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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

theater OR 4

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

Brits, Yanks, and Horovitz still fighting over Beverley

Dockside doll's house
What if Nora Helmer had waited until she turned 70 to slam that door heard 'round the world?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 30, 2011


Tina Packer tackles Molly Ivins

Patriot game
Red Hot Patriot is the work of twin-sister journalists Margaret and Allison Engel, the former the head of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which awards journalism fellowships, the latter communications director for the University of Southern California.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 23, 2011


Intriguing Love Song hums two tunes

Heart heist
Comedy and metaphor collide in the plays of John Kolvenbach.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 11, 2011


All's Well on Boston Common

Love sick
I think of Measure for Measure , with its fanatically chaste heroine, and All's Well That Ends Well , with its lovely lass in pursuit of a lout, as Shakespeare's "Smart Women, Foolish Choices" plays.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 08, 2011

propeller list

Visiting Shakespeareans are two for two

Propeller flies
Hie thee to the Boston University Theatre, where the BU School of Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company are presenting England's Propeller theater company in Richard III and The Comedy of Errors in rep (through June 19).    
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 26, 2011

dro list

Speakeasy's The Drowsy Chaperone; Gold Dust Orphans' Peter Pansy

The Drowsy Chaperone  is receiving a rousing wake-up call from SpeakEasy Stage Company (at the BCA's Calderwood Pavilion through June 5).  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 23, 2011

ac list

Animal Crackers; plus Passing Strange and At Home at the Zoo

Marx madness
The classic Marx Brothers films are like anarchy in a bottle.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 12, 2011

theater review of Antony and Cleopatra

ASP serves up Antony and Cleopatra

Egyptian dish
In Antony and Cleopatra, the Brangelina of the ancient world are transported from messy, histrionic life to the realm of legend. Audiences at Actors' Shakespeare Project's streamlined, slightly rearranged presentation of the play are less likely to be transported.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 09, 2011

GRACE list

Company One's Book of Grace

America play
America, from sink to shining sink: that's the real subject of Suzan-Lori Parks's domestic explosion, The Book of Grace.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 26, 2011

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