Eurydice reviews

This is a fine chance to rediscover this lyrical drama of love and loss, presented with the youthfulness it demands. —Hartford Courant

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Director Helene Kvale is to be commended for taking on a difficult script that is alternative, oppositional and outside the mainstream. I look forward to seeing more of her productions in the future. American theatre needs more work that is willing to be complex and abstract.  —Edmond Chibeau Blog

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What is impressive about the production is the way that all of the technical and performative elements blend together to present love and grief as living and breathing forces of nature on the stage. Orpheus hears music in everything. It is an all-encompassing experience for the musician, who hears music in name of his love, to the sound of a creaky well pump, a quality that makes him the legend he is in mythology. —The Daily Campus

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Director Helene Kvale says, “Our production is an elegy – a poetic symphony of love, loss and memory with a whimsical nod to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  According to Chinese legend, a red thread of fate binds two people who are destined to be together. So it is in Eurydice. We explore the fragile connection of young love in this humorous and profound adaptation of the classic myth.”



Burning Blue review

Absorbing and moving from the opening frame, Burning Blue exposes the mechanics and consequences of modern-day witchhunts that attempt to put restrictions on who and how we love. —Brendan Peterson,

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Big Love review

This production of  Big Love by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre has certainly met Mee’s wonderful, theatrical challenge by taking leaps. —Ed Wierzbicki, WNPR News

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Pride and Prejudice review

Travis George’s lovely sitting room set transforms itself to the swirls of romantic action under the skilled direction of Helene Kvale, aided by Laura Crow’s fine period costuming. —Bonnie Goldberg, CT Critics Circle

Arguably one of the most beloved novels ever written, Jane Austen’s 19th-century masterpiece Pride and Prejudice makes its East Coast premier with this mostly faithful and thoroughly delightful play, adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan and directed by Helene Kvale at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Thankfully, this production, although containing some modifications of the novel, retains all the essentials of the story and much of the original dialogue, making it completely satisfying to this Austen devotee, and very likely creating some new converts along the way. If at all possible, go see this glorious production of Pride and Prejudice—Kory Loucks, Journal Inquirer

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The Gut Girls review

Helene Kvale has forgone the traditional stage for this production, opting instead to have the show set on the deck of the Studio and Mobius Theaters. Wood platforms and steel scaffolding enhance the industrial atmosphere found in turn of the century gutting sheds and the audience observe the performance from all angles, sitting on chairs and couches as well as floor pillows. Kvale’s choices are calculated and deliberate… The cast soaked up this experience… taking Kvale’s opinion and experience to heart while admiring her talent and professionalism. The Chronicle

A Doll’s House review

What I saw at the Gene Frankel Theatre just knocked my socks off. Bated Breath Theatre Company’s inaugural production not only has superb acting, excellent direction and an innovative set… it shouldn’t be missed. —Paulanne Simmons, Curtain Up

Helene Kvale, an accomplished actor in her own right, has brought her actor’s sensibility to the production and allowed her performers to find their own truths in their characters. Although the play might have benefitted from some editing, it holds up quite well and certainly held the audience in rapt attention. —Loria Parker,

By focusing on the relationship and ditching the realism, (Bated Breath) has succeeded in restaging it for today… Kvale abandons realism by having shadows loom large on the back wall of the stage, suggesting that Nora’s past is coming back to haunt her. The celebrated Christmas tree is a coat tree from which she hangs ribbons. It is a sham tree, much as her life has been a sham life. —Amy Freeman, Theater Talk Review

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The Parkville Project review

Everyone who’s an artist wants to be involved in something like this… It’s new, and it tells a great story. And for me, it’s close to my heart. —Vanessa De La Torre, The Hartford Courant

This is apparently Bated Breath’s second production, the first being a new translation and production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in New York City. Their next production The Cooked and the Raw, billed as an erotic thriller, is being prepared for Real Arts Ways (in Parkville!) in 2011. This ambitious company certainly deserves watching. —Andrew Beck, Hartford Arts Examiner

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Hunger review

an offbeat and entertaining theater alternative… playful and stylish staging by Helene Kvale. —Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant

Hunger is commendable, complex and ambitious. Here is hoping that Bated Breath becomes a mainstay… and continues to stretch the definition of theatre. —Jacques Lamarre,

Hartford’s fortunate to have a new professional theater company creating original work. —Jacques Lamarre, The Hartford Advocate

Hunger was chosen as Finalist in the World Stage Design competition 2013 in Cardiff, Wales, for costumes designed by Laura Crow.

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