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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review: “Know My Name: a memoir’ — Required Reading by Helen Epstein

No author has addressed the issue of sexual assault so much on her own terms, and in such a personal and powerful way. The post Book Review: “Know My Name: a memoir’ — Required Reading…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Theater Review: “Curve of Departure” — A Wonderfully Provocative Comedy by Helen Epstein

Playwright Rachel Bonds has written an often-hilarious script which nonetheless deals with such serious and widespread issues as spousal and child abandonment, drug addiction, the right to d…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Theater Review: “On the Exhale” — Wild, Angry, and Powerful by Helen Epstein

On the Exhale is one of the most powerful and uncompromising one-person shows I’ve ever seen. The post Theater Review: “On the Exhale” — Wild, Angry, and Powerful appeared first on …

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Theater Review: “The Children” — Scientists Under Pressure by Helen Epstein

The production strikes a fine balance between comedy and seriousness, public and private concerns, bringing a complex and compelling play to vibrant life. The post Theater Review: “The Chi…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Theater Review: “Selling Kabul” — Those Who Remain Behind by Helen Epstein

Selling Kabul poses many questions from the point of view of people seldom represented on the American stage. The post Theater Review: “Selling Kabul” — Those Who Remain Behind appeare…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Theater Review: “Rock and Roll Man” — Ambitious Musical Fun by Helen Epstein

If you enjoy singing and dancing in your theater seat to the sound of good music while learning a bit about American cultural history and its personalities, you will enjoy this show. The pos…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Theater Review: “A Raisin in the Sun” — A Great Evening of Theater by Helen Epstein

To see Raisin in the Sun in post-Obama America is to experience how a classic both remains emblematic of its time and changes resonance as time passes The post Theater Review: “A Raisin …

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Theater Review: “Now Circa Then” — Comic Time-Tripping by Helen Epstein

Opening on July 4, at a moment when immigrants and their living conditions are once again in the forefront of the news, Now Circa Then is an inspired choice. The post Theater Review: “Now …

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Theater Review: “Hold These Truths” — Powerful Political Drama by Helen Epstein

The play's disparate elements have been blended into a riveting drama, energetically directed by Lisa Rothe, and nimbly performed by Joel de la Fuente. The post Theater Review: “Hold These…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Theater Review: “The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?” — Greek Tragedy, Updated to Shock by Helen Epstein

Edward Albee’s provocative theatrical exercise is far trickier to realize onstage than it is to appreciate on paper. The post Theater Review: “The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?” — Greek Tr…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Book Review: Anne Frank’s Diary — The Graphic Version by Helen Epstein

I'm impressed with the new adaptation and depressed that it's considered necessary. The post Book Review: Anne Frank’s Diary — The Graphic Version appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Book Review: Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” — Alone At Last With Lots She Wants to Say by Helen Epstein

Becoming is a contemporary woman's adventure told by an intelligent, funny narrator who took a leap out of her comfort zone and came out of it, with her family intact, to tell the tale. The …

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Book Review: “The Barefoot Woman” — A Survivor’s Eulogy by Helen Epstein

The Barefoot Woman is lyrical but also informative and ethnographic, as much a memoir of a mother as it is of her way of life.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Concert Review: Handel & Haydn’s “The Messiah” by Helen Epstein

I was excited, moved, impressed, and surprised by Handel & Haydn Society’s performance of The Messiah under the exacting baton of Bernard Labadie.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Opera Review: BLO’s “The Barber of Seville” — An Exhilarating Triumph by Helen Epstein

Every performance of opera should leave an audience so exhilarated.

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Book Review: “A Life of My Own” — Reserved to a Fault by Helen Epstein

Claire Tomalin narrates her story with a prototypically English stiff upper lip, and a reticence about the personal.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Theater Review: “The Glass Menagerie” — Doing Justice to an American Classic by Helen Epstein

This is a first-rate production of a true American classic.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Book Review: “Another Life” — Curing Writer’s Block by Helen Epstein

This slender memoir reads like a rambling conversation with a literary stranger you meet on a train.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Theater Review: “Mothers and Sons” — An Elegant, Affecting Production by Helen Epstein

Mothers and Sons is one of veteran playwright Terrence NcNally's finest works.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Theater Review: “West Side Story” — Still Brilliant After All These Years by Helen Epstein

The Barrington Stage Company's moving and fiercely energetic production brings West Side Story back to the stage with a bang.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Book Review: “Educated” — An Exemplary Memoir by Helen Epstein

Educated is a testament to the power of sensitive friends and mentors -- and to Tara Westover's own resilience.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Book Review: “On The Couch” — A Beautiful Visual Tour by Helen Epstein

On the Couch is an extraordinary coffee table book for anyone interested in “recumbency” and how the couch became the icon of psychoanalysis.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Theater Review: “Creditors” — A Memorable Staging of a Classic by Helen Epstein

August Strindberg's Creditors turns out to be a play that speaks chillingly to our time.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Theater Review: “The Chinese Lady” — History as a Clever Two-hander by Helen Epstein

Atung and Moy have a lot to say about American history and culture -- acutely informed by the playwright’s 21st century sensibility and identity politics.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Theater Review: “A Doll’s House, Part 2” — A Not So Subtle Sequel by Helen Epstein

The action is set in an incongruous and ahistorical no-man’s land, adrift between realistic drama and farce.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Visual Arts Review: “Women Artists in Paris 1850-1900” — A Fabulous Surprise by Helen Epstein

Who knew that there were dozens of first-rate female American, Scandinavian, German, Swiss, French and Russian painters in Paris in the second half of the 19th century?

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Theater Review: “The Closet” — Lightweight Fare by Helen Epstein

The Closet is funny, brash, entertaining, and utterly forgettable.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Theater Review: “The Cake” — Not a Sugary Culture Clash by Helen Epstein

The Cake is a smart, stinging, and eerily timely comedy that feels timeless.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father’s Day Feature: My Father the Communist by Helen Epstein

Having a father in prison meant radical changes in our everyday lives.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Theater Review: “Typhoid Mary” — Surprisingly Apt for Our Times by Helen Epstein

This tautly-directed, well-cast production is filled with contemporary medical, political, and social resonances.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review: “Hunting the Truth” — Models of Activism by Helen Epstein

Hunting the Truth is a handbook on how to become an effective activist and an exciting, often awe-inspiring read.

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