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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 human stain: life and death in Middletown

The New York Times dubbed Will Eno a “Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013

Wilbury’s Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

There's a terrific surprise awaiting theatergoers willing to venture beyond the usual Trinity and off-Trinity environs, into the outskirts of darkest Olneyville.
Wrestling mania
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 08, 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

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

Trinity Rep’s The How and the Why

Judging from the subject matter of The How and the Why , which Trinity Repertory Company is staging through December 30, you'd think that playwright Sarah Treem's successful latest work would be more of feminine than feminist concern, dismissing half o
Passion and polemics
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 07, 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

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

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


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

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

Trinity Rep’s superb King Lear

It's not a new thing, the complications of elder care.
A triumphant tragedy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 21, 2012

Head back inside for fall’s theater

My own first show of the season will be this weekend's opening of Tess of the D'Urbervilles , the classic Thomas Hardy tragedy of the ravished Tess, mounted by the newly formed DEAD WESSEX FAIR (September 14-23, at the sadly soon-to-be former Lucid Stag
Leaves fall; curtains rise
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 14, 2012

Wave III of Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

The third and final "Wave" of the One-Act Play Festival at the Black Box Theatre (through August 26) is another varied batch, from romantic duets to a couple of fantasies.
Variations and themes
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 24, 2012


Master Harold erupts at Gloucester Stage

I first had the autobiographical Molotov cocktail that is "Master Harold" ... and the boys hurled at me in the early 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was still a prisoner and apartheid was law in South Africa.
Black power
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 10, 2012

Brown’s trio of tepid new plays

Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep's annual trio of new plays has been on the boards at Leeds Theatre since July 11.
Growing pains
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 03, 2012

Monmouth’s Henry IV is stunning

Shakespeare's Henry IV is considered one of his "histories," as it enacts actual acts and battles of the British king who deposed Richard II.
No Shallow Hal
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 03, 2012

Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Short one-act plays can come across as trivial, a joke that's all punchline, or as resonant as a pivotal scene from a two-hour drama.
Lightning round
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 27, 2012

An unorthodox Church in Wellfleet

Take your gaze from your navel and place your eyes on the prize!
Revival tactics
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012


Billy Elliot the Musical hums

Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
Swan song
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012

Bloody Andrew Jackson’s revisionist history

If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson were a chapter in a history book, it would be a comical pop-up section showing arrows and tomahawks flying, fists and flags waving, audible gunfire, political rallies, lots of speech balloons with bad language, and a pu
Anarchy in the US
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 20, 2012

Molière than thou

Religious hypocrisy has been one of the lowest-hanging fruits for satire in the last few years: Think of those fervid denouncers of homosexual acts, like New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, who were discovered to be clandestinely engaging in those very a
The master of mockery at Monmouth
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 20, 2012

Moody mind games in 2nd Story’s Rebecca

The indoor equivalent to summertime beach reading is the stage melodrama.
Dark shadows
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 13, 2012

The world of Aquitania is a pleasure

The stirrling billing for the original play Aquitania is "Alice in Wonderland meets Magritte."
The play within the play
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 13, 2012


Portland’s Fringes are full of energy

Starting Tuesday, Portland will be briefly and absolutely awash in new, experimental, and edgy works of theater — more than 60(!) shows to be staged in a little under a week.
Living on the edge
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 22, 2012

Motherhood: The Musical at Trinity

Motherhood: The Musical was created mainly to cheer on the fact that mommies just wanna have fun.
Babies and beyond
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 15, 2012

A Chorus Line explores the many, and the one

The ensemble dancers in a big Broadway musical are meant to function like one seamless, glittering organism, with no one dancer drawing attention from the others or from (perish the thought) the stars.
E pluribus, unum
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 15, 2012
Theater - Private Lives

Coward's 'Private Lives' roars again

It wouldn't be a stretch to call Noël Coward's 1930 Private Lives the funniest play of the 20th century.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 08, 2012