| Mar 16, 2012
| 12:54 PM
Fairy tales seem like so much fun until you start paying attention. All that violence and vengeance, the spookiness, illusion, deceit.
"And ah, the woods," as Stephen Sondheim writes in his latest book. "The all-purpose symbol of the unconscious, the...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 7:41 AM
Unpredictable thrills, comedy and daredevil stunts are all part of Circo Comedia at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Sunday, Dec. 15. Recommended for age 4 and older, the show features Jean Saucier, master equilibrist, juggler, trick...
| Nov 24, 2013
Diners and waitresses beam upon recognizing the familiar face of the woman eating a short stack of blueberry pancakes and sipping peppermint tea at an off-the-highway eatery in New Haven.
"What play are you in?" asks the gentleman as he catches the...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 10:45 AM
Mister Roberts is a realistic story about American sailors onboard the cargo vessel Reluctant toward the end of World War II. They crew is bored, but can't escape their floating prison. Drama ensues, which is amusing but also poignant. The show won the...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:55 AM
Esau Pritchett (Broadway’s “A Free Man of Color”) plays Troy Maxson, the commanding father in August Wilson’s “Fences” at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre, directed by Phylicia Rashad.
Also featured in the show,...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 8:28 AM
Now that the lost 40-minute film footage Orson Welles created for his production of the William Gillette farce, "Too Much Johnson," had been found, restored, presented and praised -- could an a stage production of Welles' vision happen?
| Oct 8, 2013
| 1:35 PM
And the theater name on everyone's lips this week is... George Abbott?
George Abbott is one of the biggest names in American theater history. He had a new show opening on Broadway nearly every year between the mid-1920s and the mid-1970s. It helped that...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 6:55 AM
Room Service was written in the 1930s, but it's as fresh as anything being written today. The madcap comedy opens Tuesday at Westport Country Playhouse, a play about a producer and a ragtag group of actors raising money to put on their show on Broadway....
| Sep 19, 2013
| 1:18 PM
Ben Steinfeld (Broadway’s “Cyrano de Bergerac’’, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) heads the cast of the American farce “Room Service,” which plays the Westport Country Playhouse Oct. 8 to 27, ending its...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 7:19 AM
Westport Country Playhouse, which has one show (the backstage romp Room Service) left to go on its 2013 season, and has already announced its 2014 season (Coward’s A Song at Twilight, Bergman’s Ibsen-based Nora, Ayckbourn’s Things We...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 11:12 AM
Westport Country Playhouse is known for bringing out the big names for its annual fundraiser.
This year’s lineup celebrating the career of actor-director Phylicia Rashad on Sept. 16 includes: Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony Award-winning composer/...
| Sep 12, 2013
Time was, fall was about fresh beginnings: a new TV season, new dramas at theaters, college bands touring campuses. Now, all that stuff happens year-round, without a clean start or finish. It can be dizzying, but this is a good thing. Nostalgic tribute...