New Shows in New Haven

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Two of the major regional theaters in New Haven, Conn., have mounted new productions recently, one a premiere and the other a revival.

The new play, seen at the Yale Repertory Theater, weaves together true-life material from what is now a near-extinct form of communication: letters. The correspondence between American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell is the basis for Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl.

The revival is a play that was controversial at its premiere 48 years ago and is now best-known in its 1968 film version of The Killing of Sister George. The Long Wharf Theater brought in Kathleen Turner as director of the new production and performer of the title role.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood took the train to New Haven to see both and offers his review.