Author Archives: Christopher Arnott

Theater Books from All Over: The Friedkin Connection

The Friedkin Connection—A Memoir By William Friedkin. (HarperCollins, 2013)   The title of William Friedkin’s memoir alludes to the fact that he directed the action film classic The French Connection, with its revolutionary car-chase sequence. A tagline on the book’s cover mentions that more explicitly, and adds that he’s also the “legendary director” of The … Continue reading »

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Noel, Nora, Nottage and Things: Westport Country Playhouse announces its 2014 season

The Westport Country Playhouse has announced its 2014 season. Due to the theater’s unorthodox (in these parts anyhow) spring-to-fall scheduling scheme, the season won’t kick off until eight months from now. The anticipation is largely sweet. The season-opener, April 29 through May 17, has already been known for a while, since it’s a co-production with … Continue reading »

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A Decent Interval: The long overdue return of Charles Paris

I’ve had to endure so many summers without a new Charles Paris mystery that I savored this one for weeks. It’s been well over a decade since Simon Brett last published an adventure of this professional actor/ amateur sleuth. In the meantime, the Paris character has gained new cultural cachet through a series of BBC … Continue reading »

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NHTC Reads Drew Gray Plays Aug. 8 at Luck & Levity

New Haven Theater Company has just announced that they’re doing a playreading—two plays, actually, one full-length and one one-act—of new work by company member Drew Gray, 8 p.m. August 8 at Luck & Levity Brewshop, 118 Court Street. If that address sounds familiar, before the site was leased to the brewshop, NHTC staged several full … Continue reading »

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Casting Some Collateral Damage

Just got a call from David Pilot. I know him as a participant in the Get to the Point! storytelling/spoken word series I host at Café Nine. Newish to town, David’s directed for some small theaters in the area, including Theater 4. David Pilot is producing a script by one of my favorite local playwrights, … Continue reading »

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Cobbling Together The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife: Yale Summer Cabaret Explains Its New Take on Lorca’s Surreal Script

The Yale Summer Cabaret is halfway through its neatly balanced five-show season, which is presented in old-school fashion by a troupe of actors  and designers who’ve signed up for the whole summer, switching roles and styles with abandon and aplomb. The repertory format diverges from recent Summer Cabaret seasons where there weren’t as many shows, … Continue reading »

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$4 Million, and a Couple of Misstatements, for the Shubert

I applaud the state of Connecticut’s decision to give four million bucks to New Haven’s Shubert for renovations and other stuff. State Rep. Pat Dillon requested the funds from the Bonding Commission, and was instrumental in making the case for the historic, nearly century-old Shubert. There have been plans to expand and renovate the theater … Continue reading »

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The Miss Julie Review

Miss Julie Through June 29 at the Yale Summer Cabaret, 217 Park Street, New Haven. (203) 432-1567.   By August Strindberg. Adapted by Kenneth McLeish. Directed by Chris Bannow. Scenic Designer: Kate Noll. Costume Designer: Seth Bodie. Lighting Designer: Solomon Weisbard. Sound Design: Jacob Riley. Performed by Ceci Fernandez (Julie), Mitchell Winter (Jean) and … Continue reading »

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Arts & Ideas: The My Friend’s Story Review

My Friend’s Story Presented by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas “in collaboration with the Yale School of Music and the Yale Office of the Provost, with the support of the Yale School of Drama.” 8 p.m. June 19 & 20 at Yale’s Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street, New Haven. Music by Martin … Continue reading »

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Arts & Ideas: The Quiet Volume Review

The Quiet Volume is not a calming experience. It infers things about reading habits, then turns those internal habits inside out by commenting on them and making the reader—you—hyperconscious of them. The performance piece, concocted by Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells (who are not present at the local performances, and do not need to be) … Continue reading »

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