“Quit your books…and bring with you a heart”

February 4, 2011
The title for the Yale Center for British Art’s latest exhibition, “‘into the light of things’: Rebecca Salter, Works 1981-2010,” is taken from a Wordsworth poem. Printed largely in the exhibit’s entry bay, the full line reads: “Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.” The deeply reflective retrospective — the »

‘Collins’ escapes from the cave of subpar source text

January 21, 2011
This is the way the musical begins: not with a bang, but with a ballad. The lights rise on “Floyd Collins” as the ensemble amble in, rambling in turns to the wistful chords of an acoustic guitar, about the life and death of the story’s titular protagonist. This kickoff dirge immediately establishes the scope of »