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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Theater Review: “Sea Sick” — How Damned is the Ocean? by Bill Marx

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.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Theater Interview: “The New Galileos” — The Price of Freedom by Bill Marx

"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…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Theater Review: “Burgerz” — Food Court by Bill Marx

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…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Theater Interview: John Bell on Bread and Puppet’s Staging of Aeschylus'”The Persians” by Bill Marx

"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

Theater Commentary: A Wacky Vision of Violence — “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” by Bill Marx

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…

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Theater Interview: The Need to Make Theater in Ukraine Today by Bill Marx

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.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Theater Review: “Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends” — “This Whole Going Downhill Thing” by Bill Marx

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…

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Arts Feature: Favorite Stage Productions of 2021 by Bill Marx

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.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Author Interview: “Embattled” — Can the Greek Myths Help Us Resist Tyranny? by Bill Marx

"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

Theater Review: “Witness” — An Antique Virtual Voyage by Bill Marx

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…

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Theater Review: “The Half-Life of Marie Curie” — The Science of Friendship by Bill Marx

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…

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Theater Review: “Macbeth In Stride” — Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues? Not Really by Bill Marx

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…

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Theater Review: “The Chairs” — Not a Full House by Bill Marx

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…

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Theater Review: “The Sound Inside” — A Hollow Thud by Bill Marx

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.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Theater Commentary: Theater in a Time of Emergency? — The Same Old Same Old by Bill Marx

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

Theater Interview: “Moonlight Abolitionists” — Graveyard Shift by Bill Marx

"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

Book Review: A Retrograde Shakespearean Shout-Out by Bill Marx

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…

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Theater Commentary: Healers, Cool Your Heels by Bill Marx

Throughout history, theater has been a place where the community has looked honestly at what is killing it. The post Theater Commentary: Healers, Cool Your Heels appeared first on The Arts F…

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Theater Commentary: A Time for Tragic Reflection by Bill Marx

"We can, of course, be deceived in many ways. We can be deceived by believing what is untrue, but we certainly are also deceived by not believing what is true." -- Søren Kierkegaard The po…

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Theater Commentary: Who’s Agitating for a “Green New Theatre”? by Bill Marx

The arrival of Groundwater Arts, and no doubt other groups to come, suggest the birth of efforts to organize artists and others to press cultural organizations to take meaningful action on t…

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Theater Commentary: Where Is Our Rage? by Bill Marx

Why are Boston stages reacting so serenely to our current miasmas -- pandemical, political, economic, and spiritual. The post Theater Commentary: Where Is Our Rage? appeared first on The Ar…

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Arts Feature: Best Stage Productions of 2020 by Bill Marx

Our theater critics pick some of the outstanding productions of a year truncated by COVID-19. The post Arts Feature: Best Stage Productions of 2020 appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Coming Attractions: November 17 through December 2 — What Will Light Your Fire by Bill Marx

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks. The post Coming Attractions: November 17 through December 2 — What Wil…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Commentary/Interview: Boston Globe Union Negotiations — Anger and Resistance Continues by Bill Marx

Those who value serious journalism (as well as the rights of journalists) should be quite worried about just how lethally Boston Globe management is attempting to undercut the newspaper's un…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Coming Attractions: November 3 through 17 — What Will Light Your Fire by Bill Marx

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks. The post Coming Attractions: November 3 through 17 — What Will Light Y…

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Theater Review: “Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)” — Distanced Beauty? by Bill Marx

TRIPTYCH (Eyes of One on Another) serves up a cool emotional package. The post Theater Review: “Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)” — Distanced Beauty? appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 03:48PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Theater Review: “Cambodian Rock Band” — The Rhythms of Betrayal by Bill Marx

At its best, Lauren Yee’s vibrant play with music offers a compelling exploration of survivor guilt, the urge for revenge, the deforming power of the past, and the impossibility of finding…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:42PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Theater Review: “Trayf” — By the Book of Numbers by Bill Marx

Evaluated as an empathy workout, Trayf never asks us to break a sweat. The post Theater Review: “Trayf” — By the Book of Numbers appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:06PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Coming Attractions: October 20 through November 3 — What Will Light Your Fire by Bill Marx

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks. The post Coming Attractions: October 20 through November 3 — What Will…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Coming Attractions: October 6 through 22 — What Will Light Your Fire by Bill Marx

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks. The post Coming Attractions: October 6 through 22 — What Will Light Yo…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Theater Review: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” — Absurdist Death Pangs by Bill Marx

Much ado about nihilism. The post Theater Review: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” — Absurdist Death Pangs appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:18PM