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Back to the past: Pinter revived at the Huntington

Betrayal , which premiered in 1978, is Nobel laureate Harold Pinter's most straightforward and also his most straight-backward play.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 21, 2012


Whistler puckers up for Ovid

A decade ago, director Mary Zimmerman won a Tony for a staging of Metamorphoses set around a pool.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 09, 2012


Hickory Schtick: Andrew Jackson is bloody good

Ever since Richard Nixon lost an election by sweating on TV, we have held this truth to be self-evident: America prefers a sexier president.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 07, 2012


The Chosen keeps the faith

The leap from page to stage for The Chosen (at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 17) is more of a hop.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 07, 2012


Out of Afghanistan

Matthew Spangler’s stage adaptation of The Kite Runner
Matthew Spangler's stage adaptation of The Kite Runner is so faithful to Khaled Hosseini's 2003 bestseller that you might think the novel a religion.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 19, 2012


Gilding the Lily

The A.R.T.'s production of Lily's Revenge
Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge , in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 17, 2012


Ten can't-miss plays for this fall

Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge, in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 20, 2012


Marie Antoinette rules at ART

Heads off
Last year, dramatist David Adjmi raised a stir with a site-specific tea party called Elective Affinities , in which four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell held court in an Upper East Side townhouse, spinning a small audience into her web of entitlement.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 13, 2012


GSC commits Crimes of the Heart

Sister Act
It must have seemed a guilty pleasure to dramatist Beth Henley to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 05, 2012


Sticks and Bones packs a wallop in Wellfleet

Good night, Vietnam
Relevance tends to turn up like the proverbial bad penny. David Rabe's 1972 Tony Award-winning Sticks and Bones , which is being revived by Wellfleet's Harbor Stage Company (through September 8), has one foot in the froth of mid-20th-century television, the other in the morass of Vietnam.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 28, 2012


Chad Deity is a knockout

Primal Time
The old actors' adage "Break a leg" does not seem an apt shout-out to the intrepid cast of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 14, 2012


Master Harold erupts at Gloucester Stage

Black power
I first had the autobiographical Molotov cocktail that is "Master Harold" ... and the boys hurled at me in the early 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was still a prisoner and apartheid was law in South Africa.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 06, 2012


Billy Elliot the Musical hums

Swan song
Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2012


An unorthodox Church in Wellfleet

Revival tactics
Take your gaze from your navel and place your eyes on the prize!
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012


Tir Na’s Lonesome West, A.R.T.’s Woody Sez

Dust up
Suffice it to say that Leenane is no city of brotherly love.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 22, 2012


Xanadu from SpeakEasy; Avenue Q at Lyric Stage

Gods and monsters
Those who know their Coleridge will recall that: "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately roller-dome decree."
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 15, 2012


Felder’s Maestro; Orphans’ Mary Poppers

High flying
Hershey Felder's Maestro: Leonard Bernstein (presented by ArtsEmerson on the Paramount Mainstage through May 20) begins with black-and-white footage of its subject lecturing vigorously on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 07, 2012


ASP tackles Troilus and Cressida

Farewell romance
"All's false in love and war" might be a maxim for Troilus and Cressida.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2012


Tigers at Zeitgeist; Yesterday at Central Square

Eat my brain
Forget the elephant in the room. Depression is a big cat in Tigers Be Still, a relentlessly quirky yet endearing screwball tragicomedy by Kim Rosenstock that debuted at New York's Roundabout Underground in 2010 and is getting a sweet Boston premiere by Zeitgeist Stage Company (at the BCA Black Box through May 5).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 25, 2012


Luck of the Irish is good for the Huntington

Raisin brand
There is more than one way to view A Raisin in the Sun .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 20, 2012


New Rep takes O’Neill’s Journey

"Oh, for Christ's sake, Papa! Can't you lay off me!" asks the younger James of the elder as "the four haunted Tyrones" are just beginning to scratch the surface of the emotional spelunking that will become Long Day's Journey into Night .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 13, 2012

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