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The Decemberists | The King Is Dead

It may be called The King Is Dead , but the latest Decemberists album screams "rodeo" rather than "royalty."
Capitol (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  January 14, 2011

Friartown, redux

Phillipe and Jorge have always had a problem with Providence College basketball’s advertising campaign, which refers to the area as “Friartown” in a delusional suggestion that the squad has support throughout the local community.
PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2010
richard list

Rise and fall

For years now, the Naked Shakespeare Ensemble has brought its signature fare — stripped-down productions and ravishingly acute attention to the Bard's language — into a slew of non-traditional settings, including the Wine Bar on Wharf Street, SPACE Gall
Naked Shakespeare's Richard II
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 22, 2009

Oil's well

Twelve American universities with Persian Gulf campuses

Mad men

Audiences must have developed shock absorbers over the course of the past 50 years.
Orfeo’s Look Back in Anger; WHAT’s What the Butler Saw
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 24, 2008

January 2008

Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 31, 2007


Honorable sacrifices

“Does one say ‘immoral’ or ‘amoral?’” a drunken, debauching young Henry II asks his best friend and chancellor, Thomas Becket.
For God and King, at the Players' Ring
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 20, 2007

Salman speaks

This article originally appeared in the May 6, 1999 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Rushdie's new novel, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, is a work of epic ambition that fuses myth with rock-and-roll reality
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 21, 2007

Paul’s got Kate?

Paul Potts! Paul Potts! And again — Paul Potts!
Maybe not, but Simon Cowell goes up in flames
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 19, 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

L’Allegro, fuss and feathers, and the ICA blues

This year we were looking forward to dance performances at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater in the new ICA.
 A year in dance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 20, 2006


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

Back story

The English choreographer Matthew Bourne isn’t the first to propose an Oedipal dimension for Swan Lake .
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 25, 2006

Ballet birds

It’s been a decade since Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake burst into the public consciousness, transforming the familiar image of the ballet swan, with her crown of feathers and undulating arms, into a feral, malevolent male bird surrounded by his fearsome
Matthew Bourne’s swans fly in  
By IRIS FANGER  |  April 13, 2006

Hamlet unbraced

When Prince Harry dressed up as a Nazi for his ill-fated costume party, most of the world was shocked. Robert Richmond saw parallels to the Melancholy Dane.
Aquila brings the Dane to town
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  January 12, 2006