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Play by Play: May 21, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 21, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010
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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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 07, 2010
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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
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 30, 2010
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Variety shows

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
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 12, 2010
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Right Click

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.
By ADAM REILLY  |  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.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 25, 2009


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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
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 15, 2009
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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.
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 17, 2009

Forward thinking


Letters to the Boston editor, November 14, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 12, 2008
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California’s shame

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.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 12, 2008
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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?
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008


Did Ferraro just endorse McCain?

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...
By Adam Reilly  |  August 29, 2008
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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
By 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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 16, 2008
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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.
Surprise Scenario
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 09, 2008
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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
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 02, 2008


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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
By ED SIEGEL  |  December 26, 2007
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Fake-news vacuum

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


By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007
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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
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007
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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
By EDITORIAL  |  October 25, 2007
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Wising up

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
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 03, 2007


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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
By AL GIORDANO  |  September 26, 2007
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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
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007
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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?
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 13, 2007
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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
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 30, 2007
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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
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 17, 2007


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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.
By 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
By AL DIAMON  |  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.
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By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 28, 2007
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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
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 21, 2007