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Maine's quirky summer stage season

Summertime and a lush arboreal landscape is an unexpected setting for Samuel Beckett's flinty Waiting for Godot , and this reviewer is already stirred.
History + mystery
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 17, 2011
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Animal Crackers; plus Passing Strange and At Home at the Zoo

The classic Marx Brothers films are like anarchy in a bottle.  
Marx madness
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 13, 2011

Play by Play: June 5, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 05, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009
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Cracking wise

I don’t know that David Mamet’s is a fine Romance , and it certainly doesn’t conjure love at first scene.
Mamet’s Romance with ART; ASP’s Much Ado About Nothing
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 22, 2009
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Schnozzola!

By the time you read this, you've either seen or missed one of Boston's most exciting opera productions, Opera Boston's brilliant version of Shostakovich's The Nose .
Opera Boston doesn't blow The Nose — plus Yannick Nézet-Séguin's BSO debut and the return of Lang Lang
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 03, 2009


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Robert Crumb at MassArt

R. Crumb's Underground at MassArt
The beast in me
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2009
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Get over it

Okay, you survived the college-application process; you filled out the miserable FAFSA forms; you sweated out the wait for acceptance letters; and cut your best financial-aid deal.
What every freshman should know about going to college in Boston
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 02, 2008
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The awful truth

Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2008
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Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008
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Ordure in the court

“He couldn’t be a terrorist, living in a cellar and eating canned food,” says a perceptive friend of the notorious French attorney Jacques Vergès.
Barbet Schroeder’s L’avocat de la terreur
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 06, 2007


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Sea foam

In Rough Crossing , British playwright Tom Stoppard demonstrates that even in the manufacture of abject silliness he’s smarter than anyone else.
Rough Crossing, plus West Side Story and Herringbone in the Berkshires
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 27, 2007
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Real women do burlesque

The catcalls get louder just before I peel off my top.
Putting the tease — and some other things — back in striptease
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 17, 2007

Smiles all around

Born in France in 1921, the spry octogenarian Chris Marker plays detective with a camera in Chats perchés|The Case of the Grinning Cat , which is playing all week at the Brattle Theatre.
Marker’s cats; Bujalski and the Times
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 17, 2007

Rolling again

This article originally appeared in the June 17, 1975 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Jagger and company: to the manner reborn
By PETER HERBST  |  November 14, 2006
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It’s a boy's world

The third season finds the Entourage entourage continuing their pursuit of sex and toys.
Entourage ’s Hollywood playpen
By JON GARELICK  |  June 06, 2006


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Good knight out

Hark — do you hear clippety-clop, clippety-clop? Is it horses’ hooves? Or the staccato percussive beat of coconut shells?
Spamalot gallops into Boston
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  February 28, 2006