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Intriguing Love Song hums two tunes

Heart heist
The 2006 Love Song, to which Orfeo Group is giving a bristling Boston premiere (at Charlestown Working Theater through August 27), fields a catalytic intruder who is not what she seems.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 19, 2011


Review: An Ideal Husband

Wilde thing: this Gloucester Husband is not ideal
"Nothing succeeds like excess," Oscar Wilde famously opined.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 17, 2010


Spider man

Richard III weaves his web in Lenox
Dreams and portents loom large in Richard III . So it seems fitting that John Douglas Thompson's dynamic Dick Crookback should deliver the play's famed opening lines from a supine position on the floor, as if envisaging in slumber "the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this sun of York."
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 15, 2010


Moor power for free

CSC's Othello on Boston Common
The climax of Othello is less hot-blooded murder than ritual sacrifice, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company staging is built on that idea.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 08, 2010


Get me remix

The Brothers Grimm generally managed to live up to their name.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 30, 2010


Glee and sympathy

The Gold Dust Orphans’ The Gulls; Nora’s The Lady with All the Answers
If Ryan Landry gets any more respectable, he’ll be hosting Masterpiece Theatre.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 18, 2010


Old haunts

Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 11, 2010


Face the nation

SpeakEasy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Zeitgeist’s Farragut North
White-trash collection has seldom been as hilarious as it is in The Great American Trailer Park Musical , which makes its Brahmin-area debut courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage Company.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 04, 2010



Young Frankenstein at the Opera House; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead in Lowell
As fans of the film are aware, that precipitous crag atop which the castle of Young Frankenstein sits is a Catskill. But in The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (at the Opera House through May 2), the mountain is shrouded less in 1930s-horror-movie gloom than in Vegas glitz.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 27, 2010


Review: Tír Na Theatre Company's Trad

Trad delivers a kiss and a kick to Irish drama
The fiddler’s on the ground floor in Trad , but Tevye would nonetheless identify with the play’s history-bound patriarch — though compared with this venerable coot, Sholem Aleichem’s beleaguered dairyman is a spring chicken.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 13, 2010


Portraits of artists

Opus at New Rep; From Orchids to Octopi at Central Square
Yikes! Is this really what it’s like behind the scenes with, say, the Emerson String Quartet?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 06, 2010



Lady Day at Lyric bar & grill
As Billie Holiday fell apart, so did her fragile if expressive voice.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 30, 2010


Zero at the bone

SpeakEasy’s Adding Machine sings
A bleak expressionist fable centered on a murderous bookkeeper symbolically named Zero. Even when you throw in sexual repression, religious zealotry, a trip to Heaven, and enough dissonance to sate Stephen Sondheim, that doesn’t sound like the stuff of song and dance.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 23, 2010


Moral surgery

Becky Shaw at the Huntington; Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Publick; Othello at Actors' Shakespeare Project
You know upon meeting Becky Shaw that you're in the presence of a smart, snappy writer. But you picture playwright Gina Gionfriddo as someone more akin to Theresa Rebeck than William Makepeace Thackeray.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2010


After Eden

Stick Fly at the Huntington; Paradise Lost at the ART; boom at New Rep
One of the heroines of Stick Fly , a post-doctoral student of etymology, likes to smear honey on the table and then scrutinize the flies that get stuck in it.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 11, 2010


Parallel worlds

Legacy of Light at the Lyric; Not Enough Air from Nora; The Island of Slaves from Orfeo Group
Playwright Karen Zacarias would seem to have taken long drafts of Tom Stoppard Elixir.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 17, 2010


Present laughter

Trinity throws a Twelfth Night party
Director Brian McEleney returns to Trinity Repertory Company for a raucous Twelfth Night that hums with energy, drollery, and a makeshift score that meshes Shakespearean ditty with such seasonal fripperies as "Auld Lang Syne" and the Mariah Carey hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 10, 2010


History plays

The Good Negro from Company One; Harriet Jacobs in Central Square; Indulgences at New Rep
Tracey Scott Wilson manages to knock off Martin Luther King Jr.'s halo without removing the glow.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2010


American dreams

All My Sons at the Huntington; In the Heights at the Opera House; [title of show] at SpeakEasy
It's hard to imagine being dwarfed by the titanically insignificant Willy Loman.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 19, 2010


Diamonds in the rough

Gatz at the ART, Groundswell at the Lyric Stage
The setting is more boring '90s than Roaring '20s.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 13, 2010


2009: The year in theater

Stage worthies
A quick look at this past year in Boston's theater scene.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2009

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