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Springer vs. Nero!

Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 12, 2009

Play by Play: June 5, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 05, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009

Play by Play: May 22, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009

Play by Play, May 15, 2009

Theater in town
Plays for A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 15, 2009

Play by Play, May 8, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z 
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009


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Sensations

Unlike its predecessor, the over-hyped Rent , Spring Awakening is the genuine item: a Tony-winning amalgam of theater and pop music that smells like teen fusion.
Spring Awakening at the Colonial; Jerry Springer: The Opera at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 08, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Play by Play: April 24, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 24, 2009
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Spring awake

Head to the American Repertory Theatre's Zero Arrow Theatre for the world premiere of Christine Evans's TROJAN BARBIE (March 28–April 22).
Local stages bloom
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  March 16, 2009
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Review: ASP's The Duchess of Malfi, Nora's The Cherry Orchard

T.S. Eliot famously opined that John Webster saw "the skull beneath the skin."
Dying breeds
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 13, 2009


Baby mama drama

I’ve been working to kick my heavy diet of mainstream media programming.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 25, 2008

All hail Obama

We need someone who can unite the Democratic Party, let alone the Union. That candidate is Barack Obama.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 22, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 20, 2008
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It parade

There is a moment, at the end of a beauty pageant, when the previous year’s winner is forced to place the sparkling crown on a new champion’s head.
In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek  gets all 90210
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007
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Crazy Love

Most couples will feel smugly superior to the twisted twosome at the center of this oddly riveting documentary from Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens.
The ultimate date movie
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 06, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Out on a limb

Actors’ Shakespeare Project handles Shakespeare’s biggest bloodbath without turning on a single spigot.
Titus Andronicus  from ASP; Syncopation at MRT
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 02, 2007
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Satire versus spoof

The American media have long pigged out on titillation and tragedy. And in After Ashley , Gina Gionfriddo has written a frighteningly funny work about that particular eating disorder.
Gina Gionfriddo’s After Ashley ; A.R. Gurney’s Screen Play
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2006
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Craig's list

This week, Sara Evans dropped out of the top-rated Dancing with the Stars , alleging that her soon-to-be-ex husband is a pervy, porn-hording adulterer. Somewhere, White House flacks may have felt they dodged a bullet.
Sara Evans’ husband joins the list of the Republicans’ strange bedfellows
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  October 17, 2006
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A bit too Random

It’s kind of a gratifying switcheroo, to watch junior high students struggle earnestly to be heard over the snorts and penis jokes of their teachers.
But the Biddeford show is silly all the same
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 30, 2006
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Playing with boys

The cult of celebrity and sensationalism gets a rollicking and poignant treatment in John Synge’s classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World , directed by Tony Reilly for the American Irish Repertory Ensemble.
Irish tongues are wagging
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 24, 2006


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Listing forward

Like anyone who works a specific beat — sportswriters and political writers come to mind — media critics acquire lots of impressions, opinions, and stray observations that never actually make it into print, and yet they are worth musing over.
Sometimes a media critic just wants to herd a few cats
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  May 03, 2006