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Jung Chang's memoir reduced at A.R.T.

Confucius might have doubted the wisdom of bringing Wild Swans to the stage.
Swans song
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 24, 2012

Interview: Katie Leung follows Harry Potter with ART's Wild Swans

Fans of J.K Rowling's wizarding empire (read: every man, woman, and child) all remember the moment we were introduced to Cho Chang, the lucky Ravenclaw who gets to paint the town (and do a bit of snogging) with Mr. Potter himself.
On track
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 03, 2012
Tales from the Golden Age: Review

Review: Tales from the Golden Age

The ironically titled film refers to the dreadful Alice-in-Wonderland years when Nicolae Ceausescu was the Communist strongman of Romania.
Panorama of black-humor stories
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011

Review: Generic Theater takes on Havel's tale of an intellectual amid revolution

In these days of ongoing revolution, many are drawn to look back to protest and uprisings of the past.
Brainy burdens
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 15, 2011

Review: My Perestroika

Socialism might be a dirty word in America, but for Russians during the Soviet era, it was the way things were.
Transitioning to capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2011

This trickle-down stinks

True free-market capitalism has lasted 30 years — barely half as long as its arch-enemy, Soviet communism.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011


John Birch Society alive and confused in Maine

The Maine arm of the John Birch Society, founded in 1958 to combat communist influence in government, visited the State House in Augusta last week, calling for legislators to, well, do nothing, as it turns out.
Out of the woodwork
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 28, 2011

I was a teenage Sandinista

As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011

Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Like other Call of Duty games, Black Ops is rated M for Mature, but that rating doesn't cut it anymore.
Historical fiction: Black Ops packs the Cold War with action
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 19, 2010

The death of the American city, revisited

Urban renewal is seldom discussed as anything but the great scourge of the American city — a disastrous post-World War II push to steamroll working-class neighborhoods and replace them with towering concrete buildings and cavernous plazas that sterilized
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2010

The high cost of free markets

Free markets are not free. They always carry a cost.
A lack of regulation invites oil spills and financial collapse
By EDITORIAL  |  May 21, 2010


Review: Petition

This distressing documentary explores a netherworld of individuals who have come to Beijing from all over China hoping that their grievances against their local governments will be heard.
A modern tragedy based on unchanging conflict
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 29, 2010

DregNog Video Advent Calendar: Day #9 - Jingo Cats

"Communist Christmas"Sick to death of the frenzied consumerist nightmare that the holiday season has become, O beleaguered fellow capitalists? Channel your inner proletariat with this...
By Emily Cataneo  |  December 22, 2009

Latter day taint

Fifteen years ago, Glenn Beck was a small-market DJ with a drinking problem, no friends, and bleak professional prospects. Today, he’s a Fox News superstar averaging 2.4 million viewers, an inexorably successful author, and the leader of a popular movem
How Glenn Beck is driven by Mormonism — and why his fellow faithful (including Mitt Romney) should be worried
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 09, 2009

K is for clown

The lighter side of global annihilation
The lighter side of global annihilation
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  July 03, 2009

Review: Katyn

Andrzej Wajda was Poland's most revered filmmaker during the long Communist era.
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 29, 2009

48 list

Creative manifesto

"Is it fair to say we're a Marxist city in spirit if not law?"
Capturing Portland's collaborative spirit, with $90 and a borrowed car
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 29, 2009

Interview: James Carroll

The Phoenix 's Adam Reilly recently spoke with Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book, Practicing Catholic (Houghton Mifflin), and his critical but durable relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.
The full transcript of the Phoenix's conversation with the author
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009

Cooking with two Russians

Yulia Converse welcomed me into her kitchen in Maine to learn from her mother, Alla Zagoruyko, how to make authentic Russian borsht.
A day of authenticity, gross assumption, and great soup
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 11, 2009

Review: Absurdistan

Delicatessen sort of meets Borat in Veit Helmer's visually ripe, magic-realism-lite tale of life in a mythical Eastern European country that time forgot after the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc.
A ripe, magic-realism-lite tale of life
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 04, 2009

Letters to the Boston editor: On fire

It’s rare to read or hear anything in any of the media that’s not in lockstep with the Public Health Commission and the movement it represents.
January 16, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 14, 2009


Dream catcher

Karen Shakhnazarov at the MFA
Karen Shakhnazarov at the MFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 25, 2008

Sympathy for the Devil

Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 18, 2008

Ends of the earth

Now in its 20th incarnation, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is almost the oldest three-ring circus of its kind (San Francisco’s annual program got there first by nine years), and in that span we’ve seen the elusive idea of “Jewish film” become an instit
The 20th Boston Jewish Film Festival reaches deep and far
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 04, 2008

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

The relationship between fathers and daughters is complicated enough without being further strained by Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  
A slight but sometimes affecting trifle
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008

Big Red

“Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons” is one of the best exhibits you’ll see in New England this year.
Brown offers a mirror-view of the 20th century
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2008


Red Sparowes

The brainchild of Isis guitarists Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer, this post-rock outfit is inspired by Mao Zedong’s attempted eradication of farm-pestering sparrows in the late 1950s.
Aphorisms | Sargent House
By DAVID BOFFA  |  September 02, 2008

Kino pravda

Because Mosfilm, the subject of the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Envisioning Russia” retrospective, was the Soviet state production studio, any cross-section of its history lays out the entirety of Soviet film history.
‘Envisioning Russia’ at the MFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  August 26, 2008

Khrushchev calls conflict a matter of protecting Russians

At press time, Russian President Dmitry edvedev declared a halt of military operations against the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  August 13, 2008

Georgia on your mind?

So much for the Republican Party’s long-standing boast that Ronald Reagan neutered the Soviet Union.
Why the Russians are acting like Soviets! And why it will be difficult to stop them!
By EDITORIAL  |  August 13, 2008