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Elm Shakespeare Director Spots A Rising Star

by Allan Appel | Aug 8, 2014 3:25 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo With only a tiny number of lines like “Lord Helicane, a word,” 19-year-old Mychael Green is stepping into his first paying gig as an actor—and the beginning of what his director calls a lifelong journey for a potentially spell-binding actor.

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Shubert Calendar Artists Sought

by Staff | Aug 8, 2014 8:00 am

The Shubert Theater is preparing a 13-month calendar to commemorate its upcoming 100th anniversary year—and it’s looking for artistic fans to help illustrate it.

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Stuck In The Middle

by Lucy Gellman | Aug 7, 2014 12:05 pm

Christopher Ash Photo Two windowpanes, clouded by years of dust and rain buildup. A spare, glistening park bench empty in the center of a manicured patch of grass, backed with a homely looking fence that could appear anywhere from Elm Street to Grand Avenue.

Were it not for its setting among the din and drone of a packed blackbox theater, perhaps it would.

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Lights, Cameras ... Camp!

by Allan Appel | Aug 1, 2014 1:28 am

Allan Appel Photo Jamie Donovan plays six different bass pans at the same time. He stands in the middle of six drums and maneuvers around to get the 12 notes his instrument is capable of. He’s so proficient at it his teacher often calls on him to set an example of the rhythm.

No wonder he’s having a good time this summer. Playing in a steel band for the first time, he feels he always has a part and is really needed.

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If the Bikini Fits ...

by Chris Arnott | Jul 22, 2014 4:43 pm

The Bikinis summer show at the Long Wharf is a good-natured nostalgia trip to the beach and beyond.

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We Are Proud to Present ... Ourselves, Warts And All

by Lucy Gellman | Jul 18, 2014 3:49 pm

There is a moment not quite midway through Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, in which it is almost certain you have stepped into a dream. The vivid kind, in flashing, saturated color.

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Endurance Enthralls

by Chris Arnott | Jun 27, 2014 11:07 am

Endurance is in its final weekend at Long Wharf Stage II. It might seem an unusual show to mount during a summer season—unless you’re in New Haven, where it fits in beautifully with the creative abandon and intellectual rigor of the theater offerings at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

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Arnott’s Arts & Ideas Diary: Installment Eight

by Chris Arnott | Jun 26, 2014 6:00 pm

The Events—one of the key, ahem, events of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas 2014—might strike you, if you just read a description of it—as horrifically despressing. It’s not, even though it is indeed about the psychological motives of mass murderers.
Since it involves two actors, a pianist and a choir, you might peg The Events, sight unseen, as abstract. It’s not. It has characters, dialogue that goes somewhere, and a neat ending.

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Long Wharf’s “Our Town” Will Look Like Our Town

by Allan Appel | Jun 25, 2014 2:55 pm

Allan Appel Photo An Our Town not with a quaint, Caucasian, New Hampshsire-ish cast, but a multicultural one that truly represents our town—New Haven.

That’s what Long Wharf Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein promised as he announced that the great 1938 play will be the centerpiece of the theater’s 50th anniversary fall season.

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Don’t Trust Anyone

by Chris Arnott | Jun 24, 2014 1:05 pm

Christopher Ash Photo The Yale Summer Cabaret started its 2014 season with a torture-themed comedy by Christopher Durang (Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, which closed last week). It now has gotten darker still with the abduction-themed drama A Map of Virtue.

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