Aziz Ansari Works It Out (Maybe?)

by C.A. Nolte | Sep 27, 2018 6:52 am | Comments (3)

Atrossity Photography / Creative CommonsAs the crowd gathered outside College Street Music Hall on Tuesday night, two drivers from New York approached and asked what the “big deal” was. A brief rundown of the answer: performing that night was Aziz Ansari, well-known comedian and actor from the sitcom Parks and Recreation, and creator of the Netflix comedy Master of None, who got caught up in #MeToo when a date he had ended poorly. According to the date’s account, he repeatedly ignored verbal and physical cues.

“Oh,” one of the drivers said, “#MeToo?”

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Finalists Pitch Downtown Venue Proposals

by Thomas Breen | Sep 25, 2018 6:57 am | Comments (13)

Thomas Breen photoWho will bring more people to downtown New Haven? Who has the sounder business plan, and the deeper pockets? And who will better complement the entertainment district’s current mix of restaurants, theaters, clubs, concert venues, schools, and other community arts groups?

Those were some of the many questions asked Monday night during a New Haven Parking Authority meeting dedicated almost entirely to discussing who will next occupy the vacant commercial space on the ground floor of the Crown Street Garage.

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Sci Fi Comes To Life At Koffee?

by Karen Ponzio | Sep 17, 2018 7:01 am | Comments (1)

Josh Levinson PhotoThis past Friday night I went out to play two roles. One was arts reporter for the New Haven Independent. The other role: Sinister KP.

Since June 2018 I have been involved in a production titled Inferior Planet written, directed, and produced by Ken Carlson and held at Koffee? on Audubon St the second Friday of each month. It’s a story not unlike my own, where fictional and real life worlds meet for a short time

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College/Crown Choice: Music Or Theater

by Thomas Breen | Sep 6, 2018 7:03 am | Comments (17)

Thomas Breen photoSometime next year, downtown New Haven will have a new small concert venue that will bring over 2,500 music fans weekly to the entertainment and restaurant district. The space will be run by the same people who manage one of the top-ranked performance venues in the country, located right across the street.

Or, sometime next year, downtown New Haven will have a new 200-seat theater, a new 90-seat cabaret, and a rehearsal studio for professionals and students alike to practice their artistic trade. And that tripartite venue will be managed by two successful, historic local theaters in collaboration with a small Catholic college that is building out its theater program.

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Elm Shakespeare Does A Winning “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

by Brian Slattery | Aug 23, 2018 12:13 pm

Mike Franzman PhotoA half-hour before Elm Shakespeare Company’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost is set to start in Edgerton Park, several of the cast members strut onstage with instruments — a guitar, a banjo, a bass, a trumpet, a sax, a drum — to explain that they’re going to warm up the crowd. And warm the crowd they do, with take after enthusiastic take on early jazz, with a few more modern flourishes thrown in. It’s the kind of music that makes the audience tap their feet and chuckle spontaneously. It’s also a great encapsulation of Elm Shakespeare’s approach to this not-often-performed Shakespeare play. This Love’s Labour’s Lost is smart, lighthearted, full of energy, and a lot of fun.

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Kennies Earl Kreative House Keeps Growing

by Brian Slattery | Aug 23, 2018 6:35 am

The road to Kennies Earl Kreative House — an all-purpose creative space for photography, music production, theater, and workshops on Shelton Avenue — started in Earl’s stepfather’s apartment about 15 years ago, when Earl, still in college, got a synthesizer and started to use it.

His stepfather, Earl recalled, “thought I was making too much noise.”

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At Amistad, College Prep Doesn’t Stop For Summer

by Christopher Peak | Aug 21, 2018 12:14 pm | Comments (9)

Christopher Peak PhotoAfter two months constructing the set for the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Edgerton Park, Carlos Torres said with unabashed pride, that he became “a huge theater nerd.”

Through Achievement First Amistad High School’s summer internship program, which paired him with Elm Shakespeare Co., Torres learned to use obscure power tools, scanned iambic pentameter, splotched paint onto half of his wardrobe and found a passion for working behind the scenes in theater.

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Chilling Cabaret Demands Attention

by E.A. McMullan | Jul 2, 2018 11:06 am

Sam Plattus, director of Cabaret — playing now at Lyric Hall in Westville until July 15 — met us, his guests, with warmth and enthusiasm on our way into the auditorium. We found the stage filled with the cast in their attire, quiet chatter and knowing smirks abounding as they managed their preparations. Just after a hush settled over the whole room, Plattus walked to the foot of the apron.

“Today there were protests all across the country. ... It was really important to the whole cast that they were happening,” Plattus said. “I’ve learned, working on this show, that we live in a very fragile world. It looks more fragile by the day. It’s the responsibility of all of us together to make sure that the world doesn’t break.”

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“A Billion Nights” Full Of Wonder

by Jason Fitzgerald | Jun 15, 2018 9:03 am

Arts & IdeasIf the giggles and gasps I heard Thursday night from both adults and young children — often in unison — in Yale’s University Theatre is any indication, A Billion Nights on Earth is that rare thing: an evening of theatre for children that is not children’s theatre. Rather than a brightly colored cartoon story with enough double entendres to keep the parents awake, creator and director Thaddeus Phillips has taken the braver step of reminding us adults that we are at our best when we are like our children. Although the evening he has crafted lasts a scant hour and holds a trifle of a plot, it is designed, like a vivid dream, to linger long after it ends.

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