by Allan Appel | Mar 6, 2014 1:55 pm
Off stage they are drinking the right way, by raising a glass and toasting the first play their scrappy local company is producing in its first-ever permanent home.
Well, permanent at least for the next year.
by Chris Arnott | Mar 4, 2014 2:44 pm
When regional theaters realized that Amy Herzog—an acclaimed playwright still in her 30s, known for her sensitive yet theatrically riveting depictions of family strife and coming-of-age conundrums— had written a one-set, four-character drama with key roles for a young man and an elderly woman, they must have thought they’d died and gone to heaven.
by Allan Appel | Feb 28, 2014 11:19 am
Next time you drop by the Shubert, you might see Faith and Fashion duking it out.
This time it’s not on the stage but the lobby walls.
by Chris Arnott | Feb 28, 2014 8:19 am
In its nearly 100 years of existence, the Shubert has presented the works of many major Irish theater artists, from Synge to Wilde to Behan to the Abbey Theatre company. Just as importantly, the Shubert has served as a concert hall for appearances by The Waterboys, Cherish the Ladies and other cool Irish music groups.
The national tour of the Broadway musical Once, now at the Shubert through Sunday, brings us the best of both worlds. It serves the needs of the area’s bustling Irish community and far beyond.
by Paul Bass | Feb 20, 2014 8:02 am
TO: SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, CONNECTICUT DIVISION (100-19186)
FROM: NEW HAVEN FIELD OFFICE
SUBJECT: THREAT TO STATE SECURITY
by Allan Appel | Feb 11, 2014 1:22 pm
Question to the director: How do you approach an exquisite play whose focus is authenticity?
Answer from the director: Cast fine actors who are absolutely born for the parts. Then get out of their way.
by Christopher Arnott | Feb 10, 2014 8:55 am
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls features forthright young women, a bear, weird old people, shocking small town secrets, sexual peccadilloes, strangely shaped bodily scars and amusing regional ethnic eccentricities.
So ... It’s a John Irving novel?
Nyet. It’s a unique multi-styled commentary on Russian traditions and current realities, at a theater which has virtually cornered the market on Eastern European social commentary.
by Chris Arnott | Feb 6, 2014 3:01 pm
Oh, we could sit around and analyze Hedda Gabler, and talk about how amazing this grand old play is but how hard it is to do properly, with everybody involved sharing a dream and a purpose and working together.
But let’s not.
by Allan Appel | Jan 31, 2014 12:47 pm
“While you’re here, do you need your appendix out?”
“Don’t worry, we won’t touch the pancreas.”
“Sit up any time if you’re having trouble breathing.”
Those words, by turns joking and reassuring, were offered not in a medical facility but the sunny art room at Co-op Arts & Humanities High where seniors and juniors were mentoring middle-schoolers from Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in producing plaster casts of their own faces.
by Chris Arnott | Jan 28, 2014 11:28 am
My Fair Lady had its world premiere at the Shubert Theater 58 years ago this month. In a recent production, Yale Musical Theater of the Air brought the show back to its historic birthplace.