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Intriguing Love Song hums two tunes
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.
| August 19, 2011
Review: An Ideal Husband
Wilde thing: this Gloucester Husband is not ideal
"Nothing succeeds like excess," Oscar Wilde famously opined.
| August 17, 2010
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."
| 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.
| August 08, 2010
Get me remix
The Brothers Grimm generally managed to live up to their name.
| 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.
| May 18, 2010
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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?
| April 06, 2010
Lady Day at Lyric bar & grill
As Billie Holiday fell apart, so did her fragile if expressive voice.
| 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.
| March 23, 2010
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.
| March 24, 2010
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.
| March 11, 2010
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.
| February 17, 2010
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."
| February 10, 2010
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.
| January 29, 2010
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.
| 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.
| January 13, 2010
2009: The year in theater
A quick look at this past year in Boston's theater scene.
| December 21, 2009
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