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Sticks and Bones packs a wallop in Wellfleet

Good night, Vietnam
Relevance tends to turn up like the proverbial bad penny. David Rabe's 1972 Tony Award-winning Sticks and Bones , which is being revived by Wellfleet's Harbor Stage Company (through September 8), has one foot in the froth of mid-20th-century television, the other in the morass of Vietnam.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 28, 2012


Chad Deity is a knockout

Primal Time
The old actors' adage "Break a leg" does not seem an apt shout-out to the intrepid cast of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 14, 2012


Master Harold erupts at Gloucester Stage

Black power
I first had the autobiographical Molotov cocktail that is "Master Harold" ... and the boys hurled at me in the early 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was still a prisoner and apartheid was law in South Africa.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 06, 2012


Billy Elliot the Musical hums

Swan song
Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2012


An unorthodox Church in Wellfleet

Revival tactics
Take your gaze from your navel and place your eyes on the prize!
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012


Tir Na’s Lonesome West, A.R.T.’s Woody Sez

Dust up
Suffice it to say that Leenane is no city of brotherly love.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 22, 2012


Xanadu from SpeakEasy; Avenue Q at Lyric Stage

Gods and monsters
Those who know their Coleridge will recall that: "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately roller-dome decree."
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 15, 2012


Felder’s Maestro; Orphans’ Mary Poppers

High flying
Hershey Felder's Maestro: Leonard Bernstein (presented by ArtsEmerson on the Paramount Mainstage through May 20) begins with black-and-white footage of its subject lecturing vigorously on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 07, 2012


ASP tackles Troilus and Cressida

Farewell romance
"All's false in love and war" might be a maxim for Troilus and Cressida.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2012


Tigers at Zeitgeist; Yesterday at Central Square

Eat my brain
Forget the elephant in the room. Depression is a big cat in Tigers Be Still, a relentlessly quirky yet endearing screwball tragicomedy by Kim Rosenstock that debuted at New York's Roundabout Underground in 2010 and is getting a sweet Boston premiere by Zeitgeist Stage Company (at the BCA Black Box through May 5).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 25, 2012


Luck of the Irish is good for the Huntington

Raisin brand
There is more than one way to view A Raisin in the Sun .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 20, 2012


New Rep takes O’Neill’s Journey

"Oh, for Christ's sake, Papa! Can't you lay off me!" asks the younger James of the elder as "the four haunted Tyrones" are just beginning to scratch the surface of the emotional spelunking that will become Long Day's Journey into Night .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 13, 2012


Time Stands Still at The Lyric

I am a camera
Is war correspondence a calling or a kick?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2012


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


Gamm's Festen; plus Whistler's Fen

Last supper
"Denmark's a prison," opined Hamlet some 400 years ago.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 01, 2012


Green Eyes at the Ames; Robbie McCauley's Sugar

Suite stuff
Forget the Hotel California; welcome to the Hotel Tennessee.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 24, 2012

Tribute to God of Carnage

Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

Parent flap
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).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 18, 2012


Red explores Rothko's emotional palette

Scarlet fever
Mark Rothko sees red in Red — and not just when staring hard at his iconic Seagram murals.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 10, 2012


David Wheeler, 1925–2012

In memoriam
Why did news of David Wheeler's death last week come as such a shock?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 11, 2012


Apollinaire's progressive Uncle Vanya

Moveable feast
Guns go off in Uncle Vanya. And in Apollinaire Theatre Company's production (at Chelsea Theatre Works through January 22), the title character is one of them.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 04, 2012


Dueling stages

When it came to home teams vs. visitors, audiences were the winners
It's been the visitors versus the home teams this year.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 20, 2011

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