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Body politic

Interview: Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes
Anna Deavere Smith is a writer/actor/activist who listens.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  September 02, 2008


Kosher comic

Judy Gold answers some questions for a Jewish mother
Judy Gold sashays into a press conference with a white apron over her jeans and a tray of rugelach in her hand.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  December 10, 2007


Christmas in Croatia

Revels heads for the Balkans
“If there are 1100 people in the audience,” Swanson reminds me, “around 600-700 of them will dance out into the Sanders lobby at intermission.”
By: IRIS FANGER  |  December 09, 2007


After Godot

Harvard to celebrate Beckett at 100
It’s fitting that Alvin Epstein should be cast in Beckett at 100 , since the venerable actor has been associated with the Nobel laureate’s plays for more than 50 years.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  November 06, 2007


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


Rabbit food

Donnie Darko takes to the stage
Though he believes in the spiritual quality of Donnie’s quest, he doesn’t want to tie the play to any one religion, or to religion at all.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  October 23, 2007



Small troupes take on The Kentucky Cycle
What would induce a tiny fringe contingent to take on the six hours of Robert Schenkkan’s 1992 Pulitzer-winning spectacle, The Kentucky Cycle ?
By: IRIS FANGER  |  September 26, 2007


Impossible dreamer

The Lyric Stage resurrects Man of La Mancha
If it’s “The Impossible Dream” you’ve come for, you’ll hit paydirt.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  September 12, 2007


Bard in the bar

Shakespeare navigates Brustein’s English Channel
Will Shakespeare is holed up in the Mermaid Tavern, where he’s writing sonnets rather than plays because it’s 1593 and the London theaters are shut against the raging plague.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  August 29, 2007


Wake-up call

What Then dreams up a better world
Life is but a dream — or so Rinne Groff would have us believe.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  August 14, 2007


Conquering Cleopatra

Shakespeare + Company’s Tina Packer boards the barge
Packer returns to Shakespeare’s far-flung tragedy as Cleopatra.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  July 24, 2007


Dream team

Bringing the Bard to Boston Common
The fairies are creeping on their bellies along the carpet of the Wang Theatre rehearsal-hall floor.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  July 17, 2007


Party animals

ART celebrates Noël Coward
Sir Noël Coward remains one of the most bankable of dramatists.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  July 03, 2007


Feels like teen spirit

Disney's High School Musical graduates to the stage
Forget Tony and Maria, or Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  June 29, 2007


Build it and they will come

WHAT opens its new Julie Harris Stage
The drive out Route 6 past the Orleans rotary gets ever more twee as the landscape changes to the scrubby pine and sandy margins of outer Cape Cod.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  June 11, 2007


Daddy’s girl

Mabou Mines looks into James Joyce’s daughter
Repressed, talented women lurk in the background of Western cultural history.
By: IRIS FANGER  |  June 05, 2007

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