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ArtsEmerson's Metamorphosis

Gisli Örn Garðarsson’s Gregor Samsa is the best-looking bug you will ever see — more likely to give you goosebumps than make your skin crawl.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 01, 2013

The TNT Short List: ArtsEmerson's Next Thing

Mike Daisey's anthropologic commentary on American culture is just the beginning of what ArtsEmerson has in store for festival-goers at The Next Thing (TNT) Festival.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 15, 2013

Interview: The passion of Mike Daisey

Last January, storyteller Mike Daisey achieved a level of celebrity rarely attained among the off-Broadway set when the public radio program This American Life aired portions of his monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs .
The controversial storyteller kicks off ArtsEmerson’s “The Next Thing” festival
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 15, 2013
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Commedia tonight: Servant earns its pay

Those who believe the best THINGS in life are freewheeling are bound to enjoy the touring Yale Rep production of The Servant of Two Masters corralled at the Paramount Center by ArtsEmerson.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 08, 2013

Whistler puckers up for Ovid

A decade ago, director Mary Zimmerman won a Tony for a staging of Metamorphoses set around a pool.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 09, 2012

Felder’s Maestro; Orphans’ Mary Poppers

Hershey Felder's Maestro: Leonard Bernstein (presented by ArtsEmerson on the Paramount Mainstage through May 20) begins with black-and-white footage of its subject lecturing vigorously on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
High flying
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 11, 2012


Review: 69°S.: The Shackleton Project

“Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.”  
An ethereal trip to the turn-of-the-century wilds of the South Pole
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  February 10, 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
The Color Wheel: Review

Review: The Color Wheel

Alex Ross Perry's self-consciously coy indulgence reminds me of the work of Diablo Cody, but slighter and more irritating.
A black-and-white road movie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 02, 2011

Mabou Mines deconstructs Ibsen, plus The Civilians

I have been looking forward to this Obie-winning allegory built on Ibsen's A Doll's House since it opened in New York in 2003.
In the Heights
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 04, 2011

Zeitgeist skips through Tony Kushner's short plays

The fall season has begun with a lot of starry events.  
Serious fun
By ED SIEGEL  |  October 07, 2011


Laurie Anderson is still really good

If I hesitate to offer a review of Laurie Anderson's Delusion (at ArtsEmerson's Paramount Center through October 2), it's because I fear the whole thing will be just one big spoiler.
Mother lover
By JON GARELICK  |  September 30, 2011

John Malkovich freaks out at ArtsEmerson

In the flesh, the thing itself was about as odd and amusing as it had appeared on paper: John Malkovich delivering the "confessions" of convicted Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger while accompanied onstage by a Baroque orchestra and a couple of sopr
You don't know Jack
By JON GARELICK  |  September 30, 2011

Vintage sleaze

The grindhouse returns to the Combat Zone this weekend — in spirit, at least — as the ArtsEmerson film series, based at the Paramount Center, presents a tribute to sleazemeister David F. Friedman.
Film Culture
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 30, 2011
Shakespeare in the park

Shakespeare in the park

The phrase "a walk in the park" is usually used to describe something simple and straightforward. But Susurrus, an interactive theatrical experience set in the...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 16, 2011
Local indie shorts at  inFEST

Local indie shorts at inFEST

If you missed the Boston Underground Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and are in the process of missing the ongoing LGBT Film...
By Peter Keough  |  May 11, 2011

Boston Muslim Film Festival: Panahi's "Offside;" Qurbani’s "Shahada"

Boston Muslim Film Festival: Panahi's "Offside;" Qurbani’s "Shahada"

Offering films that engage with contentious issues of faith and politics and inspired by a spirit of tolerance and compassion, the Boston Muslim Film Festival...
By Peter Keough  |  April 14, 2011
merchant of venice review at cutler majestic theatre

Abraham and company deliver the goods

The Rialto intersects Wall Street in Theatre for a New Audience's steely, droll, and deeply disquieting The Merchant of Venice (presented by ArtsEmerson at the Cutler Majestic Theatre through April 10).
Mighty merchant
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2011

ArtsEmerson celebrates a legendary director

Sometimes Samuel Beckett is baggy pants whittled to the contours of a Giacometti sculpture. Eminent British director Peter Brook, now 86, not only gets that but also relates to it.
Brook marks
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 25, 2011


A woman croupier drifts like a ghost through languidly lit hotel spaces, or submits to jackhammer missionary intercourse while an I'm-not-here expression hardens her turned-away face.
The phantom worlds of Nina Menkes
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  February 25, 2011
Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus at Paramount Theatre in Boston

Rhyme time at the Paramount Theatre

Rhyme time at the Paramount Theatre for Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus.
Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 11, 2011


Review: The Druid’s fine trip to Inishmaan

Although Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan is the least likely of his plays to provoke a riot, as John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World did at its 1907 Dublin premiere, it is the most Synge-like of the Anglo-Irish dramatis
Cripple kicking
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 04, 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

Marwencol and Jafar Panahi star at Boston Society of Film Critics awards

From Boston to Oscar.
Critical Acclaim Dept.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2011

Review: In the Footprint: The Battle over Atlantic Yards

I've seen a lot of musicals in development; this is the first I've seen about development.
The Civilians fight the battle over Atlantic Yards
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 21, 2011

Winter Theatre preview: Winter’s tales

With such tantalizers in the wings, it’s hard to grieve over the exit of all the Rockettes, Scrooges, and tipsy Welshmen that see out the old year.
  Hem, Chaim, Bucky, Poppins, Kuntz, and more
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 31, 2010


Boston’s Best Theater Productions of 2010

Renovation and reanimation were the news this year, and that led one to wonder: if the Fabulous Invalid is so sick, why does it need so many new cribs?
Busting out all over
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 24, 2010

Review: Aftermath presents Iraq refugees in their own words

Aftermath presents Iraq refugees in their own words
Collateral damage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 29, 2010

Review: The Method Gun

ArtsEmerson began its theatrical season by revisiting The Laramie Project , in which the Tectonic Theater Project interviewed Laramie citizens about the murder of Matthew Shepard.
The Rude Mechs have a nutty Method
By ED SIEGEL  |  October 15, 2010

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