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The Gamm’s Circle Mirror Transformation

It could be called the water cooler effect: casual contacts among unlike people, repeated often enough, can lead to unlikely friendships.
Real-life role playing
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2011

Review: The Gamm's Paul examines the power of faith

Looking at Christianity objectively, historically, can appear to be critical, since religion is a matter of faith.
True believer
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2011

Review: The Gamm's Child's Christmas in Wales

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is presenting Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales , always a good idea at this time of year. This expanded version of the 2003 adaptation by artistic director Tony Estrella incorporates fragments of other works
Thomas's tales
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 17, 2010

Talking ’bout a revolution

It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a po
 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010

Ideas and emotions

Grace takes place in the recent memories of the title character as well as in her difficult present. The basic concern here, which nags her like a toothache, is the non-existence of the divine.
The Gamm delivers Grace at a fever pitch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2009

Power play(1)

At this time of renewed political idealism in the country, director Judith Swift has labeled the London setting of An Ideal Husband , at the Gamm through December 7, as "inspired by the 19th century, set in the 20th century, reflected in the 21st centu
The Gamm's An Ideal Husband
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008

June 2008

Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 30, 2008

May 2008

Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 01, 2008

April 2008

April's planetary themes are fire and earth and a touch of water, which basically amounts to the conditions needed for pottery.
Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  April 01, 2008

Parlor games

The 19th-century practice of the lesbian “Boston marriage” was packed with enough human urgency and necessary social hypocrisy to supply any number of plays.
Gamm’s Boston Marriage is a ticklish toss-off
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008

March 2008

Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  March 03, 2008


The art of violence

The most frightening thing about this play is the prospect that less than first-rate actors can perform it, skating upon its sensationalism rather than sinking into its depths.
Gamm’s Pillowman is unsettling
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

February 2008

Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  January 31, 2008

January 2008

Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 31, 2007

He’s here!

I’m Not There is an apt name for a bio-pic with six Bob Dylans, none of them the real one.
Todd Haynes talks about his Dylan movie
By ROB NELSON  |  November 20, 2007

What is normal?

The Gamm has done it again, giving us a performance not to be missed.
The Gamm's moving Elephant Man
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2007


Voices carry

This is the Age of Information, so of course we’re all ignorant.
Gamm’s insightful Radio Free Emerson
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 23, 2007

Abuse and power

Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, the four one-act plays at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is not for the squeamish, but not in the way you think.
The Gamm's timely and troubling Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 30, 2007

On the racks: August 15, 2006

. . . plus mothafuckin' snakes
Christina Aguilera, Panic Channel, Skycycle . . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 17, 2006


The more things change, the more that people and their flaws can be seen to stay the same.
The Gamm’s splendid Top Girls
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 29, 2006

Bruised brothers

The culmination of a grim trilogy from Martin McDonagh, the bad boy of modern Irish theater.
Passion at play in The Lonesome West
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 01, 2006