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Twisted love song

Gloucester riffs on Enigma Variations
Enigma Variations isn’t very good, but I can’t tell you why.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 08, 2008

Easy to love

According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008


Mad men

Orfeo’s Look Back in Anger; WHAT’s What the Butler Saw
Audiences must have developed shock absorbers over the course of the past 50 years.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 24, 2008


North Shore's snazzy revival of contact

Plus, Gurnet’s Essential Self-Defense
For a Broadway show, contact is closer to Twyla Tharp than George M. Cohan.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 17, 2008


All's fair?

Shakespeare + Company’s The Ladies Man; Gloucester Stage’s Billy Bishop
If Viagra had existed in La Belle Époque, The Ladies Man would be a very short show.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 10, 2008


Sleeping with the enemy

Tennessee Williams’s Milk Train stops in Hartford
Who knew the azure waters off the Amalfi Coast flowed into the River Styx?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 03, 2008


Gone but not forgotten

She Loves Me at the Huntington; plus Way Theatre Artists’ The Memory of Water
Before there was eHarmony, there were harmony and disharmony.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 27, 2008


Channeling Shakespeare

Cardenio  at the ART; King John at ASP
Cardenio , an early-17th-century play in which Shakespeare may well have had a hand, has been MIA since its debut and will doubtless remain so.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 19, 2008


Enter triumphant

This year’s Elliot Norton Awards
It was a Martin love fest Monday night at the 26th annual Elliot Norton Awards, Boston theater’s annual pat on the head.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2008


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


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

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