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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Theater Review: Bravo for “American Moor” by Bill Marx

American Moor is a terrific meditation on Othello and race.

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Theater Interview: Critical Truth Telling and Praxis Stage’s “Julius Caesar” by Bill Marx

Wonder why Boston theater is so bland, why there is so little political resistance?

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Theater Review: “Dhalgren Sunrise” — Unreal City by Bill Marx

This is an evening that, through an excess of imagination, makes as little sense as possible.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Theater Commentary: Trump, Julius Caesar, and Political Farce by Bill Marx

If the ballyhoo around the Public Theater's Julius Caesar is a sign of the times, then we have a lot more than Trump to fear.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

THE ARTS FUSE TURNS TEN! — Give to the Summer Appeal and Keep Us Strong by Bill Marx

THE ARTS FUSE TURNS TEN! Help sustain substantial critical coverage of the arts. By Bill Marx TEN YEARS of The Arts Fuse! Over four thousand reviews, commentaries, and features on arts and c…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Theater Review: “Days of Atonement” — Sin Overload by Bill Marx

There are just too many traumas on Hasfari's checklist, too little time allotted to dramatic depth.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

The Arts Fuse Mentorship Program: An Introduction by Bill Marx

My thought was that it would exciting to invite high school students from diverse backgrounds in the Boston area to become better educated about arts criticism.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Theater Review: Rock Critic Lester Bangs — A Welcome Rebel Yell by Bill Marx

Lester Bangs insisted that, at its best, rock was an act of pure rebellion, a liberation from the prison of respectability.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Theater Review: “Barbecue” — Not Enough Meat on These Bones by Bill Marx

Beneath Barbecue's jokes there's little but a chic cynicism.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Theater Review: “The Who & the What” — And the Why? by Bill Marx

Ayad Akhtar's script softens up patriarchal authoritarianism by plugging it into a family comedy structure.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Theater Review: “The Night of the Iguana” — A Creature Feature by Bill Marx

The ART presents a staid production of Tennessee Williams' talky chamber play about wanderers struggling to be released from their pain.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Theater Review: Zeitgeist Stage Company’s “Exit Strategy” — Tales Out of School by Bill Marx

Can the smothered idealism of the teachers be rekindled? Will the school be saved if students and faculty join together?

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Theater Review: “Incident at Vichy” — The Vicissitudes of Guilt by Bill Marx

Praxis Stage manages to get Arthur Miller's message across, and it is a valuable one that must be repeated well beyond the inauguration.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Theater Review: “A Doll’s House” — Middling Ibsen by Bill Marx

This is a thoroughly pedestrian production -- wobbly, uninspired, and often downright tedious.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Arts Review/Commentary: Climate Change and Artistic Derangement by Bill Marx

Why haven't American theater companies dealt seriously with climate change?

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Theater Review: “Fingersmith” — A Complaisant Thriller by Bill Marx

Bill Rauch and company keep the superficial contrivances hurtling along at a fast enough pace so we aren't given much time to think.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Our End-of-the-Year Appeal — Support Quality Arts Coverage by Bill Marx

I ask you to consider contributing to The Arts Fuse so that we can continue to be an indispensible part of the Boston arts landscape.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Interview: Natsume Sōseki — A Century After the Death of a Literary Giant by Bill Marx

Maybe finally we’re reaching the Natsume Soseki moment in the English-speaking world.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Margaret Weigel, Fuse Visual Arts Critic — Words of Remembrance by Bill Marx

There will be a public celebration of Margaret Weigel's life on December 9 at Medford's Chevalier Theater.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Theater Review: Huntington Theatre Company’s “Bedroom Farce” — Sleepytime by Bill Marx

There's nothing here to challenge the status quo, just an amiable 'sex' comedy about characters who aren't getting any.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Cultural Commentary: Things Get Worse at the Boston Globe and Elsewhere — More Arts Criticism Bites the Dust by Bill Marx

Many of today's arts editors and reviewers embrace a lilliputian vision of arts criticism; they accept a crabbed sense of its possibilities.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Fuse Opera Preview: “The Picture of Dorian Gray” — The Opera by Bill Marx

"I have always been a fan of horror movies, and I’m sure that was part of the attraction to me."

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Fuse Book Interview: A New Take on Kafka — A Conversation with Peter Wortsman by Bill Marx

The standard view of Kafka reduces him to the patron saint of neurotics.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Cultural Commentary: Wells Fargo — Let Them Eat Art by Bill Marx

Is truth and beauty served when the arts just take the money from the big banks and run?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fuse Music Interview: Rock Against the TPP Comes to Boston by Bill Marx

We're reminding everyone that fighting corruption and injustice is hard work, but it can be fun as hell too.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Fuse Film Interview: “Trafficked” — Siddharth Kara’s Disturbing Vision of Modern Slavery by Bill Marx

"The purpose of the film is to take the audience on what I hope will be a riveting, challenging, and ultimately uplifting journey into the world of human trafficking."

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Harbor Stage Company’s “Miss Julie” — A Respectable Tragedy by Bill Marx

This is a satisfying if limited production; the Harbor Stage Company is a troupe that is well worth keeping an eye on.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Blasted” — A Splendidly Visceral Wake-up Call by Bill Marx

There is little doubt in my mind that this powerful production of Blasted will be one of the high points in Boston theater this year.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fuse News: The Nieman Foundation Celebrates the Centennial of the Pulitzer Prize – No Kudos for Critics by Bill Marx

The hope is that nobody will notice that arts criticism hasn't been invited to the Pulitzer Prize's centennial party.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education” — An Invitation to Take Action by Bill Marx

Among the driving forces behind Anna Deveare Smith’s latest solo work is a call to strengthen "our collective capacity for action."

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: CSC’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” — Plenty Likable by Bill Marx

There is much to like in this outdoor production of Love's Labor's Lost -- the time passes by quickly and there are plenty of smiles along the way.

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