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Stage worthies: The best theatrical productions of 2012

With the addition of ArtsEmerson to a lively array of hometown players, the Boston Rialto has seen an embarrassment of riches.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012
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Baffled in Boise

Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, receiving its Boston premiere in a production by the Zeitgeist Stage Company, has no dramatic structure.

By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 12, 2012
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Ten can't-miss plays for this fall

Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge, in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 21, 2012
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GSC commits Crimes of the Heart

It must have seemed a guilty pleasure to dramatist Beth Henley to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart.
Sister Act
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 07, 2012
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Boston’s actors prepare for their roles in the fall theater season

Most of us have been spending our summers scarfing down lobster claws and luxuriating by overcrowded pools. But for a select sect of Boston performers, seasonal hedonism has taken a backseat to script readings, makeup consultations, and stage rehearsal
Three characters in search of an opening night
By MILES HOWARD & LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 24, 2012
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Review: Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection

The first of writer/director/producer/star Tyler Perry's Madea movies not based on one of his plays, his sixth outing as the sharp-tongued (but dull-witted) 6'4" Southern black woman is more of a sitcom.
More of Perry's ever-diminishing antics
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 06, 2012


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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is unrealized Wilson

For years you could measure the difference between the Huntington Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theater as the difference between August Wilson, the gritty and lyrical chronicler of African-American life, and Robert Wilson, the avant-garde
Almost blues
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 23, 2012
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Portland Stage resurrects four of Tennessee’s other works

A young boy walks the railroad tracks with a delusional girl who lives alone in an old house.
Williams at 100
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 09, 2012
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Interview: Michael Mayor, director of the Broadway tour of American Idiot

Michael Mayer has a history of being all over the map in the choices of plays he has directed. From Chekhov's Uncle Vanya to the smash rock musical Spring Awakening , he's consistently ventured out of the comfort zone.
Green Day's rock opera comes to Boston
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 13, 2012
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Warming up with the Boston theater scene's winter offerings

Although the whirlwind of Scrooges and Rockettes will soon be exiting stage left, the storm of winter theater continues unabated.  
Cold remedies
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 30, 2011
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Dueling stages

It's been the visitors versus the home teams this year.
When it came to home teams vs. visitors, audiences were the winners
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 23, 2011


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Review: Anonymous

For most folks, if Shakespeare didn't write those plays, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Nor does it seem a likely topic for Roland Emmerich, whose films usually are about the end of the world.
Absurd entertainment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: Wave 2 of Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

As duly reported in " Review: Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival ", Wave I of the sixth annual Black Box Theatre One-Act Play Festival was pretty much one success after another, well directed by Rich Morra.
Three hits, more misses
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 26, 2011

Review: Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

The more the merrier seems to be the theme of the sixth annual Black Box Theatre One-Act Play Festival, with the first of two nine-play "Waves" running through August 14 (a second will be staged August 19-28).
Cutting to the chase
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 12, 2011
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Emotions run high at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep

Summer brings the annual trio of productions by Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. Love is the common theme of this year's plays — love and its soulmate misery, it goes without saying.
Love and misery
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 29, 2011

Universes at USM's Hannaford Hall, April 8

Excerpts of several original plays, Live from the Edge , brought out the varied traits of Bronx-based performance group Universes.
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By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  April 15, 2011


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Review: Generic Theater takes on Havel's tale of an intellectual amid revolution

In these days of ongoing revolution, many are drawn to look back to protest and uprisings of the past.
Brainy burdens
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 15, 2011

Review: Mad Horse's Dark Night series returns

For three years now, on the midweek evenings when their main stage show is off and the theater is normally "dark," Mad Horse has staged a whole second batch of theatrical diversions.
A pleasing menu
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 15, 2010
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Women's Playwriting Festival at Perishable

Kicking off a season in which all Perishable Theatre plays will be written by women, the 15th International Women's Playwriting Festival is presenting the world premieres of three plays selected from hundreds. It's running through October 23.
New views
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 08, 2010
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Review: Mixed Magic's Art of Attack

Both the first and the last line we hear in Art of Attack , by Asa Merritt, is: "You must take your opponent into a deep, dark forest where two and two are five and the way out is only wide enough for one."
Games people play
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2010

Review: Brown tackles Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind

Sam Shepard's The Tooth of Crime was scheduled for this season at Brown University Theatre/Sock & Buskin, but the playwright pulled it from production availability to update the 1972 play, as he had done in 1995.
The beast within
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2010


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Review: Steampunk at the Players' Ring

Since they began gaining mass popularity in the '80s, the antique copper laser-guns, cog-studded corsets and alternate electronic empires of the steampunk genre have been buzzing the cultural circuitry ever more.
Metallic myths
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 01, 2010
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Reversal of fortunes

Timon of Athens is Shakespeare’s least characteristic tragedy, and the toughest to pull off.
Timon of Athens from Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Prelude to a Kiss from the Huntington
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 28, 2010

Play by play: May 28, 2010

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Theater listings, May 28, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 28, 2010
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More Bard, another park

Just as fiddleheads and lilacs sprung early this year, so have the urban-pastoral pleasures of al fresco Shakespeare.
Acorn takes Shakespeare to the Riverbank
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 21, 2010
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A modest epic tale

What beautiful voices and music in this event. Steven Jobe’s Joan of Arc: An Opera In Three Acts is at once ambitious and quite modest, but vocally and musically it remains a pleasure throughout its three brief acts at the Blackstone River Theater in Cum
Steven Jobe’s haunting Joan of Arc
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2010


Play by Play: May 21, 2010

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Theater listings, May 21, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010
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Organic farce

The Thomaskirche church, in Leipzig, is a hub of musical influence in Germany’s booming Baroque arts scene.
PSC’s fugue-ish Bach at Leipzig
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010
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The race is on

Around 7 pm last Saturday at the St. Lawrence, a sealed envelope was sliced open and its contents, handwritten on three slips of paper, were revealed to a full house: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”
Running through Acorn’s 24-Hour Play Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2010

Play by play: May 7, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 7, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010