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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.
Quoted in this month’s AMERICAN THEATRE magazine (on newsstands now): And Long Wharf Theatre of Connecticut’s associate artistic director, Eric Ting, wondered if the frequent emphasis on turning every play into an “event” is a wise or sustainable way to make theatre. “There is a decadence in this idea of ‘events’: It’s like we’re saying, ‘You […]
A letter in support of space I wrote to the Long Wharf Board of Trustees and Honorary Council in support of the new trap space. Perhaps you’ve heard about the latest improvement happening to the C. Newton Schenck Mainstage — a hole, approximately 8′ X 8′ X 3′ deep. An unusual thing, one might suggest, to […]
Currently in Chicago at the Victory Gardens Theater directing a reading of 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 by Jackie Sibblies. The reading is part of the theatre’s Ignition 2010 Festival, running through Aug. 22. Sibblies’ play […]
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,” […]