bestnom1000x50

Thomas Derrah

Latest Articles

VERONA_Stratton_list

Love's labors: ASP visits Two Gentlemen

I have never seen a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona , and now I know why.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012
012811_Fuller_List

History and mystery

In 1975 in Philadelphia, R. Buckminster Fuller delivered a 42-hour talk titled "Everything I Know." Even in this day of marathon theater events, that might be a hard sell.
R. Buckminster Fuller; aftermath; In the Footprint
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2011
1009_cabaret_list

Review: The ART's Cabaret

The American Repertory Theater Cabaret is not some souped-up train carrying self-proclaimed Amanda Fucking Palmer through burgeoning Nazi Germany.
Amanda Palmer's Kit Kat collaborative
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 17, 2010

Play by play: March 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of March 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 2010

Play by Play: March 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, March 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010

Play by play, February 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, week of February 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2010


Play by play: February 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theatre listings, week of February 19, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2010
0912_saltgirl_list

2009: The year in theater

A quick look at this past year in Boston's theater scene.
Stage worthies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 25, 2009

Play by Play: June 26, 2009

Boston theater this week
Plays for A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 26, 2009
090627_ducks_list

Ducks and dicks

If the American Repertory Theatre is renewing its vows to David Mamet, several of whose plays it premiered in the 1990s, the double bill of The Duck Variations and Sexual Perversity in Chicago will do nicely for something old and something blue.
The ART revisits early Mamet
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 19, 2009
090522_romance_list

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


090227_Endgame_List

Endgame at the ART

"They give mirth astride of a grave," Beckett might just as well have written of Mankind. He did opine, in Endgame , that "nothing is funnier than unhappiness."
Death duties
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 24, 2009

Play by Play: February 6, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
  Plays A through Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 03, 2009
081031_dracula_list

Of myth and men

There is more pageantry than either Stalinism or Stoker in The Communist Dracula Pageant , Anne Washburn’s ambitious jumble of a Romanian-history play now in its world premiere from the American Repertory Theatre.  
The ART’s Communist Dracula Pageant ; the Publick’s Faith Healer
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 28, 2008
070302_oliver_list

Cross-purposes

Oliver Twist gets the Brecht treatment in Neil Bartlett’s new adaptation at American Repertory Theatre.
ART’s Oliver Twist , the New Rep’s Orson’s Shadow
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  March 01, 2007
061222_list_onion

Tracks of her tears

There are tears but no onions in The Onion Cellar. But who needs emotionally catalytic root vegetables when you have the Dresden Dolls?
The Dresden Dolls rock The Onion Cellar
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 19, 2006


060922_list_radio_golf.jpg

Groundbreakers

As the Huntington Theatre Company mounts Radio Golf , the ghost in the rafters is that of Wilson, who died last October at 60, soon after completing this final piece of his grand project chronicling decade by decade the African-American experience of t
Radio Golf ; bobrauschenbergamerica ; I Am My Own Wife
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 20, 2006
060915_list_F_theater.jpg

Players and painted stage

It seems the fall theater season was shot from a gun this year, barely after the Labor Day picnic baskets had been packed away.
Fall on the Boston boards  
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 13, 2006
060526_list_LOVE.jpg

Poetry in motion

The eyes have it in Love’s Labour’s Lost , in which ocular imagery duels with what Harold Bloom calls a “florabundance of language” in the arch arias of courtier Berowne, who sees himself writ large in the “pitch-ball” peepers of Rosaline.
Love’s Labour’s Lost , Island of Slaves
By CARLOYN CLAY  |  May 28, 2006
060224_list_romeo.jpg

Love and death

Forget star-cross’d. At the American Repertory Theatre, Romeo and Juliet are just plain cross.
Romeo and Juliet at the ART , Othello at Boston Theatre Works
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2006