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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


Perfect Tenn

Jeremy Lawrence’s one-man show Everybody Expects Me to Write Another Streetcar
When Tennessee Williams summered in Provincetown in the early 1940s, Eugene O’Neill was the playwright most associated with the tip of the Cape.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 04, 2007



tick, tick ... BOOM! at New Rep; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by BTW; American Buffalo at WHAT
When Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer-winning composer of Rent , wrote tick, tick . . . BOOM! , he could not have known what the “boom” would be.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 03, 2007



The 39 Steps winks at the Huntington; All the King’s Men thrills at Trinity
If your inner Mr. Memory — not to mention your outer Blockbuster — is operating, you recall The 39 Steps.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 26, 2007


The witching hour

Wicked , plus The Atheist , A Streetcar Named Desire , Zanna, Don’t!
WICKED is a very different witch hunt from the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel on which it is based.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2007



Figaro at the ART; The English Channel at Suffolk
Figaro and Count Almaviva are holed up in a sacked mansion opposite the Bastille.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 12, 2007


Stage worthies

Fall on the Boston boards
The roar of the greasepaint precedes that of the autumn wind this year.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 12, 2007


Don ho!

On the road with Mozart and Molière in Don Juan Giovanni
In 1665, when it made a brief appearance before being suppressed for a couple of hundred years, Molière’s Don Juan was a “machine play.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 04, 2007


Sword play

The Three Musketeers fights on at NSMT
Some ideas die hard — especially when they’re good ones.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 27, 2007


Old acquaintance

The Autumn Garden in Williamstown; The Widow’s Blind Date in Gloucester
Lillian Hellman turned the pot down from boil to simmer for The Autumn Garden , her 1951 attempt to be Chekhovian.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 22, 2007



Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at S+C
Critic Harold Bloom compares Cleopatra, more in her infinite vitality than in her “infinite variety,” to that Shakespearean life force Sir John Falstaff.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 15, 2007


Balloon moon

A Midsummer Night's Dream on Boston Common, plus Hunter Gatherers in Wellfleet
Sometimes less is more when imagination rules.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 31, 2007


Visiting hours

Dear Liar and The Belle of Amherst in Gloucester
George Bernard Shaw liked to call Shakespeare “the other one.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 24, 2007


Love bites

A Marvelous Party; Mr. Marmalade; Misalliance
Noël Coward may not have been born in a trunk, but he moved into one early.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 18, 2007


Send in the clowns

Side by Side by Sondheim; Disney High School Musical
They might as easily have titled it Half and Half by Sondheim .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 12, 2007


Pony tale

OTB meets the INS at Gloucester Stage
Playwright Mike Batistick stirs the melting pot in Ponies, a brief, Mametesque dark comedy that’s getting its New England premiere at Gloucester Stage.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 03, 2007


Sea foam

Rough Crossing, plus West Side Story and Herringbone in the Berkshires
In Rough Crossing , British playwright Tom Stoppard demonstrates that even in the manufacture of abject silliness he’s smarter than anyone else.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 27, 2007



Kiki & Herb; Lucia’s Chapters; Our Son’s Wedding
The Eternal Feminine gets a workout this week.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 19, 2007


Flying solo

And Now Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Judy Garland; RFK; Nightingale
No man is an island — not even in solo performance.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 13, 2007


That’s amore

The Light in the Piazza; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Light in the Piazza is an ambitious if old-fashioned musical.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 05, 2007
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