“This very talented theater company once again shows its theatrical ingenuity as it mines local history and spins an imaginative tale that transcends mere biography and New Haven boosterism.”
— Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant

Seen Change! 

'Seen Change!' A Winner At Shubert Theatre

"It's lovingly presented, imaginatively staged and enthusiastically performed....show biz heaven."
— Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant

Broken Umbrella Sends a Love Letter

"Broken Umbrella’s most ambitious work to date… It surprises and impresses with its resourcefulness and its bravura love for theater as a communal experience."
— Donald Brown, The New Haven Independent

Heavy Meta

"The play’s musical side really takes flight, powered by strong vocal performances and a very strong pit band, plus great tap dance performances… Head to the theater."
— Bonnie Goldberg, The Daily Nutmeg

Audience Integral Part Of Shubert's 'Seen Change!'

“The musical-within-the musical is based on a number of shows from the Shubert's golden era, with nods to those tuneful classics… The local theater company, which received a special award last year from the Connecticut Critics Circle, has built a reputation for taking themes, characters and stories from the community and crafting theatrical works.”
— Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant

Wear solid shoes for frantic ‘Seen Change!’ at (and celebrating) Shubert Theatre

“You gotta love the grit of the theater group behind 'Seen Change!'” 
— Joe Amarante, New Haven Register

Gilbert the Great

'Gilbert the Great' Imaginative Tale With Impressive Ensemble

"This very talented theater company once again shows its theatrical ingenuity as it mines local history and spins an imaginative tale that transcends mere biography and New Haven boosterism."
— Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant, 5/28/2014

He's the Boss

"Fast, loose, with an almost telepathic sense of how to make its multiple character scenes, occurring in multiple locations, jell to impart information and entertain, Gilbert the Great is a fittingly ambitious tribute to this many-sided patriarch."
— Donald Brown, New Haven Review, 5/27/2014

A.C. Gilbert story in Erector Square

"TV’s cheesy ghost-hunt shows can’t compare to an artistic conjuring in the actual site where history played out."
Joe Amarante, New Haven Register, 5/21/2015

Great Gilbert Lives

"As actors prepare to bring new life to a famed New Haven toy inventor’s former factory floor, they feel the mythical man’s presence, watching over their shoulders."
— Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent


'Freewheelers' A Polished Production

"Broken Umbrella Theatre shows in this work that its artistry is as great as any major theater in Connecticut." 
— Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant

A uniquely New Haven tale in 'Freewheelers'

"Over the years, they’ve taken audiences back in time, looking at the secret locations that abound in our fair city and bringing up stories from the past." 
— Sandi Kahn Shelton, New Haven Register

A freewheeling way with history

"...you get glimpses into these treasures in New Haven that you wouldn’t experience otherwise." 
— Hank Hoffman, The Arts Paper

The Library Project

Library Bards

"For local theater enthusiasts and library cardholders, The Library Project is a must-see and a must-read without a hint of mustiness."
— Christopher Arnott, The Daily Nutmeg

A Tree Grows on Elm Street

"A Broken Umbrella productions are born out of a freewheeling collaborative brainstorming process involving on-site inspiration from unexpected performance spaces, deep research into New Haven history, and flights of fancy."
— Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent

Acting Local: A Broken Umbrella troupe celebrates place

"By exploring the notion or entity of the library in relation to the past and present, A Broken Umbrella plans to spin some sly and scandalous secrets that many in the city haven’t been privy to just yet."
— Courtney McCarroll, The Arts Paper

A Broken Umbrella Theatre dances and sings in New Haven library

"It takes full advantage of both A Broken Umbrella’s talents as masters of site-specific theater and the library’s history and expansive Cass Gilbert-designed building."
— Donna Doherty, New Haven Register

Hot Wheels & Reclaimed Doors

"...an overflow crowd watched...actors turn New Haven cycling history into modern musical mayhem in 'Head Over Wheels.'"
— David Sepulveda, New Haven Independent

Pierre Rides Again

"With the blessing of bike angel “LaLa Lallement,” a local theater company is delving into New Haven’s two-wheeled past to help a nervous accountant confront his fear of the velocipede."
— Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent

Artwalk in Westville has a full palette of fun things to see and do

"...a bike shop set that looks so authentic, cyclists have stopped to ask if a new bike shop has opened."
— Donna Doherty, New Haven Register