W. Somerset Maugham

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Review: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

In this soupy 1951 romantic melodrama, Ava Gardner plays Pandora, a self-loathing vixen who toys with the affections of sundry panting males while waiting without hope for her real love to appear.
1951 melodrama fails to convince
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 04, 2009

Dysfunction junction

A Delicate Balance  is 40 years old now, but like the patrician clan at the frightened heart of it, the play has good bones.
A Delicate Balance; The Gibson Girl; Some Men
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 25, 2008

Unkindest cuts

Those who went to high school in the 1960s may feel a wave of déjà vu at the American Repertory Theatre’s Julius Caesar .
Julius Caesar  at the ART; The Scene at Lyric Stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 19, 2008

The Painted Veil

Somerset Maugham might have inspired more movie adaptations than any other author, but not because his perversely realistic view of human behavior follows Hollywood formula. Watch the trailer for The Painted Veil  (QuickTime)
Paints blissful, empty montages
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2006

Falwell U

This article originally appeared in the August 4, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The Moral Majority's higher education
By JERE REAL  |  August 03, 2006