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.
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.
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.
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.
by Allan Appel | Jun 25, 2014 2:55 pm
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.
by Chris Arnott | Jun 24, 2014 1:05 pm
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.
by Christopher Arnott | Jun 19, 2014 1:32 pm
Arguendo makes your brain want to explode. Then the show explodes for you, which is very nice of it.
by Chris Arnott | Jun 15, 2014 1:20 pm | Comments (2)
Friday, June 13: Freed Up by Friedlander
For tens of thousands of people, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas started Saturday evening with the Lailah Hathaway/Ruben Studdard concert on New Haven Green. For a few hundred, it began 24 hours earlier at a low-key jazz cello concert-cum-slide show during a pre-fest “Kick-Off Gala.”
by Christopher Arnott | Jun 10, 2014 11:41 am
If you really want to see how talented the current crop of Yale School of Drama students are, you should see them take this lousy script by Christopher Durang and turn it into something far better than it deserves.
by Allan Appel | Jun 9, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments (3)
Neither car horns honking nor chatty families passing with babies in perambulators could keep a 13-year old Hamlet, Tyler Felson, from declaiming, in the middle of Orange Street, “To be or not to be, that is the question.”