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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

Review TheTempermentals

'The Tempermentals' start the revolution

Secret histories
Jon Marans's The Temperamentals (at Lyric Stage through April 28) begins innocently enough: a first date during which a coy couple engages in some flirtatious back-and-forth and plays footsie under a restaurant table.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  April 03, 2012


The Lisps try to deliver a message in 'Futurity'

All we are saying
It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that will either save the world or be a precursor to the atom bomb.
By: ED SIEGEL  |  March 28, 2012


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is unrealized Wilson

Almost blues
For years you could measure the difference between the Huntington Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theater as the difference between August Wilson, the gritty and lyrical chronicler of African-American life, and Robert Wilson, the avant-garde auteur.
By: ED SIEGEL  |  March 21, 2012


Next to Normal is good therapy

Well, why not.
By: ED SIEGEL  |  March 13, 2012


New Rep and W.H.A.T. paint a Pollock

Art attack
Fortunately, Elvis Costello's dictum that writing about music is like dancing about architecture doesn't apply to playwrights taking on the world of art, which has been the subtext for three provocative Boston-area plays recently.
By: ED SIEGEL  |  March 07, 2012


Time Stands Still at The Lyric

I am a camera
Is war correspondence a calling or a kick?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2012


Spring theater offerings

Fight the good fight
Boston Playwrights' Theatre closes out its winter season with DEPORTED / A DREAM PLAY (March 8–April 1;
By: MADDY MYERS  |  March 05, 2012


Jung Chang's memoir reduced at A.R.T.

Swans song
Confucius might have doubted the wisdom of bringing Wild Swans to the stage.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2012


A woman in science's male domain

Beautiful minds
Geniuses have it rough.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 15, 2012


The Addams Family musical toys with 'real' Americans

Liberal elites
Contained in their haunted-house black humor, Charles Addams's original Addams Family cartoons seemed intended as a sly critique of boring suburbia and an affirmation of quirky, alternative lifestyles.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  February 14, 2012


Review: 69°S.: The Shackleton Project

An ethereal trip to the turn-of-the-century wilds of the South Pole
“Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.”  
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  February 10, 2012


Gamm's Festen; plus Whistler's Fen

Last supper
"Denmark's a prison," opined Hamlet some 400 years ago.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 01, 2012


Interview: Katie Leung follows Harry Potter with ART's Wild Swans

On track
Fans of J.K Rowling's wizarding empire (read: every man, woman, and child) all remember the moment we were introduced to Cho Chang, the lucky Ravenclaw who gets to paint the town (and do a bit of snogging) with Mr. Potter himself.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 31, 2012


American Idiot rocks out

The Boston premiere of Michael Mayor's staging
As the crowd spilled in for Tuesday night's Boston premiere of Green Day's American Idiot , necks craned and fingers pointed, mohawked guys in their mid-30s and elderly couples jostled for their seats alongside teenage girls in plaid skirts and suspenders.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 26, 2012


Green Eyes at the Ames; Robbie McCauley's Sugar

Suite stuff
Forget the Hotel California; welcome to the Hotel Tennessee.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 24, 2012

Tribute to God of Carnage

Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

Parent flap
If Lord of the Flies wanted an upscale-urban bookend, it could do worse than God of Carnage (presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre through February 5).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 18, 2012


Interview: Michael Mayer, director of the Broadway tour of American Idiot

Green Day's rock opera comes to Boston
Michael Mayer has a history of being all over the map in the choices of plays he has directed. From Chekhov's Uncle Vanya to the smash rock musical Spring Awakening , he's consistently ventured out of the comfort zone.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 12, 2012


Red explores Rothko's emotional palette

Scarlet fever
Mark Rothko sees red in Red — and not just when staring hard at his iconic Seagram murals.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 10, 2012

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