by Allan Appel | Nov 20, 2014 1:55 pm
“Put your point down and then bring it straight up,” Jim Andreassi said. “He’s a beautiful man. I don’t want to lose any of that.”
by Lucy Gellman | Nov 19, 2014 4:41 pm
Christian Shaboo had ventured deep into the territory of “The Laughing Man.” Already he had relayed to the audience the man’s repeated triumphs against the nefarious Marcel Dufarge and his evil daughter; his cunning ways with the Paris sewer system; his facility in talking to animals. With one free hand, the actor wove The Laughing Man’s mask through the air, a layering of red poppy petals, waxy and pungent, appearing before the rapt audience as his fingers flitted to and fro.
by Brian Slattery | Nov 18, 2014 4:18 pm | Comments (2)
“You’d never imagine that in this day and age, people would believe in psychics. But it’s big. They’re filling arenas.” So Mark Edward said to a packed house at the Institute Library for the latest “Amateur Hour,” where Edward worked his powers as a medium, then showed how most of it is a crock—and then, somehow, worked his powers again.
by Donald Brown | Nov 18, 2014 12:49 pm
The idea behind the phrase “the blind leading the blind” is that without true faith a person is blind and anyone he leads or teaches will be led astray. Both will fall into the ditch. The phrase is apt for Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer, which finishes its run at the New Haven Theater Company this weekend.
by Allan Appel | Nov 12, 2014 3:09 pm
Not exactly looking forward to seeing certain relatives this holiday season? Irritated by that uncle who’s so certain about politics and love that when he hits the whiskey your ear is ringing with his 90-proof wisdom?
I have just the right pre-Christmas vaccine for you.
by Allan Appel | Nov 11, 2014 3:41 pm
Does Marvin Gaye’s voice sound more velvety on a 45 RPM or on that new-fangled eight-track machine?
That’s one of the central questions in a play set four decades ago in a struggling but deeply loyal black family during the racial rioting—and profiling—of the 1960s. Unfortunately, it’s anything but dated.
by Brian Slattery | Nov 3, 2014 8:16 am
A little rain still couldn’t stop the dead from marching from downtown New Haven to Fair Haven.
by Allan Appel | Oct 31, 2014 9:55 am
A mother devours her children. Yet washing them thoroughly and boiling them in a large pot of water may not have been the very best cooking method. They tasted just like mud pies and gave the poor old dear indigestion.
by Remsen Welsh | Oct 31, 2014 7:44 am
Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader, plays the role of Rebecca Gibbs in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at Long Wharf Theatre, which closes Nov. 2. She is keeping a diary of the experience. This installment is from the day of a student matinee.
by Aliyya Swaby and Markeshia Ricks | Oct 20, 2014 9:38 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: