There are two things to keep in mind when attending Hartford Stage. The first is if Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak is directing, then you are guaranteed a highly polished and memorable production. The second thing is that he goes all out with sets for his plays. This one, designed by Alexander Dodge, will blow you away and is as important as a character. Since Samuel Baum’s “The Engagement Party” is a world premiere under Darko’s direction, then you know he pulls out all the stops and you are in for a treat.
From the title, one might expect a happy, loving occasion and that is exactly how the play begins. It doesn’t take long before the cheerful opening moves from toasting the happy couple to heated flare-ups. This play asks “how much do you trust your friends and family?” It also asks “how many family secrets are eventually and unexpectedly revealed?”