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Trinity Rep’s The How and the Why

Judging from the subject matter of The How and the Why , which Trinity Repertory Company is staging through December 30, you'd think that playwright Sarah Treem's successful latest work would be more of feminine than feminist concern, dismissing half o
Passion and polemics
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 07, 2012
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Predators in purgatory

The 2008 play, inspired by a true story about two soldiers guarding a zoo in Baghdad during the early stages of the Iraq War, follows the vengeful ghost of a Bengal tiger through the city's war-torn streets.

By MADDY MYERS  |  November 02, 2012
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Now or Later's personal is political

Christopher Shinn's new play, which takes place on election night, is so timely that it's hard to imagine staging it later rather than now.

By MADDY MYERS  |  October 26, 2012
Review: Killer Joe

Review: Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey's comeback tour may have peaked with his title role in this Southern-fried screwball noir.
William Friedkin adapts the play by Tracy Letts
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

Making new Tony Hawk games obviously wasn't working. Why not make the old ones instead?
Senior circuit
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 10, 2012
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Brown’s trio of tepid new plays

Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep's annual trio of new plays has been on the boards at Leeds Theatre since July 11.
Growing pains
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 03, 2012


Review: Sacrifice

Review: Sacrifice

Adapted from a 13th-century stage play, this historical melodrama seems torn between trying to be a theatrical fable and a flashy action film.
Historical melodrama
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  July 27, 2012
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Bloody Andrew Jackson’s revisionist history

If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson were a chapter in a history book, it would be a comical pop-up section showing arrows and tomahawks flying, fists and flags waving, audible gunfire, political rallies, lots of speech balloons with bad language, and a pu
Anarchy in the US
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: Spec Ops: The Line

The recent release Spec Ops: The Line is as generic as its name — a competent, intermittently slick third-person shooter whose combat setpieces hold zero surprises for even the novice player.
Friendly fire
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 20, 2012
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2nd Story’s’ masterful A Few Good Men

Wow. A Few Good Men may take place in a courtroom rather than on a battlefield, but you wouldn't know that from the psychological carnage explosively inflicted.
Military precision
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2012
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Coward's 'Private Lives' roars again

It wouldn't be a stretch to call Noël Coward's 1930 Private Lives the funniest play of the 20th century.
Charmed
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 08, 2012


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Review: The Walking Dead: Episode 1

Halfway between a traditional point-and-click adventure game and a Heavy Rain -style interactive fiction, the central aim of The Walking Dead is to put players in impossible situations with no good outcome.
Dead reckoning
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 02, 2012
Review: Diablo 3

Review: Diablo 3(1)

Where is your copy of Diablo 3 ? It's not on your computer. It never will be. It is in the cloud, with all its virtual spoils streaming live over the Internet.
Always on
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 01, 2012
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A cautionary tale from 18th-century France

Though there's no hard evidence that Marie Antoinette actually uttered "Let them eat cake," she remains a larger-than-life symbol of ruling-class decadence and a culture of gaping wealth disparity.
Honoring the masses
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 18, 2012
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'The Tempermentals' start the revolution

Jon Marans's The Temperamentals (at Lyric Stage through April 28) begins innocently enough: a first date during which a coy couple engages in some flirtatious back-and-forth and plays footsie under a restaurant table.
Secret histories
By MADDY MYERS  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: The Darkness II

Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
The heart of the matter
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 17, 2012


Tribute to God of Carnage

Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

If Lord of the Flies wanted an upscale-urban bookend, it could do worse than God of Carnage (presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre through February 5).
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: Carnage

As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012
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Lyric's Or, mines the Restoration

Liz Duffy Adams's dramaturgical homage, Or, , is more florid than floral and sometimes clever bordering on cute. But the play, being given a brisk area premiere by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (through November 6), is ingenious.
Before and aphra
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2011
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Freeport’s excellent (and free!) outdoor Shakespeare

Trickery and dissembling around love have one role or other in just about everything Shakespeare wrote, though he lays it on particularly thick in Twelfth Night .
Fade to gray
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 12, 2011
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Jesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson get to work

Following his star turn as a ruthless, if socially awkward, billionaire in David Fincher's The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the screen as a downtrodden pizza delivery boy-man in Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less. Nick Swardson plays Eis
Teen dreams
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011


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Fantasy camp

Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: An émigré's struggle with his baggage, in AIRE's Brendan

America, enthuses Irish émigré Brendan (Michael Dix Thomas), is the smell of coffee and gasoline.
When the pipes aren't calling
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 08, 2011
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Built for two: Bike Porn 4

Sano — Portland bike enthusiast, ordained minister, and curator/instigator of the annual Bike Porn touring film festival — was released from Canadian custody not long after this alleged exchange (which he reported on his Facebook page). Which is lucky f
Bike-curious
By TOM MEEK  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: Good Theater's hilarious Farce

You can tell a lot about a couple by their bedroom, says proper English matron Delia (Cathy Counts) to her husband Ernest (Bob McCormack).
Rooms of laughs
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2011

Review: Mirth and murder in Clue: The Musical

The board game Clue has been entertaining families since the end of World War II, when people were especially eager for distractions.
Games people play
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011


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Review: SpeakEasy makes the best of Nine

Music had better be the food of love in Nine , because there's little else in the Tony-winning show to indicate why its middle-aged, three-timing protagonist is such a chick magnet.
Less than 10
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: Trinity's Absurd Person Singular

As playwriting goes, there's prolific and then there's prolific. There's, say, Shakespeare with his piddling 38 plays. And then there's someone like Alan Ayckbourn: 73 full-length babies, and counting.
Trinity nails down Alan Ayckbourn
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 15, 2010
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New voices

For nearly a decade now, Maine playwrights have had a fine friend and benefactor in Acorn Productions.
Acorn’s latest Maine Playwrights Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2010

Burrito, Big Jim, MRTPQ, Moby and WTF


  Another busy Thursday. The Info Burrito, Big Jim, the MRTPQ, Moby and the WTF Line all make todays The Sandbox Podcast! Listen here! Put...
By Charlie  |  August 06, 2009