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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
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Living Together is no Table Manners

Alan Ayckbourn's merry bunch of British squabblers have reunited for another pre-summer vacation at that North Shore theatrical haven, the Gloucester Stage Company.
Less funny
By ED SIEGEL  |  June 17, 2011
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Silver Spoon takes the cake

Could Silver Spoon, a musical celebration of '60s politics, be the worst piece of theater I've seen?
Worse and worser
By ED SIEGEL  |  June 03, 2011
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Animal Crackers; plus Passing Strange and At Home at the Zoo

The classic Marx Brothers films are like anarchy in a bottle.  
Marx madness
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 13, 2011
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ASP serves up Antony and Cleopatra

In Antony and Cleopatra, the Brangelina of the ancient world are transported from messy, histrionic life to the realm of legend. Audiences at Actors' Shakespeare Project's streamlined, slightly rearranged presentation of the play are less likely to be tr
Egyptian dish
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 06, 2011
review of theater play Sons of the Prophet at Calderwood

Calling Kahlil

Sons of the Prophet can't live on laughs
Sons of the Prophet can't live on laughs
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  April 22, 2011


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Underground Railway Theater cracks Breaking the Code

Turing is no grandstanding stammerer. The occasional, pained hesitation is a small if integral part of a portrayal that captures the decorated Turing's almost giddy passion for mathematics and his prophetic belief in the development of computers.
Top secrets
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 15, 2011
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Tod Machover's Death and the Powers, plus Norrington's C.P.E. Bach and the Cantata Singers' B-minor Mass

Paulus's failure to mention the two most essential figures in the creation of an opera - the composer and the librettist - manifested itself in her production, in which the cute robots got more applause than the outstanding human performers.
Robotics
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 25, 2011
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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
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Elevator Repair Service tackles Hemingway

Road trip
Road trip
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2011
Carolyn Clay review's The A.R.T.'s 21st-century Ajax

The A.R.T.'s 21st-century Ajax

An embittered soldier who snaps and commits a heinous act of violence? It's a wonder Sophocles's Ajax isn't performed as often as Hamlet .
Soldier's  tale
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 25, 2011


Mary Poppins at Boston Opera House

Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House

"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," Julie Andrews sang in Walt Disney's 1964 movie-musical adaptation of Mary Poppins . The medicine in P.L. Travers's original children's stories — eight volumes spanning the years 1934–1988 — was more like
Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2011

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
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Tender mercenaries

If Chekhov had been home on the range instead of the steppes, he would have been Horton Foote.
Foote's Estate moves to Hartford
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 12, 2009

Play by play: April 17, 2009

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


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My two Dads

For those still jonesing for The Sopranos , Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale (at the Colonial Theatre through April 5) may provide a somewhat sanitized fix.
Chazz Palminteri recycles A Bronx Tale
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009

Play by play: March 6, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 03, 2009