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All's Well on Boston Common

I think of Measure for Measure , with its fanatically chaste heroine, and All's Well That Ends Well , with its lovely lass in pursuit of a lout, as Shakespeare's "Smart Women, Foolish Choices" plays.
Love sick
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 05, 2011
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Big starts

I kick off my highlights of 2009 with praise for a theater company that has just finished its inaugural season: The Legacy Theater Company, founded by former City Theater artistic director Steve Burnette.
2009 was full of newness + energy
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 25, 2009
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A smooth course

A Midsummer Night's Dream is arguably the Bard's sultriest, silliest, and most gossamer comedy. As such, of course, it is also among the most oft-produced al fresco summer offerings in the whole canon.
Fenix's breathtaking Dream
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 14, 2009
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Review: The L Word

I'll admit I've been hazardously vocal around the office about my enthusiasm for The L Word , which will wrap itself up for good over the course of a scant seven remaining episodes. Can you blame me?
Final fling
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 20, 2009
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Smart women, tough choices

Welcome back to the director’s chair, Tina Packer.
All’s Well in Lenox, Going to St. Ives via Gloucester
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 22, 2008
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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


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All's fair?

If Viagra had existed in La Belle Époque, The Ladies Man would be a very short show.
Shakespeare + Company’s The Ladies Man; Gloucester Stage’s Billy Bishop
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 10, 2008
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Moonbeams

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dizzy dance of a drama, meandering mystifyingly between May Eve and Midsummer Eve under a moon that goes from new to full swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.
Boston Ballet illumines George Balanchine’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 24, 2008
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Balloon moon

Sometimes less is more when imagination rules.
A Midsummer Night's Dream on Boston Common, plus Hunter Gatherers in Wellfleet
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 31, 2007
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Good vibrations

In honor of dancing dirty, as well as Patrick Swayze’s open-shirt-pelvic-thrusting summer camp fantasy, we offer this list of the dirtiest dancing music videos we could find.
The 15 dirtiest dancing music videos  
By ELLEE DEAN  |  May 24, 2007
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Grand choral works

The traditional Roman Catholic liturgical text for a requiem mass is a prayer for the dead, evoking horrors of the last judgment.
 Johannes Brahms’s A German Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 28, 2007


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Making a connection

He has a fan club and an MBA, which might not make all that much sense.
Phil Ayoub follows his Heart
By BOB GULLA  |  March 07, 2007
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Life’s enchanted cup

The buzz about Trinity Repertory Company’s Our Town has centered on its double-barreled depiction of community.
Our Town at Trinity; BTW’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 07, 2007
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Reinas/Queens

Manuel Gómez Pereira’s ensemble comedy about five mothers and their sons the day before the young men are set to be married as part of Spain’s first legal gay marriage ceremony sends out whispers of Pedro Almodóvar. Watch the trailer for Queens  (Quic
Women of a certain age
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 20, 2006
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Wild and crazy

This month, Erik Narwhal is celebrating 15 years in the business, a feat in itself and surely a reason to party.
Erik Narwhal and the Manatees celebrate 15 insane years
By BOB GULLA  |  September 13, 2006
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Strong, silent type

A mirror as well as a shadow, Piero is Renaissance Italy’s international artist of mystery, by turns painful and rejoicing, always involuntary.
Piero della Francesca, Italy’s international artist of mystery
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 30, 2006


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Knives out

A few years back I raved about a band called Holiday.
The new sound of Neo Nouveau; plus Wetlands Preserved
By BOB GULLA  |  August 02, 2006
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Love and war

Shakespeare might have subtitled All’s Well That Ends Well (presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project at Cambridge Family YMCA Theater through May 14) Smart Women, Foolish Choices .
All’s Well That Ends Well ; The Man Who ; Boots on the Ground
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 25, 2006

Crossword: 'Rounders'

7 Down: Studio whose early stars included Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn.
No sharp corners here.
By BY MATT JONES  |  February 09, 2006