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It’s good to be king

After being out of the local theater scene for a couple of decades, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) is back, staging an outdoor production of Henry VIII at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park, on North Main Street in Providence, thro
TRIST takes Henry VIII outdoors
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2010

Wizards and masterpieces

At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009


It's not quite right to call "Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!" the AS220 biennial.
AS220’s ‘Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!,’ and Holly Ewald
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009


In "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images," which is now up at the Museum of Fine Arts, his iconic shots of Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, and Ernest Hemingway are defining portraits of the men in all their crusty manliness.
Photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
By GREG COOK  |  November 10, 2008

Vast and intimate

PSC’s sophisticated and devastating interpretation of Julius Caesar reminds us of just how crucial it is that we keep our heads.  
Portland Stage’s masterful Caesar
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2008

Mister Lonely

Harmony Korine aspires to the weird and revelatory but too often achieves the merely creepy.
Weird meets revelatory unsuccessfully
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2008


War of independents

The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008

Big in every way

Men in inky darkness. Men without women (save for the Blessed Virgin). Men in splendor, men in ecstasy, men without smiles. Men as saints but not as sinners.
‘El Greco to Velázquez’ at the MFA
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2008

Bottled-spider web

Richard III  is a thing of additions and subtractions.
Trinity’s Richard III; plus Shakespeare’s Actresses in America
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 05, 2008

Power mad

Trinity Repertory Company is staging a version of Richard III that comes at us like a Sherman tank.
Trinity Rep’s timely Richard III
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

Open city

In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007


Rushdie’s courage

Bombay-born Salman Rushdie, educated at Rugby and Cambridge, is now Sir Salman Rushdie.
Why Sir Salman’s knighthood matters
By EDITORIAL  |  June 20, 2007

Circus maximus

The clown show at Little Rhody’s State House is the Greatest Show Not on Earth. This is due to how our politicians behave like they are on another planet.
The greatest show not of this Earth
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 09, 2007

Royal pain

Every tragedy reaches a point where mourning turns to kitsch. Watch the trailer for The Queen (QuickTime)
Mirren and Frears save The Queen
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Doom, gloom and zoom

Given the past year’s headlines, it can’t come as a surprise that some of the best films of 2006 had an edge of darkness to them.
A year in film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 16, 2007

Off with their heads

The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006


Greatest hits

So that’s how World War II started.
Hits and misses
By PETER KEOUGH AND PAUL BABIN  |  September 22, 2006

Just a gigolo

Two guys on Berkshire stages are trying to parlay sexual prowess into deep pockets this week.
Sweet Bird of Youth ; The Merry Wives of Windsor ; The Price
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 25, 2006

Eternal questions

Bard or beard — that is the question.
The Beard of Avon at the Publick; Happy Days at Gloucester
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 11, 2006

Bard or beard?

This season the Publick Theatre will be doing Shakespeare in the park with a twist.
Shakespeare steps on the Publick stage
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  June 20, 2006

Measure for measure

“Great Ball at the Court of France,” which Ensemble Doulce Mémoire presented at the First Congregational Church in Cambridge last Friday, under the auspices of the Boston Early Music Festival, was a reminder that classical music used to be all about two
Ensemble Doulce Mémoire, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake , Robert Spano’s Sibelius , H&H’s St. Matthew Passion
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 26, 2006