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Gamm's Festen; plus Whistler's Fen

"Denmark's a prison," opined Hamlet some 400 years ago.
Last supper
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 03, 2012
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Ain't Misbehavin' at Lyric Stage

If the current campaign against obesity means we have to hate Fats Waller, well, to hell with it.
Fats entertainment
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 02, 2011
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Silver Spoon takes the cake

Could Silver Spoon, a musical celebration of '60s politics, be the worst piece of theater I've seen?
Worse and worser
By ED SIEGEL  |  June 03, 2011
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Speakeasy's The Drowsy Chaperone; Gold Dust Orphans' Peter Pansy

The Drowsy Chaperone  is receiving a rousing wake-up call from SpeakEasy Stage Company (at the BCA's Calderwood Pavilion through June 5).  
High flyers
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 20, 2011
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Review: Rock of Ages

At the start of the hair-metal musical Rock of Ages (at the Colonial Theatre through October 17), narrator Lonny (Patrick Lewallen) promises a night of sexy decadence and general kick-assery.
Strip Mauled: Rock of Ages doesn't rock
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 15, 2010
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A star search is reborn

A Chorus Line is quite a heartfelt love song to musicals and the hoofers in them.
  A classic Chorus Line at Theatre by the Sea
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010


Play by play: June 4, 2010

Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 04, 2010
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Reversal of fortunes

Timon of Athens is Shakespeare’s least characteristic tragedy, and the toughest to pull off.
Timon of Athens from Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Prelude to a Kiss from the Huntington
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 28, 2010
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Ronnie James Dio (1942 - 2010)

As he lay in a Texas hospital bed in March, being treated for the disease to which he would eventually succumb, Ronald James Padavona, better known to the world as heavy-metal legend Ronnie James Dio, gave an interview to a local TV station. “Cancer? I’l
Live free or rock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 2010

Play by play: May 14, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 14, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010
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An Irish classic

Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010


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Organic farce

The Thomaskirche church, in Leipzig, is a hub of musical influence in Germany’s booming Baroque arts scene.
PSC’s fugue-ish Bach at Leipzig
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010
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Old haunts

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2010

Play by play: May 7, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 7, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010
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Face the nation

White-trash collection has seldom been as hilarious as it is in The Great American Trailer Park Musical , which makes its Brahmin-area debut courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage Company.
SpeakEasy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Zeitgeist’s Farragut North
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 07, 2010

Learning to live

Fanny Kemble is known for being a celebrated British actress in her early 19th-century youth and again toward middle age.
URI Theatre’s sprawling Unbound
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2010


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Twisted sister

Wow. An explosive performance could be anticipated, since Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an anguished life transformation.
Perishable’s knockout Hedwig and the Angry Inch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2010
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Portraits of artists

Yikes! Is this really what it’s like behind the scenes with, say, the Emerson String Quartet?
Opus at New Rep; From Orchids to Octopi at Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 09, 2010

Taking aim

Sometimes even playwrights just wanna have fun.
A play within a play in Stoppard’s Hound
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010
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Endgame

As Billie Holiday fell apart, so did her fragile if expressive voice.
Lady Day at Lyric bar & grill
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 02, 2010

Play by play: March 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, March 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 26, 2010


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Moral surgery

You know upon meeting Becky Shaw that you're in the presence of a smart, snappy writer. But you picture playwright Gina Gionfriddo as someone more akin to Theresa Rebeck than William Makepeace Thackeray.
Becky Shaw at the Huntington; Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Publick; Othello at Actors' Shakespeare Project
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 19, 2010
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Parallel worlds

Playwright Karen Zacarias would seem to have taken long drafts of Tom Stoppard Elixir.
Legacy of Light at the Lyric; Not Enough Air from Nora; The Island of Slaves from Orfeo Group
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 19, 2010
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Communication breakdown

As soon as the interview gets going, her cell phone buzzes.
Trinity Rep answers the Dead Man’s Cell Phone
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 19, 2010

Play by play: February 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 05, 2010
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History plays

Tracey Scott Wilson manages to knock off Martin Luther King Jr.'s halo without removing the glow.
The Good Negro from Company One; Harriet Jacobs in Central Square; Indulgences at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2010


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Hedonism at its best

In 1888, a 15-year-old French kid and a couple of his buddies wrote a script, modeling its gross and laughable anti-hero on a school teacher whom they had it in for.
Absurdist mirth and wonder in Ubu Roi
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 29, 2010

Play by Play: January 29, 2010

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

Play by Play: January 1, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings: January 1, 2010
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 01, 2010

Play by play: December 25, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, December 25, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 25, 2009