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Review: Kafka goes backstage in The Understudy

Gregor Samsa catches the acting bug in Theresa Rebeck's 2008 comedy The Understudy, which is in its area premiere at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Oh, K!
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 01, 2011

Play by play: April 16, 2010

Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 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

Play by Play: March 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, March 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010

Play by play, February 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, week of February 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2010

Parallel worlds

Playwright Karen Zacarias would seem to have taken long drafts of Tom Stoppard Elixir.
Legacy of Light at the Lyric; Not Enough Air from Nora; The Island of Slaves from Orfeo Group
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 19, 2010

Play by play: February 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 05, 2010

History plays

Tracey Scott Wilson manages to knock off Martin Luther King Jr.'s halo without removing the glow.
The Good Negro from Company One; Harriet Jacobs in Central Square; Indulgences at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2010

Play by Play: November 13, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2009

Play by play: November 6, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, November 6, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009

Play by play: October 30, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009


Only connect

Usually when a cell phone goes off in the theater, you want to kill someone. In the case of Dead Man’s Cell Phone , that’s not necessary.
The Lyric answers the call of Dead Man’s Cell Phone
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 23, 2009

Odd couples

The East Hampton Board of Health would doubtless approve Grey Gardens: The Musical , since it comes minus the crapping cats, feral raccoons, and piles of garbage that form the supporting cast and unsanitary milieu of the famed documentary on which it's
The Lyric's Grey Gardens; Trinity's Shapeshifter
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 15, 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

Rash relations

The Pain and the Itch will make you wince if not scratch — your head, that is.
The Pain and the Itch from Company One at the BCA, Fool for Love at New Rep, Bad Dates at MRT
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009

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


Mad men

Audiences must have developed shock absorbers over the course of the past 50 years.
Orfeo’s Look Back in Anger; WHAT’s What the Butler Saw
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 24, 2008

Paint by numbers

Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women are really one tall woman, and she’s a tall order.
Three Tall Women at the Lyric; 7 Blowjobs from Theatre on Fire
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2008

Not about heroes

Guns and cocoa butter are the subjects of George Bernard Shaw’s 1894 Arms and the Man , the first of the great Irish contrarian’s “Plays Pleasant.”
Lyric Stage’s Arms and the Man ; Gold Dust Orphans’ The Milkman Always Comes Twice
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 10, 2007

Snickers over knickers

With fame often comes overexposure. But in Steve Martin’s The Underpants , which he adapted from German writer Carl Sternheim’s 1910 farce Die Hosen , the fame is over exposure.
The Lyric Stage airs Steve Martin’s Underpants
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 12, 2006