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After a virtual 2020 and a cautious ’21, the 2022 International Festival of Arts & Ideas seems ready to recapture its normal level of extraordinariness. …

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Choral Issues


As the lights go up on Yale Rep’s Choir Boy and the paneled hall of the Charles R. Drew Preparatory School for Boys—“dedicated to the education of strong, ethical Black men”—Headmaster Marrow regally welcomes the audience to the academy’s 49th …

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Minor Miracles


As a kid, the first day of baseball assumed a mythic quality. …

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Band Back Together


As the sound of strings and woodwinds fade on a recent Monday evening inside Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, music director Matthew Scinto leans over his stand and says, “We need that same sort of warmth. It can’t …

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On a recent Saturday in the newly reopened Beinecke Library, Brava! Women Make American Theater was finally getting its time in the spotlight. …

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Drawing Interest


Merle Nacht grew up in a “notch”: in Erie, Pennsylvania, “up in the northwest little notch” of that state, “on Lake Erie between Cleveland and Buffalo” but closer, as the goose flies, to the southernmost edge of Ontario. …

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House Inspection


As you find your seat at Long Wharf Theatre, the stage is already set for Eliana Pipes’s Dream Hou$e—specifically, the living room. …

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Open Books


National Book Award finalist Leslie Connor has been “mucking about and wandering” in the woods and rock-walled pastures of Connecticut since visiting her grandparents as a child. …

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The Art of Illusion


We think we’re in control of how we see things, but the paintings of Bridget Riley, including the many now on view at the Yale Center for British Art, remind us our eyes possess a mind of their own. …

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Reopening Act


Three years—almost an entire high school career. That’s how long it’s been since the last in-person performance by Wilbur Cross High School’s Lights Up Drama Club, whose production of Freaky Friday: The Musical this weekend conjures a teenaged life turned …

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