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Review: Fenix Theatre's poignant, funny Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, the tragicomedy Waiting for Godot, might not be everybody's idea of a summertime al fresco romp.
Laughing while it hurts
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 22, 2011
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Maine's quirky summer stage season

Summertime and a lush arboreal landscape is an unexpected setting for Samuel Beckett's flinty Waiting for Godot , and this reviewer is already stirred.
History + mystery
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 17, 2011
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Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
Big words
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 03, 2010
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Point of no return

Don DeLillo's novels have been shrinking, like a star collapsing into itself, perhaps, or vapor fading on a glass.
The end justifies the meaning in Don DeLillo's Omega
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: The Road

John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road For those who found the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men too lighthearted, John Hillcoat's relentlessly faithful version of the author's post-apocalyptic Puli
No country for all men: John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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Invisible playmates

To judge from the titles of some of his recent novels — The Book of Illusion s, Oracle Night , Man in the Dark , and now Invisible — Paul Auster's fiction is receding, Samuel Beckett style, into non-existence.
Paul Auster makes promiscuity a virtue
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2009


Play by Play: September 25, 2009

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

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009

Play by Play: March 20, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009

Play by Play: March 13, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009

Play by play: March 6, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 03, 2009


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Endgame at the ART

"They give mirth astride of a grave," Beckett might just as well have written of Mankind. He did opine, in Endgame , that "nothing is funnier than unhappiness."
Death duties
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 24, 2009

Play by Play: February 27, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 24, 2009

Play by play: February 20, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 17, 2009

Play by play: February 13, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 10, 2009

Play by Play: February 6, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
  Plays A through Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 03, 2009


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Winter's tales

The cold season heats up on Boston boards
The cold season heats up on Boston boards
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 29, 2008
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War correspondent

So here he goes again, the writer known as Paul Auster, starting yet another novel, this time with the words “I am alone in the dark.”
Paul Auster sheds light on Man in the Dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2008
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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

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Running Press | 1200 pages, 2 volumes | $150
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 03, 2007
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Carter heaven

James Levine’s devotion to the music of Elliott Carter has been a boon to Boston.
The BSO and BVM celebrate America’s greatest living composer, plus Stockhausen’s Mantra, and music for Beckett
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 20, 2007


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After Godot

It’s fitting that Alvin Epstein should be cast in Beckett at 100 , since the venerable actor has been associated with the Nobel laureate’s plays for more than 50 years.
Harvard to celebrate Beckett at 100
By IRIS FANGER  |  November 06, 2007

Vision quest

Symbolism ain’t for sissies.
It’s easy to see through Brown’s The Blind
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2007
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Here's a quarter

Twenty-five years ago, residents of a shared Portsmouth house called “Middle Earth” rigged up some tin-can lights and a home-made light board.
Generic Theater celebrates 25 years
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2007
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The Broken West

Flournoy doesn’t seem concerned with demonstrating his originality.
I Can't Go On, I'll Go On | Merge
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 26, 2007
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Class acts

Stan Strickland doesn’t play an instrument; he is an instrument.
Stan Strickland , Thom Pain (based on nothing) , and Augusta
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 03, 2006


Flashbacks: September 1, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands and Paul Babin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By BOSTON PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  August 30, 2006
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Soldiering on

Kenny Carnes has bitten off a lot to chew with Pieces of War , the solo play that he wrote and performs at Perishable Theatre.
Kenny Carnes’s Pieces of War
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 07, 2006
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Not aht

What a pity that Samuel Beckett’s plays aren’t more widely appreciated.
2nd Story’s Godot is free of pretentiousness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 30, 2006
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Talent shows

Amazing but true: each year since 1989, the tireless curatorial team at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park have scoured the New England area to put together a show highlighting artists from the area.
The 2006 DeCordova Annual, plus ‘Art, Theatre, and Engineering’ at MIT
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 28, 2006