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Theater & art

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Eight not enough to ‘Catch an Octopus’

NEW HAVEN — To write about art is often to feel like the boor at the party constantly retelling, to whomever he can corner, the brilliant joke he just overheard. A forlorn enterprise, because usually the joke is a physical gag and doesn’t translate.

And the problem is not just a mismatch of medium. It’s also a question of speed: Your words are always lagging behind everyone else’s eyes.

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