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New Rep takes O’Neill’s Journey

"Oh, for Christ's sake, Papa! Can't you lay off me!" asks the younger James of the elder as "the four haunted Tyrones" are just beginning to scratch the surface of the emotional spelunking that will become Long Day's Journey into Night .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 13, 2012


Time Stands Still at The Lyric

I am a camera
Is war correspondence a calling or a kick?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2012


Jung Chang's memoir reduced at A.R.T.

Swans song
Confucius might have doubted the wisdom of bringing Wild Swans to the stage.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2012


Gamm's Festen; plus Whistler's Fen

Last supper
"Denmark's a prison," opined Hamlet some 400 years ago.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 01, 2012


Green Eyes at the Ames; Robbie McCauley's Sugar

Suite stuff
Forget the Hotel California; welcome to the Hotel Tennessee.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 24, 2012

Tribute to God of Carnage

Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

Parent flap
If Lord of the Flies wanted an upscale-urban bookend, it could do worse than God of Carnage (presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre through February 5).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 18, 2012


Red explores Rothko's emotional palette

Scarlet fever
Mark Rothko sees red in Red — and not just when staring hard at his iconic Seagram murals.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 10, 2012


David Wheeler, 1925–2012

In memoriam
Why did news of David Wheeler's death last week come as such a shock?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 11, 2012


Apollinaire's progressive Uncle Vanya

Moveable feast
Guns go off in Uncle Vanya. And in Apollinaire Theatre Company's production (at Chelsea Theatre Works through January 22), the title character is one of them.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 04, 2012


Dueling stages

When it came to home teams vs. visitors, audiences were the winners
It's been the visitors versus the home teams this year.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 20, 2011


Kathleen Turner can't save High

The most shocking thing about High (at the Cutler Majestic Theatre through December 11) is not that Kathleen Turner plays a nun.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 13, 2011


Three Viewings; Ultimate Christmas (abridged)

Death takes a holiday
Instead of sugarplums, New Repertory Theatre is serving up funeral meats.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 06, 2011


Ain't Misbehavin' at Lyric Stage

Fats entertainment
If the current campaign against obesity means we have to hate Fats Waller, well, to hell with it.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 29, 2011


Company One owns The Brother/Sister Plays

Louisiana purchase
Symbolism blows over swampland in The Brother/Sister Plays , a hypnotic trilogy making its area debut courtesy of Company One (at the BCA Plaza through December 3).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 16, 2011


Mabou Mines deconstructs Ibsen, plus The Civilians

In the Heights
I have been looking forward to this Obie-winning allegory built on Ibsen's A Doll's House since it opened in New York in 2003.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2011


Cambridge moves to Boston in Before I Leave You

Autumn garden
Fear of mortality is a domino in Before I Leave You, the play with which 72-year-old dramatist Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, who has been flexing her inky fingers in Cambridge for 40 years, enters the big time.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 02, 2011


Tina Packer explains the Bard for you

Will power
Tina Packer has been in bed with Shakespeare for at least 40 years.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 25, 2011

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Lyric's Or, mines the Restoration

Before and aphra
Liz Duffy Adams's dramaturgical homage, Or, , is more florid than floral and sometimes clever bordering on cute. But the play, being given a brisk area premiere by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (through November 6), is ingenious.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 18, 2011


Lyric Stage navigates Big River

Finn tuning
Compared to the mighty Mississippi, Big River is just a Tony-winning tributary. But to borrow a lyric from its composer, Roger Miller, the show climbs on the river's back and rides.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 13, 2011


Groundlings, rejoice: The 11 most anticipated theater shows of the fall

Stage worthies
Fall came early to Boston boards this year, bringing with it "Summertime."
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 14, 2011


I loves you, Porgy

The A.R.T. streamlines a classic
So shoot me, Porgy purists. To my mind, the retooling of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess for American Repertory Theater is compelling enough to push past quibbles.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 02, 2011

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