Monday, March 20, 2023
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?SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:52AM
Monday, March 6, 2023
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.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:53AM
Friday, February 24, 2023
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.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:53AM
Friday, February 3, 2023
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.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:53AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Our theater critics pick some of the outstanding productions in a year haunted by COVID.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 06:32PM
Monday, November 28, 2022
Do we feel the environment breakdown in our gut? Will people looking back see art that conveyed the existential threat of the emergency?SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:03AM
Friday, October 28, 2022
In his virtuoso one-man show, Bill Irwin pays adroit homage to the language and vision of Samuel Beckett.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:03PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022
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…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 04:13PM
Sunday, September 18, 2022
It shouldn't be surprising that Heroes of the Fourth Turning is monotonously ironic. No happy warriors for Christ here.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:07PM
Friday, July 29, 2022
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.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:54PM
Friday, June 24, 2022
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.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:24PM
Sunday, June 12, 2022
This is a quicksilver drama about how a loving couple reacts as devastating bolts of lightning strike.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:54AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
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…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 06:03PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
What will guarantee obsolescence? If members of the BTCA continue to embrace a "whatever is, is right" attitude to Boston's stage scene.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:33AM
Saturday, May 14, 2022
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.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:12AM
Saturday, April 30, 2022
"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…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:48AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Non-binary people have plenty to be angry about these days, but Burgerz is not an attempt to shock or strike back in anger.
The post Theater Review: “Burgerz” — Food Court appeared fir…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:18PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
"The play challenges us to think about those we consider our enemies, and to think of them with compassion and understanding."
The post Theater Interview: John Bell on Bread and Puppet’s S…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:18PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Finally, a sign that American theater might be facing the world of violence outside of its usual provincial purview.
The post Theater Commentary: A Wacky Vision of Violence — “Gary: A Se…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:54PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
We live on the stage of my theater now.
The post Theater Interview: The Need to Make Theater in Ukraine Today appeared first on The Arts Fuse.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:07PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
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…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:06AM
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Our theater critics pick some of the outstanding productions in a year mangled by COVID.
The post Arts Feature: Favorite Stage Productions of 2021 appeared first on The Arts Fuse.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:12PM
Friday, December 24, 2021
"By cultivating our capacity for empathetic critical inquiry, Greek myths caution us against entertainers, pundits, politicians, and journalists who are trying to inflame our anger and fear.…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:42AM
Saturday, December 18, 2021
By all means, explore history's tragedies on stage -- virtual or otherwise. But always keep a sharp, invigorating eye on the present's tragedies-in-the-making.
The post Theater Review: “Wi…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:12AM
Friday, November 19, 2021
A valentine card is touching because it is short and sweet. A valentine play -- even at 90 minutes with no intermission -- wears out its affectionate welcome.
The post Theater Review: “The…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:36PM
Saturday, November 6, 2021
As sure as "the crow/Makes wing to the rooky wood," Mrs. Macbeth is going to fall tragically short when it comes to being an inspirational role model for marginalized females everywhere.
The…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:48AM
Friday, October 22, 2021
At the very least, Ionesco's drama about the unreality of the world should produce shudders as well as chuckles.
The post Theater Review: “The Chairs” — Not a Full House appeared first…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:18AM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
A hatred of self and others sits, relatively neglected, at the center of Adam Rapp's script.
The post Theater Review: “The Sound Inside” — A Hollow Thud appeared first on The Arts Fuse.SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 04:12PM
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Are Boston's stage critics disengaged from reality? Or is it that they are afraid to speak up?
The post Theater Commentary: Theater in a Time of Emergency? — The Same Old Same Old appeared…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 04:03PM
Saturday, September 11, 2021
"In these plays, part of my job is to unflatten history in a way that's engaging, and also shows us that it's okay for us to feel overwhelmed and confused and scared by the world -- that we'…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:24PM
Monday, September 6, 2021
Shakespearean's version of the Bard comes off as somewhat Monty Pythonesque -- we are usually marching along with "Men Men Men."
The post Book Review: A Retrograde Shakespearean Shout-Out ap…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:48AM