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All's Well on Boston Common

I think of Measure for Measure , with its fanatically chaste heroine, and All's Well That Ends Well , with its lovely lass in pursuit of a lout, as Shakespeare's "Smart Women, Foolish Choices" plays.
Love sick
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 05, 2011

Review: Stonewall Uprising

Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, the talented indie documentarians who made last year's Waiting for Armageddon , seem confined by the strictures of PBS's long-running American Experience series in their straitlaced ode to gay liberation.
Well-meaning but sedate look at the '60s gay-rights movement
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 18, 2010

Obama's year two to-do's

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. Can you believe it?
What Have You Done for Me Lately Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 22, 2010

Review: Whitney Houston | I Look to You

It's tempting to wonder whether super-producer Clive Davis, in another of his music-biz machinations, arranged for Whitney Houston to whiff last week on Good Morning America , which is reported to have altered Houston's vocals for broadcast after she
Arista (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 11, 2009

Vintage Aquarius

Hair co-creator James Rado recalls a shady doc who showed up backstage to give the original cast amphetamine-laced "vitamin shots."
Diane Paulus lets down her Hair
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 17, 2009

Human-rights campaigner to tour Maine

On the heels of news that Maine's unemployment rate is on the rise (2600 jobs were lost here in February), the state will host one of the nation's most powerful speakers on economic human rights this week.
Ending poverty
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 01, 2009


Review: Examined Life

Astra Taylor's peripatetic gabfest doesn't examine "life" so much as it trolls the gray area between genuine philosophy and pop-cultural pap.
Astra Taylor's deep thoughts
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2009

The making of the Roots-versus-Antibalas Sound Clash

We're not previewing the Red Bull Sound Clash just because the buzz-beverage overlords supply Phoenix headquarters with enough voltage to paralyze a petting zoo.
How ?uest got his groove back
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009

Daniel Nagrin

Daniel Nagrin was one of the last surviving stars of modern dance's second generation.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 07, 2009

Year in Theater: Staged right

It's been a Buckingham Palace season on the local rialto.
Changing of the local guard
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 22, 2008

First Friday frenzy

Reflecting on an art-fueled weekend
Reflecting on an art-fueled weekend
By IAN PAIGE  |  December 10, 2008


Call of the cash

Naming The Merchant of Venice after Antonio is like naming Medea after Jason.
The Merchant of Venice ; Voyeurs de Venus ; The Oil Thief
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 11, 2008

Back to the barricades

In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.  
Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008

New discoveries

The show presents works by artists that influenced the Impressionists and artists who were, in turn, influenced by this most powerful of artistic movements.  
What the Impressionists can still teach us
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 02, 2008

New blood

The famously adventurous American Repertory Theatre is soon to be taken over by a woman who spent her summer directing . . . the vintage Broadway hits Kiss Me, Kate and Hair ?
ART and the Huntington (and Boston theater) get a youth transfusion
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 10, 2008

Words, words, words

Who would do such a thing?
Ammon Shea reads them all for you
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 11, 2008

The islander

It’s to the credit of the cast of The Tempest that many of the actors are so engaging that I didn’t even notice the city noises until the momentary silence of a scene change.
Mixed Magic’s Tempest
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Crossword: ''Bizarro world''

Everyone's against me!
By MATT JONES  |  July 23, 2008

Karen Beebe

Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  January 09, 2008


One day, Jerry Seinfeld was talking with his good friend Steven Spielberg, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if ‘B’ movies were really about bees?”
Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007

Steve Earle

This is Steve Earle’s big hug to his new home town, New York City, and his new wife (his seventh), country singer Allison Moorer.
Washington Square Serenade | NewWest
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 15, 2007


The Brave One

The Brave One is director Neil Jordan’s attempt at a thinking man’s vigilante flick.
A vigilant film lacking courage
By RAFER GUZMAN  |  September 12, 2007

Straight from Peaks to NYC

Becky FitzPatrick, a Portland cut-paper artist, heard through the grapevine that someone from the Ralph Lauren company was trying to get in touch with her.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 28, 2007

Wrestling with Tony

In the case of Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner , which opens this Friday at the Kendall Square, director Freida Lee Mock’s typically hagiographic approach can be forgiven.
Freida Lee Mock does Kushner
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 31, 2007


It happens only every three or four years rather than annually, so “Faculty Exhibition 2007” at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery is bound to catch our attention.
A wide range of work by Brown's faculty
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 30, 2007


Truth is in the eye of the beholder in See What I Wanna See , Michael John LaChiusa’s musically lush riff on stories by Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
See What I Wanna See; Design for Living
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 09, 2007


A winter’s tale

Even as the family drama of your holiday comes to a close, there’s no need to don a kerchief and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
The season ahead on area stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 28, 2006

City of the dead

Some are simple slabs, inscribed only with a name and two dates. Others are enormous and imposing: stylized Etruscan sarcophagi, sculpted Grecian urns.
Mount Auburn Cemetery looks back on 175 years — and ahead to an eternal future
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 30, 2006

The Bladerunners

Freestyle music is an overlooked chapter of dance music. The Bladerunners, "Work It, Shake It (remix edit)" (mp3)
7L brings back the Razor; Lif hits the road
By DAVID DAY  |  November 09, 2006

For Pete’s sake

It’s been 24 years since the Who released a studio album. Townshend’s follies: Pete's pet projects. By James Parker.
The return of the mighty Who
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 25, 2006