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Review:A Broth of A Boy

Sad Boy

The Irish playwright Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at Engl

By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 05, 2012
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New Rep takes O’Neill’s Journey

"Oh, for Christ's sake, Papa! Can't you lay off me!" asks the younger James of the elder as "the four haunted Tyrones" are just beginning to scratch the surface of the emotional spelunking that will become Long Day's Journey into Night .
Tripping
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 13, 2012
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Fall Theater Preview: Fall on Boston boards

Fall came early to Boston boards this year, bringing with it "Summertime."
Stage worthies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011
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New Rep's new Rent stays mostly true, with one twist and some noise

Every director who helms Rent must struggle in the shadow of the original production.
Highs and lows
By MADDY MYERS  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: La Casa de Pedro

There are many ways to stay under this column's radar.
Under-the-radar Venezualan Flavot at the Arsenal
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2011
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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: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

What could be more heartwarming for the holidays than a couple of middle-aged losers getting naked?
Plus Mrs. Grinchley; Merrimack's Beasley; Stoneham's Pageant
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 10, 2010
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Review: Cherry Docs kicks over a hate crime

Cherry Docs , which is getting its area premiere by New Repertory Theatre, is named for a pair of steel-tipped, rose-hued Doc Martens combat boots.
Shoe shocked
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 29, 2010
Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations


For time immemorial, mankind has been simultaneously obsessed with and confused by female sexuality. No, we're not talking about your junior-high boyfriend's frantic attempts to...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 06, 2010

Play by Play: August 13, 2010

Opening this week: As Bees in Honey Drown , Hairspray , and More Words! More Play! .
Theater listings, week of August 13, 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  August 13, 2010

Play by Play: July 30, 2010

Opening this week: Bad Dates, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Rocky Horror Show, The Taster, and Violet.
Theater listings, week of July 30, 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 30, 2010


Kiss her brass

Kiss her brass


There's an old saying: "Well-behaved women rarely make history." That may explain why, a century after she emerged in the public eye, singer and actress...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 28, 2010

Play by Play: May 21, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 21, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010
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Old haunts

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2010

Play by play: May 7, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 7, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010

Play by play: April 30, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 30, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 30, 2010


Play by play: April 23, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 23, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 23, 2010

Play by play: April 16, 2010

Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 2010

Play by play: April 9, 2010

Theater listings, April 9, 2010
Theater listings, April 9, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Portraits of artists

Yikes! Is this really what it’s like behind the scenes with, say, the Emerson String Quartet?
Opus at New Rep; From Orchids to Octopi at Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 09, 2010

Play by play: April 2, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 2, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2010


Play by play: March 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of March 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 2010
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After Eden

One of the heroines of Stick Fly , a post-doctoral student of etymology, likes to smear honey on the table and then scrutinize the flies that get stuck in it.
Stick Fly at the Huntington; Paradise Lost at the ART; boom at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 12, 2010
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Variety shows

There's plenty more than we can fit in, but here's a sampling of the broad range covered on Boston stages this spring, from new works to Shakespeare and Mel Brooks.
Trailer parks, baseball curses, mad scientists, and Darwin
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 12, 2010

Play by Play: March 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, March 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010

Play by play, February 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, week of February 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2010


Play by play: February 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theatre listings, week of February 19, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2010
Booms-Day Scenario

Booms-Day Scenario


We know some people go to pretty extreme lengths to get laid in college: pounding tequila body shots to prove their manhood, concocting secret codes...
By Scott Kearnan  |  February 08, 2010

Play by play: February 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 05, 2010
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History plays

Tracey Scott Wilson manages to knock off Martin Luther King Jr.'s halo without removing the glow.
The Good Negro from Company One; Harriet Jacobs in Central Square; Indulgences at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2010