All singing, all dancing GREASE rocks the summer in Ivoryton CT

By Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Critics On The Aisle (Photo of Natale Pirrotta and cast in “Greased Lightnin’” by Jonathan  Steele)   The historic Ivoryton Playhouse in calm, leafy Ivoryton Connecticut is rocking with good cheer with an energetic feel good production of the popular musical GREASE through July 29th. From the opening number, […]

Sharon McNight brilliantly channels Sophie Tucker in her sassy, brassy show at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT

The incomparable Sharon McNight, Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner for “Outstanding Broadway Debut” in 1989’s Starmites, shines in her own highly acclaimed show Red Hot Mama, The Sophie Tucker Story now playing through March 11 at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT. This musical comedy tribute to Sophie Tucker, the legendary […]

“RAGS” at Goodspeed Musicals: A Joyous and Tuneful American Story of Hope

By Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Critics On The Aisle (Photo by Diane Sobolewski : L-R Nathan Salstone, Emily Zakarias, Samantha Massell and Sara Kapner)   An exceptional “new” musical has opened at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT.  Playing through December 10, the quintessentially American tale illustrates the struggles, hopes and optimism of immigrants […]

Ivoryton Playhouse rocks with laughter throughout the World Premiere of Mike Reiss’ “I Hate Musicals: The Musical.”

Photos by Anne Hudson Top: Cast of I HATE MUSICALS AT IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE CT Next: R.Bruce Connelly is Lee the Do-Little-As-Possible Agent in “I Hate Musicals..” at Ivoryton Playhouse Ivoryton Playhouse rocks with laughter throughout the World Premiere of Mike Reiss’ “I Hate Musicals: The Musical.” By Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Critics On The […]

Book Review: “The Devouring” is the 12th riveting and cinematic Billy Boyle WWII mystery novel by James Benn

By Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Out and Travelin’, Critics On The Aisle James Benn is a master of mystery novels, all of which include well-researched historic fact to greatly heighten the plausibility of every dangerous twist and turn in the plots. In The Devouring, Benn exposes the shocking truth about Swiss greed and deadly […]