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Unkindest cuts

Julius Caesar  at the ART; The Scene at Lyric Stage
Those who went to high school in the 1960s may feel a wave of déjà vu at the American Repertory Theatre’s Julius Caesar .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 19, 2008


Streets where you live

A loverly My Fair Lady ; The Missionary Position at MRT
The 2001 National Theatre of Great Britain/Cameron Mackintosh production further sharpens the Shavian edge of this beloved musical.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2008


Mediæval morality play

In Bruges   is a good place to be
It’s location, location, location for Martin McDonagh.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 16, 2008


Bottled-spider web

Trinity’s Richard III; plus Shakespeare’s Actresses in America
Richard III  is a thing of additions and subtractions.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 05, 2008


Sex and the century

Angels in America by BTW; A Pinter Duet at New Rep
Angels in America can dance on the head of a pin as easily as any other kind.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2008


Grail time

‘Ni’ business like show business in Spamalot
Monty Python’s Spamalot bills itself as “lovingly ripped off” from the low-budget 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 23, 2008


Fie, society

The Little Dog Laughed  at SpeakEasy; The Misanthrope at New Rep
Frailty, thy name is society — or so suggest two comedies of manners currently on view but written 340 years apart.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2008


War games

The Huntington’s  Third ; the ART’s Copenhagen ; ASP’s Henry V
Wendy Wasserstein might have chosen a lesser light in whose shadow to cast a play than King Lear .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 16, 2008


Noir comedy

Adrfit in Macao lives up to its name
As in Casablanca , whose transient denizens are waiting for visas, most of Macao is just waiting — as if for Godot.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 16, 2008


Nerds and music

2 Pianos 4 Hands  scores at MRT
At least the cast of 2 Pianos 4 Hands doesn’t try to play Chopin.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 07, 2008


The best on the boards

Theatre: 2007 in review
There have been a few muggings on the rialto this year.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2007


Clan bake

Trinity looks inside Memory House
Memory Lane is a blocked road for high-school senior Katia, who’s asked to pound on the barricade for a college-application essay that must be postmarked by midnight tonight, New Year’s Eve.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2007


From ma’am, with love

No Child . . .  at the ART, plus This Wonderful Life and White Christmas
Nilaja Sun could have caved to expectation.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 09, 2007


The boxer and the Bard

Tunney/Shakespeare in Six Rounds yields no winner
Was it Muhammad Ali who advocated a lot of dancing before landing a punch?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 27, 2007


Vietnam and Victoriana

The Huntington’s Streamers ; SpeakEasy’s Edwin Drood
War is hell in Streamers — and few of the characters have even been to one.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 19, 2007


Sound Czech

Tom Stoppard fuses the history and the music in Rock ’n’ Roll
Tom Stoppard’s Rock ’n’ Roll begins in 1968 in an English garden, where a piper perched atop an ivied wall is serenading a stretched-out blonde flower child.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 13, 2007


Rabbit forming

Donnie Darko, plus The Bluest Eye and To Kill a Mockingbird
For further indication of the darkening zeitgeist, consider the personae of imaginary rabbits.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 16, 2008


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


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


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

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