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Play by play: October 9, 2009

Theater listings
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 07, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 30, 2009

Autumn garden

Fall on Boston boards
It's freshman and sophomore year on the Boston rialto, with American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus introducing her first season and Huntington Theatre Company honcho Peter DuBois endeavoring to survive his second.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 14, 2009

Play by Play: June 19, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston theater this week
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 16, 2009

Review: Easy Virtue

Jessica Biel does Noël Coward!
Jessica Biel stretches beyond her usual bimbo persona to attain some class in Stephan Elliott's adaptation of the Noël Coward play.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 27, 2009

Play by Play: May 22, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston's theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 19, 2009

Play by Play, May 15, 2009

Plays for A to Z
Theater in town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 12, 2009

Play by Play, May 8, 2009

Plays from A to Z 
Theater around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2009

Mission Control

Jim Jarmusch's arbitrary Limits
Like many of his films, Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control will test the limits of its audience's patience.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 28, 2009

Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

Gift books for every (perverse) taste
We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 05, 2008

Brief fling

Carole Lombard’s nine years of stardom
Carole Lombard rose to stardom in 1934 and was dead by 1942, killed in a plane crash on her way back from selling war bonds; her last picture, Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be , was released posthumously.  
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 08, 2008

Eagle Eye

A credulity-be-damned plot
The trouble with Shia? He’s no Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, or Cary Grant.  
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 02, 2008

Letter from London

The foggy joys of Europe’s most international city
How could you not fall in love with this city?
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 05, 2008

Center of the universe

Mad Horse moves Hedda Gabler to the ’50s
Triangulations are many and charged in the Tesmans’ circle, and for newlywed Hedda Tesman, née Gabler, it is imperative to be an apex.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 09, 2008

Freaks and frauds

The Boston Underground Film Festival celebrates both
Freaks you expect, but frauds and hucksters also populate the loosely defined subculture known as the underground.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2008

Foreign correspondence

Central European videos and more at URI
Guest curator Viera Levitt avoids the usual scenes of dreary apartment blocks and industrial sites of Europe’s former communist countries.
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2008

Noir comedy

Adrfit in Macao lives up to its name
As in Casablanca , whose transient denizens are waiting for visas, most of Macao is just waiting — as if for Godot.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 16, 2008


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

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

Channeling Hitchcock

The 39 Steps Lead from the Huntington to Broadway
The classic British hero is cool, collected, witty, slightly bored, well-mannered, and possessed of lightning-fast reflexes when needed.
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  September 04, 2007

All but the wank

Is Deep Throat sexier than the 1934 Tarzan and His Mate?
The image of Marlon Brando demanding that Maria Schneider stick two fingers up his ass, now seems the reductio ad absurdum of improvised acting.
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 24, 2007

Golden anniversary

The SF Film Fest turns 50
Happy 50th anniversary to the San Francisco Film Festival.
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 16, 2007


Rear Window is model for Hollywood’s latest trend, a fear-inspired peep-a-palooza
“I’m not much on rear-window ethics,” quips Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 02, 2007

Hong Kong rhapsody

Ann Hui at the HFA
Ann Hui came to the Hong Kong film industry after working in television, where she made both episodic dramas and documentaries.
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  March 14, 2007

Régime change

Sofia Coppola’s not so sweet Marie
As Alfred Hitchcock famously said, cinema is not a slice of life but a slice of cake. Watch the trailer for Marie Antoinette (QuickTime) Fate’s pansy: Another view of Marie Antoinette. By Clea Simon.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Origin of species

Jennifer Bartlett’s breakthrough masterpiece and photographers of the future  
When in 1976 Jennifer Bartlett premiered her epic painting Rhapsody, John Russell, the chief art critic of the New York Times, proclaimed it “the most ambitious single work of art that has come my way since I started to live in New York." “Jennifer Bartlett: Early Plate Work” at Addison Gallery of American Art ”50 Photographers of Tomorrow” at Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
By GREG COOK  |  October 18, 2006

Greatest hits

Hits and misses
So that’s how World War II started.
By PETER KEOUGH AND PAUL BABIN  |  September 22, 2006

Shock value

The 11th Boston French Film Festival  
Moviegoers seeking release from the increasingly unavoidable escapism of superhero movies will find much to enjoy in the 11th Boston French Film Festival.
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 05, 2006

Mission implausible

Mission: Impossible III will self-destruct in 7500 seconds
Like the adrenaline shot that invigorates one of his characters, television wunderkind J.J. Abrams’s stab at the billion-dollar Tom Cruise spy franchise briefly gets your heart pounding, only to ultimately fail at bringing much-needed life to the latest reworking of Bruce Geller’s TV relic.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 05, 2006

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