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By KARL STEVENS  |  December 23, 2011

Holding on

Of all the details to emerge from the Norway atrocities last Friday, one of the most harrowing was the thought of those frightened, bewildered youngsters leaping from the shores of Utøya, dragging their limbs through the gloppy water as if in some kind
Death’s confluence: Amy Winehouse and the Norwegian terror victims
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  July 29, 2011

Trinity's rollicking Absurd Person Singular

Very strange. It's as though British playwright Alan Ayckbourn had come to Trinity Rep, studied its veteran acting company, laughed heartily at the amusing talent on display, then went home and wrote Absurd Person Singular for six of the actors.
All about Eves
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2010

Review: A riveting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee’s brilliant, savage first full-length play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , needs to be done marvelously or not at all. So, thank goodness this Perishable Theatre production is a marvel indeed.
Wedded blisters
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2010

Pushy people

I am a 14-year-old girl with a big problem. There's a popular girl in my class who tells me that everything I like is evil, and that I shouldn't like this or that because when I die I will go to hell.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  August 27, 2010

Housing First proves successful, especially with chronic cases

Take homeless people whose lives are a mess — even addicts, alcoholics, and schizophrenics who won't take their meds — and give them their own apartments, without requiring that they clean up first, get a job, or "behave."
By MARION DAVIS  |  December 17, 2008


Is he being served?

In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2008

In search of Kerouac

Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007

Hooks, harmony, and heartbreak

Squeeze and Crowded House weren’t just two of the finer pop bands on the charts during the mid ’80s — they were virtually the only bands.
Squeeze and Crowded House reunite
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 25, 2007

Bishop Allen

The kids aren’t all right. They’re obnoxious, ignorant alcoholics, and they ruined my night.
Music seen, March 1, Jack McGee’s Pub, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 07, 2007

Ongoing recovery

Rhode Islanders at a packed State House hearing last week got a close-up look at how US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy is managing his very public struggle with addiction and mental illness.
Kennedy pushes the fight for parity on mental health
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  January 24, 2007


Progressive party

The five members of Fluttr Effect are seated with me on folding chairs in a circle, so anybody walking into the warehouse-like back room of the Berklee College of Music practice space in Allston might assume there’s some kind of rock-and-roll therapy s
Fluttr Effect wrestle with their identity
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 06, 2006

Drunk munchies

I have a drinking problem.
Put down the Ding Dongs; there’s a better way
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  August 30, 2006

Mad Mel Gibson shows his true colors

Reports by Los Angeles Sheriffs cite a number of virulent anti-Semitic quotes uttered by Mel Gibson during the actor-director’s recent arrest for allegedly driving under the influence.
Loose tongue
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 02, 2006

Brooklyn and the bottle

Donald Margulies’s Brooklyn Boy , which is receiving a creditable Boston premiere production from SpeakEasy Stage Company chronicles the identity crisis of Eric Weiss (Victor Warren), a Jewish writer from Sheepshead Bay now rounding middle age.
Donald Margulies from SpeakEasy, Alcoholics Anonymous from New Rep
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 19, 2006

Bruce Springsteen, Music Hall

Bruce Springsteen, overhyped and no doubt overworked, could sing a cappella in the rain for a bunch of point-of-no-return alcoholics and have them on their feet at the end.
By PETER HERBST  |  May 22, 2006


Up in smoke

In the spring of 2004, Ross Butterworth, a 21-year-old junior at the University of Rhode Island, was hanging out with friends, “puffing a bowl,” in a wooded area behind dorms on the Kingston campus.
Which schools take a tough line against student partying, and which ones mellow out?
By JOHN ZORABEDIAN  |  January 25, 2006

Gimme shelter

A rambling, sentimental memoir in which Ann, a young woman who works with alcoholics and schizophrenics at a shelter and feels her life is at a standstill, comes to accept that the work she’s doing is worthwhile and defines her.
Ann Randolph’s Squeeze Box
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 17, 2006