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Review: MacGruber

Sick fun
From one of Saturday Night Live ’s lamest recurring sketches comes one of its funniest spinoffs.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  May 28, 2010

Murdoch mishegoss

The new brand of gonzo journalism
Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  May 06, 2010

Start tasting

New and renewed flavors in Portland's food scene
The events of the last decade have spoiled our taste for speculation.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 30, 2009

Catching up with FairPoint’s decline

On the Ropes Dept.
We've been telling you for ages how bad the FairPoint deal was for residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 24, 2009

FairPoint watch

Making a quiet killing — of itself and Maine's economy
Businesses in downtown Portland are on the move. Retail-property rents are lower than they have been in years, and stores are making deals left and right, with more than a dozen changing location in the past couple months.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 01, 2009

Keeping 'the Hope' alive on Fountain Street

As the ProJo turns
The decline of the American newspaper is a story often told in bold print.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 06, 2009

50. John Thain

This former Merrill Lynch executive used federal bailout bucks to remodel his office to the tune of $1.2 million. Hopefully, history books that retell the story of the financial crisis will remember him as the putz with the $35,000 toilet bowl.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Red all over

The Globe needs 50 buyout volunteers. So far, few are cooperating — and that likely means bloodshed on Morrissey Boulevard.
If there's one group of professionals whose job insecurity rivals that of the Detroit auto worker, it's the men and women who make America's newspapers.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 26, 2009

Health-care's big moneyman in New England

Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 20, 2009

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Classy snacks and entrées
Restaurants in food-oriented cities like Providence can be relied upon to beget spin-offs that, like high-achieving children, strive to make their parents proud. Thus was born Bacaro, the highly regarded prodigy that arrived in the spring of 2007.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 15, 2009

Running for Maine Senate

Five candidates in two districts
For this year’s candidate profiles, we assembled some basic information on each person seeking election, and then asked them to explain what their top priority would be.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Question the answers

Politics and other mistakes
Lemoine is certainly not an incompetent doody-head. He’s a reckless weasel.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 17, 2008

Metal Feathers + Phantom Buffalo

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, July 19
The Year in Cult Maze Spin-Offs has taken yet another auspicious turn.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 23, 2008

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Gone but not forgotten

She Loves Me at the Huntington; plus Way Theatre Artists’ The Memory of Water
Before there was eHarmony, there were harmony and disharmony.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 27, 2008

Enter triumphant

This year’s Elliot Norton Awards
It was a Martin love fest Monday night at the 26th annual Elliot Norton Awards, Boston theater’s annual pat on the head.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2008

The war games

The Huntington’s The Cry of the Reed ; Travesties by the Publick
The Cry of the Reed seems torn from some particularly gruesome headlines: kidnapping, beheading, such stuff as Daniel Pearl’s final dreams were made on.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 15, 2008

Rough magic

Shining City at the Huntington; ASP’s The Tempest
The cupboards of Irish dramaturgy are crammed with ghosts.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2008

Bottled-spider web

Trinity’s Richard III; plus Shakespeare’s Actresses in America
Richard III  is a thing of additions and subtractions.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 05, 2008

Victoria’s Diner

24-hour filling station
“Every few years, management changes, but we stay the same,” deadpans our waitress, a 40-year veteran of this Newmarket Square eatery.
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 02, 2008

Primary colors

It’s the political season on area stages
Now that the holiday hubbub is behind us, we have no dreams of white Christmases or visions of Sugar Plum Fairies to warm a theatergoer’s heart.
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 26, 2007

Plum Creek watchdog

Press releases
Thanks to a Phoenix reader, Maine residents now know something the Portland Press Herald was not telling them.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 19, 2007

The best on the boards

Theatre: 2007 in review
There have been a few muggings on the rialto this year.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2007

No raises — it gets better

Fewer workers are also part of FairPoint’s plan to remain solvent
FairPoint, as you might expect, has been in a tizzy.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 20, 2007

Exclusive: No raises for seven years

That’s just one way FairPoint plans to pay for northern New England's Verizon buyout
Shareholders will be worse off than customers — apparently even more so than they’re expecting.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 14, 2007

Rabbit forming

Donnie Darko, plus The Bluest Eye and To Kill a Mockingbird
For further indication of the darkening zeitgeist, consider the personae of imaginary rabbits.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 16, 2008

Theater of war

The Huntington revives Streamers
Director Scott Ellis doesn’t call David Rabe’s Streamers a play about war.
By IRIS FANGER  |  October 31, 2007

Grief encounter

The Huntington’s Brendan  and the Lyric’s Dying City
The protagonist of Ronan Noone’s Brendan bestrides the narrow world, but hardly like a colossus.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 25, 2007

Covering heroes

Letters to the Boston editor, October 26, 2007
I was fascinated by your article about firefighters and hero worship.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 24, 2007

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