‘Home’ ends up no place

September 23, 2005
In the 1700s, Bernini’s sculpture “The Ecstasy of St. Theresa” stirred up controversy because the titular character appeared to be in the throes of sexual — possibly masturbatory — passion and not the cherubic consort suggested by the title. Perhaps those 18th-century art critics were onto something with all that back-and-forth about beatification and boinking. »

Book explores theater’s history

September 16, 2005
Since 1931, Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Conn., has hosted monumental actors and actresses and played host to the stage debuts and finales of such playwrights as George Bernard Shaw, Eugene O’Neill and A.R. Gurney. The theatre’s recent two-year-long renovation is being celebrated with the release of Richard Somerset-Ward’s book “An American Theatre,” published by »

Size matters: YUAG’s miniatures delight

September 9, 2005
Visitors to the Yale University Art Gallery will find that the imposing full-sized portraits have some small neighbors this month. “Private Faces of Public People: 1750-1900,” which opened Aug. 17, showcases a few outstanding pieces from Yale’s collection of portrait miniatures. The theme of the exhibit, as the title suggests, is well-known figures portrayed in »

Find fair Verona in New Haven

August 27, 2005
While most students were schlepping boxes or navigating online course evaluations this past week, two Yalies were making wanton promises of eternal love and ingesting vials of poison. Natalia Duncan ’06 and Alex Organ DRA ’06, who play the titular roles in the Elm Shakespeare Company’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” have been in New »

Famed playwright returns to his roots

April 22, 2005
Despite the fact that he has seen four of his plays enjoy successful runs on Broadway, legendary black playwright August Wilson still considers the Yale Repertory Theatre — and the Elm City — his home. Wilson began his monumental career in New Haven in 1984, when his second play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” premiered at »

‘Shape’ proves gritty, compelling

April 15, 2005
Sophomore Chris Kochevar’s production of Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” is delightfully minimalist. Indeed, this show is a far cry from the 2003 feature film based on the play. Thankfully, Kochevar’s production does not borrow much from the film version. A Pierson Sudler grant replaces a million dollar movie budget, and the show is »

Lieb shows frisky side in undies show

April 8, 2005
As if spring’s rising hemlines aren’t enough to make you feel guilty about winter’s overindulgences. Whether it was a few too many trips to the Commons pizza station or a wavering commitment to Payne Whitney that did you in, the dress code shift from collegiate hoodies and corduroy pants to flirty halter-tops and thigh-baring skirts »

‘Hedda Gabbler’ is right on target

April 1, 2005
“And why should I be happy?” bored ex-aristocrat Hedda Gabbler (Christianna Nelson DRA ’05) asks a friend in the Yale School of Drama’s production of the Ibsen classic. The unsatisfied housewife — glamorous, beautiful and as skilled in flirting as she is in marksmanship — spends her days jealously scheming her friends’ downfalls while avoiding »

‘Miss Julie’ teases well but tires fast

March 25, 2005
The promotional picture for the Yale Rep’s latest production promises Harlequin novel-esque bodice-ripping. “Miss Julie,” based on the 1888 play by August Strindberg, begins with a mutually satisfying one-night-stand between the titular protagonist (Yvonne Woods) and her father’s valet, Jean (Peter Macon). Like a good romance novel, the play uses the possibility of further liaisons »

‘Moon’ rises at Wharf

March 4, 2005
Eugene O’Neill chose the perfect title for his semi-fictional “A Moon for the Misbegotten.” The Long Wharf production, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, bears striking similarities to its title: it’s lyrical, captivating and of indeterminate meaning (even after three hours, one intermission and expressive acting). The title sure is fun to say, though. So »

Carabet show is ‘Love’/hate relationship

February 25, 2005
The titular lovers of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden” seem like a match made in gold-digger heaven. Belisa (Kristen Connolly DRA ’07) frequently refers to her husband with the not-quite-sexually-appealing nickname “my teeny Don Perlimpleeny-weenie,” and Perlimplin (Michael Braun DRA ’07) proclaims to love his young bride »

Script falls short, but actors glow in ‘Gamma Rays’

February 18, 2005
The impact of radiation on plant seeds, as alluded to in the title of Paul Zindel’s “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” is surprisingly positive. As for the play itself, a top-notch cast and compelling performances do little to stem the soporific effect of the banal text on audience members. “The Effect of »