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Interview: Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay discusses his latest work, A Rogue's Gallery: An Evening of Conversation & Performance
"There are people who react strangely. I've had people who will clutch rosary beads or throw glasses."
By JON GARELICK  |  April 01, 2009

Hard times

Life and debt in Dickens's Little Dorrit
When last year the BBC interrupted its broadcast of Little Dorrit — which hinges on the downfall of a Bernie Madoff–like figure — for a tawdry true-crime documentary, thousands of viewers complained: don't leave us hanging!
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  March 24, 2009

Play by play: February 13, 2009

Plays A to Z
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 11, 2009

Play by Play: February 6, 2009

Plays A through Z
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 09, 2009

In the spirit

Trinity Rep's heartening Christmas Carol
Trinity Rep's heartening Christmas Carol
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2008

Freedom watch: Jailhouse bloc

The real reason law-and-order types love mandatory-minimum sentencing? It's money in their pockets.
With aromatic puffs of change, Bay State stoners rejoiced on Election Day.

Spare Us the Early Onslaught of Christmas!!

On the night of Saturday, November 1, I went to a house party in the Fox Point section of Providence. Standing in the beer line, flanked by Cruella DeVille and Catwoman, I was both confused and underdressed.
By PHILIP EIL  |  November 12, 2008

One sings, one doesn’t

The BFF has little to celebrate; the HFA has ‘Edward Yang’
This year, at least one element in “Boston Film Festival” is no longer true.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 10, 2008

Return of the screw

The Woman in Black haunts Gloucester Stage
Line up your goosebumps: Gloucester Stage is rushing Halloween with a bit of Victorian hokum entitled The Woman in Black.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 02, 2008

A stellar Scrooge

Trinity’s Christmas Carol sets a new standard
Yes, this Christmas Carol sets a new standard for Trinity. Don’t miss it.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 09, 2007

Old meets new

Trinity Rep preps its 31st Christmas Carol
At regional theaters around the country, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol , that cash cow successfully mated with a golden goose, might as well be called Déjà Vu .
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2007

Vietnam and Victoriana

The Huntington’s Streamers ; SpeakEasy’s Edwin Drood
War is hell in Streamers — and few of the characters have even been to one.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 19, 2007

On Portland’s poet

Celebrating Longfellow’s words
It’s a testament to much of what’s good about America that one of her first and most popular poets had such reverence, and such affection, for so many of her stories.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 31, 2007

The mind’s eye

Trinity gets dramatic on WRNI
Several Trinity Repertory Company actors sit before microphones in a WRNI studio.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 03, 2007

Fagin’s follies

Neil Bartlett's Oliver Twist
Forget the pint-sized urchin asking for “more.”
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 13, 2007

A winter’s tale

The season ahead on area stages
Even as the family drama of your holiday comes to a close, there’s no need to don a kerchief and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 28, 2006

Merry, merry

Trinity Rep’s delightful Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is as chock-full of feelings as a fruitcake has calories.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 05, 2006

A boy’s life

A dizzying run through David Copperfield
Adaptations of the character-packed novels of Charles Dickens should be all the rage in post-MTV theater.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 21, 2006

’Tis the season

Trinity Rep stages its 30th Christmas Carol
Pity the poor working stiffs at most regional theaters at this time of year, asked to prod the company’s tired old cash cow into life.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 15, 2006
Portland Drood list photo


Drood 's fun enough for all
In The Mystery of Edwin Drood , London’s Music Hall Royale's eager performers want so much to entertain you that they will entrust you, dear viewer, with deciding whodunit.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 01, 2006

The awful truth

Recent revelations about fictitious memoirs have exposed our society’s lust for stories about savaging helpless children  
Not to be outdone by recent Beltway-corruption scandals, the ordinarily more-subdued literary world found itself two weeks ago grappling with its own grim little fraud.
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  January 25, 2006

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