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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Theater Commentary: “Skeleton Crew” — Not With the Union by Bill Marx

To my surprise, the auto union was written out of the picture from the start, as if dramatist Dominique Morisseau saw it as an embarrassment.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Theater Review: “Steve” — A Comedy about Mid-Life Crisis by Bill Marx

Steve is a satisfyingly genial comedy that brings up, but then darts quickly away from, serious issues.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Theater Review: Playing “The White Card” by Bill Marx

The White Card's examination of white philanthropy and racism stays well within the comfort zone.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Theater Review: “for colored girls …” — A Welcome Reprise by Bill Marx

Shange's nervy mix of wordplay and in-your-face didacticism -- of resilience in the face of hardship -- is very much the empowering thing.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A New Look for The Arts Fuse! by Bill Marx

It was time for a bit of a face-lift.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

For the Love of Arts Criticism: An Invitation for the Arts Community to Speak Out – and to Act by Bill Marx

The publication, its editor, and its over 60 writers believe that the health of arts criticism and the arts community are inextricably intertwined.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Theater Review: “Ada/Ava” — Puppetry Meets Technology by Bill Marx

Ada/Ava is an impressive theatrical feat that finds a new, and invigorating, way of telling a story on stage.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Feature: Favorite Books of 2017 by Bill Marx

Some of our critics talk about the books that meant the most to them over the past year.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Theater Commentary: Horovitz and Sexual Harassment — Why Did it Take Over 20 Years? by Bill Marx

Does anyone really believe that there is no sexual harassment going on in Boston area theater companies today?

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Theater Review: “Hold These Truths” — A Vital Lesson by Bill Marx

Hold These Truths is an invaluable reminder that alternative facts are not a new thing.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Gone Baby Gone — Sebastian Smee Going to the “Washington Post” by Bill Marx

More alarming signs that the Boston Globe‘s arts section is shedding talent.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stage Commentary: “The Boston Globe” to Boston Theater — Drop Dead? by Bill Marx

Critics were once seen as the 'canaries in the mineshaft' -- now newspapers and magazines are closing down the mines.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Theater Review: “Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show” — Look Forward in Anger by Bill Marx

Sleeping Weazel stages a gutsy production of an angry, ugly, and essential history lesson.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

By Request: Out of the Past — Sexual Harassment, Trouble at the Gloucester Stage Company by Bill Marx

Let us hope that today's revelations will be taken more seriously than charges of sexual harassment and assault were back in 1993.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Film/TV Review: “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive” — A Fresh Look by Bill Marx

Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive does an honorable service for the writer who embodied, as well as created, "The Imp of the Perverse."

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Theater Review: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Bill Marx

We are invited to see the world through the eyes of an adolescent whose autism makes human communication and contact incredibly difficult.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Theater Review: A Rousing “Enemy of the People” at Yale Rep by Bill Marx

An invigorating staging of Henrik Ibsen's still pertinent play about spinelessness up and down the political spectrum.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Theater Review: “Faceless” — Dramatically Indecisive by Bill Marx

Selina Fllinger’s play manages to serve up some vivid confrontations between believers and doubters.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Theater Review: Off the Grid’s “The Weird” — Not Nearly Weird Enough by Bill Marx

Off the Grid's The Weird is content to cast a low wattage spell.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Theater Review: “Burn All Night” — Party Like It’s 1999 by Bill Marx

Burn all Night is a pretty damp squib coming from one of the country's major regional theaters.

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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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