ALL TITLES BASED ON CLASSIC AMERICAN PLAYS
MONDAY: WHO’S AFRAID OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN? To some of you, they’re a lot of fun. The music is pretty, the lyrics are funny, and you don’t have to think about any of it too much. To others of you, it’s inscrutable. What is all that Yeoman and Pinafore and Mikado stuff about? To a smaller group of music cognoscenti, they’re an actual irritant: silly words set to the music of a “bad” composer. Other music scholars think Sullivan came within a hair’s breadth of being “the English Mozart” or at least the nation’s greatest musical talent since Purcell. So, for the untutored, G&S 101. For the fans, a discussion of what makes this music great or not great. Featured: The G&S version of “Baby Got Back.”
TUESDAY: A Streetcar Named Sookie – He’s a hunky werewolf who roars for Stella. She’s a southern belle looking to forget her past. He’s a radio host, radiating bare-chested masculinity. Colin McEnroe heads down to The Study in New Haven for a live conversation with René Augesen and Joe Manganiello of HBO’s True Blood. The pair star in the Yale Rep’s staging of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (running Sept. 20 through Oct. 12). Join us for this live show!
WEDNESDAY: All God’s Chillun Got Racebaiting! Eric Deggans is the new TV critic for NPR, and his book is “Race-Baiter, How The Media Wields Dangerous Words To Divide A Nation.”
Deganns will join us in studio as part of our new autumn series: “People who, if their plane flights are even a little bit late, will screw up our show.”
THURSDAY: Infinity On A Hot Tin Truth – Infinity is an idea that has baffled mathematicians for thousands of years. It’s neither odd nor even. Heck, it’s not even a number. Infinity is a symbol used to explain concepts we can’t fully explain – sequences that don’t end, or massive gravitational forces tearing apart the fabric of space and time. We’ll explore the concept of that which never ends with mathematician Steve Strogatz and astrophysicist Ron Mallett.
FRIDAY: The Nose Tattoo. Actually, Colin is having a tooth pulled on this day. So the Nose, as we knows it, will not happen. Something else will.