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Woolf’s Orlando on stage at USM

Insights into both the masculine and the feminine are at the center of Virginia Woolf's Orlando , a fabulist commentary on the fluidity of gender and sexual identity.
Shifting time and gender
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 20, 2013
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Epic Theatre Company’s Passion Play

Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play has epic scope for such a focused subject — those medieval pageants about the suffering of Jesus Christ.
Life writ large
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 14, 2012
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Inverting, and illuminating, the story of Eurydice

The memory-darkening waters of the Lethe run in unlikely channels — inside a blue-lit elevator, through a system of pipes and spigots, in the sound of a persistent drip always somewhere just out of sight.
Myth, updated
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: Hysteria

Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012
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Review: 2nd Story's hilarious Vibrator Play

Women certainly had plenty to be hysterical about toward the end of the 19th century, a time when Thomas Edison's technological advances were shining on the culture.
Mastering hysteria
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: The Vibrator Play

Sarah Ruhl, the goddess of theatrical quirkiness, is back in Boston, and this time SpeakEasy Stage Company has its adventurous mitts on her.
Sarah Ruhl offers comic relief
By ED SIEGEL  |  September 24, 2010


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Brown's theater juggernaut fires up again

The Brown/Trinity Repertory Theatre, a summer program that cultivates promising young playwrights, is set to launch this year's slate of three plays on July 7. Expectations are high.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010
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Brown's theater juggernaut fires up again

The Brown/Trinity Repertory Theatre, a summer program that cultivates promising young playwrights, is set to launch this year's slate of three plays on July 7. Expectations are high.
Playtime
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010

Play by play: March 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, March 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 26, 2010

Play by Play: March 19, 2010

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

Play by play: March 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of March 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 2010


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Ballad of a Dead Man

It all starts harmlessly enough. A woman in a nearly empty café, annoyed by a ringing phone ignored by its owner, picks it up and answers. She might as well have flipped open Pandora's Nokia.
Trinity Rep’s Cell Phone fills in the blanks
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2010
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Communication breakdown

As soon as the interview gets going, her cell phone buzzes.
Trinity Rep answers the Dead Man’s Cell Phone
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 19, 2010
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Open lines

In our hyper-connected day and age, a woman laments in Dead Man's Cell Phone , there exist only three sanctuaries from the ringing: the theater, the church, and the toilet — and even these havens are ring-less only in principle.
What if the dead could talk?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 22, 2010
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Into new worlds

The New Year opens with a duo of two-man, many-character comedies.
Theatrical journeys for the year ahead
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 01, 2010

Play by Play: November 13, 2009

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Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2009


Play by play: November 6, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, November 6, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009

Play by play: October 30, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 23, 2009
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Only connect

Usually when a cell phone goes off in the theater, you want to kill someone. In the case of Dead Man’s Cell Phone , that’s not necessary.
The Lyric answers the call of Dead Man’s Cell Phone
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 23, 2009

Play by play: October 16, 2009

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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2009


Play by play: October 9, 2009

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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009
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Autumn garden

It's freshman and sophomore year on the Boston rialto, with American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus introducing her first season and Huntington Theatre Company honcho Peter DuBois endeavoring to survive his second.
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2009
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Not messing about

The pale modernism of Lane's living room, plush but sterile, is being slowly strewn with stuff: barely bitten apples, playing cards, a bright yellow spice.
Mad Horse's beautiful Clean House
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009

In the shadows

As we look into the new year, let's start with the most primal theatrical basics: stories.
Secrets + stories hit the boards in 2009
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 31, 2008
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Year in Theater: Staged right

It's been a Buckingham Palace season on the local rialto.
Changing of the local guard
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 22, 2008


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Undiscovered country

A young woman steps off the Elevator Styx into a Hades ruled by Pee-wee Herman.
New Rep’s Eurydice, the ART’s Let Me Down Easy, SpeakEasy’s The Light in the Piazza
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 24, 2008
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Game faces

There’s something awe-inspiring about watching an ensemble in which everyone is performing at the top of his or her game.
The Clean House at New Rep; Gary at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 04, 2008

Primary colors

Now that the holiday hubbub is behind us, we have no dreams of white Christmases or visions of Sugar Plum Fairies to warm a theatergoer’s heart.
It’s the political season on area stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 26, 2007
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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