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Baffled in Boise
Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, receiving its Boston premiere in a production by the Zeitgeist Stage Company, has no dramatic structure.
| October 09, 2012
The Irish playwright Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at English detectives during a public event.
| October 02, 2012
Good People could be better
Good People , which opens the SEASON at the Huntington Theatre Company, is a schizoid experience.
| September 24, 2012
Car Talk is no musical
The notion of a musical inspired by Car Talk is bizarre.
| June 26, 2012
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.
| June 05, 2012
ASP's Twelfth Night enters laughing
The challenge in any production of Twelfth Night isn't the love triangle.
| October 12, 2011
Sons of the Prophet can't live on laughs
Sons of the Prophet can't live on laughs
| April 22, 2011
ASP's Henry IV, Part I
The work of Actors' Shakespeare Project is generally smart and imaginative, so the company's thoroughly misbegotten Henry IV, Part I , the first half of ASP's The Coveted Crown (at Midway Studios through November 21), comes as a surprise.
| October 12, 2010
Review: The Huntington's Bus Stop
All aboard for this smooth ride
Bus Stop is hardly a neglected masterpiece, or even William Inge's best play (that would be Picnic ), but when you watch Nicholas Martin's production, the Huntington's season opener (at the Boston University Theatre through October 17), you understand why it was a hit on Broadway in 1955.
| September 29, 2010
Curse and worse
Johnny Baseball is stuck in the minors
The high point of Johnny Baseball , the new musical receiving its world premiere from the American Repertory Theater (at the Loeb Drama Center through June 27), comes two-thirds of the way through the second act.
| June 09, 2010
The garden of Vittorio De Sica
Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
| June 02, 2010
And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts, June 2-13.
The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptation of Greene’s novel, and The Third Man, Greene’s most famous collaboration with the filmmaker Carol Reed.
| May 26, 2010
Reversal of fortunes
Timon of Athens from Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Prelude to a Kiss from the Huntington
Timon of Athens is Shakespeare’s least characteristic tragedy, and the toughest to pull off.
| May 25, 2010
J.D. Salinger: 1919 - 2010
J.D. Salinger was 91 when he died in his New Hampshire home on January 27, 45 years after he published his last known story, "Hapworth 16, 1924," in the New Yorker .
| February 05, 2010
Review: The Last Station
Lions in winter: a Tolstoyan feast
Traversing the spectrum from farce to tragedy, Michael Hoffman's magnificent The Last Station suggests what the story of Count Leo Tolstoy's final days would look like if Chekhov had told it.
| February 24, 2010
The rules of his game
'Celebrating Chekhov' at the Museum of Fine Arts
Given that every theater season seems to bring a new production of a Chekhov play, it's surprising that so few movies have been made of his dramas, or of his short stories. Or maybe not so surprising: Chekhov is perilously difficult for filmmakers.
| January 20, 2010
Eric Rohmer 1920 - 2010
No other filmmaker mined precisely the same territory as the French director Eric Rohmer, who died Monday at the age of 89.
| January 13, 2010
Prince of darkness
Gordon Willis at the Harvard Film Archive
Gordon Willis, the master cinematographer to whom the Harvard Film Archive pays tribute in a seven-film retrospective beginning this Friday,
| November 18, 2009
Sleep No More brings Macbeth to Brookline
Sleep No More , the second entry in the American Repertory Theater’s mini-season of revisionist Shakespeare, is the least orthodox production of Macbeth you’re likely to see. In fact, it’s linked to Macbeth as much by poetic allusion as by narrative — which is to say that it’s a little of both.
| October 21, 2009
Brush up your Porter
Kiss Me, Kate at the Lyric
With its supreme Cole Porter score and its robustly entertaining book by Sam and Bella Spewack, the 1948 Kiss Me, Kate is surely one of the half-dozen best Broadway musicals.
| September 16, 2009
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