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If the Bikini Fits ...

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.

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We Are Proud to Present ... Ourselves, Warts And All

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.

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Endurance Enthralls

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.

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Arnott’s Arts & Ideas Diary: Installment Eight

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.

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Long Wharf’s “Our Town” Will Look Like Our Town

by Allan Appel | Jun 25, 2014 2:55 pm

Allan Appel Photo 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.

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Don’t Trust Anyone

by Chris Arnott | Jun 24, 2014 1:05 pm

Christopher Ash Photo 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.

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Arnott’s Arts & Ideas Diary: Installment Five

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.

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Arnott’s Arts & Ideas Diary: Installment 1

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.”

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Why Torture Is A Bad Play Except For The People Who Act In It

by Christopher Arnott | Jun 10, 2014 11:41 am

CHRISTOPHER ASH PHOTO 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.

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Shakespeare Found On Orange Street

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.”

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