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Play by Play: May 21, 2010

Theater listings, May 21, 2010
Boston's weekly theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 19, 2010
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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
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Tea Party Progressives?

Outsiders are trying to crash the gates of the state’s Democratic establishment — and are starting to succeed
When Democrat Peter Smulowitz celebrated his victory in the special-election primary for State Senate earlier this month in the back room of Masala Art restaurant in Needham, no bigwigs from his party were in attendance.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 03, 2010
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Variety shows

Trailer parks, baseball curses, mad scientists, and Darwin
There's plenty more than we can fit in, but here's a sampling of the broad range covered on Boston stages this spring, from new works to Shakespeare and Mel Brooks.
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 12, 2010
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Right Click

Conservatives have ruled radio and liberals have dominated the net; but as the Red Mass Group's rise demonstrates, the left's Web supremacy is hardly a sure bet.
Back in February 2007, a few months after a political neophyte named Deval Patrick cruised to victory in the Massachusetts governor's race with help from a political blog named Blue Mass Group (BMG) — which whipped up pro-Patrick sentiment while aggressively rebutting the governor-to-be's critics — I sized up a recent conservative entry in the local blogosphere.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 19, 2010

Settling for half a loaf

Backing Barack. Plus, the utilities’ power play, and shoveling some snow musings.
I’m sure you will recall that your superior correspondents were early and ardent supporters of our president, Barack Obama.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 22, 2009
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Is the party over for the GOP in RI?

A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 13, 2009
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Man bites newspaper

The genesis of the newspaper problems can be traced to Richard Nixon.
It's not news that newspapers are in huge trouble — victims of technological change and a mini-depression. What is news is the unadorned glee that is greeting the demise of newsprint.
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 19, 2009

Forward thinking

Letters to the Boston editor, November 14, 2008
Letters to the Boston editor, November 14, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 12, 2008
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California’s shame

Equal marriage rights suffers a setback, but there is hope. Plus, young voters.
The politics of division as practiced by lame-duck president George W. Bush at the connivance of his onetime Svengali Karl Rove are not dead.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 24, 2008
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Back to the barricades

Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.  
By GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008



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Women on the verge

Clinton die-hards have created a new-girls’ network bent on remedying decades of sexism by putting women in elected office
At next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, Hillary Clinton’s delegates will get just about everything they’ve wanted — aside from the nomination of their candidate, of course.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 20, 2008

Protesters will crash McCain fundraiser in Kennebunkport

A summer visitor
McCain won’t be so luxuriously welcomed by all Mainers. Left-wing protesters are planning a counter-reception that will amount to quite the opposite of rolling out a red carpet.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 16, 2008
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Could America face a committee choice for president?

Surprise Scenario
Like many thoughtful voters, I have privately wondered what would happen if John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama were to die after being nominated.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 09, 2008
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The Granite State’s last hurrah

This could be the last election in which the New Hampshire primary, and its quaintly irrelevant retail politics, really matters
In a few days, New Hampshire voters will take their quadrennial place at the center of American politics, and this time, the stakes will be even higher than usual.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 02, 2008
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The yenta monologues

Judy Gold’s Jewish-mother complex
What do you call a Conservative Jewish lesbian mother of two boys? Very funny, in the case of Judy Gold.
By ED SIEGEL  |  December 26, 2007
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Fake-news vacuum

Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race
It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007
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A tragicomedy of errors

In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007
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Why Mukasey stinks

Plus, what the Obama endorsement shows about Patrick
The idea that former federal judge Michael Mukasey may soon be confirmed as US attorney general is almost a welcome relief. But it should not be.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 25, 2007
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Wising up

Edwards must count on Democrats voting with their heads in the primaries
According to the latest conventional wisdom, Hillary Clinton is threatening to turn the Democratic presidential-nomination race into a rout.
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 03, 2007
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Damn you, Barack Obama

Win or lose, Obama's small donors may have already brought a revolution in campaign financing
Now that Obama's small contributors have effectively rewritten the history of political-campaign funding, even die-hard cynics are drinking the Kool-Aid.
By AL GIORDANO  |  September 26, 2007
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Pushing to replace Bush

Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007
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Wishing for more than a wash

How are the GOP front-runners doing in the almighty early-primary states?
According to national polls, Giuliani is leading as the Republican front-runner.
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 13, 2007
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Best in show

Fred Thompson’s threatened GOP bid is making things trickier for those candidates facing another debate this week
It looks as if Arthur Branch, a/k/a Fred Thompson, is about to swap Law and Order for the law and disorder otherwise known as campaign 2008.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 30, 2007
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Size doesn’t matter

Nevermind the revamped primary schedule; the small states can still have plenty of bite
Call it the revenge of the little guys, if you will.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 17, 2007
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Who’s with whom

When John Kerry bowed out of the presidential sweepstakes, it freed Boston’s big Democratic brokers to find a favorite.
For Democratic presidential candidates, Boston is the ATM kiosk on the way to New Hampshire.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 29, 2007

After the room clears

Politics and other mistakes
Somebody really smart wrote this, four years ago: “Maine’s influence in determining the next occupant of the White House will be somewhere between minimal and undetectable.”
By AL DIAMON  |  March 21, 2007

The ’06 Guild Follies: Queen Elizabeth rules

In singing star turn, Pina wins rare standing O
Yes, it’s time to read about the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies, the biggest Vo Dilun cocktail party of the year, which, naturally, is held in Massachusetts.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 28, 2007
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More rules for pols

Even Richard Nixon could get himself elected today with these tips
Well, there are less than 21 months before the election, and the “Tote Board” is already computing the odds.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 21, 2007

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