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The Big Hurt: The Year Ahead

Predicting the future is a little silly.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2012
ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
Infinite possiblities
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 25, 2012

Oedipus schmoedipus

One of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's most famous concerts was one that didn't take place. Nearly 30 years ago, the BSO announced Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex , to be staged by Peter Sellars, with Vanessa Redgrave narrating.
Operas at the BSO, plus the Cantata Singers, the BYSO's Macbeth, and Christine Brewer
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 21, 2011

Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010

Orwell and Shakespeare in a Minute

"I thought we were going to be talking about windmills," Jenny Sawyer mutters as she looks into the camera, sandwiched between two pigs.
Second-Hand Books Dept.
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  January 29, 2010

Making magic

Ever since the Greeks learned to keep their masks on straight and not bump into the statuary, theaters and theatergoers have been learning more and more about how the magic works.
Rediscovering the thrill of discovery
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 23, 2008


A powerhouse play

For a play titled Small Tragedy , playwright Craig Lucas certainly has packed in a bundle of large feelings.  
URI’s compelling Small Tragedy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2008

Fightin' words

The trouble with Greek tragedies is that they tend to be Greek to us.  
Trinity Rep’s thoroughly modern Dreams of Antigone
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2008

Cry me a river

It would seem that Sophocles has been hanging around for 2500 years waiting to be improved — and the makeover artists have been numerous.  
The Dreams of Antigone; In the Continuum; Show Boat
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 01, 2008

New + old classics

As if freshly presenting stage classics isn’t challenging enough, new adaptations are in the lineups this fall at two companies, Trinity Repertory Company and the Gamm.
Life on the boards
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

Fall on the boards

There are tours to the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Italy, Iraq, the Aran Islands, and even the Underworld on area stages this fall.
From A Chorus Line to Tennessee Williams and the Grinch
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 08, 2008

Walking wounded

It’s a contemporary adaptation of the Greek legend, most famously presented in Sophocles’s Antigone , aiming to make the story of duty and honor relevant to modern audiences.
Perishable’s thought-provoking tig
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 17, 2008

Family plots

Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 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

Heritage hangout

Modern times are tough for the Greeks.
Rediscovering Greek history
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 20, 2006


Of the three operas recently competing with one another, Opera Boston’s presentation of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia was in some ways the most fun.
Opera Boston’s Lucrezia Borgia , the BSO’s Oedipus Rex  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 09, 2006