by Brian Slattery | Oct 26, 2017 11:21 am | Comments (1)
Eleanor Bannister and Abel Brown are at odds again. Abel says he’s looking for work, but has also made it pretty clear that his interest in Eleanor goes beyond the professional. Eleanor can’t decide if he’s a con man or just a man with a complicated life, and can’t deny the feelings she has for him, too. They’re both too smart, and a little too stubborn, to just let it go. Abel makes a last pitch to help Eleanor fix up the rundown cottage at the back of her property, which they both know also means they’ll be seeing a lot more of each other. Or, he says, in a moment of counterfactual argument, he could just burn the old cottage down and be on his way.
“If that’s what you want,” Abel says.
Eleanor lets her guard down. “I don’t know what I want, Abel,” she says.
Abel thinks about this. “Seems right to tell you, Eleanor, that those are exactly the words every con man wants to hear.”
Continue reading ‘Fireflies Lights Up A November-November Romance’
by Brian Slattery | Oct 11, 2017 12:52 pm
Before finishing Fireflies — which has its world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre Wednesday night — playwright Matthew Barber first took a road trip to southern Texas in 2010 to meet an 80-year-old retired schoolteacher named Annette Sanford, who had written a story Barber couldn’t get out of his head.
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by Donald Brown | Sep 12, 2017 12:03 pm
In Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds, six people go to a weekend-long silent spiritual retreat, looking for a chance to change. The idea is that new habits — like not speaking and learning to interact without chatter — will help them foster a different approach to their lives. Their teacher (Orville Mendoza) instructs them by voice-over; his first speech states the rules that will govern the exercise. One participant, Alicia (Brenna Palughi), arrives late and misses out on the instructions. Another, Ned (Ben Beckley), wants desperately to ask for a writing utensil but doesn’t dare.
Continue reading ‘Six Characters In Search Of A Teacher’
by Brian Slattery | Aug 23, 2017 10:48 am
Ned, a 39-year-old man who works for a nonprofit, has suffered a series of calamities, from prolonged hospitalization to marital infidelity to rampant alcoholism, and has joined a weekend-long, mostly silent spiritual retreat in the hope that it will help him put himself back together. He’s sitting in a session with a match in his hand.
“The teacher starts to play the recorder,” playwright Bess Wohl writes. “Ned has no idea what he’s supposed to do. He’s slightly worried that he’s supposed to set himself on fire. He half raises his hand, wanting to ask another question. The music stops.”
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by Christopher Peak | Jul 31, 2017 1:49 pm | Comments (1)
Transit-riders heading down escalators to the tracks at Union Station can once again get a glimpse of their final destinations — New York City, Boston and, yes, New Haven — through the famed lead-pencil drawings of Gregory “Krikko” Obbott, a local artist whose prints have been sold worldwide.
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by Staff | Jul 30, 2017 8:53 am
A man was pronounced dead at the hospital after the Coast Guard and fire department rescued and cared for him and a fellow boater overnight.
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by Allan Appel | Jul 11, 2017 11:09 am | Comments (10)
After being shuttered for decades, Marcel Breuer‘s famous Brutalist elevated concrete griddle off I-95 is opening its doors once again.
However, inside they’re not promoting Armstrong Rubber, which commissioned the building in 1968, or Pirelli Tires, or the sofas of IKEA, which still owns the building. Instead, an art show is on display. In the show, New Haven native, ECA graduate, and now distinguished conceptual artist Tom Burr offers art with evocations to New Haven’s recent past, including the 1970 May Day on the Green, Jean Genet’s defense of the Black Panthers, an era of borders and border crossings, and the arrest of Jim Morrison at the New Haven Arena in 1969.
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by Christopher Peak | Jun 23, 2017 12:05 pm | Comments (6)
New Haven may soon dig up remnants of the original Long Wharf buried in the harbor thanks to the work of one enterprising intern.
Continue reading ‘Long Wharf’s Buried History Targeted’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 5, 2017 6:43 am | Comments (3)
I have a confession: I haven’t been to Long Wharf Park a) since the very first food truck festival (cringe) and b) since it was declared a “food truck” paradise (cringe even more).
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by Christopher Peak | Jun 4, 2017 8:44 am | Comments (2)
A 40-foot-long “Dragon Boat” oared by venture capitalists sped toward the shore, neck and neck with another vessel powered by bicyclists. The result? Almost too close to call.
Continue reading ‘Cyclists Vs. Capitalists In A Photo Finish’