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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Book Feature: Joan Nathan — Sitting at “King Solomon’s Table” by Robert Israel

There are 170 recipes in King Solomon's Table . Joan Nathan, a sort of culinary archeologist, tracks down the details of their origins to Biblical times. 

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Theater Preview: Homage to Federico García Lorca by Robert Israel

A newly published book of translations and two upcoming Boston-area stage productions confirms the enduring elemental power of Federico García Lorca.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Theater Review: A Tepid “Fall” by Robert Israel

Fall's conflict is presented with insufficient power; its domestic tragedy is not propelled along its inevitably troubling course.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Theater Review: “The Sound of Music” — A Robust Revival by Robert Israel

A resplendent and spirited revival of The Sound of Music in downtown Boston.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Theater News: IRNE Awards @ 22 — The Theater Bug, Renewed by Robert Israel

But, amidst all this excitement, there was an undertow of concern in the crowd at this year's IRNE Awards.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Theater Review: “The Humans” — Americans in Limbo by Robert Israel

In The Humans, Stephen Karam suggest that America can be a Heaven that in a moment, might flip into Hell.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Opera Preview: Boston Lyric Opera’s “Threepenny Opera” — A Reflection of Brutal Times by Robert Israel

“You can be certain that when the show begins and you hear 'Mack the Knife,' there will be scenes of slashing and murdering.”

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Theater Review: “Every Brilliant Thing” — The Weight of the World by Robert Israel

Adrianne Krstansky, a marvelous actress, understandably exhibits signs of the strain of having to carry the entire production on her shoulders.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Remembrance: Larry Coen — An Irreplaceable Boston Actor by Robert Israel

The late Larry Coen was a mainstay in Boston theater.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Theater Review: “Hear Word! Nigerian Woman Talk True” — Speaking Truth to Power by Robert Israel

Despite its drawbacks, this is a powerful production that speaks to what is happening today.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Classical Music Interview: Yvonne Lam of eighth blackbird — Stirring Virtuosos by Robert Israel

When it comes to helping artists make a living, social media turns out to be a mixed blessing.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Book Review: Nikki Giovanni — Still Feisty After All These Years by Robert Israel

Reading Nikki Giovanni, one is inspired to never cower, to never beg, to never surrender.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Theater Review: “Kiss” and Don’t Tell by Robert Israel

The bottom line is that we simply aren't given a requisite sense of the play's embrace of tragedy.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Theater Preview: The Bard and Tennessee Williams by Robert Israel

"Both poet/playwrights wrote with the same swings between tragedy and farce we live with now in America."

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Theater Review: “Men on Boats” — A Trip with its Ups and Downs by Robert Israel

Men on Boats is a sometimes rollicking, at other times tedious, one-act play.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Theater Review: “Out of the Mouths of Babes” — Memories of a Cad by Robert Israel

Israel Horovitz's latest play delivers some fine moments of comedy as well as some dark revelations about female neediness.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fuse Remembrance: Sam Shepard — An Appreciation by Robert Israel

Throughout Sam Shepard's oeuvre one can find ample evidence of his struggles with demons, some of them distinctively American.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Theater Review: “Mad Dash” — Fresh Ink Theatre Beats the Clock by Robert Israel

Fresh Ink Theatre is to be applauded for taking risks, for daring to mix it all up, for giving audiences a taste of what theater, shelter-skelter version, can be.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Theater Review: “Ripcord” — Bittersweet Geriatrics by Robert Israel

Yes, Ripcord is candied, but there's just enough astringency blended in to make the sugar sufficiently tangy.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Theater Review: “The Bridges of Madison County” — Waterlogged by Robert Israel

The talented SpeakEasy Stage ensemble offers enough harmonious pizazz to make up for the musical 's erotic fizzle.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Visual Arts Feature: The Photographs of Henryk Ross — An Eye on the Banality of Evil by Robert Israel

In the remarkable images of Henryk Ross, Nazi evil is exposed through a kind of heroic voyeurism.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Theater Review: “Grand Concourse” — You Gotta Have Faith by Robert Israel

Grand Concourse does wondrous things: it encourages us ponder our own growth toward faith while emphasizing with the struggles of others.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Film Review: “Fences” — The Tragedy of Walls by Robert Israel

This excellent film version of the play Fences meets (even exceeds) the considerable demands of August Wilson's script.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Review: Poet Philip Levine — The Kernel of Life by Robert Israel

These posthumous volumes provide ample proof that poet Philip Levine was far more than a proletariat troubadour.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Theater Review: “Tiger Style!” — Theatrical Silly Putty by Robert Israel

Tiger Style! blows by like a whirlwind -- wordy, frivolous, and ultimately unsatisfying.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fuse Theater Preview: Melinda Lopez — A Life in the Theater by Robert Israel

“Theater is my pathway to sanity,” Melinda Lopez explains.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Theater Review: “The Plough and the Stars” — Life Under Pressure by Robert Israel

This is a galvanic production that stirs the spirit and demands that we reflect on what the script says about our own time, our own struggles.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Theater Preview: Conor Lovett on Music and Samuel Beckett in “Here All Night” by Robert Israel

“If you’ll excuse me for being cheeky, it’s a collaboration between the players on stage and Beckett’s works.”

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Machine de Cirque — A Captivating Contraption by Robert Israel

Yes, another circus show has come to town with players who display breath-taking athleticism in all its cheeky glory.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fuse Stage Feature: TW Festival’s David Kaplan on Beyond Success — Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams by Robert Israel

Once Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams achieved success, they wanted to take on themes in their plays that challenged audiences.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Company” — What We Sing About When We Sing About Love by Robert Israel

There's a lot of love in the Lyric Stage Company’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 Tony Award winning show, Company.

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All that Chat

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Feb 01: The Minutes
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