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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
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Review: The Laramie Residency

You can't accuse "The Laramie Residency" of being anything less than exhaustive in its four-and-a-half-hour series of interviews about the 1998 Matthew Shepard murder.
The Laramie Project updates itself at the Cutler Majestic Theatre
By ED SIEGEL  |  October 01, 2010

A living history

Since Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is set in a specific place and time, some theatergoers will want to relegate its incidents and attitudes — which surround the Rodney King riots — to history.
Twilight revists the King riots
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2009
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Year in Theater: Staged right

It's been a Buckingham Palace season on the local rialto.
Changing of the local guard
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 22, 2008
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Adam Bock is a good listener

When Adam Bock first came to Providence in the late '80s, after a friend told him there was this great playwriting teacher at Brown, he was busting with unstoppable aspiration
Talking the talk
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2008
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Undiscovered country

A young woman steps off the Elevator Styx into a Hades ruled by Pee-wee Herman.
New Rep’s Eurydice, the ART’s Let Me Down Easy, SpeakEasy’s The Light in the Piazza
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 24, 2008


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Fall on the boards

There are tours to the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Italy, Iraq, the Aran Islands, and even the Underworld on area stages this fall.
From A Chorus Line to Tennessee Williams and the Grinch
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 08, 2008
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Body politic

Anna Deavere Smith is a writer/actor/activist who listens.
Interview: Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes
By IRIS FANGER  |  September 02, 2008
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Kosher comic

Judy Gold sashays into a press conference with a white apron over her jeans and a tray of rugelach in her hand.
Judy Gold answers some questions for a Jewish mother
By IRIS FANGER  |  December 10, 2007
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Passion by proxy

Via Dolorosa, British playwright David Hare’s eloquently reported account of his 1997 fact-finding mission to Israel and the Palestinian territories, is not up to the minute. But that’s hardly the point.
Via Dolorosa ; Calvin Berger
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 05, 2006
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Love and war

Shakespeare might have subtitled All’s Well That Ends Well (presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project at Cambridge Family YMCA Theater through May 14) Smart Women, Foolish Choices .
All’s Well That Ends Well ; The Man Who ; Boots on the Ground
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 25, 2006


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The war at home

Trinity Repertory Company has taken on a tricky assignment: examining how the Iraq War has affected us on the home front, in Rhode Island. Talk about minefields.
Trinity’s Boots examines how Iraq affects us
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 11, 2006
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Road trip

The open road has always been ripe territory for cultural scrutiny and self-discovery.
Marc Wolf’s post-9/11 odyssey  
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  April 04, 2006
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Crusaders

Broadway is strewn with the banana peel of Arthurian legend.
Monty Python’s Spamalot , Súgán’s Talking to Terrorists
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 21, 2006