Voices Raised At Arts Awards

by Brian Slattery | Dec 10, 2018 7:39 am | Comments (2)

Luciana Q. McClure PhotosThe Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s 38th annual awards ceremony, held Friday during a luncheon at the New Haven Lawn Club, began with a protest. As patrons were seating themselves in the Lawn Club’s expansive ballroom, a troop of young women marched in file toward the stage, chanting and holding aloft signs about stopping domestic and sexual violence, about women’s suffrage, about curing breast cancer.

The women were dancers from Premier Dance Company, headed by Hanan Hameen, one of the afternoon’s award recipients. They took the stage to a blast of music from the speakers, moving from funk to pop to hip hop, as patrons finished sitting down — a fitting nod to the theme of the arts awards this year, of phenomenal women.

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Yale Cabaret Puts One On For Kids

by Donald Brown | Dec 4, 2018 7:28 am

Yale Cabaret PhotoThere have been some surprises this season at the Yale Cabaret, the black box theater in the basement at 217 Park St. But surprises shouldn’t be surprising, since one of the four main values chosen by the 2018-19 team, according to its mission statement, is to “cultivate surprise,” seeking to “nurture the new and the nascent, the fragile and unfinished, the risky, the experimental, and curious.”

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“Paradise Blue” Burns Red Hot

by Brian Slattery | Nov 29, 2018 12:11 pm

T. Charles Erickson PhotosA man in a blue suit stands alone on a stage in a small club and begins to play the trumpet. His talent isn’t in question. He has a gift for the instrument. But the sound he makes speaks of frustration too, of running up against limitations, about wrestling with inner turmoil. There is a sense of the player reaching for something and not getting there, and knowing he’s not getting there. What is he going to do about it?

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New Haven Theater Company Sings A Love Song

by Brian Slattery | Nov 9, 2018 7:16 am

Early in John Kolvenbach’s Love Song — running at the New Haven Theater Company on Chapel Street through Nov. 17 — Beane (Christian Shaboo) is subjected to a personality test by Harry (George Kulp). It’s the type of test that Joan (Susan Kulp), Beane’s sister and Harry’s wife, thinks is silly. The sort of thing, she says, that a bored intern writes to fill space in a magazine, and that everyone else takes too seriously. First question: Someone gives you a wrapped present for your birthday. It’s a box. What do you want to be inside of it — a puppy, a songbird, a bunny, or a baby?

That’s where things go horribly, hilariously wrong.

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Take This “A Train”

by Brian Slattery | Oct 24, 2018 6:41 am

Brian Slattery PhotosAngel Cruz is on his knees, trying to get through an Our Father. He’s in a prison cell and it looks like it might be his first night. He’s shaky. He’s scared.

“Our Father,” he starts, “who art in Heaven.”

That’s when the obscenities start, telling him to quiet down as he tried to stammer through the rest of the prayer. It’s funny and tense, all the same time — setting the stage, thematically and tonally, for everything that is to come in Collective Consciousness Theater‘s fleet, entertaining, and excoriating production of Jesus Hopped the A Train, running Oct. 25 to Nov. 11.

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