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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


Gilding the Lily

The A.R.T.'s production of Lily's Revenge
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 17, 2012


Marie Antoinette rules at ART

Heads off
Last year, dramatist David Adjmi raised a stir with a site-specific tea party called Elective Affinities , in which four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell held court in an Upper East Side townhouse, spinning a small audience into her web of entitlement.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 13, 2012


GSC commits Crimes of the Heart

Sister Act
It must have seemed a guilty pleasure to dramatist Beth Henley to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 05, 2012


Interview: Karole Armitage dances with Marie Antoinette

Karole Armitage jettisoned her sobriquet as the "punk ballerina" years ago, but the Tony-nominated former Merce Cunningham dancer continues her edgy choreographic foray with her contributions to the upcoming world premiere of playwright David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette, a coproduction of the American Repertory Theater and the Yale Repertory Theatre.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  August 31, 2012


Sticks and Bones packs a wallop in Wellfleet

Good night, Vietnam
Relevance tends to turn up like the proverbial bad penny. David Rabe's 1972 Tony Award-winning Sticks and Bones , which is being revived by Wellfleet's Harbor Stage Company (through September 8), has one foot in the froth of mid-20th-century television, the other in the morass of Vietnam.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 28, 2012


Boston’s actors prepare for their roles in the fall theater season

Three characters in search of an opening night
Most of us have been spending our summers scarfing down lobster claws and luxuriating by overcrowded pools.
By: MILES HOWARD & LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 27, 2012


Chad Deity is a knockout

Primal Time
The old actors' adage "Break a leg" does not seem an apt shout-out to the intrepid cast of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 14, 2012


Commonwealth Shakespeare Company takes on Coriolanus

The body politic
The man of the hour is running for high office, and he has the support of the party faithful and the moneyed interests, but before he can claim victory, he must ingratiate himself with the unwashed masses, even as rival interests conspire to blacken his name and deprive him of all popular appeal.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 08, 2012


Master Harold erupts at Gloucester Stage

Black power
I first had the autobiographical Molotov cocktail that is "Master Harold" ... and the boys hurled at me in the early 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was still a prisoner and apartheid was law in South Africa.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 06, 2012


Billy Elliot the Musical hums

Swan song
Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2012


An unorthodox Church in Wellfleet

Revival tactics
Take your gaze from your navel and place your eyes on the prize!
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012


Roller Disco the Musical! boogies down at Oberon

Roll out
Perhaps the success of the 2007 musical adaptation of the 1980 film Xanadu inspired Jen Wineman to transform the 1979 film Roller Boogie into a stage musical, but Roller Disco the Musical! (at Oberon through August 30) proves there is room in the world for more than one musical comedy about roller-skating disco dancers.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  July 02, 2012


Car Talk is no musical

Flat Tire
The notion of a musical inspired by Car Talk is bizarre.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 26, 2012

Theater - Private Lives

Coward's 'Private Lives' roars again

It wouldn't be a stretch to call Noël Coward's 1930 Private Lives the funniest play of the 20th century.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 05, 2012


Boston theater happenings of summer 2012

Summer stages
Summer stages
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 06, 2012


Tir Na’s Lonesome West, A.R.T.’s Woody Sez

Dust up
Suffice it to say that Leenane is no city of brotherly love.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 22, 2012


Xanadu from SpeakEasy; Avenue Q at Lyric Stage

Gods and monsters
Those who know their Coleridge will recall that: "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately roller-dome decree."
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 15, 2012


Felder’s Maestro; Orphans’ Mary Poppers

High flying
Hershey Felder's Maestro: Leonard Bernstein (presented by ArtsEmerson on the Paramount Mainstage through May 20) begins with black-and-white footage of its subject lecturing vigorously on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 07, 2012


ASP tackles Troilus and Cressida

Farewell romance
"All's false in love and war" might be a maxim for Troilus and Cressida.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2012


Tigers at Zeitgeist; Yesterday at Central Square

Eat my brain
Forget the elephant in the room. Depression is a big cat in Tigers Be Still, a relentlessly quirky yet endearing screwball tragicomedy by Kim Rosenstock that debuted at New York's Roundabout Underground in 2010 and is getting a sweet Boston premiere by Zeitgeist Stage Company (at the BCA Black Box through May 5).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 25, 2012

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