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Notes from the Fringe

As you read these very words, the great Portland Fringe 2012 is already up and running. Herein we highlight three of the Fringe's more beguilingly strange offerings.
Three shows not to miss
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 29, 2012
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Tina Packer explains the Bard for you

Tina Packer has been in bed with Shakespeare for at least 40 years.
Will power
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: Much Ado in World War 2

Men return from war, and attentions turn to love: It's a timeless order, and so it is with the witty Sicilians of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing .
Monmouth shifts centuries, to powerful effect
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 15, 2011
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The Bard goes green

Hark ye, eco-warriors, bearers of the canvas tote! Today's greenies could learn a thing or two from a country-bred Englishman who lived before automobiles and oil spills — William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare's Enchanted World
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  May 27, 2011

Review: CTC's minimalist Romeo and Juliet

Ah, young love. So sweet, so unguarded, so unwise. Parents can caution the younger of their teenagers all they want, but William Shakespeare has undermined their efforts by promoting the blissful aspect in Romeo and Juliet . Yes, it's a tragedy and the
An amusing tragedy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2011
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Review: The Tempest

There are so many ways to stage The Tempest. Shakespeare's last and strangest play can be a meditation on aging, an exploration of S&M power dynamics, a critique of Western imperialism.
Taymor fails to cast a spell
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 17, 2010


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Brown's theater juggernaut fires up again

The Brown/Trinity Repertory Theatre, a summer program that cultivates promising young playwrights, is set to launch this year's slate of three plays on July 7. Expectations are high.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010
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Brown's theater juggernaut fires up again

The Brown/Trinity Repertory Theatre, a summer program that cultivates promising young playwrights, is set to launch this year's slate of three plays on July 7. Expectations are high.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010
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Save the pool

Noble architecture makes Boston a living work of art. Visitors flock to view Bulfinch's State House, Richardson's Trinity Church, and McKim's Copley Square Library, to name just the obvious.
Plans to alter the magnificent reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center should not be allowed
By EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2010

It’s good to be king

After being out of the local theater scene for a couple of decades, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) is back, staging an outdoor production of Henry VIII at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park, on North Main Street in Providence, thro
TRIST takes Henry VIII outdoors
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2010
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Pure Poetry

Between the deep-rooted American penchant for individualism and the suffragette and feminist movements, poet Emily Dickinson was bound to enter the literary canon.
The Belle of Amherst is a moving experience
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010


Play by play: June 4, 2010

Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 04, 2010

Play by play: May 28, 2010

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Theater listings, May 28, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 28, 2010
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Reversal of fortunes

Timon of Athens is Shakespeare’s least characteristic tragedy, and the toughest to pull off.
Timon of Athens from Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Prelude to a Kiss from the Huntington
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 28, 2010

Play by Play: May 21, 2010

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Theater listings, May 21, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010
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We band of brothers

This is the first independent production by the group of five friends who met at Boston’s Emerson College, where they helmed incarnations of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and Sam Shepard’s True West .
Young actors bring a Spartan production of Henry V to the Apohadion
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 21, 2010


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More Bard, another park

Just as fiddleheads and lilacs sprung early this year, so have the urban-pastoral pleasures of al fresco Shakespeare.
Acorn takes Shakespeare to the Riverbank
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 21, 2010

Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010

Play by play: May 14, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 14, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010
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Rufus Wainwright | All Days Are Night: Songs For Lulu

Songs for Lulu features Wainwright alone at his piano — where, on previous records, the Canadian songwriter has mostly been as part of sprawling pop ensembles.
Decca (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 23, 2010
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A life on the boards

An actor who has done 100 productions at the same theater?
Trinity’s Fred Sullivan, Jr. hits 100
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2010


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Midnight ramblers

In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and
Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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People gather to read a book about people who gather to read a book

Now in its eighth year, Reading Across Rhode Island is a three-month project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library. Its goal is to encourage readers across the state to read the same book and to engage in lively discussions
 ‘One Book. One State. Literally’
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010

Taking aim

Sometimes even playwrights just wanna have fun.
A play within a play in Stoppard’s Hound
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010
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Moral surgery

You know upon meeting Becky Shaw that you're in the presence of a smart, snappy writer. But you picture playwright Gina Gionfriddo as someone more akin to Theresa Rebeck than William Makepeace Thackeray.
Becky Shaw at the Huntington; Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Publick; Othello at Actors' Shakespeare Project
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 19, 2010
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Variety shows

There's plenty more than we can fit in, but here's a sampling of the broad range covered on Boston stages this spring, from new works to Shakespeare and Mel Brooks.
Trailer parks, baseball curses, mad scientists, and Darwin
By MADDY MYERS  |  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
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The Big Hurt: Leisurely stroll through Billboard’s ‘Heatseekers’

A year into this whole "Who Charted" thing and I'm finally getting to the most exciting stuff.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 26, 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