In a 2006 interview with the Hartford Courant to publicize his just-published memoir, Falk recalled his days here:
"They hired me as an efficiency expert. I wasn't very efficient. The first day on the job, I was looking for the Capitol building. This magnificent building, surrounded with a magnificent lawn and sitting up on a knoll high up above the rest of the city, and I can't find it. I wound up at the post office."
Yet, going to Hartford "turned out to be the luckiest thing that ever happened to me," Falk added. "I found this outstanding theater group" -- the Masquers, who disbanded in 2001, after 69 seasons.
Courant Staff Writer Susan Dunne noted in the 2006 article that her newspaper's first review of a Falk performance came with the Masquers' staging of Clifford Odets' "The Country Girl" on April 6, 1954. The unnamed critic didn't care much for Falk's performance--or get his name right:
"Folk turns in a capable performance. However, at times, one might get the impression that he at one time was a great admirer of James Cagney."
But over the next year or so, the reviews improved dramatically.
"If it wasn't for the Mark Twain Masquers, I don't know where my life would have gone," Falk said.