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Fireflies Lights Up A November-November Romance

by Brian Slattery | Oct 26, 2017 11:21 am | Comments (1)

T. Charles Erickson Photo 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.”

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Six Characters In Search Of A Teacher

by Donald Brown | Sep 12, 2017 12:03 pm

T. Charles Erickson Photos 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.

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Long Wharf Hears The “Sounds” Of Silence

by Brian Slattery | Aug 23, 2017 10:48 am

Ben Arons Photography 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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Pirelli Building Reopens ... To Art

by Allan Appel | Jul 11, 2017 11:09 am | Comments (10)

Allan Appel Photo 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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