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Carly Glovinski dupes eyes, objects at June Fitz at MECA

If you copied the entirety of Don Quixote by hand, you'd come to learn the story, but if you acted out the entire novel in charades, you'd definitely know it by heart.
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By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 29, 2011
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Review: TBTS' Man of La Mancha is ever-optimistic

The musical Man of La Mancha certainly packs in a lot.
The dream is alive
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 01, 2011
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Cool drink on a hot day

Alan Ayckbourn has been often dismissed as the British Neil Simon. He's also been hailed as a playwright of such acute insight that, if you look beyond the laughs, he deserves to be mentioned in the same critical breath as Harold Pinter.
With Table Manners, Gloucester Stage gives Ayckbourn his due
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 02, 2010
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Second sight

May in Boston has always been Storybook Ballet Month, as Boston Ballet finished off its season with Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty or Don Quixote , something classical and highbrow and reassuring. That, after all, is what Boston audiences want, right?
Boston Ballet reprises Jirí Kylián’s Black & White
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010
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Review: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

"You are here to kneel/Where prayer has been valid.” “Here” for T.S. Eliot was a church in Huntingdonshire, but it’s hard to imagine a place where prayer has been more valid than Jerusalem, or a place where more people have died for their faith.
“Jerusalem: The City of the Two Peaces,” live At Sanders Theatre, May 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010
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Heaven!

Martin Pearlman's edition of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beate Vergine, with inserted antiphons to suggest an actual service, remains a masterpiece of historical research and inspired guesswork.
The BSO and Boston Baroque at their best
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 26, 2010


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Review: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Few filmmakers have suffered from the life-imitates-art phenomenon as has Terry Gilliam.
Ledger-demain: Gilliam leaves nothing to the Imaginarium
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010
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Both ears and the tail for this Carmen

"World Passions," the collection of four works that Boston Ballet opened at the Opera House last night, was more pleasant than passionate until Kathleen Breen Combes sashayed out as the title character in Jorma Elo's Carmen .
Boston Ballet's 'World Passions'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

Play by Play: March 13, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009
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Adam and Eve

A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2009
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Simple gifts

Friday I watched more musicians than even Gustav Mahler used to ask for assemble on stage at Symphony Hall to perform the 10 minutes of Pierre Boulez’s Notations I-IV .
Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Sanders Theatre, October 25, 2008
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Channeling Shakespeare

Cardenio , an early-17th-century play in which Shakespeare may well have had a hand, has been MIA since its debut and will doubtless remain so.
Cardenio  at the ART; King John at ASP
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 19, 2008
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The Shakespeare mystery

What Shakespeare wrote and what he didn’t — even without bringing the Earl of Oxford into it — is one of literature’s most enduring and enjoyable mysteries.
Everything (almost) you wanted to know about Cardenio but were afraid to ask
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2008

Oppositions

The end of a three-week, thousands-of-miles-from-home season is never the right time to assess a dance company.
The Kirov's Balanchine at City Center
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2008
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Big in every way

Men in inky darkness. Men without women (save for the Blessed Virgin). Men in splendor, men in ecstasy, men without smiles. Men as saints but not as sinners.
‘El Greco to Velázquez’ at the MFA
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2008
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Get CLOSEr

Festival Ballet Providence’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” program is a stunning selection of short classical and contemporary ballet, performed with polish and passion.
Festival Ballet’s intimate showcase
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008


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The outsiders

Just a few months ago, the story-line of Maine’s 2008 US Senate race seemed inevitable.
None of Maine’s indy candidates can win a seat in the US Senate, but they will have a say in who does
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2008
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History tour

Whitewash has floated like a soap scum on the bloodbath of America’s past as told in the history books.
Zeitgeist’s compelling   Kentucky Cycle; Double Edge’s Republic of Dreams
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 09, 2007
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Impossible dreamer

If it’s “The Impossible Dream” you’ve come for, you’ll hit paydirt.
The Lyric Stage resurrects Man of La Mancha
By IRIS FANGER  |  September 12, 2007
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The last Potter

The end is never easy, is it?
What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 24, 2007
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Heat waves

“Summer joys are spoilt by use,” wrote John Keats, meaning the less you do between June and August, the better.
Summer reads to cool off with
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  June 28, 2007


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Not quite Nina

On hearing the opening notes of the Kronos Quartet composition and seeing the dancers lit in sunny yellow, I feared we were about to be subjected to one of those “up with people” ballets.
Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia look to find their footing
By JANINE PARKER  |  June 27, 2007
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Dreaming and remembrance

Two momentous revivals in town showed us how big the category of classical ballet really is.
Boston Ballet’s Midsummer, Boston Conservatory’s Dark Elegies
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 21, 2007
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Round-trip Cruz

Volver may be a rich and moving film that celebrates the triumph of the feminine spirit, but it’s already best known as the movie in which writer/director Pedro Almodóvar fitted willowy leading lady Penélope Cruz with an ample prosthetic ass. Watch t
Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver
By GARY SUSMAN  |  February 20, 2007
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Waved off

Ah, Eurocinema, the blood and backbone of film culture as it grew from out of the Hollywood shadow in the post-war decades — the Godards, the Bergmans, the Antonionis, the bristling Hungarians, the mordant Poles, the café-dawdling French!
‘New Films from Europe’ at the HFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 19, 2007
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L’Allegro, fuss and feathers, and the ICA blues

This year we were looking forward to dance performances at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater in the new ICA.
 A year in dance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 20, 2006


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Changing lives

People who love the arts are fond of saying that art changes our lives. Slideshow: The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
 The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 15, 2006
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Stranger than Fiction

What’s stranger than fiction? Some might say meta-fiction, the “avant-garde” genre that’s actually older than Don Quixote, in which a work of fiction self-consciously refers to its own artifice. Watch the trailer for Stranger than Fiction  (QuickTime
Submits to the temptations of clichés and bathos
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 10, 2006
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Stairway to Paradise?

It’s a mark of Mikko Nissinen’s ambitions for Boston Ballet that last night’s benefit Gala Performance at the Wang Theatre ended with such a défilé .
Boston Ballet's Gala performance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 26, 2006
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Impossible dream?

Don Quixote has been a watershed work for Boston Ballet.
Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote has yet to earn its knighthood
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 25, 2006