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Review: SpeakEasy makes the best of Nine

Less than 10
Music had better be the food of love in Nine , because there's little else in the Tony-winning show to indicate why its middle-aged, three-timing protagonist is such a chick magnet.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 01, 2011


History and mystery

R. Buckminster Fuller; aftermath; In the Footprint
In 1975 in Philadelphia, R. Buckminster Fuller delivered a 42-hour talk titled "Everything I Know." Even in this day of marathon theater events, that might be a hard sell.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 27, 2011


Review: In the Footprint: The Battle over Atlantic Yards

The Civilians fight the battle over Atlantic Yards
I've seen a lot of musicals in development; this is the first I've seen about development.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 21, 2011


Review: The Huntington's Ruined

Plus Company One's Neighbors
Even if it did not ride piggyback on the monumental shoulders of Bertolt Brecht, Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, Ruined , would stand tall.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 18, 2011


Jokes and the unconscious spar in Hysteria

Sang Freud
We're given the Freudian slip early on in Hysteria, or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis - and it comes with several other silky undergarments summarily discarded by a nubile visitor to the London study of the Father of Modern Psychoanalysis in Brit writer Terry Johnson's Olivier Award-winning 1992 comedy.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 11, 2011


Review: Kafka goes backstage in The Understudy

Oh, K!
Gregor Samsa catches the acting bug in Theresa Rebeck's 2008 comedy The Understudy, which is in its area premiere at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 04, 2011


11 must-see plays of early 2011

  Hem, Chaim, Bucky, Poppins, Kuntz, and more
With such tantalizers in the wings, it’s hard to grieve over the exit of all the Rockettes, Scrooges, and tipsy Welshmen that see out the old year.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 29, 2010


Review: Christmas Revels 2010

Holy ghosts
This Christmas Revels has the real spirit.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 22, 2010


Boston’s Best Theater Productions of 2010

Busting out all over
Renovation and reanimation were the news this year, and that led one to wonder: if the Fabulous Invalid is so sick, why does it need so many new cribs?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 04, 2011


Photos: The Slutcracker 2010

A burlesque take on The Nutcracker
The Slutcracker: A Burlesque takes its sexy  Nutcracker makeover to the Somerville Theatre through December 24, 2010.
By: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 16, 2010


Review: ART's The Blue Flower

Plus SpeakEasy's Striking 12
The stem of The Blue Flower is its compelling score, an unusual mix of Weimar cabaret and country heartache onto which husband-and-wife creators Jim and Ruth Bauer have grafted a somewhat skeletal story that nonetheless encompasses the first half of the 20th century and then some.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 20, 2010


Review: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Plus Mrs. Grinchley; Merrimack's Beasley; Stoneham's Pageant
What could be more heartwarming for the holidays than a couple of middle-aged losers getting naked?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 07, 2010


Review: The Fever Chart

Three Visions of the Middle East at Central Square
In The Fever Chart — Three Visions of the Middle East , Naomi Wallace does not so much take the temperature of that splintered region as invade its dreams.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 01, 2010


Morality play

Huntington's Vengeance is sweet
The ghosts of Arthur Miller and Sam Shepard hover over Vengeance Is the Lord's in its world premiere by the Huntington Theatre Company.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 23, 2010


Washington Street's smallest theater reopens

Tiny drama
Last week, Suffolk University opened the Modern Theatre, the smallest in the row of theaters on Washington Street.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 10, 2010


Review: Two Wives is a roaming holiday

Indian idyll
A hectic if underpopulated Indian travelogue celebrating both love beginning and love being let go of.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2010


Photos: GoreFest VIII: Cirque du Slaughté

The musical slasher gore comedy musical returns to ImprovBoston
The musical slasher gore comedy musical returns to ImprovBoston
By: KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  November 07, 2010


Review: The Lyric does Dickens

Plus Iraq in the Aftermath
Plenty of theaters make A Christmas Carol sing. But the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, under the frenzied baton of Spiro Veloudos, is rendering an entire Dickensian symphony in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 04, 2010


Review: A good old-fashioned Screw

Ryan Landry and Molly Schreiber star in Stoneham's Henry James ghost-story classic
Stoneham Theatre's staging The Turn of the Screw in time for Halloween (it plays through November 7) comes as no surprise, but director Caitlin Lowans turned heads when she cast Gold Dust Orphans founder Ryan Landry as one of her two stars in Jeffrey Hatcher's 1997 two-actor adaptation.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  October 29, 2010


Review: Aftermath presents Iraq refugees in their own words

Collateral damage
Aftermath presents Iraq refugees in their own words
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 29, 2010


Review: Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, and The Aliens

Local troupes take a road trip to Shirley, VT
Over the river and through the woods from Grover's Corners lies Shirley, VT, Green Mountain stand-in for college-centric Amherst, MA, where playwright Annie Baker grew up.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 27, 2010

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