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Mama knows best: the Huntington's feel-good A Raisin in the Sun

Fifty-four years after its groundbreaking Broadway premiere, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun remains as dense, and as concentrated, as its title fruit.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 19, 2013

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Sweet discomfort: SpeakEasy's production of Clybourne Park

As a rule, it's probably a bad idea to pay someone to make you feel uncomfortable.
By: LAUREN DITULLIO  |  March 11, 2013


ArtsEmerson's Metamorphosis

Gisli Örn Garðarsson’s Gregor Samsa is the best-looking bug you will ever see — more likely to give you goosebumps than make your skin crawl.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2013


Clearing the air with strong Lungs at New Rep

Lungs may not take your breath away, but it's an intelligent juggernaut of a comedy about sex, trust, and just how many people ought to be allowed to blow carbon into Earth's moribund atmosphere.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 27, 2013


Mormons, murderers, and mariners: 10 theater sensations coming to Boston stages this spring

Mitt Romney did his Mormon mission in France. But there are no baguettes or croissants to dip into the lukewarm proselytizing of bumbling elders Price and Cunningham, two young men sent by the Church of Latter-day Saints to convert the unfaithful of a Ugandan backwater in The Book of Mormon .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2013


The human stain: life and death in Middletown

The New York Times dubbed Will Eno a “Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013


Stones in His Pockets at Lyric Stage

Lyric Stage Company's Stones in His Pockets is billed as "the madcap story of a rural Irish village turned upside down" by the arrival of a Hollywood film crew.
By: LAUREN DITULLIO  |  February 22, 2013


Zeitgeist Stage Company's Life of Riley

Sir Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 70 plays, most of which turn on an intricate trick of chronology or geography.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013


Last writes: Brustein explains Shakespeare’s will

It's one of the intriguing whydunnits of literary history: what possessed Shakespeare to leave his wife, Anne Hathaway, no more than his "second-best bed"?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 20, 2013


The Gold Dust Orphans' Mildred Fierce

James M. Cain meets George M. Cohan in Mildred Fierce, Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans’ hoofing hoot of a riff on the 1945 Joan Crawford film.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013


Interview: The passion of Mike Daisey

The controversial storyteller kicks off ArtsEmerson’s “The Next Thing” festival
Last January, storyteller Mike Daisey achieved a level of celebrity rarely attained among the off-Broadway set when the public radio program This American Life aired portions of his monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 14, 2013


The TNT Short List: ArtsEmerson's Next Thing

Mike Daisey's anthropologic commentary on American culture is just the beginning of what ArtsEmerson has in store for festival-goers at The Next Thing (TNT) Festival.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 12, 2013


A.R.T. frees The Glass Menagerie

"Then go to the moon — you selfish dreamer!" screams Amanda Wingfield at her fleeing son at the climax of The Glass Menagerie .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 11, 2013

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Commedia tonight: Servant earns its pay

Those who believe the best THINGS in life are freewheeling are bound to enjoy the touring Yale Rep production of The Servant of Two Masters corralled at the Paramount Center by ArtsEmerson.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 05, 2013


Cherry jubilee: Talking with Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones is a two-time Tony winner (for The Heiress and Doubt ) and an Emmy winner for playing President Allison Taylor on Fox TV's 24 .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 30, 2013


From North Korea with love: You for Me for You at Company One

In the 2012 world premiere of You for Me for You at Washington DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, there loomed large posters of North Korea’s Dear Leader.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 01, 2013


Other Desert Cities is a worthy destination

Other Desert Cities looks back on the generationally polarizing Vietnam War from the midst of the Iraq conflict.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2013


New Rep's Marry Me a Little says a lot

Give the New Repertory Theatre credit for finding new theatrical life — and meaning — in a collection of old songs.
By: LAUREN DITULLIO  |  January 18, 2013


Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man takes the stage

Ralph Ellison would not allow his National Book Award–winning 1952 novel, Invisible Man , to be made into a movie or play.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 15, 2013


A.R.T. wrings magic from Pippin

Diane Paulus's ingenious circus revamp of Pippin is indeed a magic to-do.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 09, 2013
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