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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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May 2008


Monthly forecast
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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
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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


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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
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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
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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


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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
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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
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On the racks: August 15, 2006

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

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
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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