Diurnal theater tests cramming, creativity

October 6, 2006
This is what is happening in the Yale Cabaret 20 hours before opening night: Deeksha Gaur DRA ’07 runs through bottles of Elmer’s glue and shakers of glitter before deciding that glitter glue is probably better than glitter and glue for painting her lead character’s costume. School of Drama Shop Carpenter Matt Gaffney, having run »

Fitting in on frat row: Yale’s gay Greeks

September 22, 2006
The a cappella T-shirt says gay and the cargo shorts say Greek; the pillar candles and coffee table books say gay, the “College: The Best Seven Years of My Life” calendar and list of consulting job application deadlines say Greek. Matt Smith ’07 is gay and a frat brother, and since there aren’t many caricatures »

Learning to love archi-torture

April 14, 2006
They file in with coffee, this Wednesday night. With Starbucks cupholders and Atticus bags. With laptops and headphones, stopping to check out viciously markered posters and notes from TAs. Corner of York and Chapel, up seven flights, past the grad students with their balsa wood and foam core, through The Pit, now a museum encasing »

In Beantown, committed lesbians seem to be Wilde

March 31, 2006
Metaphors, if you ask Anna (Sara Holdren ’08), protagonist of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage, are to be embroidered upon, fleshed out, turned into apples of gold in pictures of silver by one highfalutin’ croupier. This sort of wordplay permeates the play and gets awfully precious awfully fast, even when the lines are replete with Biblical »

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February 3, 2006
Rosario Doriott ’07 and her fiancee, a 24-year-old hairdresser from Branford named Adrienne Giffen, are sitting in BAR’s Bru Room, swigging from their 25-cent beers and explaining how lesbian women find other lesbian women. “Online,” Giffen asserts. Doriott reaches over to cover her mouth. “Don’t say that!” she giggles. “What? Planetout.com — that’s where women »

The decline of the Yale tradition

December 2, 2005
Manuel Gonzales-Luna ’08 is looking for the “midnight navy blue” version of a coat he saw in the J. Press catalogue — a slim, bound affair that looks like it might have been printed on a Gutenberg press. Owner Jim Fitzgerald has helped Gonzales-Luna find the coat in his size, but now, next to the »

Borinsky pulls of ‘Richard’

October 28, 2005
Reimagining Shakespeare is about the oldest Holy Grail in theater. The original Globe owner must have sat down with his ruffle-wearing cast to come up with a pseudo-intellectual reinterpretation: “OK guys, tonight’s theme is Shakespeare as feminist commentary.” In director Sarah Holdren’s ’08 show, the “concept” is a return to the original, the idea being »

For some Yalies, brand is key

October 21, 2005
Taken in by the cultural legacy of a name and a logo, and willing to shell out big bucks for some hazy promise of a higher-quality liberal arts education, a Yale student is what it means to be brand-conscious. Short of resorting to a red-hot iron rod, we could not be any more branded than »

Legacy of exalted poet still inspires

October 14, 2005
We disagree about desire, June Jordan and I. Which is probably okay, since it puts me in good company. Jordan and Buddha, for example, disagreed about desire, according to an entry in “Directed by Desire,” the stellar first compilation of the late Jordan’s poetry, released three years after she succumbed to a decade-long battle with »

‘Midsummer’ delights

September 23, 2005
If only all our jangling was esteemed so much sport. Now, I’m not positive what the Shakespearean connotation of jangling is, but I’m going to take a stab based on Long Wharf Theatre’s current interpretation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In Shakespeare’s world, jangling referred to the discord between the real and the fantastical, between »

Head to ‘Ant Farm’ for a creepy-crawly good time

September 16, 2005
Ant Farm is the Bloomsbury Group of the 1970s — which may say more about the ’70s than it does about Ant Farm. What it says about Ant Farm, an architecture and performance art collective, is that it was a group with infectious camaraderie, whose output may just be a series of universal inside jokes, »

Hamlisch auditions a lucky few

September 9, 2005
When Aaron Lambert ’06 heard that Marvin Hamlisch — the Tony, Emmy, Oscar and Grammy winner, composer of “The Way We Were” and all-around musical theater deity — was coming to Yale, he called his mother. “She was like, ‘What? That’s crazy!'” he says. “And I was like, ‘It is! It’s absurd! Crap, I need »