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Burbage’s muddled Maids

There are employee/employer disputes and then there is Jean Genet's The Maids , which makes the West Virginia railroad riots of 1877 look like an arms-crossed kid pouting over spinach on a plate.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 19, 2011
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Stopping by a stark Genet show

When it is Claire's turn to be Madame, she paints her lips and cheeks a garish crimson. She preens, pouts, flounces, demands to be dressed in her white gown with the spangles.
Dramatis personae
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 27, 2011
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Review: Great Directors

The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence and enjoy the commentary of the filmmakers she's tracked down in Europe and America.
Documentary about filmmakers nearly derailed by its own not-so-great director
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 30, 2010
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Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010
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Snakebite

"I can no longer stand to let this travesty continue," sings a character in Madame White Snake , the new opera based on an ancient Chinese legend co-commissioned by Opera Boston, which has just presented its world premiere. I'm afraid I shared the senti
Opera Boston presents the world premiere of Madame White Snake; plus the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Philharmonic
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 05, 2010
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Female trouble

At some point while watching the features in the Harvard Film Archive's "Le Film Maudit" ("cursed films") series — perhaps during the "Circle of Shit" chapter in Pier Paolo Pasolini's SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM — you might ask yourself, which is mor
"Le Film Maudit" at the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009


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White room

The first striking thing about Annabel Daou's exhibit, "Knot," at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through March 8) is the room itself.
Annabel Daou's disorienting 'Knot'
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2009

First-rate fare

Providence used to be a more interesting theater town back before its off-Trinity mainstays, 2nd Story Theatre and the Gamm, moved up and over to Pawtucket and Warren, respectively.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2008
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War stories

“We will be fighting for forty years.” Reading those words at the end of Norman Mailer’s 1968 Miami and the Siege of Chicago , you can’t help but feel a chill.
Mailer on the ’68 conventions
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 19, 2008
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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007
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My Ellen Willis

When I was a queer teenager in suburban New Jersey in the early 1960s, I decided that I wanted to be Susan Sontag.
Making sense of a woman who was always two or three steps ahead of the Zeitgeist
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  November 30, 2006


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Censored artwork hits the road

The controversial art of Thomas Manning, a man branded a cop killer by his detractors and a political prisoner by his supporters, returned to the USM campus that had sent it packing one week earlier when some seventy supporters gathered there last Friday
Supporters take prisoner’s paintings for a walk
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 20, 2006