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Play by Play: February 6, 2009

Plays A through Z
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 09, 2009


SpeakEasy's The New Century, Cabaret at New Rep

Gay apparel
The New Century , a quartet of related short plays by Paul Rudnick, takes its name from the discount department store Century 21.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 26, 2009


Review: The Seagull, The Corn Is Green

Tons of love
The Seagull begins with a theatrical experiment — a brief symbolist drama dreamed by young Konstantin Treplev, who's struggling toward artistic expression while endeavoring to showcase his girlfriend and impress his actress mother.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 20, 2009


Review: ASP's The Duchess of Malfi, Nora's The Cherry Orchard

Dying breeds
T.S. Eliot famously opined that John Webster saw "the skull beneath the skin."
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 13, 2009


Joan Didion on stage, Spalding Gray on the page

Grief watch
The 90-minute theater piece differs from the memoir in ways other than its relative slimness. It's more of a linear journey.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 07, 2009


Year in Theater: Staged right

Changing of the local guard
It's been a Buckingham Palace season on the local rialto.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 22, 2008


Behind closed doors

Trinity fires off The Receptionist
Ricky Gervais meets Dick Cheney in The Receptionist.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 19, 2008


Review: Doubt

Nun story
John Patrick Shanley's Doubt on screen
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 12, 2009



Aurelia's Oratorio; All About Christmas Eve; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Aurelia's Oratorio; All About Christmas Eve; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2008


Drag race

The Lyric cracks The Mystery of Irma Vep
Jane Twisden, the sinister housekeeper of The Mystery of Irma Vep , harbors a mad, secret passion for her employer, the aristocratic and manly Lord Edgar Hillcrest.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 05, 2008


Threshold of revelation

Einstein dreams in Central Square; Skylight is illumined in Lowell
Einstein dreams in Central Square; Skylight is illumined in Lowell
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 26, 2008


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


Call of the cash

The Merchant of Venice ; Voyeurs de Venus ; The Oil Thief
Naming The Merchant of Venice after Antonio is like naming Medea after Jason.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 14, 2008


Rough justice

The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 05, 2008


Of myth and men

The ART’s Communist Dracula Pageant ; the Publick’s Faith Healer
There is more pageantry than either Stalinism or Stoker in The Communist Dracula Pageant , Anne Washburn’s ambitious jumble of a Romanian-history play now in its world premiere from the American Repertory Theatre.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 28, 2008


Love and politics

Boleros for the Disenchanted ; November ; Martha Mitchell Calling
In Boleros for the Disenchanted , Puerto Rican–born José Rivera looks beyond the fairy dust and sexual spark to probe the full meaning of “till death do us part.”  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2008


Still crazy after all these years

The Force is with Carrie Fisher in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking
Since Dorothy Parker died, in 1967, Carrie Fisher is probably the most hilarious screwed-up person alive.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 22, 2008


I sink, therefore I am

Zeitgeist’s expanded Seascape. Plus Gutenberg! The Musical
Seascape , Edward Albee’s 1975 Pulitzer-winning meditation on evolution and mortality, gets all wet at Zeitgeist Stage Company.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 08, 2008


Cry me a river

The Dreams of Antigone; In the Continuum; Show Boat
It would seem that Sophocles has been hanging around for 2500 years waiting to be improved — and the makeover artists have been numerous.  
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 01, 2008


Undiscovered country

New Rep’s Eurydice, the ART’s Let Me Down Easy, SpeakEasy’s The Light in the Piazza
A young woman steps off the Elevator Styx into a Hades ruled by Pee-wee Herman.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 24, 2008


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

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