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Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Review: The Critic as Wildean Artist — Peter Schjeldahl’s Elements of Surprise by Robert Israel

Peter Schjeldahl debunks (and praises) works of art, while also acknowledging the strategic importance of beauty. The post Book Review: The Critic as Wildean Artist — Peter Schjeldahl’s …

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Theater Review: “The View UpStairs” — Celebrating a Milestone by Robert Israel

As a vision of gay bonding, The View UpStairs exudes a wonderful in-your-face spirit. The post Theater Review: “The View UpStairs” — Celebrating a Milestone appeared first on The Arts…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Theater News: There Goes the Neighborhood — Gold Dust Orphans to Lose their Fenway Home by Robert Israel

“I saw it coming three years ago, when there was a frenzy of development in the Fenway. Now the neighborhood looks like a corporate mall.” The post Theater News: There Goes the Neighborh…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Theater Review: “Indecent” — A Dangerous World for People of Faith by Robert Israel

Indecent is a play of contrasts: piety versus blasphemy, joy versus heartbreak. The post Theater Review: “Indecent” — A Dangerous World for People of Faith appeared first on The Arts …

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Book Review: John Hersey — Reporting Truthfully, at All Costs by Robert Israel

John Hersey emerges in this book as a disciplined journalist who held steadfast to an admirably singular goal. The post Book Review: John Hersey — Reporting Truthfully, at All Costs appear…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Theater Interview: Playwright Paula Vogel on “Indecent” and a Love of Yiddish by Robert Israel

“Yiddish is above all a language of yearning, a language of anxiety." The post Theater Interview: Playwright Paula Vogel on “Indecent” and a Love of Yiddish appeared first on The Arts …

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Theater Review: “American Moor” — Lasting Impressions by Robert Israel

American Moor sheds considerable insight into the tension between actor vs. director, to the power play between the two, and who will ultimately prevail. The post Theater Review: “American…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Theater News: IRNE@23 — Boisterous Irreverence by Robert Israel

The IRNE event did what it has done for decades: cast a warm glow on a vibrant local theater scene and those who are dedicated to entertain, astonish, and inspire. The post Theater News: IRN…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Arts Remembrance: Poet W. S. Merwin — An Appreciation by Robert Israel

W.S. Merwin remained politically as well as artistically motivated all his life, often proclaiming the vital importance of activism. The post Arts Remembrance: Poet W. S. Merwin — An Appr…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Theater Review: “An Inspector Calls” — Class Downfall by Robert Israel

J. P. Priestly's shallow characterizations keep his vision of moneyed skullduggery mundane rather than monstrous. The post Theater Review: “An Inspector Calls” — Class Downfall appeare…

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Theater Review: “The Little Foxes” — American Greed Triumphant by Robert Israel

The Lyric Stage Company's The Little Foxes is taut, tense, and eerily reflective of our own uneasy, pernicious times. The post Theater Review: “The Little Foxes” — American Greed Trium…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Visual Arts Review: “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” — Casting a Coolly Warm Eye on Life and Death by Robert Israel

In Garciela Iturbide’s photographs, the living and the dying are often joined at the (exposed) skeletal hip. The post Visual Arts Review: “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” —…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Review: Diane Williams, Flash Fiction, and the Shrinking Short Story by Robert Israel

Diane Williams's brusque vision of a perverse life force mesmerizes.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Poetry Review: Leonard Cohen’s “The Flame” — The Errant Canadian Comes Home by Robert Israel

Leonard Cohen reinforces this dedication to lyricism with striking humility in his final book.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Theater Review: Not So “ExtraOrdinary” by Robert Israel

This musical hodgepodge at the American Repertory Theater could be called 'Let’s Sing About Me (and Me, and Then More About Me).'

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Theater Commentary: Jukebox Musicals — The Trend Continues, Alas by Robert Israel

Producers are tapping into a specific demographic: predominantly white audiences that are flush and who crave the thrill of hearing – and seeing – their favorite tunes performed live.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Theater Review: Tennessee Williams’ “Talisman Roses” — Early Healing by Robert Israel

This is an opportunity to take in the early stirrings of Tennessee Williams’ talent as a playwright.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Book Review: “Flights” — Exploring the Delights of the Eccentric by Robert Israel

Given what Olga Tokarczuk is curious about, it is not surprising that her book serves up its share of goofy humor.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Theater Review: “The Black Clown” — Non-stop Vitality by Robert Israel

The Black Clown commands the vastness of the Loeb’s stage with an enviable energy.

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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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