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Learning curves

  SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 08, 2008


Musical chairs

Dessa Rose, Whizzin’, The Drowsy Chaperone
Perhaps only the team that triumphed with Ragtime would attempt a musical based on Sherley Anne Williams’s 1986 novel Dessa Rose .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 29, 2008


Winner takes all

The Four of Us  at Merrimack Rep; Spin at Zeitgeist Stage Company
Itamar Moses takes the buddy vehicle and twists it early and often in The Four of Us.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 22, 2008


The war games

The Huntington’s The Cry of the Reed ; Travesties by the Publick
The Cry of the Reed seems torn from some particularly gruesome headlines: kidnapping, beheading, such stuff as Daniel Pearl’s final dreams were made on.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 15, 2008


It's out of this world

The ART hosts Elections & Erections; Trinity does Blithe Spirit
Uys’s new show takes its title from two things that were illegal when the now-63-year-old gay white man was growing up in South Africa: democracy and sex.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 08, 2008


Paint by numbers

Three Tall Women at the Lyric; 7 Blowjobs from Theatre on Fire
Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women are really one tall woman, and she’s a tall order.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2008


Dysfunction junction

A Delicate Balance; The Gibson Girl; Some Men
A Delicate Balance  is 40 years old now, but like the patrician clan at the frightened heart of it, the play has good bones.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 25, 2008


Rough magic

Shining City at the Huntington; ASP’s The Tempest
The cupboards of Irish dramaturgy are crammed with ghosts.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2008


After Sesame

Avenue Q  is the street where you live
Where does Gen-X move when it’s way too old for Sesame Street and way too poor for Park Avenue?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 14, 2008


Both sides

Rachel Corrie  and Pieces   stand off in the Middle East
Two young women are coming of age on stage as part of New Repertory Theatre’s “Their Voices Will Be Heard” series.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 12, 2008


Game faces

The Clean House at New Rep; Gary at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
There’s something awe-inspiring about watching an ensemble in which everyone is performing at the top of his or her game.
By: ED SIEGEL  |  March 04, 2008


Nude vs. prude

Some Things  at Trinity
Sally Mann doesn’t take photographs, she does Rorschach tests.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008


Mommie dearest

Ryan Landry revives Medea
My dad used to tell a joke connecting the author of Medea to a pair of pants. The Italian-inflected punch line: “Euripides?” “You menda dese.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 26, 2008


Unkindest cuts

Julius Caesar  at the ART; The Scene at Lyric Stage
Those who went to high school in the 1960s may feel a wave of déjà vu at the American Repertory Theatre’s Julius Caesar .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 19, 2008


Streets where you live

A loverly My Fair Lady ; The Missionary Position at MRT
The 2001 National Theatre of Great Britain/Cameron Mackintosh production further sharpens the Shavian edge of this beloved musical.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2008


Bottled-spider web

Trinity’s Richard III; plus Shakespeare’s Actresses in America
Richard III  is a thing of additions and subtractions.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 05, 2008


Et tu Brute?

Interview: The Wire's "Prez" does the Bard
"The whole theatrical event is sort of . . . a much more mysterious one."
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 05, 2008


Going to Hell

Bread and Puppet tours Bush's inferno
“Abandon all hope, you who enter here” are the words we find inscribed across the gate of Hell at the beginning of the third canto of Inferno.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2008


Sex and the century

Angels in America by BTW; A Pinter Duet at New Rep
Angels in America can dance on the head of a pin as easily as any other kind.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2008


Grail time

‘Ni’ business like show business in Spamalot
Monty Python’s Spamalot bills itself as “lovingly ripped off” from the low-budget 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 23, 2008


Fie, society

The Little Dog Laughed  at SpeakEasy; The Misanthrope at New Rep
Frailty, thy name is society — or so suggest two comedies of manners currently on view but written 340 years apart.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2008

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