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Review: My Week with Marilyn

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) didn't distinguish the résumés of either Marilyn Monroe or Laurence Olivier. It did mark a highpoint in the life of 23-year-old Colin Clark.
Kiss-and-tell-memoir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2011
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Welles + Olivier spar, commiserate at Players’ Ring

How does a star negotiate a changing age?
Aging dreams
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 30, 2011
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The rules of his game

Given that every theater season seems to bring a new production of a Chekhov play, it's surprising that so few movies have been made of his dramas, or of his short stories. Or maybe not so surprising: Chekhov is perilously difficult for filmmakers.
'Celebrating Chekhov' at the Museum of Fine Arts
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 22, 2010
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Review: Angel

But Ozon has a wry plan, for the conventionally told tale switches tone and becomes a very funny bodice ripper itself.
Inglorious kitsch melodrama
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 16, 2008

Cheese Danish


Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008

Bridesheads revisited


The novel and the Granada TV adaptation
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 23, 2008


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War games

Wendy Wasserstein might have chosen a lesser light in whose shadow to cast a play than King Lear .
The Huntington’s  Third ; the ART’s Copenhagen ; ASP’s Henry V
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 16, 2008
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Masterpieces and mysteries

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

The Austen adaptations



By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 09, 2008
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Sleuth

Think Carlton Fisk and Thurman Munson.
Michael Caine remaking Michael Caine
By MARK BAZER  |  October 17, 2007
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The Last Legion

The battle scenes look ho-hum in the wake of 300 , as director Doug Lefler sticks stolidly to the old school.
A load of poppycock
By TOM MEEK  |  August 22, 2007


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Critical lapses

Am I the only film critic with this vainglorious dream?
When the reviewer becomes the reviewee
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 22, 2007
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Jane II

No sooner had I finished last week’s review than Shannon Hale’s Austenland turned up on my desk.
The further adventures of Austen wanna-bes
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2007
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Not about heroes

Guns and cocoa butter are the subjects of George Bernard Shaw’s 1894 Arms and the Man , the first of the great Irish contrarian’s “Plays Pleasant.”
Lyric Stage’s Arms and the Man ; Gold Dust Orphans’ The Milkman Always Comes Twice
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 10, 2007
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Cross-purposes

Oliver Twist gets the Brecht treatment in Neil Bartlett’s new adaptation at American Repertory Theatre.
ART’s Oliver Twist , the New Rep’s Orson’s Shadow
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  March 01, 2007
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A winter’s tale

Even as the family drama of your holiday comes to a close, there’s no need to don a kerchief and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
The season ahead on area stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 28, 2006


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Idol pleasures

It’s easy for me to say, because I don’t have to put butts into seats, but wouldn’t it be great if a local repertoire house programmed a series of adaptations of the late British novelist Graham Greene?
There's much more to Graham Green than The Third Man
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 22, 2006