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Ocean State Theatre Company’s Rent

It may have been a latecomer as a rock musical, arriving 19 years after Hair rattled the boards in 1967, but Rent is overflowing with everything there is to love about both musicals and high-energy music.
Paying their dues
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 08, 2013

Mormons, murderers, and mariners: 10 theater sensations coming to Boston stages this spring

Mitt Romney did his Mormon mission in France. But there are no baguettes or croissants to dip into the lukewarm proselytizing of bumbling elders Price and Cunningham, two young men sent by the Church of Latter-day Saints to convert the unfaithful of a U

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 01, 2013

Stones in His Pockets at Lyric Stage

Lyric Stage Company's Stones in His Pockets is billed as "the madcap story of a rural Irish village turned upside down" by the arrival of a Hollywood film crew.

By LAUREN DITULLIO  |  February 22, 2013

The TNT Short List: ArtsEmerson's Next Thing

Mike Daisey's anthropologic commentary on American culture is just the beginning of what ArtsEmerson has in store for festival-goers at The Next Thing (TNT) Festival.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 15, 2013

Cherry jubilee: Talking with Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones is a two-time Tony winner (for The Heiress and Doubt ) and an Emmy winner for playing President Allison Taylor on Fox TV's 24 .

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 01, 2013

New Rep's Marry Me a Little says a lot

Give the New Repertory Theatre credit for finding new theatrical life — and meaning — in a collection of old songs.

By LAUREN DITULLIO  |  January 25, 2013


Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man takes the stage

Ralph Ellison would not allow his National Book Award–winning 1952 novel, Invisible Man , to be made into a movie or play.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 18, 2013

A.R.T. wrings magic from Pippin

Diane Paulus's ingenious circus revamp of Pippin is indeed a magic to-do.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 11, 2013

Stage worthies: The best theatrical productions of 2012

With the addition of ArtsEmerson to a lively array of hometown players, the Boston Rialto has seen an embarrassment of riches.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012

That's not all right, Mama: Memphis on tour

If ever there was an example of the perils of Broadway-ization, Memphis is it.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012

Culture clash: Chinglish not lost in translation

As David Henry Hwang's Chinglish demonstrates, negotiation among Americans and Chinese is seldom as snappy as the play's title.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 14, 2012


David Cromer renovates Our Town

You're not near enough to smell the alcohol on the tippling choirmaster's breath.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 14, 2012

Chesapeake keeps boredom at bay

A loopy cri de coeur for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chesapeake (presented by New Repertory Theatre through December 16) is more shaggy dog story than dramatic achievement.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 07, 2012

Interview: Chet Walker Revisits Bob Fosse's 'Pippin'

Michael Jackson didn't invent the moonwalk. Bob Fosse did.
Magic To Do
By DEBRA CASH  |  November 23, 2012

World premiere at PSC looks back, forward

Middle-aged, affluent Noel (David Adkins) and Anne (Corinna May) have arrived at the "comfortable" stage of marriage.
Wait for the boom
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2012

The Chosen keeps the faith

The leap from page to stage for The Chosen (at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 17) is more of a hop.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 09, 2012


Hickory Schtick: Andrew Jackson is bloody good

Ever since Richard Nixon lost an election by sweating on TV, we have held this truth to be self-evident: America prefers a sexier president.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 09, 2012

Inverting, and illuminating, the story of Eurydice

The memory-darkening waters of the Lethe run in unlikely channels — inside a blue-lit elevator, through a system of pipes and spigots, in the sound of a persistent drip always somewhere just out of sight.
Myth, updated
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 02, 2012

A racial duet at Dramatic Rep

Their father meant nothing particularly serious when he named his sons, African-American like himself, Lincoln and Booth — in fact, Booth tells his little brother, the names were kind of a joke.
Brothers in arms
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 02, 2012

Predators in purgatory

The 2008 play, inspired by a true story about two soldiers guarding a zoo in Baghdad during the early stages of the Iraq War, follows the vengeful ghost of a Bengal tiger through the city's war-torn streets.

By MADDY MYERS  |  November 02, 2012

Now or Later's personal is political

Christopher Shinn's new play, which takes place on election night, is so timely that it's hard to imagine staging it later rather than now.

By MADDY MYERS  |  October 26, 2012


The Wilbury Group’s marvelous Lungs

If Lungs doesn't leave you out of breath, you're ready for competitive sprinting.
Oh, baby
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 19, 2012

Good Theater explores being stuck, and escaping

The wood walls are streaky and weathered in the homes of both Margie (Denise Poirier) and Mike (James Noel Hoban).
Understanding poverty
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 19, 2012

No neigh-saying War Horse at the Opera House

War Horse's puppet Joey, all chestnut mesh and cane and repurposed bicycle parts, could become America's biggest equine sensation since Secretariat.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 19, 2012

Mad Horse opens new home with classic comedy

Charles P. Smith (Brent Askari) is in trouble. He has, according to his own closest advisor (Mark Rubin), "fucked up everything he's touched."
Playing at politics
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 19, 2012

Baffled in Boise

Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, receiving its Boston premiere in a production by the Zeitgeist Stage Company, has no dramatic structure.

By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 12, 2012


Unusual soulmates in 2nd Story’s The Goat

Edward Albee has always managed to drill deeply into the human heart and not stop until he gets a gusher, never more so than in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Animal attraction
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 05, 2012
Review:A Broth of A Boy

Sad Boy

The Irish playwright Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at Engl

By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 05, 2012

Good People could be better

Good People , which opens the SEASON at the Huntington Theatre Company, is a schizoid experience.

By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 28, 2012

Gilding the Lily

Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge , in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.
The A.R.T.'s production of Lily's Revenge
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 21, 2012