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The highlights of 2011’s theatrics

From madness to mealtime
Some of the most exhilarating moments in theater this year happened in the Apohadion, as a pale and schizoid Michael Dix Thomas shrieked the opening strains of "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," summoning to stage the lurid, ghoulish menagerie of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera .
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 21, 2011
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Get thee to the Apohadion for a masterful show

Shell out for Threepenny
The lurching black satire of The Threepenny Opera is a study in grotesques: Monstrous caricatures of amorality and the blade of the bottom line are both repellent and ridiculously entertaining in this 1928 musical condemnation of capitalism.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 21, 2011
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Review: The Huntington's Ruined

Plus Company One's Neighbors
Even if it did not ride piggyback on the monumental shoulders of Bertolt Brecht, Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, Ruined , would stand tall.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 18, 2011
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Puppet pageants

The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010
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What's new

BMOP, and the Christian Wolff festival
The timely highlight of Gil Rose’s latest BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) concert, “Strings Attached,” was a new/old piece (2004, revised 2009) for two string orchestras by Scott Wheeler now called Crazy Weather — the new title taken from a John Ashbery poem that begins, “It’s this crazy weather we’ve been having.”
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 23, 2010
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The good old days

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, live at the Paramount Theatre, March 6, 2010
As if it weren’t enough that the venerable Paramount Theatre on Washington Street was open for the first time since 1976, the Celebrity Series of Boston brought in as the initial act to play the new 600-seat mainstage Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 11, 2010
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Interview: Max Raabe

Killer cabaret: bringing Berlin to Boston
"It was so crazy in the '20s, in the Weimar Republic. Everything was so open-minded and wide, and that is why I love that period so much."
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 02, 2010
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We heart these people

Meet Portland's most influential
We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 10, 2010
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What is this place?

Participatory performance art at Whitney Art Works
Bertolt Brecht asks, "In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes," he answers, "there will be singing. About the dark times."
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 13, 2010
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Food on stage

Locavores + thespians = understanding
Maine is home to a nationally renowned locavore culinary scene, the oldest organic farming association in the nation (MOFGA), and a plenitude of farms that has increased by nearly 1000 in the past five years — and yet economic pressure to develop acreage remains.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 06, 2010
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2009: The year in theater

Stage worthies
A quick look at this past year in Boston's theater scene.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2009

Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
Boston's weekly theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 21, 2009

Play by play: October 16, 2009

This week's theater listings
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 14, 2009

Play by play: October 9, 2009

Theater listings
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 07, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 30, 2009
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Love letter

Gerald Peary's ode to the film critic
Rock critics rarely cut gold records. Likewise, few football reporters go on to quarterback Super Bowl winners.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2009
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Hot Nazi beach reads

The new wave of Reich books: pop genres, good Germans
Nazis aren't blitzing just the movie screens this year, though — they're also invading the bookstores, with battalions of novels and non-fiction tomes published or upcoming.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 18, 2009

Play by Play, May 15, 2009

Plays for A to Z
Theater in town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 12, 2009

Play by Play, May 8, 2009

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Theater around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2009
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The Earth moves

The Life of Galileo ; Spring Awakening ; Picasso at the Lapin Agile
There is an element of bare-bones pageantry in Brecht's play — which, the dramatist being a Marxist, has as much to say about knowledge and the marketplace as it does about the father of modern science's impassioned head butt to the opiate of the people.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 28, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 28, 2009

Play by Play: April 24, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 22, 2009

Play by play: April 17, 2009

 Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 14, 2009

Play by Play: April 10, 2009

Plays A to Z
Plays around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 08, 2009

Play by play: April 3, 2009

Plays A to Z
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2009
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Fighting Rome

Two Men of Florence at the Huntington; Coriolanus at the Armory
It takes chutzpah for a first-time playwright to get into the ring with Bertolt Brecht.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 17, 2009
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Black power

Trinity Rep's powerful Raisin In the Sun
The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2009
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A Raisin in the Sun at Trinity, Bad Jazz at Zeitgeist

Reviews of two plays
The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2009

First-rate fare

The Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium
Providence used to be a more interesting theater town back before its off-Trinity mainstays, 2nd Story Theatre and the Gamm, moved up and over to Pawtucket and Warren, respectively.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2008
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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

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