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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

From the Editor’s Desk: We Turn Twelve — The Future of the Arts Fuse by Bill Marx

This funding means that The Arts Fuse will be cranking out the kind of arts coverage you have come to expect for a good time to come. The post From the Editor’s Desk: We Turn Twelve — Th…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Theater Commentary: An Open Letter — to the “Open Letter” by Bill Marx

The media big boys should be part of the discussion, if only because they have the resources to change the situation for the better. The post Theater Commentary: An Open Letter — to the …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Theater Commentary: The Boston Theater Critics Association — Still Evaluating? by Bill Marx

The BTCA should take action in support of #MeToo. The post Theater Commentary: The Boston Theater Critics Association — Still Evaluating? appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

THE ARTS FUSE TURNS TWELVE! — Our Spring Appeal by Bill Marx

Precious few independent online arts publications make it to double digits. Please give us the resources we need to persevere at an essential cultural task. The post THE ARTS FUSE TURNS TWEL…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Theater Review: “Cardboard Piano” — Pay Witness by Bill Marx

"ignorance about those who have disappeared/ undermines the reality of the world." -- Zbigniew Herbert The post Theater Review: “Cardboard Piano” — Pay Witness appeared first on The Ar…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Book Interview: “Bad Environmentalism” — Laughing at Gloom and Doom by Bill Marx

Mainstream environmentalism is not just serious and sanctimonious, it also happens to be very white and very heteronormative. The post Book Interview: “Bad Environmentalism” — Laughing…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Theater Review: The Sense of an “Endlings” by Bill Marx

The playwright supplies a memorable encounter between young and old in the play's final scene, but it is too late to compensate for the superficiality of the Pirandello-lite antics that have…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Commentary/Interview: “Du Bois’s Telegram” — Restricting Literary Resistance by Bill Marx

Is there a disconnect between artists and meaningful resistance movements? The post Commentary/Interview: “Du Bois’s Telegram” — Restricting Literary Resistance appeared first on The…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Theater Review: Bedlam’s “Pygmalion” — An Enjoyable Excursion into Shavian Feminism by Bill Marx

The generally enjoyable Bedlam production of Pygmalion doesn't quite settle for the glucose bait. The post Theater Review: Bedlam’s “Pygmalion” — An Enjoyable Excursi…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Theater Review: Two Cheers for Manual Cinema’s”The End of TV” by Bill Marx

I strongly advise you to explore the wizardry of Manual Cinema -- its potential is considerable. The post Theater Review: Two Cheers for Manual Cinema’s”The End of TV” app…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Theater Review: “Miss You Like Hell” — A Lukewarm Road Trip by Bill Marx

This is yet another sentimental exercise in the mechanics of mother/daughter rapprochement

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Theater Review: Return to “A Doll’s House”? — You Can’t Go Home Again by Bill Marx

A Doll's House, Part 2 comes off as a return to the barn -- after the door has fallen off its hinges.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Theater Review: “Small Mouth Sounds” — Small Change by Bill Marx

Despite its promising premise, Bess Wohl's script is yet another wan exercise in genial domestic comedy.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2018 WINTER APPEAL — Keep The Arts Fuse Lit! by Bill Marx

Help sustain an endangered species -- substantial critical coverage of the arts.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Theater Review: “The Prisoner” — A Parable, Incomplete by Bill Marx

Peter Brook has decided to be more than a little stubbornly anti-theatrical in The Prisoner.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Theater Review: “The Roommate” — Iowan Yin Yang by Bill Marx

The moral of Jen Silverman's yarn is straightforward enough: we are in a country where self-transformation has become an end in itself, re-invention a default response to omnipresent banalit…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Cultural Commentary: “The New Yorker” and The Fat Cats — Teaming Up by Bill Marx

Yes, The New Yorker cover pillories the superrich as they ignore the pixie proletariat at their feet. But so what?

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Theater Review: “The Peculiar Patriot” — All Heart by Bill Marx

The Peculiar Patriot may say it is about making us feel the human price of mass incarceration in America, but there is more than a little True Romance in the mix.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Theater Review: “Naked” and “Hir” — Identity Meltdown by Bill Marx

Taylor Mac and Pirandello share the same goal: reveal the deadening vacuity at the heart of bourgeois society and the male ego.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Book Commentary: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “Why I Write” — Incomplete Answer by Bill Marx

The old questions, good as they are, are going to be augmented with new ones: Are we creating a world worth living in? Are we creating a world we can continue to live in?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Theater Review: “The Niceties” — The Gloves Are Off by Bill Marx

Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties is an articulate, if structurally crabbed, expression of #blacklivesmatter anger as well as a millennial rebel yell.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Theater Review: A Wonderful “Journey to the Center of the Stage” by Bill Marx

The Beau Jest Moving Theater staging succeeds at conjuring up the genially comic spirit of the late Larry Coen, a bounteously talented actor and director.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Commentary/Interview: “The Jazz Bubble” — The Arts, Commodified by Bill Marx

"If solutions are hard to come by -- both in terms of the socioeconomic predicament of contemporary jazz, and for American culture more generally -- this is because they derive from such fun…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Theater Review: “We The People,” “The Member of the Wedding,” and “Creditors” by Bill Marx

Three theaters in the Berkshires offer differing views of the past.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Theater Commentary: Can Audiences Rescue Theater Criticism? by Bill Marx

Will working with audiences encourage stage companies and theater artists to go beyond the status quo? Or just cement them into the sweet spot?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Stage Commentary: Making Boston Theater Magical Again? by Bill Marx

Diverting the resources of Boston's regional theaters into the casino of Broadway undercuts the ideals that launched the regional theater movement.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Theater Review: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — A Heartfelt Spell by Bill Marx

This Midsummer Night's Dream is a pleasant enough entertainment that is helped mightily by the bucolic waterfront setting.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Fuse News: “The Rabbi Goes West” by Bill Marx

“Our film has community and spirituality,” says Amy Geller. “It also has conflict.”

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Theater Commentary: American Drama — A Diminished Force by Bill Marx

We will not get another Angels in America unless we demand it  -- and stop accepting bogus substitutes.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Theater Commentary: The Boston Theatre Critics Association — Wasting Its Time by Bill Marx

Recommended hashtags for the Boston Theatre Critics Association: #MeTooGiveMeTime, #MeTooNotYet

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Theater Review: “The Last Act” — Underdone by Bill Marx

Joshua Sobol isn't interested in exploring dramatic possibilities but making sure his equation about the inevitable mechanics of violence work out.

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