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A.R.T. frees The Glass Menagerie

"Then go to the moon — you selfish dreamer!" screams Amanda Wingfield at her fleeing son at the climax of The Glass Menagerie .

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 15, 2013

Review: ''Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie'' at A.R.T.

At American Repertory Theater at the Loeb Drama Center through June 3.
Dust up
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 18, 2012

The Lisps try to deliver a message in 'Futurity'

It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that
All we are saying
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 30, 2012

Warming up with the Boston theater scene's winter offerings

Although the whirlwind of Scrooges and Rockettes will soon be exiting stage left, the storm of winter theater continues unabated.  
Cold remedies
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 30, 2011

I loves you, Porgy

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.
The A.R.T. streamlines a classic
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 02, 2011
ART takes on Porgy and Bess 2

Reimagining Porgy and Bess

In the new production at the American Repertory Theater, directed by Diane Paulus, Messrs. Heyward and Gershwin have been reworked by two actual African-Americans: two-time Obie Award winner Diedre L. Murray and Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-Americ
The A.R.T. takes on the Gershwins' classic and prep it for Broadway
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011


Tod Machover's Death and the Powers, plus Norrington's C.P.E. Bach and the Cantata Singers' B-minor Mass

In her director's note for the American premiere of Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera , Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, wrote that this "work of music-theater . . . has brought together artists from the widest r
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 25, 2011
Carolyn Clay review's The A.R.T.'s 21st-century Ajax

The A.R.T.'s 21st-century Ajax

An embittered soldier who snaps and commits a heinous act of violence? It's a wonder Sophocles's Ajax isn't performed as often as Hamlet .
Soldier's  tale
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 25, 2011

History and mystery

In 1975 in Philadelphia, R. Buckminster Fuller delivered a 42-hour talk titled "Everything I Know." Even in this day of marathon theater events, that might be a hard sell.
R. Buckminster Fuller; aftermath; In the Footprint
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2011
Meghan McGeary's Stuff

Meghan McGeary's Stuff

Photo: MICHAEL DISKIN The road taken by any up-and-coming thespian is an uncertain one - just ask Meghan McGeary. The Smith College alum is currently...
By Daniel McCarthy  |  November 29, 2010

Spider man

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 dis
Richard III weaves his web in Lenox
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 13, 2010


Curse and worse

The high point of Johnny Baseball , the new musical receiving its world premiere from the American Repertory Theater (at the Loeb Drama Center through June 27), comes two-thirds of the way through the second act.
Johnny Baseball is stuck in the minors
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 11, 2010

Play by play: May 14, 2010

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Theater listings, May 14, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010

Diamonds in the rough

The setting is more boring '90s than Roaring '20s.
Gatz at the ART, Groundswell at the Lyric Stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 15, 2010
The ART And Elevator Repair Service Present "Gatz"

The ART And Elevator Repair Service Present "Gatz"

Diane Paulus's new-look American Repertory Theater and New York's Elevator Repair Service give the latter's acclaimed experimental Gatz - a six-hour marathon reading and theatrical...
By Ian Sands  |  January 06, 2010

Joyful noise

From the clamorous arrival of some ghetto hot wheels to a scorching gospel finale, Best of Both Worlds warms up The Winter's Tale . The third entry in American Repertory Theater's Shakespeare Exploded! Festival, this sizzling and soulful gloss on th
Best of Both Worlds rocks The Winter's Tale
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 11, 2009


Disco ball

C-dust pinch-hits for fairy dust in The Donkey Show , Diane Paulus & Randy Weiner's disco-set riff on A Midsummer Night's Dream . Forget the juice of "a little western flower" with which fairy king Oberon and hench-sprite Puck mix up the libidos o
The Donkey Show gets its kicks at the ART
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2009

Autumn garden

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.
Fall on Boston boards
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2009
The A.R.T. makes an ass of itself: The Donkey Punch transforms Zero Arrow into OBERON

The A.R.T. makes an ass of itself: The Donkey Punch transforms Zero Arrow into OBERON

The American Repertory Theater's Zero Arrow theater is no more; it has been stomped to cosmic dust under the glitter-crusted platform heels of The Donkey...
By Shaula Clark  |  August 04, 2009

Ducks and dicks

If the American Repertory Theatre is renewing its vows to David Mamet, several of whose plays it premiered in the 1990s, the double bill of The Duck Variations and Sexual Perversity in Chicago will do nicely for something old and something blue.
The ART revisits early Mamet
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 19, 2009