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Commonwealth Shakespeare Company takes on Coriolanus

The man of the hour is running for high office, and he has the support of the party faithful and the moneyed interests, but before he can claim victory, he must ingratiate himself with the unwashed masses, even as rival interests conspire to blacken his
The body politic
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 10, 2012
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Twin peaks

The bay of Ephesus laps Collins Avenue in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Latin-tinged, frisky if over-frenetic The Comedy of Errors (at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common through August 16). It is not across sands of subtlety but through a sp
The Comedy of Errors on Boston Common
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 14, 2009

Play by Play: March 27, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009
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Mirrors up to Nature

Up close, the Forest of Arden, an elevated glade tucked into Boston Common, looks like verdant, dappled clouds tacked to two-by-fours.
As You Like It on Boston Common; QED in Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2008
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Balloon moon

Sometimes less is more when imagination rules.
A Midsummer Night's Dream on Boston Common, plus Hunter Gatherers in Wellfleet
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 31, 2007
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Dream team

The fairies are creeping on their bellies along the carpet of the Wang Theatre rehearsal-hall floor.
Bringing the Bard to Boston Common
By IRIS FANGER  |  July 17, 2007


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Let’s get physical

Shakespeare’s super-dainty Kates become cannoli in The Taming of the Shrew on Boston Common.
The Taming of the Shrew on Boston Common; Copenhagen at the Publick
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 01, 2006
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Free fisticuffs

After last year’s Hamlet , Commonwealth Shakespeare Company artistic director Steven Maler decided he wanted a play “with life and character and vitality to it — an upbeat type of spirit” for this year’s offering of free Shakespeare on Boston Common.
Shrew to be tamed on Boston Common
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  July 11, 2006
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Some angels

Congratulations are again in order to Opera Unlimited, this time for bringing to Boston the American premiere of Peter Eötvös’s attempt to make an opera out of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America .
Opera Unlimited does Tony Kushner, plus Elizabeth Keusch, Roger Tapping, Donal Fox, and John Harbison
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 21, 2006
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Angels sing

One of the most memorable moments in Angels in America is the entrance of the Angel, who comes crashing down through Prior Walter’s ceiling.
Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer winner becomes an opera
By IRIS FANGER  |  June 07, 2006