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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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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fuse Stage Review: “Songs for a New World” — In the Key of Passion by Robert Israel

Summer theater musicals often accentuate the frivolous, but the GSC production of Songs for a New World demands more.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fuse Stage Interview: 7 Doigts De La Main Serves Up “Cuisine & Confessions” by Robert Israel

“Circus artists aren’t the best actors,” Shana Carroll notes, “it’s not their thing."

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fuse Preview: Liz Callaway to Perform “Tapestry” with the Boston Pops by Robert Israel

Audiences for Liz Callaway can expect to hear faithful interpretations of these now familiar hit songs, but also expect the unexpected.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Historia de Amor” at ArtsEmerson — Daring and Unsparing Theater by Robert Israel

Based on a graphic novel, the brilliant Historia de Amor is unrelenting in its darkness. It’s as if we’re swimming in a pool of India ink.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fuse News: 20th Annual IRNE Awards — A Celebration of Theatrical Excellence by Robert Israel

Let no one accuse the Boston theater community of being moribund.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Bootycandy” — Bawdy and Sweet by Robert Israel

Bootycandy is sharp-witted and entertaining -- but thoroughly sugary.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “How I Learned What I Learned” — August Wilson’s Indelible Lessons by Robert Israel

August Wilson's dramatized autobiography, thanks to the magnificent actor Eugene Lee, is a stirring experience.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Fuse Music Feature: At 76, Singer Mavis Staples Continues to be an Antidote to Despair by Robert Israel

Mavis Staples' voice and stage presence still exude power, still plumb emotional and spiritual depths.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fuse Book Review: Stanley Fish Invites Readers to “Think Again” — With Chutzpah by Robert Israel

The New York Times columns selected for Think Again are engaging, provocative, maddening, humorous, and insightful.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Via Dolorosa” — An Innocent Abroad in Israel by Robert Israel

Via Dolorosa is essentially a work of reportage: it would have been more effective if it had taken the form of a travel essay rather than a performance piece.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “Buyer & Cellar” — In Barbra Streisand’s Enchanted Village by Robert Israel

This one-man comic extravaganza about the dizzying spell of celebrity is a welcome respite from the annual bombardment of holiday joyrides.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: Isango Ensemble’s “uCarmen” — A Captivating Version of a Classic by Robert Israel

A bewitching South African version of Bizet's opera -- performed with a distinctive blend of spunk and sass.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “Casa Valentina” — Dovetailing Hilarity and Heartbreak by Robert Israel

Casa Valentina's dramatic weight comes from how skillfully the cast explores the tensions that swirl about the subject of who is gay, who is straight, and what is legal.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “A Measure of Normalcy” — Mauled at the Mall by Robert Israel

A Measure of Normalcy pays more attention to its many themes than its characterizations..

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “An Audience with Meow Meow”—Blinded by Glitter by Robert Israel

Meow Meow milks the audience for applause so often it feels as if we are seated on stools in a dairy barn.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fuse Visual Arts Interview: Matthew Teitelbaum Takes the Helm at Boston’s MFA by Robert Israel

Matthew Teitelbaum, 59, may be among the most reluctant employees the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has hired.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: Color Me “Gloucester Blue” — at the GSC by Robert Israel

Gloucester Blue is a lively play whose glow is generated by the spirited, tragicomic performances of a cast that obviously delights in performing it.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “appropriate” — Southern Gothic, Entertainingly Deconstructed by Robert Israel

In appropriate, a talented young playwright turns mischievous literary homage into a work of exhilarating entertainment.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “GSC”‘s “The Flick” — Lots of Pauses, Pregnant and Otherwise by Robert Israel

You should see GSC's The Flick, but be warned that the drama works in spurts and starts

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fuse Poetry Review: James Tate’s Last Poems — Dense, Daffy, and Original by Robert Israel

James Tate remains true to himself. These prose-poems are often stellar, harrowingly distinctive, and worthy of repeat visits.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “The New Electric Ballroom” — Life’s Stark But Beautiful Melodies by Robert Israel

Like Sanuel Beckett, Enda Walsh does not ignore the tenderness that flourishes, often under the duress of absurdity.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: Robert Lepage’s “887″ — Speak, Memory by Robert Israel

While 887 explores the political, historical, and cultural ramifications of centuries-old racism, Robert Lepage never pander to victim mentality polemics.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Arts Fuse Theater Review: “Out of Sterno” — Absurd to the Point of Distraction by Robert Israel

Out of Sterno punches the same punchline far too often.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fuse Visual Art Feature: Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum — An Experience of Tranquility by Robert Israel

The Aga Khan Museum should also be appreciated as a source of inspiration at a time when the civilization that produced its art has become horrifically vulnerable.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: Gloucester Stage Company’s “Sweet and Sad” — Subtle to a Fault by Robert Israel

Richard Nelson does not compel us to pay attention to his characters' psychological disclosures, and his reluctance to underline is refreshing.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “Mothers & Sons” — Surveying, With Understanding, the Battles Ahead by Robert Israel

Mothers & Sons raises important questions about struggle, acceptance, and love, dramatizing battles that are still being waged.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: Elie Wiesel’s “Choice” — A Tragic Parable About Loss by Robert Israel

Despite the well-intentioned efforts of the cast, Eli Wiesel’s words were lost in space.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Fuse Interview: Actor Marc Labrèche — On Robert Lepage’s “Needles and Opium” by Robert Israel

“It is just when we delve deeper into the sorrows of our lives, the sorrows we have all endured, that our humor saves us."

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: Culture Clash at 30 — Still Making Ballsy Political Theater by Robert Israel

Culture Clash's view of America will discomfort, which is all the more reason that I urge you -- strongly -- to attend.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fuse Commentary: Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum Envisions the Future — Now by Robert Israel

To call the American Visionary Art Museum quirky would be an understatement: therein lies its charm as well as one of the reason for its success, even in economic hard times.

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