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Fall on the boards

From A Chorus Line to Tennessee Williams and the Grinch
There are tours to the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Italy, Iraq, the Aran Islands, and even the Underworld on area stages this fall.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 11, 2008


New blood

ART and the Huntington (and Boston theater) get a youth transfusion
The famously adventurous American Repertory Theatre is soon to be taken over by a woman who spent her summer directing . . . the vintage Broadway hits Kiss Me, Kate and Hair ?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 10, 2008


Old wives’ tales

Follies at the Lyric; We Won’t Pay! by the Nora
A pretty girl is less like a melody than like yesterday’s news in Follies , the New York Drama Critics Circle Award–winning 1971 musical that lost money but became the stuff of legend.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 09, 2008


Return of the screw

The Woman in Black haunts Gloucester Stage
Line up your goosebumps: Gloucester Stage is rushing Halloween with a bit of Victorian hokum entitled The Woman in Black.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 02, 2008


Home invasion

Mishegas meets metaphor in Fabuloso
Fabuloso is about what happens to a vaguely disappointing marriage when a couple of maniacs show up at the door insisting they’re family.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 26, 2008


Dysfunction junctions

Spelling Bee in Beverly; The Goatwoman in Lenox
“Have you ever been in a gymnasium in the round before?” asks one of the participants toward the top of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at North Shore Music Theatre.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 20, 2008



Othello at Shakespeare + Company, Doubt at Gloucester Stage
With John Douglas Thompson’s Moor, more is evidently more.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 12, 2008


Vintage mirth and vintage laughter

Hay Fever at the Publick; A Flea in Her Ear in Williamstown
Coward is said to have written the play in three days, in the wake of a nerve-racking weekend at the country home of American actress Laurette Taylor and her British-playwright husband.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 04, 2008


Mirrors up to Nature

As You Like It on Boston Common; QED in Central Square
Up close, the Forest of Arden, an elevated glade tucked into Boston Common, looks like verdant, dappled clouds tacked to two-by-fours.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2008


Smart women, tough choices

All’s Well in Lenox, Going to St. Ives via Gloucester
Welcome back to the director’s chair, Tina Packer.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 22, 2008


Killing grounds

The Seagull flies at the Publick; Company One knocks off Assassins
Chekhov wrote to a friend while composing The Seagull , first of his Big Four, that he was writing a “comedy with three female parts, six male parts, four acts, a landscape (a view of the lake), much talk about literature, and five tons of love.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 15, 2008


Twisted love song

Gloucester riffs on Enigma Variations
Enigma Variations isn’t very good, but I can’t tell you why.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 08, 2008

Easy to love

According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008


Mad men

Orfeo’s Look Back in Anger; WHAT’s What the Butler Saw
Audiences must have developed shock absorbers over the course of the past 50 years.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 24, 2008


North Shore's snazzy revival of contact

Plus, Gurnet’s Essential Self-Defense
For a Broadway show, contact is closer to Twyla Tharp than George M. Cohan.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 17, 2008


All's fair?

Shakespeare + Company’s The Ladies Man; Gloucester Stage’s Billy Bishop
If Viagra had existed in La Belle Époque, The Ladies Man would be a very short show.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 10, 2008


Sleeping with the enemy

Tennessee Williams’s Milk Train stops in Hartford
Who knew the azure waters off the Amalfi Coast flowed into the River Styx?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 03, 2008


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


Channeling Shakespeare

Cardenio  at the ART; King John at ASP
Cardenio , an early-17th-century play in which Shakespeare may well have had a hand, has been MIA since its debut and will doubtless remain so.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 19, 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


Learning curves

  SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 08, 2008

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