by Joshua Mamis | May 17, 2013 12:03 pm
Fifty years after white flight, a white couple has returned to build a home in a newly gentrifying neighborhood—and lands in a tense scene with neighbors. “It’s race,” the husband blurts out. “Isn’t it?”
by Joshua Mamis | May 17, 2013 12:01 pm | Comments (4)
Clybourne Park makes you laugh, think, laugh again, cringe. Then it rips a super-glued Band-Aid off of liberal white skin, exposing all the raw, tribal bias white people prefer to think they don’t possess.
If that doesn’t sound like fun, you’re wrong.
by Allan Appel | May 14, 2013 11:47 am
On a Thursday afternoon, world-renowned playwright Athol Fugard sent Gordon Edelstein his new play. Edelstein read the play and called Fugard.
“There’s only one actor who can play this part,” said Edelstein to Fugard.
“Who? Sam Waterston?” said Fugard.
“No, dummy. You!”
by Allan Appel | May 9, 2013 3:19 pm | Comments (2)
Motha Earth checks out Wisdom Warrior and his girlfriend Patti in the new booth at Uncle Kang’s Diner. That stuff she’s dabbing on her zits? It was intended to be a magical potion to take Wisdom’s mind off other girls. Turns out it works even better as acne cream.
by Allan Appel | May 6, 2013 12:16 pm | Comments (1)
The man with the maroon vest seems like an average, pleasant middle-aged guy. Then his cell phone goes off. The ring tone is the catchy “I have a little dreidel” Hanukkah tune.
“Is he in pain?” comes the question to his telephonic interlocutor.
A heartfelt conversation ensues about terminal illness, pain, and end of life care. It turns out the speaker is a rabbi. But he’s not talking to a suffering congregant. He’s talking to his wife—about the fate of their elderly cat Sam, who soon has to be put down.
by Melissa Bailey | May 2, 2013 11:51 am | Comments (21)
The empty stage and classrooms of Fair Haven’s abandoned Strong School may come to life with dance and theater, according to a plan in the works by a coalition of arts groups.
by Allan Appel | May 1, 2013 8:38 am
Johanna Delgado comes from a strict Pentecostal family. When her character St. Thomas says, mouth dripping in street-style derision, “Personally Judas is a bit of a jerk-off ... Actually he’s a dick,” she wonders what her grandmother, who will be in the audience, might think.
by Joshua Mamis | Apr 17, 2013 1:30 pm
It’s fitting that Stuck Elevator, before arriving back in New Haven for a grand summer unveiling, is having its world premiere in San Francisco. It’s a city with a strong tradition of political theater, and New Haven’s Aaron Jafferis, who wrote the libretto, has spent his career riveted on using language, from hip-hop poetry to drama, for social change.
by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 16, 2013 8:05 am | Comments (12)
After nearly two decades with an ownership stake in the Shubert, the city took a step Monday night toward handing the theater off to new owners.
by Allan Appel | Apr 15, 2013 11:15 am
It’s not every day that high school art and design students get a commission to create a sculpture guaranteed to be seen by 12,000 people and a billboard that will be viewed by hundreds of thousands driving along I-95.