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Lyric Stage navigates Big River

Compared to the mighty Mississippi, Big River is just a Tony-winning tributary. But to borrow a lyric from its composer, Roger Miller, the show climbs on the river's back and rides.
Finn tuning
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011
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Reveling in Spose's Medium for the masses

Spose will soon release a new album on a major label, Universal Republic. Happy Medium is not it. The answer to the question "Why?" is the subject of another story (conveniently found  here ).
C'mon get Happy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2011
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Robert Shetterly on his series of admirable Americans

At a ceremony scheduled for noon on Friday, Brooksville painter Robert Shetterly will unveil a portrait of former Maine legislator and civil-rights leader Gerald Talbot in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library.
Painting the truth
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 07, 2011
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Two for the show

Though a famous man in his own lifetime, the quintessentially American humorist Mark Twain was never known as a playwright in his day.
Mark Twain, playwright? See his work at Monmouth
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 23, 2010

Play by play: February 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 05, 2010
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History plays

Tracey Scott Wilson manages to knock off Martin Luther King Jr.'s halo without removing the glow.
The Good Negro from Company One; Harriet Jacobs in Central Square; Indulgences at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2010


Play by play: January 22, 2010

Boston's weekly theatre schedule
Theater listings, January 22, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 22, 2010
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City Table

I'm enjoying this restaurant recession more than the last one.
Sampling the perks of a recession
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 20, 2009

Cry me an Old Man River

Readers of this column over the past two years (my mom and my Aunt Theresa, mostly) know that I rabidly support my alma mater's basketball team, the University of Memphis Tigers. This past April, our head coach John Calipari relinquished the Tiger rein
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 19, 2009
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Interview: P.J. O'Rourke

"Bringing government in to run the car companies is like saying, 'Dad burned dinner, let's get the dog to cook.' "
Taking a spin: Driving like Crazy  is travel writing in the classic tradition of Robert Byron.
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 19, 2009

Play by Play: April 10, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009


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Everything is illuminated

A solemn pigeon, a rolling thunderstorm, flecks of dust: nearly everything speaks in The Invention of Everything Else , Samantha Hunt's second novel.
Samantha Hunt weaves historical fiction from Nikola Tesla's biography
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 11, 2009
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The kult of Al Kaprielian

It's the coldest day of the winter so far and Al Kaprielian is excited.
HIGH PRESHA!
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 04, 2009
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Ambling

Tom’s Wealth: A Dance for the Masses , which premiered last weekend at the Tsai Center, is about the physical equivalent of these toys and talismans.
Caitlin Corbett’s dance for the masses
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 24, 2008
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The great American (office) novel

They are coming regularly now, like buses, like bulletins — the great office novels of the 21st century.
Thirteen fictional perspectives on your 9-5
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 04, 2008
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California comfort

With the touch of two keys, “Mr. Pitiful” began, the crowd erupted, and Costa’s southern comfort turned into a pop star fiasco.
Matt Costa at the Paradise, February 29, 2008
By DANNY DEZA  |  March 03, 2008


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Democratic pig pile

Oh, are the other Democratic candidates “piling on” poor little Hillary Clinton?  
Hillary’s victimization rap is Clintonian politics at its best and worst
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 07, 2007
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''Great Journeys''

Now that the jungle is withdrawing, and the wilderness is tenanted, the brief of the travel writer has altered somewhat.
From Marco Polo to Twain and Shackleton, with a bit of Pico Iyer
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 24, 2007
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Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007

The man who wasn’t there

Imagine you’re a Republican candidate for Congress in Maine’s 1st District whose name isn’t Charlie Summers.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 18, 2007
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June tunes

Mark Twain once observed that it’s “better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.”
From Beastie Boys to the White Stripes and more
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 25, 2007


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Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 1922-2007

By the time he died on April 11 at the age of 84, Kurt Vonnegut was lauded more as a cultural icon than for literary accomplishment.
The man who fell to earth
By JON GARELICK  |  April 18, 2007
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Flash!

David Sedaris, laughing gnome of NPR and bestselling humorist, may — in the course of trying to be funny — have made a few things up.
Sedaris busted for unreal humor, apathetic Oxycontin addict discovered in California!
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 20, 2007
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Cabin fever

‘The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.’ - Mark Twain
Bending to societal demands
By JANICE CHECCIO  |  February 21, 2007
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Family ghosts

In her third novel, Newton writer Suzanne Berne plumbs the rich possibilities of a few juicy literary ingredients.
Suzanne Berne's holiday tale
By JULIA HANNA  |  November 28, 2006
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Jaw-dropper

If there’s a real political shocker this year, it’s how the Urinal this week came out with an endorsement of Question 1, the controversial casino ballot question.
What prompted the BeloJo to do an about-face on the casino?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 25, 2006


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S.O.S. in the Biggest Little

What a joyful time in the Ocean State.
The possible private takeover of Harrah’s is more bad news
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  October 04, 2006
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Lost and found

If the cow hadn’t gone off gallivanting, maybe Sara Bader wouldn’t have written her irresistible new book.
History via the classifieds
By AMY FINCH  |  March 27, 2006