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Tigers at Zeitgeist; Yesterday at Central Square

Forget the elephant in the room. Depression is a big cat in Tigers Be Still, a relentlessly quirky yet endearing screwball tragicomedy by Kim Rosenstock that debuted at New York's Roundabout Underground in 2010 and is getting a sweet Boston premiere by
Eat my brain
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 27, 2012

Spring theater offerings

Boston Playwrights' Theatre closes out its winter season with DEPORTED / A DREAM PLAY (March 8–April 1;
Fight the good fight
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 02, 2012

A woman in science's male domain

Geniuses have it rough.
Beautiful minds
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 17, 2012

Tina Packer explains the Bard for you

Tina Packer has been in bed with Shakespeare for at least 40 years.
Will power
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 28, 2011

The Week in Geek, July 18-24: Minds, Mindlessness, and Mind-Control

It's not supposed to go below 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the foreseeable future, so the events for this Week in Geek will not be physically...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  July 18, 2011
Ben and Matt

Fun with Matt & Ben at Central Square

A couple of young women, Brenda Withers and Mindy Kaling (the latter born in Cambridge before graduating to the role of Kelly Kapoor in The Office ), decided to have some fun with the idea that two seemingly unformed guys — one kind of loutish — could s
Bosom buddies
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2011

Buddy comedy

Buddy comedy

Photo: A.R. SINCLAIR PHOTOGRAPHY In the late 19th century, the term "Boston marriage" was coined to describe a uniquely strong bond between two women who...
By Scott Kearnan  |  July 11, 2011
ss list

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
breaking the code in central square

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

The Week in Geek April 4-11: Laugh while you can, monkey boy

And now, for some nerd-inspired slam poetry:This is for the nerds who want to get involved with humanoid robots but never had a chance to...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 04, 2011
F. Murray Abraham brings his Shylock to ArtsEmerson

From Cleopatra to Picasso to Alan Turing: Spring theater in Boston

Famous historical figures come to life on the Boston theater scene this spring.
Familiar faces
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 18, 2011


Review: The Hotel Nepenthe; Ti-Jean & His Brothers; Pussy on the House

"Only connect," advises E.M. Forster, failing to add, "And be weird." John Kuntz, however, hears that double directive, perhaps blowing in the wind, and responds with The Hotel Nepenthe .
Islands in the storm
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 04, 2011

Jokes and the unconscious spar in Hysteria

We're given the Freudian slip early on in Hysteria, or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis - and it comes with several other silky undergarments summarily discarded by a nubile visitor to the London study of the Father of Modern Psychoana
Sang Freud
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 14, 2011
Meeting of the minds

Meeting of the minds

Despite the old saying, we generally have no desire to be a "fly on the wall" during someone's juicy conversation. (We're all for getting good...
By Scott Kearnan  |  December 13, 2010

Review: The Fever Chart

In The Fever Chart — Three Visions of the Middle East , Naomi Wallace does not so much take the temperature of that splintered region as invade its dreams.
Three Visions of the Middle East at Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 03, 2010

Get me remix

The Brothers Grimm generally managed to live up to their name.
Company One's Grimm; The Hound of the Baskervilles in Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 30, 2010

Play by Play: July 23, 2010

Candyland: A Recession Comedy, Quills, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and more.
Theater listings, week of July 23, 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 23, 2010

Play by play: May 14, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 14, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010
2010 Cambridge Science Festival (April 24-May 2): The Highlights

2010 Cambridge Science Festival (April 24-May 2): The Highlights

Don your protective eyewear -- it's time, once again, for the third annual Cambridge Science Festival: nine straight days of geek wizardry atom-smashed together into...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  April 23, 2010

Portraits of artists

Yikes! Is this really what it’s like behind the scenes with, say, the Emerson String Quartet?
Opus at New Rep; From Orchids to Octopi at Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 09, 2010

Food Fight

I don't think food critic Robert Nadeau knows very much about fine dining and what it means to cook good seafood.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 19, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 19, 2010

Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through MIT's Math Maze

Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through MIT's Math Maze

It would seem that writer/performer and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari has endured her own share of slings and arrows, to judge from her autobiographical...
By Shaula Clark  |  September 02, 2009

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
Improbable Research Cabaret 2009

Improbable Research Cabaret 2009

If the thought of blowing tax dollars on grizzly-bear DNA was enough to horrify John McCain, his i...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 29, 2009

The Life of Galileo

So you thought the stem cell debate or the fracas over teaching creationism in the classroom were the ultimate face-offs in the science-faith smackdown? Despite all the foaming at the mouth from pols, talking heads, and PTA members, we don’t have anything on Galileo’s day, when daring to suggest that the earth isn’t the center of the universe was enough to earn him nearly a decade of house arrest. Poor Galileo. It’s tough having unconventional beliefs in the face of the Inquisition —
especially when you know you’re right. Bertolt Brecht’s classic The Life of Galileo is part biography, part high-suspense showdown (though we all know the outcome), and part psycho-dramatic retelling of a turning point in civilization. A stellar local cast performs a translation by the legendary David Hare in a production by Catalyst Collaborative@MIT at the Central Square Theater (450 Mass Ave, Cambridg
By Stuff Boston  |  April 17, 2009

The Life of Galileo

The Life of Galileo

Galileo is certainly more popular with Boston theater purveyors than he was with the Inquisition....
By Shaula Clark  |  April 08, 2009



As part of a citywide celebration of the work of historian, activist, and A People’s History of th...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 03, 2009


The sound of the ax resounds in Central Square as Nora Theatre Company opens Anton Chekhov’s final m...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 06, 2009


A couple of dozen stage adaptations have been made of MIT physicist and novelist Alan Lightman’s 199...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 12, 2008

Love and politics

In Boleros for the Disenchanted , Puerto Rican–born José Rivera looks beyond the fairy dust and sexual spark to probe the full meaning of “till death do us part.”  
Boleros for the Disenchanted ; November ; Martha Mitchell Calling
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2008