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I loves you, Porgy
The A.R.T. streamlines a classic
So shoot me, Porgy purists. To my mind, the retooling of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess for American Repertory Theater is compelling enough to push past quibbles.
| September 02, 2011
Brits, Yanks, and Horovitz still fighting over Beverley
Dockside doll's house
What if Nora Helmer had waited until she turned 70 to slam that door heard 'round the world?
| August 30, 2011
Tina Packer tackles Molly Ivins
Red Hot Patriot is the work of twin-sister journalists Margaret and Allison Engel, the former the head of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which awards journalism fellowships, the latter communications director for the University of Southern California.
| August 23, 2011
Intriguing Love Song hums two tunes
Comedy and metaphor collide in the plays of John Kolvenbach.
| August 11, 2011
All's Well on Boston Common
I think of Measure for Measure , with its fanatically chaste heroine, and All's Well That Ends Well , with its lovely lass in pursuit of a lout, as Shakespeare's "Smart Women, Foolish Choices" plays.
| August 08, 2011
Visiting Shakespeareans are two for two
Hie thee to the Boston University Theatre, where the BU School of Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company are presenting England's Propeller theater company in Richard III and The Comedy of Errors in rep (through June 19).
| May 26, 2011
Speakeasy's The Drowsy Chaperone; Gold Dust Orphans' Peter Pansy
The Drowsy Chaperone is receiving a rousing wake-up call from SpeakEasy Stage Company (at the BCA's Calderwood Pavilion through June 5).
| May 23, 2011
Animal Crackers; plus Passing Strange and At Home at the Zoo
The classic Marx Brothers films are like anarchy in a bottle.
| May 12, 2011
ASP serves up Antony and Cleopatra
In Antony and Cleopatra, the Brangelina of the ancient world are transported from messy, histrionic life to the realm of legend. Audiences at Actors' Shakespeare Project's streamlined, slightly rearranged presentation of the play are less likely to be transported.
| May 09, 2011
Company One's Book of Grace
America, from sink to shining sink: that's the real subject of Suzan-Lori Parks's domestic explosion, The Book of Grace.
| April 26, 2011
Underground Railway Theater cracks Breaking the Code
Turing is no grandstanding stammerer. The occasional, pained hesitation is a small if integral part of a portrayal that captures the decorated Turing's almost giddy passion for mathematics and his prophetic belief in the development of computers.
| April 15, 2011
Abraham and company deliver the goods
The Rialto intersects Wall Street in Theatre for a New Audience's steely, droll, and deeply disquieting The Merchant of Venice (presented by ArtsEmerson at the Cutler Majestic Theatre through April 10).
| April 01, 2011
ArtsEmerson celebrates a legendary director
Sometimes Samuel Beckett is baggy pants whittled to the contours of a Giacometti sculpture. Eminent British director Peter Brook, now 86, not only gets that but also relates to it.
| April 04, 2011
The Select (The Sun Also Rises); Educating Rita
It's a tough assignment: to create a forward-moving play out of the tightly orchestrated aimlessness that is Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises .
| March 25, 2011
Elevator Repair Service tackles Hemingway
| March 18, 2011
Review: Zeitgeist Stage's My Wonderful Day
"Little pitchers have big ears," the saying goes. In My Wonderful Day, which is getting its Boston premiere from Zeitgeist Stage Company (at the BCA Plaza Black Box through March 26), the little pitcher also has a notebook in which she is inscribing the title essay. And what a day for it!
| March 17, 2011
Carolyn Clay reviews Prometheus Bound, Reasons To Be Pretty, DollHouse
Dionysius does not appear in Prometheus Bound, but that doesn't stop the American Repertory Theater from turning the 2500-year-old shout-out against tyranny attributed to Aeschylus into a bacchanal (at Oberon through April 2).
| March 11, 2011
Review: The Hotel Nepenthe; Ti-Jean & His Brothers; Pussy on the House
Islands in the storm
"Only connect," advises E.M. Forster, failing to add, "And be weird." John Kuntz, however, hears that double directive, perhaps blowing in the wind, and responds with The Hotel Nepenthe .
| March 02, 2011
The A.R.T.'s 21st-century Ajax
An embittered soldier who snaps and commits a heinous act of violence? It's a wonder Sophocles's Ajax isn't performed as often as Hamlet .
| February 22, 2011
Review: The Druid’s fine trip to Inishmaan
Although Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan is the least likely of his plays to provoke a riot, as John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World did at its 1907 Dublin premiere, it is the most Synge-like of the Anglo-Irish dramatist’s works.
| February 04, 2011
Review: SpeakEasy makes the best of Nine
Less than 10
Music had better be the food of love in Nine , because there's little else in the Tony-winning show to indicate why its middle-aged, three-timing protagonist is such a chick magnet.
| February 01, 2011
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