Critics Circle, a not-for-profit organization, celebrate theater in Connecticut, honor the artists who make it happen and help us create opportunities for a new generation of theater enthusiasts. CLICK ON THE “READ MORE” BUTTON for the link – for information… read more

The Bushnell’S 2024 – 2025 Season

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts recently announced their 2024-2025 Broadway Series season. Beginning this fall, The Bushnell will bring these exciting Broadway hits to Hartford: the uplifting true story A Beautiful Noise; Disney’s best-loved musical The Lion King; the electrifying, hit-filled MJ the Musical; the high-flying hit Peter Pan; the groundbreaking The Wiz; the spectacular Some Like It Hot; and the award-winning, feel-good adventure Back to the Future: The Musical. The 2024-2025 Bushnell Broadway Series is once again sponsored by Travelers with support from Webster Bank. In addition to the seven shows in the Broadway subscription, patrons will… read more

Seven New Plays By Playwrights Across the U.S.

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (BBTF), in partnership with The Town Players of Connecticut, will be holding their 2024 season this summer at the POWERHOUSE THEATRE in Waveny Park in New Canaan. “Our first year in Connecticut, we’re pleased to offer something for everyone,” BBTF Festival Director Lenore Skomal said. “We’re so proud to host seven new playwrights, representing states from the West Coast to our home state, everything from comedies, dramadies to allegorical tales. Bringing talented new voices to the stage is our passion and this should prove our finest year yet.” The Festival runs from Thursday, Aug. 8 through… read more

All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – by Bonnie Goldberg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have been short of stature but she was a giant in the world of legal justice, for women and men, Jews, blacks and Native Americans, and children. She was an outspoken advocate for gender equality for anyone who needed a voice, the “left out people,” winning arguments before the Supreme Court long before she became an illustrious member herself. A trailblazer, a member of the Harvard Law School, one of only nine women against five hundred men, Ruth employed liberal views of the law and never stepped back when she saw an injustice. Along the way,… read more

For Irene – by Marlene S. Gaylinn

Irene Backalenick — a nationally known journalist, theater critic, and a founding member of the Connecticut Critics Circle, passed away at home on December 16, 2023. She was 102 years old. Longtime friend and colleague Marlene Gaylinn remembers Irene. I met Irene when I began writing theatre reviews for “The Darien News-Review.” My editor, Virginia Bates, knew Irene from the CT Press Club and informed me that we may have something in common. It was at the Press Club that we first met. Soon afterwards, Irene became one of the founders of The Connecticut Critics Circle and I became one… read more