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ArtsEmerson's Metamorphosis


Gisli Örn Garðarsson’s Gregor Samsa is the best-looking bug you will ever see — more likely to give you goosebumps than make your skin crawl.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2013

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Clearing the air with strong Lungs at New Rep


Lungs may not take your breath away, but it's an intelligent juggernaut of a comedy about sex, trust, and just how many people ought to be allowed to blow carbon into Earth's moribund atmosphere.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 27, 2013

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Mormons, murderers, and mariners: 10 theater sensations coming to Boston stages this spring


Mitt Romney did his Mormon mission in France. But there are no baguettes or croissants to dip into the lukewarm proselytizing of bumbling elders Price and Cunningham, two young men sent by the Church of Latter-day Saints to convert the unfaithful of a Ugandan backwater in The Book of Mormon .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2013

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The human stain: life and death in Middletown


The New York Times dubbed Will Eno a “Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013

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Zeitgeist Stage Company's Life of Riley


Sir Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 70 plays, most of which turn on an intricate trick of chronology or geography.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013

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Last writes: Brustein explains Shakespeare’s will


It's one of the intriguing whydunnits of literary history: what possessed Shakespeare to leave his wife, Anne Hathaway, no more than his "second-best bed"?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 20, 2013



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The Gold Dust Orphans' Mildred Fierce


James M. Cain meets George M. Cohan in Mildred Fierce, Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans’ hoofing hoot of a riff on the 1945 Joan Crawford film.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013

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A.R.T. frees The Glass Menagerie


"Then go to the moon — you selfish dreamer!" screams Amanda Wingfield at her fleeing son at the climax of The Glass Menagerie .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 11, 2013

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Commedia tonight: Servant earns its pay


Those who believe the best THINGS in life are freewheeling are bound to enjoy the touring Yale Rep production of The Servant of Two Masters corralled at the Paramount Center by ArtsEmerson.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 05, 2013

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Cherry jubilee: Talking with Cherry Jones


Cherry Jones is a two-time Tony winner (for The Heiress and Doubt ) and an Emmy winner for playing President Allison Taylor on Fox TV's 24 .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 30, 2013

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From North Korea with love: You for Me for You at Company One


In the 2012 world premiere of You for Me for You at Washington DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, there loomed large posters of North Korea’s Dear Leader.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 01, 2013



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Other Desert Cities is a worthy destination


Other Desert Cities looks back on the generationally polarizing Vietnam War from the midst of the Iraq conflict.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2013

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Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man takes the stage


Ralph Ellison would not allow his National Book Award–winning 1952 novel, Invisible Man , to be made into a movie or play.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 15, 2013

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A.R.T. wrings magic from Pippin


Diane Paulus's ingenious circus revamp of Pippin is indeed a magic to-do.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 09, 2013

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Cold comforts on stage: The new theater season


Stretching from Beethoven to Brustein and from Palm Springs to North Korea, the new theater season is all over the map.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012

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Love's labors: ASP visits Two Gentlemen


I have never seen a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona , and now I know why.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 20, 2012



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Stage worthies: The best theatrical productions of 2012


With the addition of ArtsEmerson to a lively array of hometown players, the Boston Rialto has seen an embarrassment of riches.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2012

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David Cromer renovates Our Town


You're not near enough to smell the alcohol on the tippling choirmaster's breath.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 14, 2012

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Culture clash: Chinglish not lost in translation


As David Henry Hwang's Chinglish demonstrates, negotiation among Americans and Chinese is seldom as snappy as the play's title.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2012

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Chesapeake keeps boredom at bay


A loopy cri de coeur for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chesapeake (presented by New Repertory Theatre through December 16) is more shaggy dog story than dramatic achievement.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 03, 2012
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