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Monday, March 20, 2017

Theater Review: Lincoln in the Shooting Gallery – “Topdog/Underdog” at The Huntington Theatre Company by Ian Thal

This is a wonderful production of an important play that still has a dog in the fight.

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Book Review: Nuff Said? — “What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing” by Ian Thal

 Jeffrey Sweet has provided a handy oral history of the ways playwriting has changed over three generations.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Theater Review: ASP’s “Edward II” — The Intimacy of Political Violence by Ian Thal

Marlowe's skill in maintaining a high level of complexity put the history play on a sophisticated footing.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Theater Review: “Informed Consent” — When Science and Ethics Collide by Ian Thal

Informed Consent is the smartest play I’ve seen hit Boston area stages since the new year began.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Theater Review: “Hand to God” — Did the Devil Really Do It? by Ian Thal

Askins’ script is an amusing mash-up of sex comedy and supernatural horror parody, drawing on puppetry's subversive potential to externalize the repressed.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Theater Review: “Brilliant Adventures” — Realism Goes Time-Tripping by Ian Thal

Brilliant Adventures is an intriguing combo of realism and fantasy by an obviously talented dramatist.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Theater Review: ASP Conjures Up A Congenial “Tempest” by Ian Thal

All in all, Allyn Burrows has assembled a solidly entertaining production of a perennial Shakespearean favorite for the winter season.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Theater Review: URT’s “Matchless” & “The Happy Prince” — Enchanting Worlds by Ian Thal

The Underground Railway Theater serves up an hour and fifteen minutes of enchantment.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Book Review: A Complicated Story — Noh Theater and Modernism by Ian Thal

Carrie J. Preston refuses to characterize these cultural exchanges in moralistic or narrowly political terms.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Theater Review: “Warrior Class” — Political Tragedy or Farce? by Ian Thal

Though Kenneth Lin wrote Warrior Class in 2012, it is easy to see its resonances with the 2016 election cycle.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Theater Review: Missing the Irony in “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” by Ian Thal

Alice Birch's play/polemic about radical feminism resists Company One's earnest-to-the-max interpretation.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Theater Review: Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s Extraordiarily Meta-”Hamlet” by Ian Thal

In this innovative production, Hamlet comes off as Shakespeare's most successful genre mash-up of tragedy and comedy.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Israeli Stage’s “Fertile” — Powerful Theater About Difference by Ian Thal

Romana Lisa Alexander's impressive talent for chameleonic invention is well-suited to this demanding script.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Eight by Tenn” — Tennessee Williams’ Miraculous Miniatures by Ian Thal

Eight by Tenn offers eight stories whose psychological depths and linguistic riches rival those of most full-length plays.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Bread & Puppet’s “Whatforward Circus” — Agit-Prop, But Imaginative by Ian Thal

Bread & Puppet Theater's world of anthropomorphized trees and talking toilets is often funny, sometimes beautiful, and always memorable.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Shakespeare & Company’s Delightfully Loony “Emperor of The Moon” by Ian Thal

The Emperor of the Moon is a boisterous bit of family friendly late-afternoon entertainment under Shakespeare & Company's Rose Footprint Tent.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: At Shakespeare & Company — Tina Packer’s Masterful “Merchant of Venice” by Ian Thal

Shakespeare & Company's staging of Merchant of Venice is the strongest this critic has ever seen or could hope to.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Apollinaire Theatre Company’s “Hamlet” — Thrilling and Peripatetic by Ian Thal

Apollinaire Theatre Company has expanded the possibilities of finding first-rate outdoor Shakespeare in the Boston area.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Mermaids Don’t Lie in “From The Sea, To Somewhere Else” by Ian Thal

Those seeking whimsical and intimate theatrical entertainment should take in this imaginative production.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Cuisine & Confessions” — A Delicious Spectacle by Ian Thal

The 7 Fingers can be depended on to fill everyone's belly with spectacle.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fuse Visual Arts Review: Leon Steinmetz — Picturing the Artful Comedy of Commedia dell’Arte by Ian Thal

In this splendid exhibition, Leon Steinmetz displays a deep appreciation of the complexity of commedia dell'arte.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Wild Williams” — Wildly Imaginative by Ian Thal

Wild Williams is a marvelous antidote for the formulaic.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Freud’s Last Session” — Dramatically Repressed by Ian Thal

When it comes to dramatic debate, balanced parry and thrust are paramount.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Oh God” – Psychoanalysis Saves The World! by Ian Thal

Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman have performed numerous staged readings of Oh God and their intimate knowledge of the text shows.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: Theatre Nohgaku — Noh Plays With and Without an American Accent by Ian Thal

Zahdi Dates and Poppies demonstrates that the formal aspects of Noh can be adapted to contemporary American themes.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Mr. Burns” at the Lyric Stage — Not so Electrifying by Ian Thal

Anne Washburn has a number of good ideas in this play, but the execution falls short.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Arcadia” – Winding the World Up … And Down by Ian Thal

Director Lee Mikeska Gardner has put together a dazzling production that matches Tom Stoppard's dazzling script.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “Shylock Is My Name” — And the Problem Remains by Ian Thal

Despite this, he is vexed by how the play draws out the anti-Semitism of English audiences

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Fast Company” — An Amusing Comedy About Flimflammers by Ian Thal

Fast Company may be light entertainment, but director M. Bevin O'Gara has assembled her own remarkable crew for this breezy caper comedy.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fuse Theater Review: “Rhinoceros” on Newbury Street by Ian Thal

With conformity on the march, Ionesco's Rhinoceros remains as timely as ever.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fuse Stage Review: Sonic Life on the Office Floor — The Bitter Truth by Ian Thal

Okada's play reflects how skepticism has become the default stance for young adults shellshocked by post-recession economic restructuring.

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