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Sour and dour souls
Some people are brittle and dry as tinder, but they don't have the sense to not play with matches. The two women at the dangerous center of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane could blaze up at any moment, and we know that one or both will
The Gamm's 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'
| May 10, 2013
The Gamm’s Circle Mirror Transformation
It could be called the water cooler effect: casual contacts among unlike people, repeated often enough, can lead to unlikely friendships.
Real-life role playing
| September 23, 2011
Review: The Gamm's Torture is front-loaded
Black humor sure is better than no humor at all. What do you do with the disproved defenses of torture besides get angry?
Rights and wrongs
| May 13, 2011
Theater classics are at a significant disadvantage: overfamiliarity.
The Gamm’s masterful Glass Menagerie
| March 19, 2010
Brilliant and infuriating
Shakespeare didn’t slow dance when he wrote Romeo and Juliet — he went for the essence of impetuous young love like a brisk waltz.
The Gamm’s conflicted Romeo and Juliet
| October 30, 2009
Ideas and emotions
Grace takes place in the recent memories of the title character as well as in her difficult present. The basic concern here, which nags her like a toothache, is the non-existence of the divine.
The Gamm delivers Grace at a fever pitch
| March 17, 2009
Review: Awake and Sing!
Written at the beginning of the Depression, Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing! sounds from its title like a paean to American exuberance and chest-thumping optimism.
Out of time
| January 21, 2009
The 19th-century practice of the lesbian “Boston marriage” was packed with enough human urgency and necessary social hypocrisy to supply any number of plays.
Gamm’s Boston Marriage is a ticklish toss-off
| March 25, 2008
Both mini-plays are stirring up non-stop giggles and guffaws at the Gamm.
Huzzahs for Gamm’s Santaland and Greetings
| December 11, 2007
What is normal?
The Gamm has done it again, giving us a performance not to be missed.
The Gamm's moving Elephant Man
| September 12, 2007
Sin and forgiveness
Theater is always trying to impress us by heightening reality, one way or another.
A Cardinal Deposed at Gamm
| March 27, 2007
The humor of David Sedaris is infectious because it comes out so naturally, like a hacking cough that he’s worried about but is trying to make light of.
David Sedaris’s seasonal satire at the Gamm
| December 05, 2006
Peace and war
War. What is it good for? More than absolutely nothing, the indomitable title character of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children would contend.
Gamm’s compelling Mother Courage
| September 19, 2006
The more things change, the more that people and their flaws can be seen to stay the same.
The Gamm’s splendid Top Girls
| March 29, 2006
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