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Review: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Plus Mrs. Grinchley; Merrimack's Beasley; Stoneham's Pageant
What could be more heartwarming for the holidays than a couple of middle-aged losers getting naked?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 07, 2010


Review: The Fever Chart

Three Visions of the Middle East at Central Square
In The Fever Chart — Three Visions of the Middle East , Naomi Wallace does not so much take the temperature of that splintered region as invade its dreams.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 01, 2010


Morality play

Huntington's Vengeance is sweet
The ghosts of Arthur Miller and Sam Shepard hover over Vengeance Is the Lord's in its world premiere by the Huntington Theatre Company.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 23, 2010


Review: Two Wives is a roaming holiday

Indian idyll
A hectic if underpopulated Indian travelogue celebrating both love beginning and love being let go of.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2010


Review: The Lyric does Dickens

Plus Iraq in the Aftermath
Plenty of theaters make A Christmas Carol sing. But the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, under the frenzied baton of Spiro Veloudos, is rendering an entire Dickensian symphony in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 04, 2010


Review: Aftermath presents Iraq refugees in their own words

Collateral damage
Aftermath presents Iraq refugees in their own words
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 29, 2010


Review: Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, and The Aliens

Local troupes take a road trip to Shirley, VT
Over the river and through the woods from Grover's Corners lies Shirley, VT, Green Mountain stand-in for college-centric Amherst, MA, where playwright Annie Baker grew up.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 27, 2010


Review: Cherry Docs kicks over a hate crime

Shoe shocked
Cherry Docs , which is getting its area premiere by New Repertory Theatre, is named for a pair of steel-tipped, rose-hued Doc Martens combat boots.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 26, 2010


Review: The ART's Cabaret

Amanda Palmer's Kit Kat collaborative
The American Repertory Theater Cabaret is not some souped-up train carrying self-proclaimed Amanda Fucking Palmer through burgeoning Nazi Germany.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2010


Fall Theater Preview: The event’s the thing

Fall on Boston boards
Artistic directors have suddenly morphed into event planners. Both the American Repertory Theater’s Diane Paulus and the Huntington Theatre Company’s Peter DuBois speak of programming not plays but “events.”
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 14, 2010


Review: Wicked; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Real Inspector Hound

Spell casters
"It's a bit much," acknowledges the Wizard of Oz, emerging from under the neon-blue-eyed Lion King mask behind which he does his heavily amplified business in the Broadway blockbuster Wicked .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 07, 2010


Intriguing Love Song hums two tunes

Heart heist
The 2006 Love Song, to which Orfeo Group is giving a bristling Boston premiere (at Charlestown Working Theater through August 27), fields a catalytic intruder who is not what she seems.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 19, 2011


Review: An Ideal Husband

Wilde thing: this Gloucester Husband is not ideal
"Nothing succeeds like excess," Oscar Wilde famously opined.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 17, 2010


Spider man

Richard III weaves his web in Lenox
Dreams and portents loom large in Richard III . So it seems fitting that John Douglas Thompson's dynamic Dick Crookback should deliver the play's famed opening lines from a supine position on the floor, as if envisaging in slumber "the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this sun of York."
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 15, 2010


Moor power for free

CSC's Othello on Boston Common
The climax of Othello is less hot-blooded murder than ritual sacrifice, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company staging is built on that idea.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 08, 2010


Get me remix

The Brothers Grimm generally managed to live up to their name.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 30, 2010


Glee and sympathy

The Gold Dust Orphans’ The Gulls; Nora’s The Lady with All the Answers
If Ryan Landry gets any more respectable, he’ll be hosting Masterpiece Theatre.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 18, 2010


Old haunts

Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 11, 2010


Face the nation

SpeakEasy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Zeitgeist’s Farragut North
White-trash collection has seldom been as hilarious as it is in The Great American Trailer Park Musical , which makes its Brahmin-area debut courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage Company.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 04, 2010



Young Frankenstein at the Opera House; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead in Lowell
As fans of the film are aware, that precipitous crag atop which the castle of Young Frankenstein sits is a Catskill. But in The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (at the Opera House through May 2), the mountain is shrouded less in 1930s-horror-movie gloom than in Vegas glitz.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 27, 2010


Review: Tír Na Theatre Company's Trad

Trad delivers a kiss and a kick to Irish drama
The fiddler’s on the ground floor in Trad , but Tevye would nonetheless identify with the play’s history-bound patriarch — though compared with this venerable coot, Sholem Aleichem’s beleaguered dairyman is a spring chicken.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 13, 2010

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