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“Recent Tragic Events” at the Factory Theatre

March 16, 2012

Whistler in the Dark brings us a blind date on 9/12 that’s crashed by Joyce Carol Oates and a debate on the nature of free will.


“What’s a Jackson Pollock?”: The New Rep’s “Bakersfield Mist”

March 12, 2012

Questions of authenticity and social status come up at the New Rep’s blackbox.


Kicking It with K2

March 1, 2012

A Far Cry’s recent program featured string duo K2 (A Far Cry bassist Karl Doty and his childhood friend Kip Jones) in the premiere of Jones’ concerto “Three Views of a Mountain.”


Wild Swans at the ART: Parodying Propaganda with a Little Tragedy

February 28, 2012

Jung Chang’s memoir about growing up during the Cultural Revolution is adapted inside of a propaganda play satire.


Neil Bell’s “Monster” at BCAP

February 21, 2012

On Frankenstein and adaptation and Neil Bell’s adventures of young Victor and BCAP’s corporeal production.


Puppets & Performance Art: 69°S (The Shackleton Project)

February 9, 2012

Antarctic artiness at the Paramount.


Whistler in the Dark on Caryl Churchill

February 2, 2012

Whistler in the Dark productions of Caryl Churchill’s challenging plays “Fen” and “A Number” show once again that the Whistlers are the smartest company in Boston.


All the king’s horses and all the king’s men sent Old Icicle away again: Imaginary Beasts’ Winter Panto

January 24, 2012

Imaginary Beasts celebrate the British community theater tradition of winter pantomime with this light and warm original show sourced from Mother Goose.


The Lyric Stage Serves Up Tracy Letts’ “Superior Donuts”

January 17, 2012

A sugary glaze coats this play about a Chicago donut shop, race relations, and surrogate family.


Three Pianos and a Little Schubert at the A.R.T.

December 17, 2011

The A.R.T. throws a killer Schubertiade.


Bipolar Hypersexuality: The Psych Drama Company’s “Hamlet”

December 10, 2011

A new fringe company takes on Hamlet with sex and psychology.


Shakespeare Interrupted: Whistler in the Dark’s Stoppard Double Feature

November 7, 2011

Whistler gives us accessible and intellectual theater with a hilarious “Dogg’s Hamlet” and a spooky and riveting “Cahoot’s Macbeth.”


A Cambridge Story: The Huntington’s “Before I Leave You”

November 1, 2011

A study of aging and adultery in our own backyard.


How to put on a succesful show (besides making it good)

October 14, 2011

What made the Huntington’s “Candide” so successful, besides it being really really good.


Boston Premiere of Laurie Anderson’s “Delusion”

September 28, 2011

John Stephen Dwyer reviews Laurie Anderson’s new touring show Delusion.


Audio Slideshow: Discovery Ensemble

September 25, 2011

Marisa Gjurgevich speaks with Discovery Ensemble’s Music Director Courtney Lewis.


On Porgy and Bess

September 11, 2011

On the A.R.T.’s “Porgy and Bess” and adaptation.


Bad Habit’s “Arcadia”

August 20, 2011

Bad Habit Productions has a winner with Tom Stoppard’s play on chaos theory with bad literary scholarship.


Sadie Hawkins on the Common: Commonwealth Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well”

August 7, 2011

Girl chases boy in Commonwealth Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well.”


The Independent Drama Society’s Farewell Production: “The Good Doctor”

July 22, 2011

The Independent Drama Society waves goodbye to the fringe scene with a production of Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor.”