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In "Fat Ham," Black pain and repressed desire are transformed into a celebration of liberation and empowerment -- once the villain de jure, the violent, tyrannical patriarchy, has been dispa…
Dramatist Donald Margulies seems to be putting his hand on the heart of the heartland -- as well as taking the pulse of a pair of aging boomers.
Canada is far enough from New York and Broadway to ignore their siren drum beats.
For a semi-Shavian like myself, the Shaw Festival once again proved that it was the place to be.
This uncomplicated version of Shakespeare's tragedy comes off as a rousing tale of murder under a starlit Boston sky that obligingly lights Macbeth's "black and deep desires."
Anna Ziegler's play is based on a true story that still resonates powerfully: how science (and society) hides uncomfortable truths.
In the Actors' Shakespeare's Project's likable staging of As You Like It, love looks pretty durable.
The Gaaga's humor is driven by rage, anger, and disgust, emotions that are not often found in our domesticated (for easy consumption) theater scene.
How can we create theater that practices critique and empathy in relation to climate change that simultaneously challenges and lifts us, provokes and provides a muscular hope?
If the production sends at least some of the audience members back to the magnificent poetry of The Canterbury Tales, it would have done a mitzvah.
It is refreshing to encounter a script that is so determined to keep audiences off-kilter as it goes about undercutting domestic business as usual.
Made in China 2.0 is valuable as an act of theatrical witnessing, the voice of a rebel who is facing considerable challenges from the powers that be.
Our theater critics pick some of the outstanding productions in a year haunted by COVID.
Do we feel the environment breakdown in our gut? Will people looking back see art that conveyed the existential threat of the emergency?
In his virtuoso one-man show, Bill Irwin pays adroit homage to the language and vision of Samuel Beckett.
The story has the earmarks of YA fiction: a community of dysfunctional adults contribute to the plight of alienated kids who, badgered by persecutors their own age, seek to escape their torm…
It shouldn't be surprising that Heroes of the Fourth Turning is monotonously ironic. No happy warriors for Christ here.
Shakespeare's text has been streamlined for easy consumption on a summer's evening -- there's no intermission, lots of physical comedy, and a party vibe.
This is an indelibly zany concoction: part homage, part esprit de corps, part mediation on screwball comedy as a form of modest but invigorating cheer.
This is a quicksilver drama about how a loving couple reacts as devastating bolts of lightning strike.
Maybe I am an alarmist and the rich and powerful know something the rest of us don't. Perhaps the midterms will not put another nail in the coffin of democracy. Apparently, it will be busine…
What will guarantee obsolescence? If members of the BTCA continue to embrace a "whatever is, is right" attitude to Boston's stage scene.
Personable but bracing, Sea Sick delivers an essential message: not only about the damage that is being done to the oceans, but the horrors that are coming down the pike.
"Plays about climate are notoriously difficult , not only because the science is complex and has become politicized, but also because audiences don’t flock to work that shows us the terrif…
Non-binary people have plenty to be angry about these days, but Burgerz is not an attempt to shock or strike back in anger.
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"The play challenges us to think about those we consider our enemies, and to think of them with compassion and understanding."
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Finally, a sign that American theater might be facing the world of violence outside of its usual provincial purview.
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We live on the stage of my theater now.
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Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends is admirable because it takes contemporary theater into fresh territory -- the slow paralysis of the body and the demands this decline makes on caregive…
Our theater critics pick some of the outstanding productions in a year mangled by COVID.
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