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Stuff and nonsense

Despite millions in production design, Peter Strietman's splendid photography, and some witty if trance-inducing music by Jonathan Bepler, the six and a half hours of Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle is sheer movie tedium, inert and unmoving, broken u
Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle returns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010
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Brush up your Porter

With its supreme Cole Porter score and its robustly entertaining book by Sam and Bella Spewack, the 1948 Kiss Me, Kate is surely one of the half-dozen best Broadway musicals.
Kiss Me, Kate at the Lyric
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 18, 2009

Play by Play: June 5, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 05, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009

Play by Play: May 22, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009

Play by Play, May 15, 2009

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


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Sensations

Unlike its predecessor, the over-hyped Rent , Spring Awakening is the genuine item: a Tony-winning amalgam of theater and pop music that smells like teen fusion.
Spring Awakening at the Colonial; Jerry Springer: The Opera at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 08, 2009
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Review: Paris 36

Director Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) co-wrote this nostalgic paean to 1930s Paris and the stage musical.
A guilty pleasure of the vintage Parisian variety
By PEG ALOI  |  April 10, 2009
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The show's the thing

Admittedly, other musicals had to come before it for A Chorus Line to make any sense. But apart from that, the essence of musical theater is all there in this frisky colt of a theatrical warhorse.
A Chorus Line lifts spirits at PPAC
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2009
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SpeakEasy's The New Century, Cabaret at New Rep

The New Century , a quartet of related short plays by Paul Rudnick, takes its name from the discount department store Century 21.
Gay apparel
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 26, 2009
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Body work

The fifth “Dancestravaganza” is Rubel’s Berenger’s Body , featuring dancers Leslie Vazquez and Katie Zarling.
Theatre Expansion’s ‘Dancestravaganza’
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008


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Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008
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The wasted land

Richard Kelly’s wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
Richard Kelly goes for broke in Southland Tales
By ROB NELSON  |  November 16, 2007
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From a distance

In “China seen by . . ." 14 photographers reflect and try to make sense of the industrial dynamo that is China today.
Intriguing glimpses of China at URI
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2007
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Musical mystery tour

What would the world be like with Beatles music but no Beatles?
Julie Taymor reinvents the Beatles
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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Tuned out

Disney’s tweenpop smash is now the fastest selling TV movie on DVD, ever. Here’s five reasons not to hate the most disgusting show on television.
A guide to surviving High School Musical
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 02, 2006


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Drawing Restraint 9

Oddball performance artist Matthew Barney’s new vanity project is misguided, derivative, and overstated but often arresting.
Bloated yet intriguing work from Björk's husband
By MATTIAS FREY  |  May 26, 2006
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Doing the nasty

Ryan Landry swears that if there’s a more lavish musical extravaganza in town than his Cleopatra the Musical (at Machine through May 27), he’ll eat his negligee.
Cleopatra the Musical, Damn Yankees, Hiding Behind Comets, Real Hush-Hush  
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 02, 2006