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Still Wonderful

It's a risky gamble, creating a stage version of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life .
Center Stage interprets Capra’s Life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2009
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Loud and clear

Things certainly changed dramatically at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston when Russ Maitland signed on last December as executive director.
Center Stage Productions is branching out in South County
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008
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The awful truth

Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2008
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From ma’am, with love

Nilaja Sun could have caved to expectation.
No Child . . .  at the ART, plus This Wonderful Life and White Christmas
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 09, 2007
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Lars and the Real Girl

To see how a similar premise can actually touch the heart, check out Peter Cattaneo’s lovely, neglected 2005 film Opal Dream .
Resolutely weird
By LARS AND THE REAL GIRL  |  October 17, 2007
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23 skidoo?

As of press time, the 23rd Boston Film Festival was still shaping up.
The Boston Film Festival: work in progress
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 14, 2007


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Angel-A

Could this be Besson’s directing finale, as rumored? Ouais, s’il vous plaît!
Frank Capra’s classic loses its class
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 06, 2007
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The Boss of It All

The Boss of It All reflects on the mysteries of identity, responsibility, globalization, and Gambini’s æsthetics of theater.
Since when do we believe Lars von Trier?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 30, 2007
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Back in the acts

When it comes to dramatics, there’s plenty to toast at this year’s end.
A year in Maine theater
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 20, 2006
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Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

Even his mom thinks it’s a goofy idea, but 29-year-old Jeff Smith, a novice politician bursting with liberal idealism, decides to seek a congressional seat in inner St. Louis previously held by Dick Gephardt. Watch the trailer for Can Mr. Smith Get to
A worthy contemporary follow-up
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 01, 2006
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Reversal of fortune

Have you ever reacted aggressively against some lifestyle choice of your forebears?
Buffalo tactics entertain, enliven
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 23, 2006


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The plot thickens

This article originally appeared in the December 20, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Oliver Stone rewrites history with lightning in JFK
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2006
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Heaven can wait

If Monsieur Chopin were to find itself in Tony contention, the score would do better than the book.
Monsieur Chopin at ART, Candy and Dorothy at Wellfleet
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 27, 2006
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Why We Fight

As Eugene Jarecki’s documentary of the same title points out,  Why We Fight was originally a series of propaganda movies produced by Frank Capra during World War II.
Rating: 2 stars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 25, 2006