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Theater of war

The Huntington revives Streamers
Director Scott Ellis doesn’t call David Rabe’s Streamers a play about war.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  October 31, 2007


After the fall

Sweeney Todd ; Macbeth ; A House with No Walls
The evil is boiled down in the revival of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and that makes for a stew far tastier than Mrs. Lovett’s human-hamburger pies.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 30, 2007


Rabbit food

Donnie Darko takes to the stage
Though he believes in the spiritual quality of Donnie’s quest, he doesn’t want to tie the play to any one religion, or to religion at all.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  October 23, 2007


Grief encounter

The Huntington’s Brendan  and the Lyric’s Dying City
The protagonist of Ronan Noone’s Brendan bestrides the narrow world, but hardly like a colossus.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 25, 2007


Razor’s edge

Judy Kaye on reuniting with Sweeney Todd’s Demon Barber
According to the Tony-winning actor, there’s always more to discover about the Demon Barber’s culinary accomplice.
By: SALLY CRAGIN  |  October 17, 2007


College boards

Truth meets satire in The Pursuit of Happiness
Overachieving Maine teen Jodi has a bone to pick with the Founding Fathers.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 15, 2007


History tour

Zeitgeist’s compelling   Kentucky Cycle; Double Edge’s Republic of Dreams
Whitewash has floated like a soap scum on the bloodbath of America’s past as told in the history books.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 09, 2007


Arabian nights

Roosen's monologues considers sex beneath the veil
Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues was frank — nay, explicit — in its exploration of women’s sexuality.
By: SALLY CRAGIN  |  October 09, 2007


Perfect Tenn

Jeremy Lawrence’s one-man show Everybody Expects Me to Write Another Streetcar
When Tennessee Williams summered in Provincetown in the early 1940s, Eugene O’Neill was the playwright most associated with the tip of the Cape.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 04, 2007



tick, tick ... BOOM! at New Rep; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by BTW; American Buffalo at WHAT
When Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer-winning composer of Rent , wrote tick, tick . . . BOOM! , he could not have known what the “boom” would be.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 03, 2007


Bye-bye blarney

Brendan introduces the American Ronan Noone
Ronan Noone is flummoxed.
By: LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 01, 2007



Small troupes take on The Kentucky Cycle
What would induce a tiny fringe contingent to take on the six hours of Robert Schenkkan’s 1992 Pulitzer-winning spectacle, The Kentucky Cycle ?
By: IRIS FANGER  |  September 26, 2007



The 39 Steps winks at the Huntington; All the King’s Men thrills at Trinity
If your inner Mr. Memory — not to mention your outer Blockbuster — is operating, you recall The 39 Steps.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 26, 2007


The witching hour

Wicked , plus The Atheist , A Streetcar Named Desire , Zanna, Don’t!
WICKED is a very different witch hunt from the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel on which it is based.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2007


Impossible dreamer

The Lyric Stage resurrects Man of La Mancha
If it’s “The Impossible Dream” you’ve come for, you’ll hit paydirt.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  September 12, 2007



Figaro at the ART; The English Channel at Suffolk
Figaro and Count Almaviva are holed up in a sacked mansion opposite the Bastille.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 12, 2007


Stage worthies

Fall on the Boston boards
The roar of the greasepaint precedes that of the autumn wind this year.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 12, 2007


Don ho!

On the road with Mozart and Molière in Don Juan Giovanni
In 1665, when it made a brief appearance before being suppressed for a couple of hundred years, Molière’s Don Juan was a “machine play.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 04, 2007


Channeling Hitchcock

The 39 Steps Lead from the Huntington to Broadway
The classic British hero is cool, collected, witty, slightly bored, well-mannered, and possessed of lightning-fast reflexes when needed.
By: SALLY CRAGIN  |  September 04, 2007


Bard in the bar

Shakespeare navigates Brustein’s English Channel
Will Shakespeare is holed up in the Mermaid Tavern, where he’s writing sonnets rather than plays because it’s 1593 and the London theaters are shut against the raging plague.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  August 29, 2007


Sword play

The Three Musketeers fights on at NSMT
Some ideas die hard — especially when they’re good ones.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 27, 2007

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