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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mommie Dearest by Donald Brown

The Yale Cabaret is back, kicking off their new season this weekend with Look Up, Speak Nicely, and Don’t Twiddle Your Fingers All the Time, a new play by Emily Zemba, third-year playwrigh…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 03:48PM
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Yale Cabaret Season 47: Down the Stairs We Go by Donald Brown

Next weekend the Yale Cabaret returns—Cab 47—helmed by Artistic Directors, Hugh Farrell, a dramaturg, Will Rucker, a stage manager, and Tyler Kieffer, a sound designer, and Managing Dire…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 03:05PM
Friday, August 8, 2014

This Island Earth by Donald Brown

Review of Will Eno’s Middletown The Yale Summer Cabaret paid tribute to its 40-year existence last night and the festivities included a performance of Will Eno’s Middletown, directed by …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 01:17PM
Friday, July 11, 2014

Yale Summer Cabaret: Summer Shorts Festival by Donald Brown

Tonight the Yale Summer Cabaret resumed with Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, formerly known as Southwest Africa, from the German…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 11:56PM
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

50th Anniversary Season of the Long Wharf Theatre by Donald Brown

Now that the International Festival of Arts & Ideas has come and gone, and even the Yale Summer Cabaret is on a hiatus until it resumes on the 11th, what is a theater person to do? One p…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 02:30PM
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Death-defiers by Donald Brown

Review of Traces Traces, the production by Les 7 Doigts de la Main at this year’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas, presents an varied mix of incredible circus tricks, busy chore…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 09:31PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No Child Left Behind by Donald Brown

Review of A Map of Virtue Erin Courtney’s A Map of Virtue, the second offering of the 40th Anniversary Yale Summer Cabaret this year, is certainly a curiosity. Structured by titled segment…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 04:03PM
Friday, June 20, 2014

Habeas Corpus by Donald Brown

Review of Arguendo Elevator Repair Service’s Arguendo, directed by John Collins, is a gutsy idea: take a Supreme Court hearing and turn it into theater. But wait, Supreme Court hearings—…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 03:59PM

Keeping Afloat by Donald Brown

Review of Split Knuckle Theatre's Endurance When is a Hartford insurance company like a ship stuck in ice in the Antarctic? When they’re both sinking. Split Knuckle Theatre’s Endurance p…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 12:30AM
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

He’s the Boss by Donald Brown

The Broken Umbrella Theatre’s Gilbert the Great harkens to the time of the heroic inventor, impresario, businessman, marketer, and employer that we could call the Golden Age of American bu…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 01:39PM
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Inventive Theater Opens Friday: A Broken Umbrella Theatre is Back by Donald Brown

The Broken Umbrella Theatre is back. After their stint as part of the Arts and Ideas Festival last year—where their show Freewheelers was one of the hottest tickets—BUT has more to live …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 04:45PM
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Here We Are in the Years by Donald Brown

The odd thing about Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, now playing at the Long Wharf Theatre, directed by Gordon Edelstein with musical direction by James Sampliner, is that, though…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 01:41PM
Monday, May 12, 2014

40 Years On: A Preview of Yale Summer Cabaret, 2014 by Donald Brown

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Yale Summer Cabaret, a theatrical entity separate from Yale Cabaret (or “term time Cabaret”), that began life in 1974. In tribute to the four …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 09:42AM
Monday, May 5, 2014

Recap: Yale Cab 46 by Donald Brown

Yale Cabaret Season 46 is now just a memory. So let’s test our memories. Surveying the season, I’ve come up with five top picks in thirteen categories, as I have done for Seasons 45 (’…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 01:22AM
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Change is Gonna Come by Donald Brown

Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand, now playing at the Yale Rep, directed by Patricia McGregor, runs the audience through a range of emotions as we watch a household divided ag…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 10:02AM
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Brother’s Keeper by Donald Brown

The final show of the Yale Cabaret’s 46th season brings it all back home. The play, The Brothers Size, was written by its prize-winning and celebrated author, Tarell Alvin McCraney, while …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 10:42PM
Friday, April 25, 2014

A Challenging Musical Comes to Long Wharf | nhr by Donald Brown

For James Sampliner, musical director for Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, which opens previews May 7 at the Long Wharf, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, taking on …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 04:49PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saints Alive! by Donald Brown

Ryan Campbell, a second-year playwright in YSD, is a ballsy writer. A New Saint for a New World, now playing at the Yale Cabaret, begins with the premise of Joan of Arc returned to earth in …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 02:32PM
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shipwrecked! with New Haven Theater Company by Donald Brown

Ensconced in their home at the back of the English Markets, the New Haven Theater Company now have the rights—and the right space—for their production of New Haven resident Donald Margul…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 05:31PM
Monday, April 7, 2014

Ecce Puer by Donald Brown

Athol Fugard’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, now in its world premiere at the Long Wharf Theatre, is a short play that enacts a meditation on a number of things that matter: the nature of…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 08:27PM
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hotel California by Donald Brown

OMG what an energetic show! The Mystery Boy, currently playing at the Yale Cabaret, is director/actor Chris Bannow’s adaptation of a novel by Jacqueline Weaver, his 11 year-old sister, a s…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 10:26AM
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fighting City Hall by Donald Brown

Timothy J. Guillot’s We Fight We Die, directed by Jiréh Breon Holder, at the Cab this weekend, can be accused of the old “bait and switch.” It begins as what seems to be a mythopoeic …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 03:30PM
Monday, March 24, 2014

Hey Claude by Donald Brown

Much Ado About Nothing, the comedy by Shakespeare that is the source for These! Paper! Bullets!, a new adaptation—or, in its terms, “modish ripoff”—by playwright Rolin Jones and dire…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 11:08PM

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