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The Wilbury Group’s marvelous Lungs
If Lungs doesn't leave you out of breath, you're ready for competitive sprinting.
| October 19, 2012
'The Tempermentals' start the revolution
Jon Marans's The Temperamentals (at Lyric Stage through April 28) begins innocently enough: a first date during which a coy couple engages in some flirtatious back-and-forth and plays footsie under a restaurant table.
| April 06, 2012
The Gamm's masterful Doll's House
There have been other plays well worth seeing this season, but nothing like this masterpiece at the Gamm. And I don't mainly mean the classic by Henrik Ibsen itself, since A Doll's House in shaky hands can come across as shrill and lesson-laden.
A matter of trust
| January 28, 2011
Talking ’bout a revolution
It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a po
The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
| May 07, 2010
Best of the Bard
The Comedy of Errors ? Ha. The Merry Wives of Windsor ? Ha; ha.
The Gamm’s masterful Much Ado About Nothing
| September 25, 2009
An awkward adaptation
Times change, but the frailties of the human heart . . . not so much. That overworked muscle can be haplessly generous or slammed-door shut. Nathaniel Hawthorne's mid-19th century novel The Scarlet Letter still stands as a perceptive examination of th
Times change, but the frailties of the human heart . . . not so much.
| May 15, 2009
Political intrigue, parallels to today’s electoral brouhaha, and reminders of historical warnings, all presented in dignified but unpretentious blank verse cadences.
The Gamm stages a remarkably timely Don Carlos
| September 10, 2008
Anything but tame
Director Peter Sampieri and an ace troupe are mounting a slam-bang production of the comedy that sparkles with originality and resolves a feminist objection to the play that we can assume is older than the play itself.
A smart take on Shakespeare’s Shrew
| May 20, 2008
The art of violence
The most frightening thing about this play is the prospect that less than first-rate actors can perform it, skating upon its sensationalism rather than sinking into its depths.
Gamm’s Pillowman is unsettling
| February 05, 2008
Both mini-plays are stirring up non-stop giggles and guffaws at the Gamm.
Huzzahs for Gamm’s Santaland and Greetings
| December 11, 2007
What is normal?
The Gamm has done it again, giving us a performance not to be missed.
The Gamm's moving Elephant Man
| September 12, 2007
This is the Age of Information, so of course we’re all ignorant.
Gamm’s insightful Radio Free Emerson
| May 23, 2007
Sin and forgiveness
Theater is always trying to impress us by heightening reality, one way or another.
A Cardinal Deposed at Gamm
| March 27, 2007
Peace and war
War. What is it good for? More than absolutely nothing, the indomitable title character of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children would contend.
Gamm’s compelling Mother Courage
| September 19, 2006
Robert Frost, loving his little rhymes, once compared writing free verse to playing tennis without a net. Playwright David Hirson might very well enjoy swinging a racket in shackles, considering the fun he’s had composing La Bête entirely in rhymed co
The Gamm’s delightful La Bête
| May 23, 2006
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