by David Sepulveda | Apr 15, 2015 1:59 pm | Comments (2)
For Elizardi Castro, doing hard time as a Puerto Rican attorney in America may not have been nearly as challenging as being the only lawyer in a large, Puerto Rican family.
by Lucy Gellman | Apr 15, 2015 7:14 am
America’s first black serial killer. A not-quite love song to a favorite purple and mercurial fruit that doubles as a touching and insightful narrative of family relations. A series of unfolding scenes in Clarkston, Washington.
by Allan Appel | Apr 9, 2015 3:29 pm
Heather, a young teacher, is tidying up her desk at the end of a long school day when there’s a knock on the door. Corynn, a mother, arrives for her scheduled parent-teacher conference. Seems like a mundane situation.
Except that the 11-year-old boy, the subject of the conference, has recently killed himself.
by Chris Arnott | Apr 7, 2015 4:30 pm
brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a love poem of sorts to a certain way of life in a specific part of Brooklyn. There’s gang violence and drug dealing and less overt adversities, like getting through the school day or not losing your temper with your family. Kimber Lee’s script is earnest and hopeful.
by Allan Appel | Apr 2, 2015 2:54 pm
Published in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin almost immediately was adapted for the minstrel show stage. Twenty-five years had to pass for the racial powers-that-be to allow an actual African-American actor, Sam Lucas, to replace the white actor playing Uncle Tom in that eponymous role.
Roll the clock ahead a century or so. A Broadway curtain rises and you see that the white, Jewish Loman family in a 1996 production of Death of a Salesman is all African-American.
by Donald Brown | Mar 31, 2015 4:41 pm
The Yale Repertory Theatre’s gorgeous revival of Bertolt Brecht’s 1944 play The Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by Liz Diamond, finds the fun in what could be an off-putting work.
by Allan Appel | Mar 27, 2015 1:05 pm | Comments (2)
Playing to a full house at the Shubert, Ammon Downer and Tanaiza Glass set the beat and a joyous tone for their talented crew of singers and dancers from the Edgewood School in “A Friend Like Me,” from the musical Aladdin.
by Alexis Zanghi | Mar 27, 2015 12:00 pm | Comments (5)
When I first came to Daggett Street Square in 2007, I was taken by its rambling hallways, its pulley-operated elevator. The building may not have been insulated, but it was insular. By that time, few live-work spaces remained in New Haven. There had been others — on River Street; in the Munniemaker cigar factory on State Street; at Chapel and Church, above what is now Gotham Citi—all now shut down.
Now we can add Daggett Street Square to the list: Last week officials ordered it cleared out.
by Allan Appel | Mar 25, 2015 2:20 pm
Nearly three dozen actors, 20 student musicians, 12 techies, and a new all-student dramaturgy team have created a murder board in the lobby of Co-op High.
A murder board is a good thing. It’s all part of the school’s presentation of Curtains, a charming play-within-a-play backstage murder mystery musical comedy, as its all-school spring show.
by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 20, 2015 12:22 pm | Comments (1)
“You’re gonna hit one, two and then I’m going to swing,” Devonne “Da Bomb” Canady told Catrina Ganey. “Got it?” Ganey had it.