Thursday, June 25, 2015

Revels . . . and Revelations by Donald Brown

Last weekend the Yale Summer Cabaret closed its first show, a most various Shakespearean pageant called Midsummer. Now, in the northern hemisphere, is the time of “midsummer,” and the Ro…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 01:56PM
Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Dream’s Midsummer Night by Donald Brown

Review of Midsummer at Yale Summer Cabaret One of the plot points of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a “changeling boy” that the fairy realm’s rulers—Oberon and Titani…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 01:23PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An Old Sweet Song by Brooks Appelbaum

Review of And a Nightingale Sang at Westport Country Playhouse C.P. Taylor’s memory play And a Nightingale Sang, running through June 27 at Westport Country Playhouse, gives us Helen Stott…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 06:11PM
Friday, May 29, 2015

Devising Shakespeare by Donald Brown

The Yale Summer Cabaret prepares to launch Midsummer In the basement of 217 Park Street, home of the Yale Summer Cabaret, transformation is afoot. First, there is the yearly conversion of th…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 07:54AM
Sunday, May 24, 2015

That Old Shakespearean Rag by Donald Brown

Review of Kiss Me, Kate at Hartford Stage Granted, Kiss Me, Kate is, as a play, more silly than shrewd. But then this 1940s’ musical isn’t noted for its Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack,…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 11:20PM
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Join The Cult by Donald Brown

The Cult, the new play by Drew Gray, the resident playwright in the New Haven Theater Company, debuts next week at the troupe’s home theater at the back of the English Building Markets. Gr…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 03:52PM
Sunday, May 17, 2015

A League of Their Own by Donald Brown

Review of The Second Mrs. Wilson at Long Wharf Theatre A play about loyalty, love, and deception should strike a few nerves, and when the story unfolds in what are often called “the corrid…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 11:22PM
Monday, May 11, 2015

Rough Magic Coming Soon by Donald Brown

Tickets on sale now for the Yale Summer Cabaret At the close of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Prospero, a magician and, to many, a stand-in for the playwright, says he will abjure his “roug…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 11:33PM
Monday, April 20, 2015

Heartfelt Opera by Donald Brown

Erismena at Yale Baroque Opera Project; Opera Triple Bill at Yale School of Music Last month, Heartbeat Opera staged its first full production at the Sheen Center in New York and was hailed …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 01:31AM
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hear the Angels’ Voices by Donald Brown

Review of Sister Sandman Please at Yale Cabaret With Jessica Rizzo’s Sister Sandman Please, the Yale Cabaret showcases the kind of experimental work that, in many ways, the basement theate…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 01:01PM
Sunday, February 22, 2015

We All Shine On by Donald Brown

Review of Shiny Objects at Yale Cabaret Shiny Objects, the latest show at the Yale Cabaret, asks us to listen to the stories women tell about themselves. Against our culture’s tendency to …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 02:28PM
Sunday, February 8, 2015

Family Ties by Donald Brown

Review of Familiar at Yale Repertory Theatre A funny, fun, and intense play about family, Danai Gurira’s Familiar, at the Yale Repertory Theatre, takes place on a lovely set replete with t…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 11:15AM
Friday, January 30, 2015

Donned If You Do . . . by Donald Brown

Review of Don Juan at Yale School of Drama In Don Juan, the life and times of a cad, Molière sought to skewer some of the pieties of his time, presenting Don Juan as a heartless seducer who…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 06:18PM
Friday, January 23, 2015

Les intentions cruelles by Donald Brown

Review of Quartet at the Yale Cabaret Heiner Müller’s Quartet, an adaptation of Laclos’s Les liaisons dangereuses, as staged at the Yale Cabaret, directed by David E. Bruin using Doug L…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 09:34PM
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Second Time Around by Donald Brown

One of the most successful aspects of Darko Tresnjak’s production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, now showing at the Hartford Stage, is how well cast it is. Ken Barnett and Rachel Picku…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 04:59PM
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Yale Cab Redux by Donald Brown

This week the Yale Cabaret returns. The first three shows of the second half of the season have been announced with the others soon to follow. Artistic Directors Hugh Farrell, Tyler Kieffer,…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 08:06PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Look Out, Cleveland by Donald Brown

The Yale Cabaret's final show of 2014 ran last weekend. For my review of third-year playwright Ryan Campbell's funny and thrilling The Zero Scenario, directed by third-year director Sara Hol…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 10:57PM
Friday, December 12, 2014

A Christmas Present by Donald Brown

Review of A Christmas Carol at Hartford Stage First of all, full disclosure: I’m an A Christmas Carol enthusiast. Annually, “at this festive season of the year,” I watch Scrooge, the 1…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 02:37AM
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chekhov Is Us by Donald Brown

Second YSD thesis show opens . . . This week the second thesis show of the Yale School of Drama season opens at the Iseman Theater. Third-year MFA candidate in Directing Jessica Holt was co-…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 10:50PM
Friday, December 5, 2014

A Meeting of the Minds by Donald Brown

Review of Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Long Wharf Theatre “So, a guy walks into a bar . . .” is a familiar opening of many jokes. In the case of the play currently showing at the Long W…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 12:46AM
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Guess Who’s Coming to Hospital by Donald Brown

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s War, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz at the Yale Repertory Theatre, is a play more intriguing than satisfying. It sets up a situation where the unreal—a comatose …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 10:51PM
Friday, November 7, 2014

A New Place to Dwell by Donald Brown

The Yale Cabaret is back this week with a show that certainly puts its cast through its paces. John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepenthe, directed by Rachel Carpman, is designed to be a daunting sho…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 12:51PM
Friday, October 24, 2014

What’s in the Stars? by Donald Brown

Review of Touch at Yale Cabaret Toni Press-Coffman’s Touch, featured as Cab 5 at the Yale Cabaret, and directed by Elijah Martinez, with a cast of second-year actors in the YSD program, is…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 02:47PM
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winter Is Us by Donald Brown

Review of Rose and the Rime, Yale Cabaret It’s not every day you encounter a new myth for the change of the seasons. One of the oldest, of course, is the story of Persephone in Hades, and …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 04:35PM
Saturday, October 18, 2014

On the Town by Donald Brown

A lasting impression made by the current production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, directed by Gordon Edelstein, at the Long Wharf is the sheer size of the cast. With 21 speaking roles fle…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 11:51AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coming to Yale Cabaret . . . by Donald Brown

Now previewing Yale Cabaret shows for the rest of the semester and into January—Cab 4 through 10. The Artistic Directors Hugh Farrell, Tyler Kieffer, Will Rucker, and Managing Director Mol…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 05:09PM
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tales from the Dark Side by Donald Brown

Review of American Gothic at the Yale Cabaret American Gothic, the third offering by the Yale Cabaret this season, brings together three tales by renowned short story writers: Raymond Carver…

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 11:11PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Our Town Opens by Donald Brown

This Wednesday, October 8, previews for the first show of the Long Wharf Theatre’s 50th anniversary season begin. And that first show is an American classic: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. …

SOURCE: New Haven Review at 02:37PM
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

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