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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.
| September 16, 2011
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
| January 14, 2011
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
| January 07, 2011
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
| July 23, 2010
Play by play: February 5, 2010
Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
| February 05, 2010
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
| January 29, 2010
Play by play: January 22, 2010
Boston's weekly theatre schedule
Theater listings, January 22, 2010
| January 22, 2010
I'm enjoying this restaurant recession more than the last one.
Sampling the perks of a recession
| 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
| June 19, 2009
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.
| June 19, 2009
Play by Play: April 10, 2009
Plays around town
Plays A to Z
| April 10, 2009
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
| March 11, 2009
The kult of Al Kaprielian
It's the coldest day of the winter so far and Al Kaprielian is excited.
| February 04, 2009
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
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| September 24, 2008
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
| June 04, 2008
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
| March 03, 2008
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
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| November 07, 2007
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
| September 24, 2007
The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
| 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
| July 18, 2007
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
| June 25, 2007
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
| April 18, 2007
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!
| March 20, 2007
‘The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.’ - Mark Twain
Bending to societal demands
| February 21, 2007
In her third novel, Newton writer Suzanne Berne plumbs the rich possibilities of a few juicy literary ingredients.
Suzanne Berne's holiday tale
| November 28, 2006
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?
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| October 25, 2006
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
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| October 04, 2006
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
| March 27, 2006
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