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The highlights of 2011’s theatrics

Some of the most exhilarating moments in theater this year happened in the Apohadion, as a pale and schizoid Michael Dix Thomas shrieked the opening strains of "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," summoning to stage the lurid, ghoulish menagerie of Bertolt Br
From madness to mealtime
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 23, 2011
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Get thee to the Apohadion for a masterful show

The lurching black satire of The Threepenny Opera is a study in grotesques: Monstrous caricatures of amorality and the blade of the bottom line are both repellent and ridiculously entertaining in this 1928 musical condemnation of capitalism.
Shell out for Threepenny
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: The Huntington's Ruined

Even if it did not ride piggyback on the monumental shoulders of Bertolt Brecht, Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, Ruined , would stand tall.
Plus Company One's Neighbors
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 21, 2011
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Puppet pageants

In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010
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What's new

The timely highlight of Gil Rose’s latest BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) concert, “Strings Attached,” was a new/old piece (2004, revised 2009) for two string orchestras by Scott Wheeler now called Crazy Weather — the new title taken from a John
BMOP, and the Christian Wolff festival
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 26, 2010
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The good old days

As if it weren’t enough that the venerable Paramount Theatre on Washington Street was open for the first time since 1976, the Celebrity Series of Boston brought in as the initial act to play the new 600-seat mainstage Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, live at the Paramount Theatre, March 6, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 2010


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Interview: Max Raabe

"It was so crazy in the '20s, in the Weimar Republic. Everything was so open-minded and wide, and that is why I love that period so much."
Killer cabaret: bringing Berlin to Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010
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What is this place?

Bertolt Brecht asks, "In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes," he answers, "there will be singing. About the dark times."
Participatory performance art at Whitney Art Works
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 15, 2010
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Food on stage

Maine is home to a nationally renowned locavore culinary scene, the oldest organic farming association in the nation (MOFGA), and a plenitude of farms that has increased by nearly 1000 in the past five years — and yet economic pressure to develop acrea
Locavores + thespians = understanding
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 08, 2010
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2009: The year in theater

A quick look at this past year in Boston's theater scene.
Stage worthies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 25, 2009


Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 23, 2009

Play by play: October 16, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
This week's theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2009

Play by play: October 9, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2009
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Love letter

Rock critics rarely cut gold records. Likewise, few football reporters go on to quarterback Super Bowl winners.
Gerald Peary's ode to the film critic
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 04, 2009


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Hot Nazi beach reads

Nazis aren't blitzing just the movie screens this year, though — they're also invading the bookstores, with battalions of novels and non-fiction tomes published or upcoming.
The new wave of Reich books: pop genres, good Germans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 21, 2009

Play by Play, May 15, 2009

Theater in town
Plays for A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 15, 2009

Play by Play, May 8, 2009

Theater around town
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009
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The Earth moves

There is an element of bare-bones pageantry in Brecht's play — which, the dramatist being a Marxist, has as much to say about knowledge and the marketplace as it does about the father of modern science's impassioned head butt to the opiate of the people
The Life of Galileo ; Spring Awakening ; Picasso at the Lapin Agile
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009


Play by Play: April 24, 2009

Theater around town
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 24, 2009

Play by play: April 17, 2009

Theater around town
 Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 17, 2009

Play by Play: April 10, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009

Play by play: April 3, 2009

Plays around town
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2009
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Fighting Rome

It takes chutzpah for a first-time playwright to get into the ring with Bertolt Brecht.
Two Men of Florence at the Huntington; Coriolanus at the Armory
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 17, 2009


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Black power

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play
Trinity Rep's powerful Raisin In the Sun
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2009
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A Raisin in the Sun at Trinity

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play.
Plus Zeitgeist's Bad Jazz
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 10, 2009

First-rate fare

Providence used to be a more interesting theater town back before its off-Trinity mainstays, 2nd Story Theatre and the Gamm, moved up and over to Pawtucket and Warren, respectively.
The Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2008
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Cry me a river

It would seem that Sophocles has been hanging around for 2500 years waiting to be improved — and the makeover artists have been numerous.  
The Dreams of Antigone; In the Continuum; Show Boat
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 01, 2008