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Sympathy for the Devil

Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 24, 2008

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Call of the cash

The Merchant of Venice ; Voyeurs de Venus ; The Oil Thief
Naming The Merchant of Venice after Antonio is like naming Medea after Jason.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 14, 2008

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Rough justice

The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 05, 2008

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Of myth and men

The ART’s Communist Dracula Pageant ; the Publick’s Faith Healer
There is more pageantry than either Stalinism or Stoker in The Communist Dracula Pageant , Anne Washburn’s ambitious jumble of a Romanian-history play now in its world premiere from the American Repertory Theatre.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 28, 2008

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Love and politics

Boleros for the Disenchanted ; November ; Martha Mitchell Calling
In Boleros for the Disenchanted , Puerto Rican–born José Rivera looks beyond the fairy dust and sexual spark to probe the full meaning of “till death do us part.”  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2008

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Still crazy after all these years

The Force is with Carrie Fisher in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking
Since Dorothy Parker died, in 1967, Carrie Fisher is probably the most hilarious screwed-up person alive.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 22, 2008



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I sink, therefore I am

Zeitgeist’s expanded Seascape. Plus Gutenberg! The Musical
Seascape , Edward Albee’s 1975 Pulitzer-winning meditation on evolution and mortality, gets all wet at Zeitgeist Stage Company.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 08, 2008

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Cry me a river

The Dreams of Antigone; In the Continuum; Show Boat
It would seem that Sophocles has been hanging around for 2500 years waiting to be improved — and the makeover artists have been numerous.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 01, 2008

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Undiscovered country

New Rep’s Eurydice, the ART’s Let Me Down Easy, SpeakEasy’s The Light in the Piazza
A young woman steps off the Elevator Styx into a Hades ruled by Pee-wee Herman.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 24, 2008

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Fall on the boards

From A Chorus Line to Tennessee Williams and the Grinch
There are tours to the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Italy, Iraq, the Aran Islands, and even the Underworld on area stages this fall.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 11, 2008

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New blood

ART and the Huntington (and Boston theater) get a youth transfusion
The famously adventurous American Repertory Theatre is soon to be taken over by a woman who spent her summer directing . . . the vintage Broadway hits Kiss Me, Kate and Hair ?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 10, 2008



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Old wives’ tales

Follies at the Lyric; We Won’t Pay! by the Nora
A pretty girl is less like a melody than like yesterday’s news in Follies , the New York Drama Critics Circle Award–winning 1971 musical that lost money but became the stuff of legend.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 09, 2008

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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

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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

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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

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Suspicion

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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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