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Clearing the air with strong Lungs at New Rep

Lungs may not take your breath away, but it's an intelligent juggernaut of a comedy about sex, trust, and just how many people ought to be allowed to blow carbon into Earth's moribund atmosphere.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 01, 2013

New Rep's Marry Me a Little says a lot

Give the New Repertory Theatre credit for finding new theatrical life — and meaning — in a collection of old songs.

By LAUREN DITULLIO  |  January 25, 2013

Chesapeake keeps boredom at bay

A loopy cri de coeur for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chesapeake (presented by New Repertory Theatre through December 16) is more shaggy dog story than dramatic achievement.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 07, 2012

New Rep takes O’Neill’s Journey

"Oh, for Christ's sake, Papa! Can't you lay off me!" asks the younger James of the elder as "the four haunted Tyrones" are just beginning to scratch the surface of the emotional spelunking that will become Long Day's Journey into Night .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 13, 2012

New Rep and W.H.A.T. paint a Pollock

Fortunately, Elvis Costello's dictum that writing about music is like dancing about architecture doesn't apply to playwrights taking on the world of art, which has been the subtext for three provocative Boston-area plays recently.
Art attack
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 09, 2012

Three Viewings; Ultimate Christmas (abridged)

Instead of sugarplums, New Repertory Theatre is serving up funeral meats.
Death takes a holiday
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 09, 2011


New Rep's new Rent stays mostly true, with one twist and some noise

Every director who helms Rent must struggle in the shadow of the original production.
Highs and lows
By MADDY MYERS  |  September 16, 2011

Fall Theater Preview: Fall on Boston boards

Fall came early to Boston boards this year, bringing with it "Summertime."
Stage worthies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011

History and mystery

In 1975 in Philadelphia, R. Buckminster Fuller delivered a 42-hour talk titled "Everything I Know." Even in this day of marathon theater events, that might be a hard sell.
R. Buckminster Fuller; aftermath; In the Footprint
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2011

Review: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

What could be more heartwarming for the holidays than a couple of middle-aged losers getting naked?
Plus Mrs. Grinchley; Merrimack's Beasley; Stoneham's Pageant
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 10, 2010

Review: Cherry Docs kicks over a hate crime

Cherry Docs , which is getting its area premiere by New Repertory Theatre, is named for a pair of steel-tipped, rose-hued Doc Martens combat boots.
Shoe shocked
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 29, 2010

Kiss her brass

Kiss her brass

There's an old saying: "Well-behaved women rarely make history." That may explain why, a century after she emerged in the public eye, singer and actress...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 28, 2010

Portraits of artists

Yikes! Is this really what it’s like behind the scenes with, say, the Emerson String Quartet?
Opus at New Rep; From Orchids to Octopi at Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 09, 2010

Play by Play: March 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule.
Boston's weekly theater schedule.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 19, 2010

After Eden

One of the heroines of Stick Fly , a post-doctoral student of etymology, likes to smear honey on the table and then scrutinize the flies that get stuck in it.
Stick Fly at the Huntington; Paradise Lost at the ART; boom at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 12, 2010
Booms-Day Scenario

Booms-Day Scenario

We know some people go to pretty extreme lengths to get laid in college: pounding tequila body shots to prove their manhood, concocting secret codes...
By Scott Kearnan  |  February 08, 2010


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
Christmas Eve Theater Options

Christmas Eve Theater Options

Some theaters are dark on Christmas Eve, but others will be only too happy to see you now that you're finished your holiday shopping. They...
By webteam  |  December 17, 2009

The Earth moves

There is an element of bare-bones pageantry in Brecht's play — which, the dramatist being a Marxist, has as much to say about knowledge and the marketplace as it does about the father of modern science's impassioned head butt to the opiate of the people
The Life of Galileo ; Spring Awakening ; Picasso at the Lapin Agile
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Sunday, October 26 – Sunday, November 16: The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the New Repertory Theatre

If Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, and Sean O’Casey teamed up to write a play, it might not be as gruesome and sidesplitting as The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Martin McDonagh’s award-winning bloodbath essentially chronicles the emotional roller coaster that is the daily grind of being a terrorist in a remote, rural Irish town. The troubles all start when two of the primary sadistic brute’s sidekicks find his pet kitty dead. The rage and frantic scheming it triggers will make any Halloween fright fest look like a stroll on the beach. And there’s Irish wit, too. Catch the New England premiere at the New Repertory Theatre (Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, 617.923.8487). Tickets ($35 to $55; $13 student rush) are available at or 617.923.8487.

By Liza Weisstuch  |  October 17, 2008

Sunday, July 13: According to tip

THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 13You know the rule: always listen to your politicians, especially ones who employ Irish wit, and even song, while they sound off...
By Liza Weisstuch  |  June 23, 2008

Sex and the century

Angels in America can dance on the head of a pin as easily as any other kind.
Angels in America by BTW; A Pinter Duet at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2008