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Hello, folly!

Hello, Dolly! is an ever-popular musical standard that usually wins audiences over when its flamboyant title character earns her exclamation point. Unfortunately, despite having a Dolly that could charm the whistle off a traffic cop, the current hyperv
Dolly! tries too hard to be a funny girl
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010

Play by Play: May 21, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 21, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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

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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50 ways to leave 2009

We sent a team of future-thinking Predator drones all across the state of Maine, and a little ways down into Seacoast New Hampshire to sniff out any NYE happenings, from barely-off-the-couch to the Maine mountains, all the way to interstellar travel (we'
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 01, 2010
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Black power

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play
Trinity Rep's powerful Raisin In the Sun
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2009


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A Raisin in the Sun at Trinity

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play.
Plus Zeitgeist's Bad Jazz
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 10, 2009
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30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008

Yaddo and MacDowell: Works in Progress

This article originally appeared in the July 18, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Alone again, artistically: A glimpse of what it’s like to be present at the creation
By D.C. DENISON  |  July 24, 2008
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Beane town

The dish runs away with the show, not just the spoon, in Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony-nominated 2006 The Little Dog Laughed .
Speakeasy walks The Little Dog Laughed
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  January 08, 2008
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Thirtysomething

When Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer-winning composer of Rent , wrote tick, tick . . . BOOM! , he could not have known what the “boom” would be.
tick, tick ... BOOM! at New Rep; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by BTW; American Buffalo at WHAT
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 03, 2007


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Wake-up call

Life is but a dream — or so Rinne Groff would have us believe.
What Then dreams up a better world
By IRIS FANGER  |  August 14, 2007
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September songs

“Try to remember the kind of September/When life was slow and oh, so mellow,” sings El Gallo at the top of The Fantasticks .
Invincible Summer ; The Fantasticks ; I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2007
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The mind’s eye

Several Trinity Repertory Company actors sit before microphones in a WRNI studio.
Trinity gets dramatic on WRNI
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 03, 2007
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Ain't that America

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is an odd god in the pantheon of great American theater.
Trinity Rep's timeless Our Town
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 07, 2007
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Everyday people

When Thornton Wilder’s Our Town hit the stage in 1938, mainstream Broadway ticket holders finally knew the thrill of theatrical surprise that artsy appreciators of the avant-garde had been crowing about.
Trinity Rep visits Our Town
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 23, 2007


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Thinking ahead

On the civic side of things comes a new play, a public-service production about sex education, from ADD VERB PRODUCTIONS .
The coming year on the boards
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 29, 2006
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A winter’s tale

Even as the family drama of your holiday comes to a close, there’s no need to don a kerchief and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
The season ahead on area stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 28, 2006
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Age of innocence

The musical, which draws on idioms from jazz and swing to gospel to early rock and roll, is more like American Bandstand gussied up with uniforms.
Barrington Stage revives The Human Comedy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 07, 2006
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Project adventure

It’s hard to say which is bigger, Cyrano de Bergerac’s nose or his thesaurus.
Cyrano at Trinity Rep, Heading for Eureka at Centastage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 02, 2006