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A supersized Mary Poppins at PPAC

There's no secret why the hit musical Mary Poppins has filled more than 9 million seats around the world over the last seven years.
The bitter and the sweet
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 17, 2012
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Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House

"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," Julie Andrews sang in Walt Disney's 1964 movie-musical adaptation of Mary Poppins . The medicine in P.L. Travers's original children's stories — eight volumes spanning the years 1934–1988 — was more like
Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2011
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Shaking up the school system

Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
The Reformer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010
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Community: served

Without Solillaquists of Sound and the holistic hip-hop hamlet that its members cultivate within Orlando, their city would be home to little more than methadone retreats and plastic rodent ears.
Solillaquists of Sound spread some Orlando magic
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009
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Deep impact

In the most memorable piece in Waterville author Ron Currie Jr.'s 2007 debut short story collection, God is Dead (Viking), God is reincarnated as a Dinka woman in a refugee camp in Sudan, who enlists a jive-talking Colin Powell in an effort to find a
Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 03, 2009

Play by Play: February 6, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
  Plays A through Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 03, 2009


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Chilly scenes in winter

The drama of the holidays (and I don’t mean A Christmas Carol) may be behind us, but there’s plenty more drama — and comedy and musicals — ahead to light up long winter nights.  
The year ahead on Boston stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 27, 2008
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Wising up

Sergei Prokofiev’s two classical ballets invariably find Boston Ballet playing the dating game.
James Kudelka’s Cinderella at Boston Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008
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Can you see yourself?

On Apothis's eight-song debut album, Reflections and Symmetry , they give you 40-plus minutes of unpredictability.
Apothis offer Reflections and Symmetry
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 09, 2008
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Streets where you live

The 2001 National Theatre of Great Britain/Cameron Mackintosh production further sharpens the Shavian edge of this beloved musical.
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2008

Fresh city


Sip a cocktail that smacks of summer vacation
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  June 04, 2007


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The future of an illusion

When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006
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Keeping Mum

In Niall Johnson’s minor but enjoyable British black comedy, Maggie Smith is a Mary Poppins–like houseservant with a penchant for homicide who’s the new hire, out in the provinces, of a British family in distress. Watch the trailer for Keeping Mum  
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By GERALD PEARY  |  September 27, 2006