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Trinity’s delicately balanced Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice gives modern audiences a lot to think and talk about — including, we can forget, a surprising amount of comedy. But the main concern is it being such a head-shaking case study of the era's anti-Semitism.
The light and the dark
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 17, 2012
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Trinity Rep’s rip-roaring His Girl Friday

There are theatrical adaptations and then there are magnificent transformations, like His Girl Friday . Multiple-Obie Award-winning playwright John Guare has expanded the furious screwball comedy into a historical/social commentary without our losing o
The write stuff
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Poe vs. Poe in Trinity's Strange Tale

What's left to spook us these days? Crime shows display forensic detail that has inured us to blood.
I Is Another
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2011
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Review: Trinity Rep’s Crucible is potent

The Crucible is a profoundly moving story, especially when inhabited by the talents at Trinity Repertory Company. This is the third time the group has taken on Arthur Miller's masterwork of American theater, the last a quarter-century ago.
Hidden agendas
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011
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Review: Trinity Rep's magical Camelot

Camelot is a hard musical not to like, even for those who don’t like to like musicals.
An enchanted evening
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 24, 2010

Play by Play: March 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, March 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010


Play by play, February 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, week of February 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2010

Play by play: February 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theatre listings, week of February 19, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2010

Play by play: February 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, February 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2010
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Present laughter

Director Brian McEleney returns to Trinity Repertory Company for a raucous Twelfth Night that hums with energy, drollery, and a makeshift score that meshes Shakespearean ditty with such seasonal fripperies as "Auld Lang Syne" and the Mariah Carey hit
Trinity throws a Twelfth Night party
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2010

Play by play: February 5, 2010

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Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 05, 2010


Play by Play: January 29, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, January 29, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 29, 2010
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Lady of the Sea

If all you know of the Aran Islands is the plays of Martin McDonagh, you probably think their populace is an untamed and violent lot.
If all you know of the Aran Islands is the plays of Martin McDonagh, you probably think their populace is an untamed and violent lot.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 15, 2009
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Odd couples

The East Hampton Board of Health would doubtless approve Grey Gardens: The Musical , since it comes minus the crapping cats, feral raccoons, and piles of garbage that form the supporting cast and unsanitary milieu of the famed documentary on which it's
The Lyric's Grey Gardens; Trinity's Shapeshifter
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 15, 2009
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Material girls

The usually evenhanded if impassioned David Hare in The Secret Rapture , a 20-year-old play being urgently, elegiacally revived by Trinity Repertory Company.
Trinity uncovers Hare's Secret Rapture
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009
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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


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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
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Just another Night

Paris by Night , the musical play — as opposed to a straight musical, if you’ll pardon the expression — is a pleasant enough excursion.
The songs are the draw in Trinity’s Paris
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2008
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Learning curves

From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
  SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 06, 2008
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Love stories

“Maybe straight America — or American musical theater — is not ready for it yet. But the music rocks.”
Columbus gets to the heart of Paris by Night
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2008
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Both sides now

The actors were shown a number of photographs by Sally Mann and asked to decide which of them they found the most beautiful and which the most disturbing.
The ugly beauty of Some Things Are Private
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2008


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A stellar Scrooge

Yes, this Christmas Carol sets a new standard for Trinity. Don’t miss it.
Trinity’s Christmas Carol sets a new standard
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 09, 2007
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September songs

“Try to remember the kind of September/When life was slow and oh, so mellow,” sings El Gallo at the top of The Fantasticks .
Invincible Summer ; The Fantasticks ; I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2007
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Ah, youth!

This imaginative and flawlessly performed staging of The Fantasticks  sets off every spark in this fireworks celebration of youth.
Trinity Rep’s spirited The Fantasticks
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2007
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A universal tale

Success has earned The Fantasticks a bad rap.
Trinity breathes new life into The Fantasticks
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 27, 2007
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Best on the boards

Huntington Theatre Company artistic director Nicholas Martin recently announced that he would leave his post in 2008.
 Certainly Nicholas Martin will leave the Huntington a livelier place than when he took over.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 20, 2007


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Life’s enchanted cup

The buzz about Trinity Repertory Company’s Our Town has centered on its double-barreled depiction of community.
Our Town at Trinity; BTW’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 07, 2007
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Best on the boards

Huntington Theatre Company artistic director Nicholas Martin recently announced that he would leave his post in 2008.
A year in theater
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 19, 2006
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Dying breeds

Chekhov insisted that his final masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard , was a comedy and fumed at Stanislavsky’s having his characters suffer through their fraying existences at the pace of a Robert Wilson opus.
The Cherry Orchard , The Women , Summer and Smoke
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 27, 2006
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Fighting words

Sometimes the easiest way to offend is to avoid being offensive.
Is Trinity Rep’s Boots On the Ground too balanced?
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 26, 2006