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Laugh factory

September 20, 2013
Ari Berkowitz ’12 may live in Los Angeles like Zooey Deschanel, have the same glasses-bangs combination as Zooey Deschanel and spend her time inventing ways to meet Zooey Deschanel, but Berkowitz wants you to know she is definitely not a “Zooey stalker.”

Snow Day of Judgment

February 22, 2013
Suddenly — out of nowhere — an explosion on Grove Street blew out all the Woolsey windows.
The whole cast of “tick, tick … Boom!” — Jack O’Reilly ’13, Kyle Picha ’14 and Ari Fernandez '15 — basically stood for the entirety of the musical. Ouch.

90s rock booms in Calhoun Cabaret

October 12, 2012
Thankfully, the four or five clocks ticking over Jon’s (Jack O’Reilly ’13) opening monologue did not continue throughout the entire production of “tick, tick … Boom!” that is showing at the Calhoun Cabaret this weekend. The ticking does, though, return with regularity throughout this production of “Rent” composer Jonathan Larson’s lesser-known autobiographical rock musical, effectively »

‘A blank page of canvas’

March 30, 2012
For much of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” Noah Bokat-Lindell ’12 as Georges Seurat is merely a silhouette behind a backlit canvas. “I am not hiding behind my canvas,” he says, “I am living in it.” And his words ring true when Seurat starts interacting not with his models »
“Brainsongs, or the play about the dinosaur farm” plays at the Yale Cabaret.


January 27, 2012
The mind of Gabe Levey DRA ’13 is furnished with a red curtain made of sheets, light blue walls covered in glow-in-the-dark stars, pinwheels and plastic dinosaurs. I could tell because that is what the set of “Brainsongs, or the play about the dinosaur farm” at the Yale Cabaret this weekend looks like, and “Brainsongs” »

Leaving society behind in “reWilding”

January 13, 2012
The opening image of Greta (Adina Verson DRA ’12) staring with wild eyes, head tilted upwards, telling the audience to “listen,” captivates viewers of the Cabaret’s latest play. But the “wild” in the Yale Cabaret performance of “reWilding” by Martyna Majok DRA ’12 does not stop at the characters’ eyes and hair. It is woven »
Jamie Biondi '12 and Elizabeth Donger '12 in 'Blackbird,' directed by Willa Fitzgerald '13.

‘Blackbird’ sings with tense conflict

November 11, 2011
On the surface, “Blackbird,” by David Harrower and sponsored by the Yale Drama Coalition, is a tense play about a young woman confronting the man who sexually abused her when she was 12 and he was 40. The emotional performances of Jamie Biondi ’12 as Ray and Elizabeth Donger ’12 as Una make the audience »

’Church’: a religious experiment

November 4, 2011
When the Yale Cabaret’s performance of “Church” started, right away, the four actors spoke to me. Literally — they came to my seat in the audience, started speaking with me and thanked me for coming to the show. There is no fourth wall separating the play-goers from the play in this weekend’s “Church” by Young »

In “Christie,” not your normal love

October 28, 2011
Most black box theater performances are intimate. The Yale Cabaret performance of “Christie in Love” by Howard Brenton is no exception. Yet audience members may find themselves wanting a little less intimacy with serial killer John Reginald Halliday Christie (Max Roll DRA ’13) and what happens when officers uncover the bodies of six women in »