by Aliyya Swaby and Markeshia Ricks | Oct 20, 2014 10:38 am
After watching the new revival of Our Town at Long Wharf Theatre (reviewed here by Christopher Arnott), two Independent reporters—one who had repeatedly seen and read the play before, one who hadn’t—regrouped at Atticus Bookstore Cafe to hash out their divergent reactions. Excerpts of the conversation follow:
by Chris Arnott | Oct 20, 2014 10:36 am
Gordon Edelstein’s new Long Wharf Theatre production of Our Town is a magically normal, splendiforously matter-of-fact, divinely human interpretation of a world theater classic that, for all its self-consciously naturalistic tendencies, has a latter-day reputation of being formal and stuffy. This rendition, honoring the Long Wharf’s 50th anniversary, is mortal, moral and resplendently casual.
by Christopher Arnott | Oct 13, 2014 8:45 am
Tom Stoppard writes for smart people really well. That means audiences as well as the characters in his plays.
In Arcadia—which the Yale Repertory Theatre is staging for smart audiences through Oct. 25 at the Yale University Theater, 222 York St.—Stoppard is dealing with true geniuses. One is the legendary British poet Lord Byron, who is never seen onstage but is on the minds of the main characters throughout the whole play. Another springs whole from Stoppard’s ingenious mind: a 13-year-old early-19th-century math prodigy named Thomasina Coverly, who doesn’t get the acclaim she deserves because of a series of circumstances, misunderstandings and chauvinistic assumptions. That sensitive plotl ine has made Arcadia a modern classic and one of the most produced of all Tom Stoppard’s plays.
by Remsen Welsh | Oct 8, 2014 1:55 pm | Comments (1)
Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader, plays the role of Rebecca Gibbs in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience this installment is from “tech day,” the first day the actors move into the theater to check out the lighting, set, sound cues, and costumes.
The start of tech was filled with excitement … and the knowledge that it was going to be a long day.
by Remsen Welsh | Oct 7, 2014 1:06 pm
Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader, plays the role of Rebecca in the revival of Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience.
I got an e-mail last night before from the production stage manager notifying me that I would be called at 11:30 a.m. today. My mom and I headed out on our usual route, but because of the traffic going over the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, my mom looked at me and informed me, “You’re probably going to be a little late. Can you text Michelle [the child wrangler] letting her know we’ll be a little late?”
by Allan Appel | Oct 2, 2014 2:31 pm
Long Wharf Theatre decided to make its revived version of Our Town look more like our town—in part by casting Myra Lucretia Taylor and others in roles once filled exclusively by white actors.
by David Sepulveda | Sep 18, 2014 1:14 pm
Czech-born British playwright Tom Stoppard once described theater production as a “team sport.” With a new play under production, New Haven playwright and theater director Sharece M. Sellem has broadened her theatrical team, inviting audience members to a series of staged readings to help shape the direction of Brothers Relived, a working title that could change—again.
by Chris Arnott | Sep 9, 2014 4:35 pm | Comments (2)
“He’s a rock star,” noted Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies was overheard saying as he and hundreds of other Tom Stoppard fans searched for seats in the packed Yale University Theater auditorium on Monday afternoon. The line to get in to see Stoppard deliver a lecture extended halfway down the block outside the theater. The theater seats 620; dozens, if not hundreds, were turned away.
by Lucy Gellman | Sep 4, 2014 1:09 pm
Lisa Daly leaned into the glowing, white screen of her Macbook, where top-secret (OK, semi top-secret) material lay fleshed out in small black letters. The wind picked up around her shoulders.
by Allan Appel | Aug 8, 2014 3:25 pm | Comments (1)
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.