HARTFORD - Will Lebow is pretty much the whole show in “Mistakes Were Made,” the manic one-act comedy by Craig Wright currently on the boards at Hartford Stage. Following their mammoth undertaking of Horton Foote’s “Orphan’s Home Cycle” last month, the theatre clearly felt the need to downsize. Mr. Wright’s repetitive, fitfully amusing comedy about contemporary theatre and the producers who try to make it fly on Broadway, depends an awful lot on the resources and pluck of Mr. Lebow. They could do a lot worse.
Lebow plays Felix Artifex, a harried New York producer who spends the majority of his time during “Mistakes Were Made” making deals on the phone for a new play based on the French Revolution called, oddly enough, “Mistakes Were Made.” As targets go, ruthless producers are pretty much like shooting fish in a barrel and, speaking of fish, Lebow isn’t necessarily alone on the Hartford Stage. He shares his office with a bubbling aquarium whose sole occupant is a foot-long koi named “Denise”. The fish (a puppet operated by an unseen Stefano Brancato) serves as a sounding board for Felix’s interior monologues when he’s not on the phone.