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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Theater Review: A Dated “Company” by Helen Epstein

Director Julianne Boyd is faced with a difficult challenge -- dramatizing an outdated psychological travelogue.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Theater Review: Berkshire Stage Round-up — Minimal Cheers by Helen Epstein

Berkshire theater has now entered a less than sparkling mode with a group of offerings that left me wondering why they were chosen for production.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Theater Review: A Superb “Clean House” at The Williamstown Theatre Festival by Helen Epstein

This is a masterful production of Sarah Ruhl's sparkling update of Commedia dell'arte.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Theater Review: CTC’s “Skeleton Crew” — The Working Class Blues by Helen Epstein

Dominique Morisseau's monologues and dialogues draw you into the details of American working class life.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Theater Review: At WTF — “The Roommate” and “The Model American” by Helen Epstein

The Model American is a powerful reminder of how deep theatrical pockets can be used to develop deeply significant new work.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Theater Review: A Pretty Ragged “Ragtime” by Helen Epstein

Ragtime, Book by Terrence McNally, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Music by Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Joe Calarco. Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. Staged by the Barrington Stage a…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Theater Review: “4000 Miles” — A Perceptive Look at the Generation Gap by Helen Epstein

4000 Miles is charming, insightful, and moving, an enjoyable anthropological study of contemporary American life across the generations.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Theater Review: “Kunstler” — A Radical for the Defense by Helen Epstein

Barrington Stage has kicked off its summer season with a smart, funny, and very timely show about radical defense attorney William Kunstler.

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book Review: Roxane Gay — A Writer of Unusual Sensibility by Helen Epstein

Roxane Gay is a bold writer of impressive range who experiments with magic realism, dystopia, and fantasy.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Film Review: “Mr. Gaga” — An Illuminating Documentary About Dance by Helen Epstein

Mr. Gaga is a sensitive and engaging documentary of an Israeli artist.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Theater Review: “Stage Kiss” — The Stages of Romance by Helen Epstein

Stage Kiss is Sarah Ruhl’s whimsical contribution to the age-old artistic theme of art vs. life.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Film Review: “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” — An Incomplete Look by Helen Epstein

Maria Schrader has set herself a very ambitious agenda in Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Theater Review: “Happy Ending” — A Dark Comedy About Terminal Cancer by Helen Epstein

Seeing Happy Ending a few days after the shock of the 2016 presidential election felt bracing to me.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Review: “Cursed Legacy” — The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann by Helen Epstein

Cursed Legacy's chronicle of the life of Thomas Man's son is an important addition to the cultural history of the twentieth century.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fuse Film Review: “A Tale of Love and Darkness” — A Haunting View of 1940s Israel by Helen Epstein

Natalie Portman turned Israeli author Amos Oz’s extraordinary memoir of 1940s Jerusalem into a superb film,

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “And No More Shall We Part” — Facing Mortality by Helen Epstein

This is a beautifully acted but grim 70 minutes of theater, a no-frills look at the dynamics of a struggle about life and death.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “peerless” — Unexpectedly Wonderful by Helen Epstein

peerless will have generations of parents and current as well as former teenagers laughing in concert.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Oh God” — An Audacious Israeli Comedy by Helen Epstein

Anat Gov's play about wrestling with life and God is an outrageously provocative script that showcases the best of contemporary Israeli art.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “The Rose Tattoo” — A Spectacular Production from the Williamstown Theatre Festival by Helen Epstein

This superb production offers audiences a chance to discover or rediscover an American classic.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “My Jane” — Not Much New Here by Helen Epstein

The production, like so many I've seen staged by the Chester Theatre Company, makes the most of limited resources.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Fuse New Quick Picks — Berkshire Theater Best Bets by Helen Epstein

Two fine new plays that create deeply absorbing drama from newspaper stories in the headlines.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Presto Change-O” — Magic With a Punch by Helen Epstein

This character-driven comedy about three generations of illusionists is light as a bauble, yet packs a subtle psychological punch.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fuse Visual Arts Feature: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum — History, with Contradictions by Helen Epstein

The founders of the Tenement Museum would have been pleased to see visitors drawing parallels both with the immigration headlines in the news.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “All the Single Ladies” — Essential Reading by Helen Epstein

All the Single Ladies is an ambitious book, packed with so many interesting people and ideas that I often wanted to hear far more about each.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Reasons to Love the Maly Drama Theatre’s “Three Sisters” by Helen Epstein

I’m deeply grateful to Arts Emerson for bringing the Maly Drama Theatre to Boston and hope for more.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Back the Night” — A Strong Play about Sexual Assault on Campus by Helen Epstein

No one I know is neutral about this kind of material and I was pleased to watch a play that did not shrink from its many complexities and challenges.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Disgraced” — Relevant, but Soap Opera by Helen Epstein

Given the rise of radical Islamic terrorism, Disgraced is nothing if not timely. Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. Directed by Gordon Edelstein. Staged by the Huntington Theatre Company at the Bosto…

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “Chopin Without Piano” — A Problematic Idea by Helen Epstein

I wish I could say I was dazzled by the production's concept.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fuse Visual Arts Review: Neue Galerie’s “Berlin Metropolis” — Overwhelming But Outstanding by Helen Epstein

This is a strong exhibit that succeeds in conveying a sense of what it was like to live during the 1920s in this exciting capital.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fuse Book Review: Gore Vidal’s “Empire of Self”—Bitchy, Elegant, Fascinating, and Sad by Helen Epstein

Jay Parini has provided an important slice of literary and cultural history as well as a portrait of a man.

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