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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


Body politic

Interview: Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes
Anna Deavere Smith is a writer/actor/activist who listens.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  September 02, 2008


Home invasion

Mishegas meets metaphor in Fabuloso
Fabuloso is about what happens to a vaguely disappointing marriage when a couple of maniacs show up at the door insisting they’re family.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 26, 2008


Dysfunction junctions

Spelling Bee in Beverly; The Goatwoman in Lenox
“Have you ever been in a gymnasium in the round before?” asks one of the participants toward the top of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at North Shore Music Theatre.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 20, 2008



Othello at Shakespeare + Company, Doubt at Gloucester Stage
With John Douglas Thompson’s Moor, more is evidently more.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 12, 2008


Vintage mirth and vintage laughter

Hay Fever at the Publick; A Flea in Her Ear in Williamstown
Coward is said to have written the play in three days, in the wake of a nerve-racking weekend at the country home of American actress Laurette Taylor and her British-playwright husband.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 04, 2008


Mirrors up to Nature

As You Like It on Boston Common; QED in Central Square
Up close, the Forest of Arden, an elevated glade tucked into Boston Common, looks like verdant, dappled clouds tacked to two-by-fours.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2008


Smart women, tough choices

All’s Well in Lenox, Going to St. Ives via Gloucester
Welcome back to the director’s chair, Tina Packer.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 22, 2008


Killing grounds

The Seagull flies at the Publick; Company One knocks off Assassins
Chekhov wrote to a friend while composing The Seagull , first of his Big Four, that he was writing a “comedy with three female parts, six male parts, four acts, a landscape (a view of the lake), much talk about literature, and five tons of love.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 15, 2008


Twisted love song

Gloucester riffs on Enigma Variations
Enigma Variations isn’t very good, but I can’t tell you why.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 08, 2008

Easy to love

According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008


Mad men

Orfeo’s Look Back in Anger; WHAT’s What the Butler Saw
Audiences must have developed shock absorbers over the course of the past 50 years.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 24, 2008


North Shore's snazzy revival of contact

Plus, Gurnet’s Essential Self-Defense
For a Broadway show, contact is closer to Twyla Tharp than George M. Cohan.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 17, 2008


All's fair?

Shakespeare + Company’s The Ladies Man; Gloucester Stage’s Billy Bishop
If Viagra had existed in La Belle Époque, The Ladies Man would be a very short show.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 10, 2008


Sleeping with the enemy

Tennessee Williams’s Milk Train stops in Hartford
Who knew the azure waters off the Amalfi Coast flowed into the River Styx?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 03, 2008


Gone but not forgotten

She Loves Me at the Huntington; plus Way Theatre Artists’ The Memory of Water
Before there was eHarmony, there were harmony and disharmony.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 27, 2008


Channeling Shakespeare

Cardenio  at the ART; King John at ASP
Cardenio , an early-17th-century play in which Shakespeare may well have had a hand, has been MIA since its debut and will doubtless remain so.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 19, 2008


Enter triumphant

This year’s Elliot Norton Awards
It was a Martin love fest Monday night at the 26th annual Elliot Norton Awards, Boston theater’s annual pat on the head.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2008


Oscar winner?

The Lyric’s Importance of Being Earnest
The Lyric offers some sly, Wildean touches in a discreetly pruned, generally creditable production.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 13, 2008


The Shakespeare mystery

Everything (almost) you wanted to know about Cardenio but were afraid to ask
What Shakespeare wrote and what he didn’t — even without bringing the Earl of Oxford into it — is one of literature’s most enduring and enjoyable mysteries.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2008


Learning curves

  SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 08, 2008

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