Klu Klux Klan keeps it kalm

October 13, 2006 • 0
Letters to and from the playwright were what first drew Director Jessi Hill DRA ’07 to Mac Wellman’s award-winning “Sincerity Forever,” letters that were written by the head of the American Family Association condemning the play, and letters received from the National Endowment for the Arts asking to remove any credit that the playwright had »

Teen Angst isn’t ‘Stupid’

November 5, 2005 • 2
Whether it’s the experience of being an outcast or merely what it’s like to be a dreamer in a world that doesn’t seem to understand, there is something that every Yalie must be able to identify with in “Stupid Kids.” Written by John C. Russell and directed by Trevor Fishkin ’07, “Stupid Kids” tells the »

‘Caligula’ stages successful coup

October 8, 2005 • 0
One has to wonder where Eyad Houssami ’07 gets his ideas. In his newest undertaking, “Caligula” by Albert Camus, Houssami not only directed but also created a “practical translation.” Unsatisfied with existing English versions, Houssami sought to conceive Camus anew, and what results is a visually stunning piece of theater. “Caligula” tells the story of »

‘Ache’ reveals a lifetime of love and pain

April 8, 2005 • 0
“An Infinite Ache” has an entirely freshman cast and crew, but one would never guess. Scott Chaloff ’08 was warned early on that it would be difficult, foolhardy and nearly impossible to do a show with purely freshmen performers. In the end, though, Chaloff proved the naysayers wrong in his directorial debut by bringing together »

‘Pinafore’ strikes a high note

April 1, 2005 • 0
When I hear the word operetta, I cringe a little on the inside. Yet despite my personal feelings towards the genre, I enjoyed the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of “H.M.S. Pinafore,” otherwise known as “The Lass That Loved a Sailor.” In a nutshell, the set was simple and effective, the choreography light and gay, »

‘Brilliant’ lives up to its name

March 25, 2005 • 0
Who would ever want to live in Alaska? Cindy Lou Johnson, in her play “Brilliant Traces,” brings up that very same question on everyone’s mind at the time of Seward’s Folly — the purchase of Alaska — way back when in 1857. In this one-room house that isn’t on the way to anywhere, it seems »

‘Wiz’ lacks a heart, brain

March 4, 2005 • 0
Before going to see “The Wiz,” you may have high expectations: after all, the movie version did star the iconic temptress Diana Ross and the infamous Michael Jackson. Thus, it is a shame that a show with so much potential turns mediocre because of poor direction. Such is the case with this “Wiz,” the debut »

“The Entertained” explores the gray area

February 26, 2005 • 0
Michael Jackson, that pervasive and often invasive American pop icon, although physically absent, is the most visible character in the original play by Geo Wyeth ’07, “The Entertained.” Wyeth first began work on the show last semester in a playwriting class where monologues based on characters from his life eventually took on lives of their »

‘Sunfish’ swims, but lacks polish

February 18, 2005 • 0
“Love is in the journey,” sings the cast of “Sunfish” in the finale of this world premiere show. This aptly describes not only the musical itself, but the production process that has been, as director So Yeon Paek ’05 put it, “a huge discovery project.” Still in the workshop phase — Yale is one of »