Category : Reviews
Jackie Sibblies Drury’s extraordinary We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 gives the term false start a good name.
From “Down but not defeated: Four views from the margins.” NEW YORKER. 16 April 2012. By Hilton Als. Too few women playwrights deal directly with politics in their work. Some may have bought into the cliché that women are better at writing character than they are at writing plot—and what is politics if not plot-driven?
An Operatic, Comic Romance By ANITA GATES One look at the set for “Italian American Reconciliation” and you may form an opinion as to just what kind of production this is. “It looks like ‘Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,’ ” one man said, as he took his seat at the Long Wharf Theater’s Mainstage, referring to the interactive […]
Stories of Isolation in an Urban Circus By SYLVIANE GOLD “Optimists are stupid people,” snaps a caustic subway motorman to his congenitally cheerful trainee — not coincidentally nicknamed Happy — in Aditi Brennan Kapil’s “Agnes Under the Big Top.” A smart pessimist in attendance at Long Wharf Theater Stage II might find few reasons to abandon the opinion that […]
Audiences take a leap of faith along with scribe Aditi Brennan Kapil in her wonderful crazy quilt of a play “Agnes Under the Big Top,” receiving its world preem at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater. The result is a tough and tender play and a production that is as graceful and evocative as trapeze artists flying though air with the greatest of ease.
Uncommon Insight, Coming From a Dog By ANITA GATES You may want to ask yourself whether you can trust a confessed dog fanatic to review “Sylvia,” the Long Wharf Theater’s current attraction. So I want to reassure you that I am sometimes not completely entranced by plays, movies and books about my favorite animal. Sometimes. A. R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” […]