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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Coming Attractions: September 22 through October 8 — 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: September 22 through October 8 — What Wil…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Theater Review: “The America Plays” — Aisle of the Dead by Bill Marx

Listening to the dead speak, amid the natural grandeur of Mount Auburn Cemetery, is a moving experience. The post Theater Review: “The America Plays” — Aisle of the Dead appeared first…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Coming Attractions: September 8 through 24 — 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: September 8 through 24 — What Will Light …

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Theater Review: “Cherry Docs” — Healing Hate by Bill Marx

David Gow’s earnest, intelligent drama about the fragility of identity, though somewhat glibly reassuring, generates powerful moments in this bare-bones production from the Acropolis Stage…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Coming Attractions: August 25 through September 10 — 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: August 25 through September 10 — What Wil…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Theater Review: “Fall Springs” — Singing Our Way to Extinction by Bill Marx

But this is an American musical, so political content (and blame for the way things are) must be kept fuzzy, a strategically-calculated myopia. The post Theater Review: “Fall Springs” …

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Music Interview: Klezmer Clarinettist Michael Winograd Does “Kosher Style” Proud by Bill Marx

"There's a giant chip on the shoulder of those who love musics of the world when it comes to klezmer." The post Music Interview: Klezmer Clarinettist Michael Winograd Does “Kosher Style”…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cultural Commentary: Arts Criticism — An Embarrassment of Whiteness by Bill Marx

Can anyone -- with a straight face -- argue that our largely white critical contingent in Boston is interested in generating hard hitting debate, controversy, and unconventional ideas? The …

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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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