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Jung Chang's memoir reduced at A.R.T.

Swans song
Confucius might have doubted the wisdom of bringing Wild Swans to the stage.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2012
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Interview: Katie Leung follows Harry Potter with ART's Wild Swans

On track
Fans of J.K Rowling's wizarding empire (read: every man, woman, and child) all remember the moment we were introduced to Cho Chang, the lucky Ravenclaw who gets to paint the town (and do a bit of snogging) with Mr. Potter himself.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 31, 2012
Tales from the Golden Age: Review

Review: Tales from the Golden Age

Panorama of black-humor stories
The ironically titled film refers to the dreadful Alice-in-Wonderland years when Nicolae Ceausescu was the Communist strongman of Romania.
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 29, 2011
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Review: Generic Theater takes on Havel's tale of an intellectual amid revolution

Brainy burdens
In these days of ongoing revolution, many are drawn to look back to protest and uprisings of the past.
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 13, 2011
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Review: My Perestroika

Transitioning to capitalism
Socialism might be a dirty word in America, but for Russians during the Soviet era, it was the way things were.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2011

This trickle-down stinks

Commentary
True free-market capitalism has lasted 30 years — barely half as long as its arch-enemy, Soviet communism.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 06, 2011
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John Birch Society alive and confused in Maine

Out of the woodwork
The Maine arm of the John Birch Society, founded in 1958 to combat communist influence in government, visited the State House in Augusta last week, calling for legislators to, well, do nothing, as it turns out.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 26, 2011
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I was a teenage Sandinista

Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist oppressors. So he did, and Unferth went with him.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 31, 2011
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Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Historical fiction: Black Ops packs the Cold War with action
Like other Call of Duty games, Black Ops is rated M for Mature, but that rating doesn't cut it anymore.
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 17, 2010
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The death of the American city, revisited

Renewables
Urban renewal is seldom discussed as anything but the great scourge of the American city — a disastrous post-World War II push to steamroll working-class neighborhoods and replace them with towering concrete buildings and cavernous plazas that sterilized once-vibrant places.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 16, 2010
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The high cost of free markets

A lack of regulation invites oil spills and financial collapse
Free markets are not free. They always carry a cost.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 19, 2010
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Review: Petition

A modern tragedy based on unchanging conflict
This distressing documentary explores a netherworld of individuals who have come to Beijing from all over China hoping that their grievances against their local governments will be heard.
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 26, 2010



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Latter day taint

How Glenn Beck is driven by Mormonism — and why his fellow faithful (including Mitt Romney) should be worried
Fifteen years ago, Glenn Beck was a small-market DJ with a drinking problem, no friends, and bleak professional prospects. Today, he’s a Fox News superstar averaging 2.4 million viewers, an inexorably successful author, and the leader of a popular movement that condemns government in general and President Barack Obama in particular.
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 10, 2009
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K is for clown

The lighter side of global annihilation
The lighter side of global annihilation
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 30, 2009
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Review: Katyn

Chilling
Andrzej Wajda was Poland's most revered filmmaker during the long Communist era.
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 27, 2009
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Creative manifesto

Capturing Portland's collaborative spirit, with $90 and a borrowed car
"Is it fair to say we're a Marxist city in spirit if not law?"
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 27, 2009

Interview: James Carroll

The full transcript of the Phoenix's conversation with the author
The Phoenix 's Adam Reilly recently spoke with Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book, Practicing Catholic (Houghton Mifflin), and his critical but durable relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009
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Cooking with two Russians

A day of authenticity, gross assumption, and great soup
Yulia Converse welcomed me into her kitchen in Maine to learn from her mother, Alla Zagoruyko, how to make authentic Russian borsht.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 11, 2009

Review: Absurdistan

A ripe, magic-realism-lite tale of life
Delicatessen sort of meets Borat in Veit Helmer's visually ripe, magic-realism-lite tale of life in a mythical Eastern European country that time forgot after the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc.
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 04, 2009

On fire

January 16, 2009
It’s rare to read or hear anything in any of the media that’s not in lockstep with the Public Health Commission and the movement it represents.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 09, 2009
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Dream catcher

Karen Shakhnazarov at the MFA
Karen Shakhnazarov at the MFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 25, 2008
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Sympathy for the Devil

Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 24, 2008
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Ends of the earth

The 20th Boston Jewish Film Festival reaches deep and far
Now in its 20th incarnation, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is almost the oldest three-ring circus of its kind (San Francisco’s annual program got there first by nine years), and in that span we’ve seen the elusive idea of “Jewish film” become an institution.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 07, 2008
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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

A slight but sometimes affecting trifle
The relationship between fathers and daughters is complicated enough without being further strained by Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008
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Big Red

Brown offers a mirror-view of the 20th century
“Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons” is one of the best exhibits you’ll see in New England this year.
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2008
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Red Sparowes

Aphorisms | Sargent House
The brainchild of Isis guitarists Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer, this post-rock outfit is inspired by Mao Zedong’s attempted eradication of farm-pestering sparrows in the late 1950s.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  September 02, 2008
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Kino pravda

‘Envisioning Russia’ at the MFA
Because Mosfilm, the subject of the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Envisioning Russia” retrospective, was the Soviet state production studio, any cross-section of its history lays out the entirety of Soviet film history.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  August 26, 2008
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Khrushchev calls conflict a matter of protecting Russians

Georgia
At press time, Russian President Dmitry edvedev declared a halt of military operations against the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  August 14, 2008
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Georgia on your mind?

Why the Russians are acting like Soviets! And why it will be difficult to stop them!
So much for the Republican Party’s long-standing boast that Ronald Reagan neutered the Soviet Union.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 13, 2008

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