Tag Archives: theatre

Birthplace of The Nation’s Greatest Hits

Looking Back as the Shubert Plans for its Centennial By Amanda May Touring the Shubert Theater’s backstage area is like getting a history lesson in American theater. From their Hall of Fame to the individually painted murals, it’s a real who’s who of success in the theatre world. Coming up on its 100th year, the […]

The Legacy of Man and Place

Appreciating Thornton Wilder’s Our Town By Steve Scarpa Late spring day. Around 7 p.m. The sun is starting to set, glowing orange-red in the sky. There are birds singing around the Mount Carmel Burying Ground in Hamden, and a rustle of wind from off Sleeping Giant. These are the outward markers of calm, but it […]

The Best of … Summer Festivals

By AC Staff   Chamber Music Chestnut Hill Concerts “The Romantic Masters and Those They Inspired” Fridays, August 2, August 9, August 16, and August 23, at 8 p.m. Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook chestnuthillconcerts.org (203) 245-5736   Popular Music Music on the Green Presented by Yale-New Haven Hospital Saturdays, July 20 and […]

Stuck Elevator returns to New Haven

Challenges of immigration explored By David Brensilver Aaron Jafferis’ one-man show Stuck Elevator has been reimagined since it enjoyed at reading at the 2010 International Festival of Arts & Ideas. At the time, the work was being developed in workshops at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, after which Jafferis, a New Haven native brought […]

A freewheeling way with history

New Haven’s a stage for Rachel Alderman and A Broken Umbrella Theatre By Hank Hoffman Bicycles and corsets: history’s gift to A Broken Umbrella Theatre. Or so says Rachel Alderman, the not-for-profit theater group’s president, who speaks with palpable enthusiasm about the genesis of the troupe’s new work Freewheelers. The play, a drama with comic […]

A story’s threads

The role of costume design David Brensilver The folks who dress actors for stage, television, and film roles are responsible for more than a production’s aesthetic. “We facilitate the storytelling,” Cathy Mason, a costume design assistant at Long Wharf Theatre said during a conversation about the company’s recent production of William Mastrosimone’s Ride the Tiger, […]

Beinecke Celebrates 50 Years

Collections hold the promise of discovery By Steve Scarpa There was one image Zoe Keller, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s public relations manager, kept coming across when researching stories about the opening of the building 50 years ago. “My favorite compares Beinecke to an iceberg – what’s visible is minuscule to what is […]

Behind the Scenes with Pantochino Productions

Photography by Amanda May

Acting local

A Broken Umbrella troupe celebrates place By Courtney McCarroll Ian Alderman, a cofounder and core ensemble member of New Haven’s A Broken Umbrella Theatre troupe, is the physical embodiment of classic New England weathered wit and charm. With a thick, red beard and eyes that squint in the late summer sun, during the day, Ian […]

The Art of Direction

Actor Mark Zeisler leads Elm Shakespeare production of American Buffalo By David A. Brensilver New York-based actor Mark Zeisler, who’s worked in film, television, and theater, directs the Elm Shakespeare Company production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, which can be seen at the Kehler Liddell Gallery from May 10-13 and May 17-20. The Arts Paper […]