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Play by Play: May 21, 2010
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Theater listings, May 21, 2010
| May 21, 2010
Face the nation
White-trash collection has seldom been as hilarious as it is in The Great American Trailer Park Musical , which makes its Brahmin-area debut courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage Company.
SpeakEasy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Zeitgeist’s Farragut North
| May 07, 2010
Tea Party Progressives?
When Democrat Peter Smulowitz celebrated his victory in the special-election primary for State Senate earlier this month in the back room of Masala Art restaurant in Needham, no bigwigs from his party were in attendance.
Outsiders are trying to crash the gates of the state’s Democratic establishment — and are starting to succeed
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| April 30, 2010
There's plenty more than we can fit in, but here's a sampling of the broad range covered on Boston stages this spring, from new works to Shakespeare and Mel Brooks.
Trailer parks, baseball curses, mad scientists, and Darwin
| March 12, 2010
Back in February 2007, a few months after a political neophyte named Deval Patrick cruised to victory in the Massachusetts governor's race with help from a political blog named Blue Mass Group (BMG) — which whipped up pro-Patrick sentiment while aggressi
While conservatives have ruled radio, liberals have dominated the net. But as the rise of Red Mass Group demonstrates, the left's Web supremacy is hardly a sure thing.
| February 19, 2010
Settling for half a loaf
I’m sure you will recall that your superior correspondents were early and ardent supporters of our president, Barack Obama.
Backing Barack. Plus, the utilities’ power play, and shoveling some snow musings.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| December 25, 2009
Is the party over for the GOP in RI?
In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
| May 15, 2009
Man bites newspaper
It's not news that newspapers are in huge trouble — victims of technological change and a mini-depression. What is news is the unadorned glee that is greeting the demise of newsprint.
The genesis of the newspaper problems can be traced to Richard Nixon.
| April 17, 2009
Letters to the Boston editor, November 14, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| November 12, 2008
The politics of division as practiced by lame-duck president George W. Bush at the connivance of his onetime Svengali Karl Rove are not dead.
Equal marriage rights suffers a setback, but there is hope. Plus, young voters.
| November 12, 2008
Back to the barricades
In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.
Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
| October 15, 2008
Did Ferraro just endorse McCain?
Earlier this week, Blue Mass. Group's Bob Neer concluded--on the basis of interviews with three female, pro-Hillary Clinton Massachusetts DNC delegates--that the prospect of disgruntled...
| August 29, 2008
Women on the verge
At next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, Hillary Clinton’s delegates will get just about everything they’ve wanted — aside from the nomination of their candidate, of course.
Clinton die-hards have created a new-girls’ network bent on remedying decades of sexism by putting women in elected office
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| August 20, 2008
Protesters will crash McCain fundraiser in Kennebunkport
McCain won’t be so luxuriously welcomed by all Mainers. Left-wing protesters are planning a counter-reception that will amount to quite the opposite of rolling out a red carpet.
A summer visitor
| July 16, 2008
Could America face a committee choice for president?
Like many thoughtful voters, I have privately wondered what would happen if John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama were to die after being nominated.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| April 09, 2008
The Granite State’s last hurrah
In a few days, New Hampshire voters will take their quadrennial place at the center of American politics, and this time, the stakes will be even higher than usual.
This could be the last election in which the New Hampshire primary, and its quaintly irrelevant retail politics, really matters
| January 02, 2008
The yenta monologues
What do you call a Conservative Jewish lesbian mother of two boys? Very funny, in the case of Judy Gold.
Judy Gold’s Jewish-mother complex
| December 26, 2007
It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.
Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race
| November 28, 2007
A tragicomedy of errors
It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
| November 20, 2007
Why Mukasey stinks
The idea that former federal judge Michael Mukasey may soon be confirmed as US attorney general is almost a welcome relief. But it should not be.
Plus, what the Obama endorsement shows about Patrick
| October 25, 2007
According to the latest conventional wisdom, Hillary Clinton is threatening to turn the Democratic presidential-nomination race into a rout.
Edwards must count on Democrats voting with their heads in the primaries
| October 03, 2007
Damn you, Barack Obama
Now that Obama's small contributors have effectively rewritten the history of political-campaign funding, even die-hard cynics are drinking the Kool-Aid.
Win or lose, Obama's small donors may have already brought a revolution in campaign financing
| September 26, 2007
Pushing to replace Bush
On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
| July 11, 2007
Wishing for more than a wash
According to national polls, Giuliani is leading as the Republican front-runner.
How are the GOP front-runners doing in the almighty early-primary states?
| June 13, 2007
Best in show
It looks as if Arthur Branch, a/k/a Fred Thompson, is about to swap Law and Order for the law and disorder otherwise known as campaign 2008.
Fred Thompson’s threatened GOP bid is making things trickier for those candidates facing another debate this week
| May 30, 2007
Size doesn’t matter
Call it the revenge of the little guys, if you will.
Nevermind the revamped primary schedule; the small states can still have plenty of bite
| May 17, 2007
Who’s with whom
For Democratic presidential candidates, Boston is the ATM kiosk on the way to New Hampshire.
When John Kerry bowed out of the presidential sweepstakes, it freed Boston’s big Democratic brokers to find a favorite.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| March 29, 2007
After the room clears
Somebody really smart wrote this, four years ago: “Maine’s influence in determining the next occupant of the White House will be somewhere between minimal and undetectable.”
Politics and other mistakes
| March 21, 2007
The ’06 Guild Follies: Queen Elizabeth rules
Yes, it’s time to read about the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies, the biggest Vo Dilun cocktail party of the year, which, naturally, is held in Massachusetts.
In singing star turn, Pina wins rare standing O
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| February 28, 2007
More rules for pols
Well, there are less than 21 months before the election, and the “Tote Board” is already computing the odds.
Even Richard Nixon could get himself elected today with these tips
| February 21, 2007
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