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Ocean State Theatre Company’s Rent

Paying their dues
It may have been a latecomer as a rock musical, arriving 19 years after Hair rattled the boards in 1967, but Rent is overflowing with everything there is to love about both musicals and high-energy music.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 11, 2013

Mormons, murderers, and mariners: 10 theater sensations coming to Boston stages this spring

Mitt Romney did his Mormon mission in France. But there are no baguettes or croissants to dip into the lukewarm proselytizing of bumbling elders Price and Cunningham, two young men sent by the Church of Latter-day Saints to convert the unfaithful of a Ugandan backwater in The Book of Mormon .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2013

Stones in His Pockets at Lyric Stage

Lyric Stage Company's Stones in His Pockets is billed as "the madcap story of a rural Irish village turned upside down" by the arrival of a Hollywood film crew.
By LAUREN DITULLIO  |  February 22, 2013

The TNT Short List: ArtsEmerson's Next Thing

Mike Daisey's anthropologic commentary on American culture is just the beginning of what ArtsEmerson has in store for festival-goers at The Next Thing (TNT) Festival.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 12, 2013

Cherry jubilee: Talking with Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones is a two-time Tony winner (for The Heiress and Doubt ) and an Emmy winner for playing President Allison Taylor on Fox TV's 24 .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 30, 2013

New Rep's Marry Me a Little says a lot

Give the New Repertory Theatre credit for finding new theatrical life — and meaning — in a collection of old songs.
By LAUREN DITULLIO  |  January 18, 2013

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man takes the stage

Ralph Ellison would not allow his National Book Award–winning 1952 novel, Invisible Man , to be made into a movie or play.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 15, 2013

A.R.T. wrings magic from Pippin

Diane Paulus's ingenious circus revamp of Pippin is indeed a magic to-do.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 09, 2013

Stage worthies: The best theatrical productions of 2012

With the addition of ArtsEmerson to a lively array of hometown players, the Boston Rialto has seen an embarrassment of riches.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2012

That's not all right, Mama: Memphis on tour

If ever there was an example of the perils of Broadway-ization, Memphis is it.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2012

Culture clash: Chinglish not lost in translation

As David Henry Hwang's Chinglish demonstrates, negotiation among Americans and Chinese is seldom as snappy as the play's title.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2012

David Cromer renovates Our Town

You're not near enough to smell the alcohol on the tippling choirmaster's breath.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 14, 2012

Chesapeake keeps boredom at bay

A loopy cri de coeur for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chesapeake (presented by New Repertory Theatre through December 16) is more shaggy dog story than dramatic achievement.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 03, 2012

Interview: Chet Walker Revisits Bob Fosse's 'Pippin'

Magic To Do
Michael Jackson didn't invent the moonwalk. Bob Fosse did.
By DEBRA CASH  |  November 21, 2012

World premiere at PSC looks back, forward

Wait for the boom
Middle-aged, affluent Noel (David Adkins) and Anne (Corinna May) have arrived at the "comfortable" stage of marriage.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 14, 2012

The Chosen keeps the faith

The leap from page to stage for The Chosen (at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 17) is more of a hop.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 07, 2012

Hickory Schtick: Andrew Jackson is bloody good

Ever since Richard Nixon lost an election by sweating on TV, we have held this truth to be self-evident: America prefers a sexier president.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 07, 2012

Inverting, and illuminating, the story of Eurydice

Myth, updated
The memory-darkening waters of the Lethe run in unlikely channels — inside a blue-lit elevator, through a system of pipes and spigots, in the sound of a persistent drip always somewhere just out of sight.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 01, 2012

A racial duet at Dramatic Rep

Brothers in arms
Their father meant nothing particularly serious when he named his sons, African-American like himself, Lincoln and Booth — in fact, Booth tells his little brother, the names were kind of a joke.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 01, 2012

Predators in purgatory

The 2008 play, inspired by a true story about two soldiers guarding a zoo in Baghdad during the early stages of the Iraq War, follows the vengeful ghost of a Bengal tiger through the city's war-torn streets.
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 16, 2012

Now or Later's personal is political

Christopher Shinn's new play, which takes place on election night, is so timely that it's hard to imagine staging it later rather than now.
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 24, 2012

The Wilbury Group’s marvelous Lungs

Oh, baby
If Lungs doesn't leave you out of breath, you're ready for competitive sprinting.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 17, 2012

Good Theater explores being stuck, and escaping

Understanding poverty
The wood walls are streaky and weathered in the homes of both Margie (Denise Poirier) and Mike (James Noel Hoban).
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 18, 2012

No neigh-saying War Horse at the Opera House

War Horse's puppet Joey, all chestnut mesh and cane and repurposed bicycle parts, could become America's biggest equine sensation since Secretariat.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2012

Mad Horse opens new home with classic comedy

Playing at politics
Charles P. Smith (Brent Askari) is in trouble. He has, according to his own closest advisor (Mark Rubin), "fucked up everything he's touched."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 18, 2012

Baffled in Boise

Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, receiving its Boston premiere in a production by the Zeitgeist Stage Company, has no dramatic structure.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 09, 2012

Unusual soulmates in 2nd Story’s The Goat

Animal attraction
Edward Albee has always managed to drill deeply into the human heart and not stop until he gets a gusher, never more so than in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2012
Review:A Broth of A Boy

Sad Boy

The Irish playwright Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at English detectives during a public event.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 02, 2012

Good People could be better

Good People , which opens the SEASON at the Huntington Theatre Company, is a schizoid experience.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 24, 2012

Gilding the Lily

The A.R.T.'s production of Lily's Revenge
Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge , in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 17, 2012

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