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Cold comforts on stage: The new theater season

Stretching from Beethoven to Brustein and from Palm Springs to North Korea, the new theater season is all over the map.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012


Love's labors: ASP visits Two Gentlemen

I have never seen a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona , and now I know why.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 20, 2012


That's not all right, Mama: Memphis on tour

If ever there was an example of the perils of Broadway-ization, Memphis is it.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2012


Stage worthies: The best theatrical productions of 2012

With the addition of ArtsEmerson to a lively array of hometown players, the Boston Rialto has seen an embarrassment of riches.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2012


David Cromer renovates Our Town

You're not near enough to smell the alcohol on the tippling choirmaster's breath.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 14, 2012


Culture clash: Chinglish not lost in translation

As David Henry Hwang's Chinglish demonstrates, negotiation among Americans and Chinese is seldom as snappy as the play's title.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2012


Chesapeake keeps boredom at bay

A loopy cri de coeur for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chesapeake (presented by New Repertory Theatre through December 16) is more shaggy dog story than dramatic achievement.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 03, 2012


Back to the past: Pinter revived at the Huntington

Betrayal , which premiered in 1978, is Nobel laureate Harold Pinter's most straightforward and also his most straight-backward play.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 21, 2012


Interview: Chet Walker Revisits Bob Fosse's 'Pippin'

Magic To Do
Michael Jackson didn't invent the moonwalk. Bob Fosse did.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  November 21, 2012


Whistler puckers up for Ovid

A decade ago, director Mary Zimmerman won a Tony for a staging of Metamorphoses set around a pool.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 09, 2012


Hickory Schtick: Andrew Jackson is bloody good

Ever since Richard Nixon lost an election by sweating on TV, we have held this truth to be self-evident: America prefers a sexier president.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 07, 2012


The Chosen keeps the faith

The leap from page to stage for The Chosen (at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 17) is more of a hop.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 07, 2012


Predators in purgatory

The 2008 play, inspired by a true story about two soldiers guarding a zoo in Baghdad during the early stages of the Iraq War, follows the vengeful ghost of a Bengal tiger through the city's war-torn streets.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  November 16, 2012


Now or Later's personal is political

Christopher Shinn's new play, which takes place on election night, is so timely that it's hard to imagine staging it later rather than now.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  October 24, 2012


No neigh-saying War Horse at the Opera House

War Horse's puppet Joey, all chestnut mesh and cane and repurposed bicycle parts, could become America's biggest equine sensation since Secretariat.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2012


Baffled in Boise

Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, receiving its Boston premiere in a production by the Zeitgeist Stage Company, has no dramatic structure.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 09, 2012

Review:A Broth of A Boy

Sad Boy

The Irish playwright Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at English detectives during a public event.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 02, 2012


Good People could be better

Good People , which opens the SEASON at the Huntington Theatre Company, is a schizoid experience.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 24, 2012


Out of Afghanistan

Matthew Spangler’s stage adaptation of The Kite Runner
Matthew Spangler's stage adaptation of The Kite Runner is so faithful to Khaled Hosseini's 2003 bestseller that you might think the novel a religion.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 19, 2012


Ten can't-miss plays for this fall

Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge, in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 20, 2012

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