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A decidedly dramatic year (with a bit of comic relief)

This has been a good year for theater around here, from the reprise of a "Were you there when . . .?" rendition of a Shakespeare classic to a sprinkling of notable original productions.
Seriously!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 23, 2011
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USM’s Bridge leads from safety to tragedy

"Justice is very important here," intones Mr. Alfieri (Patrick Molloy), an aged Italian-American lawyer and the sorrowful Greek chorus of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge .
Shifting ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 14, 2011
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Review: 2nd Story's spirited Speech & Debate

Considering the dark core at the center of Speech & Debate — a sexual predator — it might seem incongruous that Steven Karam's celebrated play is hilarious. But at 2nd Story Theatre, that dark cloud doesn't inhibit the sunshine as three intrepid h
Class action
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Trinity Rep’s Crucible is potent

The Crucible is a profoundly moving story, especially when inhabited by the talents at Trinity Repertory Company. This is the third time the group has taken on Arthur Miller's masterwork of American theater, the last a quarter-century ago.
Hidden agendas
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011
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Preview: Trinity Rep takes The Crucible to the streets

Arthur Miller's The Crucible was a seminal work of American theater, taking a shameful passage of history — the Salem witch trials of the late 17th century — and melding it in the audience's consciousness with a contemporary parallel — the Red Scare h
Truth and consequences
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2011
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Winter theatre preview: From the Bard to Becky Shaw

From the latest Pulitzer winner for drama to a musical adaptation of a popular board game, and from the Bard to Becky Shaw, Rhode Island theaters are certainly starting 2011 with varied offerings.
Gionfriddo, Synge, Ibsen, and more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2010


Play by play: February 5, 2010

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

Portland Symphony Orchestra

At January 24, Merrill Auditorium
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 29, 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

Play by Play: January 29, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, January 29, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 29, 2010

Play by play: January 22, 2010

Boston's weekly theatre schedule
Theater listings, January 22, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 22, 2010


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American dreams

It's hard to imagine being dwarfed by the titanically insignificant Willy Loman.
All My Sons at the Huntington; In the Heights at the Opera House; [title of show] at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2010

Play by play: January 15, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, January 15, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 15, 2010
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Review: The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon starts with a black screen and an old man's voice (Ernst Jacobi, who played Hitler in Jan Troell's Hamsun and in a BBC mini-series) relating a series of mysterious accidents and crimes that occurred in the German village where he w
Children of the götterdämmerung: Shades of gray in Michael Haneke's White Ribbon
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 15, 2010

Play by play: January 8, 2010

Boston's theater schedule: January 8, 2010
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 08, 2010

Play by Play: January 1, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings: January 1, 2010
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 01, 2010


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Looking back, going forward

Economic recession and post-racial themes abound in Boston’s early 2010 theater repertoire.
A diverse display for 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  January 01, 2010
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Review: Broken Embraces [Los Abrazos Rotos]

No filmmaker generates narrative like Pedro Almodóvar. Five minutes into Broken Embraces and he's got half a dozen potential storylines spinning.
Broken promises: Pedro Almodóvar's open Embraces
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009
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Black beauty

August Wilson pioneered a magical realism all his own.
Fences, plus The Savannah Disputation and Mister Roberts
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 25, 2009

Play by Play: August 7, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 07, 2009

Play by play: July 31, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 31, 2009


Play by play: July 17, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 17, 2009

Play by play: July 10, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 10, 2009

Play by Play: July 3, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 03, 2009
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Is the American Dream a nightmare?

Action Speaks!, AS220's panel discussion series, continues with a topic near and dear to us here in little Rhody — failure.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 01, 2009
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Girls gone wild

Maybe it was a good thing after all that Jeremiah Freed packed up and moved to Los Angeles. Sure, the band broke up, but in the process bassist Matt Cosby met Pete Donovan and managed to drag him back here to Maine.
Making Friends and cultivating Strangers
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 10, 2009


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Crucibles

There was room for more than one young Jewish diarist in the occupied Amsterdam of World War II. Anne Frank, who died as a teen, is a 20th-century icon. But until recently, her feisty innocence hid Etty Hillesum's fire.
The Wrestling Patient at the BCA; the Lyric's Speech & Debate
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 31, 2009
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Death and transfiguration

There are some playwrights whose work makes you think that a night at the theater is going to be an eat-your-vegetables affair, but then you see a sharp production of one of their plays and you realize the menu is meatier than you had remembered.
Fugard at New Rep, plus Spalding Gray , Conor McDermottroe, and The Random Caruso
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 03, 2009
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Chilly scenes in winter

The drama of the holidays (and I don’t mean A Christmas Carol) may be behind us, but there’s plenty more drama — and comedy and musicals — ahead to light up long winter nights.  
The year ahead on Boston stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 27, 2008
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Publish and Perish?

Professor Tal Ben-Shahar is a resident rock-star lecturer on Harvard’s campus.
Blogging Harvard courses could revolutionize open education — if its contributors aren’t expelled first
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 28, 2008