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Review: Manhattan Short Film Festival

This selection of 10 short films from around the world runs the gamut of genres, from a brisk actioner to a political documentary to playful horror.
Running the gamut
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 23, 2011

Review: Death at a Funeral

Once the enfant terrible of misogynistic movies (see 1997’s In the Company of Men ), Neil LaBute has moved on to remakes. His take on a 1973 horror classic ( The Wicker Man ) is either classically horrible or classically brilliant.
Farce in the age of Obama
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 23, 2010

Play by play: October 16, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
This week's theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2009

Play by play: October 9, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2009

Play by Play: September 25, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009

Play by play: September 4, 2009

Boston's weekly theater guide
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 04, 2009

Play by Play: August 28, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 28, 2009

Ducks and dicks

If the American Repertory Theatre is renewing its vows to David Mamet, several of whose plays it premiered in the 1990s, the double bill of The Duck Variations and Sexual Perversity in Chicago will do nicely for something old and something blue.
The ART revisits early Mamet
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 19, 2009

Blackbird at SpeakEasy

The year 2007 was a banner one for British theater.
A play about a confrontation between two desperate nobodies.
By ED SIEGEL  |  February 25, 2009

Lakeview Terrace

LaBute tries to engage issues of race, class, and gender in this potboiler, but his usual vitriol gives way to blood in the swimming pool.
Full of entrapping clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2008


Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008

Room with a view

Theater can capture our attention by trickery — think onstage helicopter in Miss Saigon or Richard III in a Civil War setting.
Theater of Thought’s fascinating Tape
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008

Killing time

Every once in a while a playwright comes along with a distinct point of view and a voice that can’t be ignored.
Theater of Thought’sBash is a must-see
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008

The best on the boards

There have been a few muggings on the rialto this year.
Theatre: 2007 in review
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2007

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


To Hell in a handbasket

The epic poem The Wild Party is most famous for inspiring two musicals that appeared in the same millennial year.
The Wild Party; Confessions of a Mormon Boy; Buried Child
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2007

Sick comedy

Lisa Kron calls her “multi-character theatrical exploration of issues of health and illness both in an individual and in a community” Well .
Well at the Huntington; Fat Pig at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 20, 2007

Crimes and misdemeanors

There are more echoes in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels than rattle around the Grand Canyon.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ; Six Rounds/Six Lessons ; White People
By CARLOYN CLAY  |  March 13, 2007

Plus-size love

For a playwright and filmmaker known for pinpointing every possible human folly, Neil LaBute is candid about his reputation as a master mocksmith of bad behavior.
SpeakEasy embraces Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  March 06, 2007

Ed Harris does Beethoven

Ed Harris didn’t exactly have to be talked into the title role in director Agnieszka Holland’s Copying Beethoven .
An actor prepares
By JON GARELICK  |  November 08, 2006


Body language

Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig has flown from one college campus to another since it was first produced in New York in late 2004. Now it has landed at the University of Rhode Island (through October 22) under the capable direction of Bryna Wortman.
URI’s Fat Pig digs beneath the surface
By JOHNNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 17, 2006

The Wicker Man

Neil LaBute dusts off the Edward Woodward/Christopher Lee relic, an effective 1973 curio that pitted Christianity against Paganism. Watch the trailer for The Wicker Man   (QuickTime)
Swan dives into bad-movie bliss
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 06, 2006

Romance gone wrong

An unrequited-love triangle is at the center of Adam Rapp’s riveting and abrasive if not entirely plausible Red Light Winter.
Red Light Winter in Wellfleet; Romeo and Juliet in Williamstown
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 09, 2006

Thank You For Smoking

As Nick Naylor, chief lobbyist for Big Tobacco, Aaron Eckhart tempers his gleefully loathsome persona from Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men with a seductively serpentine charm and wit.
Satire gets some things right, begs for a point of view
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 22, 2006