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Arise and hail

Revels goes to Thomas Hardy's Wessex
"At first blush, Thomas Hardy seems an unlikely figure to associate with Revels." With due respect to Revels artistic director Patrick Swanson's program statement, this Hardy fanatic of almost 50 years begs to differ.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 16, 2008


Behind closed doors

Trinity fires off The Receptionist
Ricky Gervais meets Dick Cheney in The Receptionist.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 19, 2008



Aurelia's Oratorio; All About Christmas Eve; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Aurelia's Oratorio; All About Christmas Eve; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2008


Slideshow: The Slutcracker

A burlesque take on the Nutcracker
A burlesque take on the Nutcracker
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 12, 2008


Drag race

The Lyric cracks The Mystery of Irma Vep
Jane Twisden, the sinister housekeeper of The Mystery of Irma Vep , harbors a mad, secret passion for her employer, the aristocratic and manly Lord Edgar Hillcrest.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 05, 2008


Threshold of revelation

Einstein dreams in Central Square; Skylight is illumined in Lowell
Einstein dreams in Central Square; Skylight is illumined in Lowell
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 26, 2008


Sympathy for the Devil

Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 24, 2008


Call of the cash

The Merchant of Venice ; Voyeurs de Venus ; The Oil Thief
Naming The Merchant of Venice after Antonio is like naming Medea after Jason.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 14, 2008


Rough justice

The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 05, 2008


Of myth and men

The ART’s Communist Dracula Pageant ; the Publick’s Faith Healer
There is more pageantry than either Stalinism or Stoker in The Communist Dracula Pageant , Anne Washburn’s ambitious jumble of a Romanian-history play now in its world premiere from the American Repertory Theatre.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 28, 2008


Love and politics

Boleros for the Disenchanted ; November ; Martha Mitchell Calling
In Boleros for the Disenchanted , Puerto Rican–born José Rivera looks beyond the fairy dust and sexual spark to probe the full meaning of “till death do us part.”  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2008


Still crazy after all these years

The Force is with Carrie Fisher in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking
Since Dorothy Parker died, in 1967, Carrie Fisher is probably the most hilarious screwed-up person alive.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 22, 2008


I sink, therefore I am

Zeitgeist’s expanded Seascape. Plus Gutenberg! The Musical
Seascape , Edward Albee’s 1975 Pulitzer-winning meditation on evolution and mortality, gets all wet at Zeitgeist Stage Company.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 08, 2008


Cry me a river

The Dreams of Antigone; In the Continuum; Show Boat
It would seem that Sophocles has been hanging around for 2500 years waiting to be improved — and the makeover artists have been numerous.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 01, 2008


Undiscovered country

New Rep’s Eurydice, the ART’s Let Me Down Easy, SpeakEasy’s The Light in the Piazza
A young woman steps off the Elevator Styx into a Hades ruled by Pee-wee Herman.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 24, 2008


Buffalo’d Bard

This West doesn’t win the East
It’s nifty that Boston has snagged the world premiere of Richard Nelson’s new play, How Shakespeare Won the West , which opens the season at the Huntington.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 17, 2008


Still doing it

A Chorus Line at the Opera House
In the finale of A Chorus Line , 16 dancers do a precision routine against a mirrored backdrop that makes them seem like a cast of thousands.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 16, 2008


Fall on the boards

From A Chorus Line to Tennessee Williams and the Grinch
There are tours to the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Italy, Iraq, the Aran Islands, and even the Underworld on area stages this fall.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 11, 2008


New blood

ART and the Huntington (and Boston theater) get a youth transfusion
The famously adventurous American Repertory Theatre is soon to be taken over by a woman who spent her summer directing . . . the vintage Broadway hits Kiss Me, Kate and Hair ?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 10, 2008


Old wives’ tales

Follies at the Lyric; We Won’t Pay! by the Nora
A pretty girl is less like a melody than like yesterday’s news in Follies , the New York Drama Critics Circle Award–winning 1971 musical that lost money but became the stuff of legend.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 09, 2008


Return of the screw

The Woman in Black haunts Gloucester Stage
Line up your goosebumps: Gloucester Stage is rushing Halloween with a bit of Victorian hokum entitled The Woman in Black.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 02, 2008

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