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David Cromer renovates Our Town

You're not near enough to smell the alcohol on the tippling choirmaster's breath.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 14, 2012
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Luck of the Irish is good for the Huntington

There is more than one way to view A Raisin in the Sun .
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 20, 2012
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Photos: Boston Symphony Orchestra & Claremont Trio

The Claremont Trio inaugurated the Gardner Museum’s new Calderwood Hall, and John Harbison's Symphony No. 6 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of David Zinman.
Good musical news
By STU ROSNER AND MICHAEL J. LUTCH  |  January 27, 2012
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Cambridge moves to Boston in Before I Leave You

Fear of mortality is a domino in Before I Leave You, the play with which 72-year-old dramatist Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, who has been flexing her inky fingers in Cambridge for 40 years, enters the big time.
Autumn garden
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 04, 2011
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Company One takes on Jason Grote's whirling 1001

Grote uses the same framing device as the original One Thousand and One Nights , which begins with Shahriyar (Nael Nacer) discovering his wife's infidelity and deciding that the only way to prevent his future wives from cheating is to marry virgins, de
American Nights
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 29, 2011
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Brian Crabtree's unified fragments

The 10 dance fragments looked like a close-knit family with a couple of fractious siblings.  
Stanzas
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 27, 2011


review of theater play Sons of the Prophet at Calderwood

Calling Kahlil

Sons of the Prophet can't live on laughs
Sons of the Prophet can't live on laughs
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  April 22, 2011
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From Cleopatra to Picasso to Alan Turing: Spring theater in Boston

Famous historical figures come to life on the Boston theater scene this spring.
Familiar faces
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 18, 2011
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Review: Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis

The Boston Lyric Opera, with Boston Classical Orchestra music director Steven Lipsitt and a company of singers and designers largely new to Boston, has given us a memorable production of the opera that composer Viktor Ullmann and poet Petr Kien created i
Boston Lyric Opera pulls out the stops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 04, 2011
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Sing, sing, sing!

For opera lovers, the offerings last fall were at best a little thin. But this winter, it seems, everyone's doin' it.
Opera is this winter's warmer
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 31, 2010
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Review: ART's The Blue Flower

The stem of The Blue Flower is its compelling score, an unusual mix of Weimar cabaret and country heartache onto which husband-and-wife creators Jim and Ruth Bauer have grafted a somewhat skeletal story that nonetheless encompasses the first half of th
Plus SpeakEasy's Striking 12
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2010


Strike It Up

Strike It Up


There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love New Year's Eve, and those who loathe it. The former can be found...
By Scott Kearnan  |  November 29, 2010
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Review: Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, and The Aliens

Over the river and through the woods from Grover's Corners lies Shirley, VT, Green Mountain stand-in for college-centric Amherst, MA, where playwright Annie Baker grew up.
Local troupes take a road trip to Shirley, VT
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 29, 2010
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Get me remix

The Brothers Grimm generally managed to live up to their name.
Company One's Grimm; The Hound of the Baskervilles in Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 30, 2010
The Great American Trailer Park Musical

The Great American Trailer Park Musical


Looking for something a little more accessible than Beckett and the Bard? Try SpeakEasy Stage’s rendition of the Great American Trailer Park Musical, a comedy...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010
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Zero at the bone

A bleak expressionist fable centered on a murderous bookkeeper symbolically named Zero. Even when you throw in sexual repression, religious zealotry, a trip to Heaven, and enough dissonance to sate Stephen Sondheim, that doesn’t sound like the stuff of s
SpeakEasy’s Adding Machine sings
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 26, 2010


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American dreams

It's hard to imagine being dwarfed by the titanically insignificant Willy Loman.
All My Sons at the Huntington; In the Heights at the Opera House; [title of show] at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 22, 2010
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Looking back, going forward

Economic recession and post-racial themes abound in Boston’s early 2010 theater repertoire.
A diverse display for 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  January 01, 2010
Kathy St. George, Krisanthi Pappas, Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Joyce Kulhawik and Jerry Remy

Kathy St. George, Krisanthi Pappas, Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Joyce Kulhawik and Jerry Remy


The charitable organization Upstage Lung Cancer has brought together some of the best cabaret artists in town - Kathy St. George, Krisanthi Pappas, Brian De...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 11, 2009
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Mars vs. Venus

It’s been 21 years since Speed-the-Plow first milked the cravenness of Hollywood and the self-described “whores” who turn its celluloid tricks. But David Mamet’s scathing, staccato comedy has held up at least as well as Madonna, who made her Broadway d
Speed-the-Plow; The Taming of the Shrew; A Long and Winding Road
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 30, 2009
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Autumn garden

It's freshman and sophomore year on the Boston rialto, with American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus introducing her first season and Huntington Theatre Company honcho Peter DuBois endeavoring to survive his second.
Fall on Boston boards
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2009


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Teachers and students

Several of this fall's promising jazz performances are clustered around the week of October 18. That marks the 40th-anniversary celebration of the jazz-studies program at New England Conservatory, which, created by Gunther Schuller, established NEC as
NEC and Berklee set the jazz stage
By JON GARELICK  |  September 18, 2009
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Springer vs. Nero!

Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 12, 2009
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Interview: Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs

"Opera fans have often puzzled over the fact that Poppea  does not appear to have a character the audience wants to root for, since everyone has seriously objectionable traits."
The BEMF does Poppea
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009
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Sox trump comedy

"Being bitter is poison and bitter will kill you. Bitter is a root that will grow a poopy tree of death."
Local Boy Does Better
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 22, 2009

Play by Play: May 22, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009


Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009
Jerry Springer the Opera

Jerry Springer the Opera


Don’t expect Masterpiece Theatre when Jerry Springer the Opera opens courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage C...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 29, 2009
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Commedia tonight

David Grimm's entertaining The Miracle at Naples , which the Huntington is premiering in a lively production by artistic director Peter DuBois at the Calderwood Pavilion (through May 9), is a commedia dell'arte.
David Grimm's Miracle delivers
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  April 24, 2009
The Miracle at Naples

The Miracle at Naples


 Risqué meets the Renaissance in David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples, which gets its world pre...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 01, 2009