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Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man takes the stage

Ralph Ellison would not allow his National Book Award–winning 1952 novel, Invisible Man , to be made into a movie or play.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 15, 2013


A.R.T. wrings magic from Pippin

Diane Paulus's ingenious circus revamp of Pippin is indeed a magic to-do.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 09, 2013


Cold comforts on stage: The new theater season

Stretching from Beethoven to Brustein and from Palm Springs to North Korea, the new theater season is all over the map.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012


Love's labors: ASP visits Two Gentlemen

I have never seen a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona , and now I know why.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 20, 2012


Stage worthies: The best theatrical productions of 2012

With the addition of ArtsEmerson to a lively array of hometown players, the Boston Rialto has seen an embarrassment of riches.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2012


David Cromer renovates Our Town

You're not near enough to smell the alcohol on the tippling choirmaster's breath.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 14, 2012


Culture clash: Chinglish not lost in translation

As David Henry Hwang's Chinglish demonstrates, negotiation among Americans and Chinese is seldom as snappy as the play's title.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2012


Chesapeake keeps boredom at bay

A loopy cri de coeur for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chesapeake (presented by New Repertory Theatre through December 16) is more shaggy dog story than dramatic achievement.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 03, 2012


Back to the past: Pinter revived at the Huntington

Betrayal , which premiered in 1978, is Nobel laureate Harold Pinter's most straightforward and also his most straight-backward play.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 21, 2012


Whistler puckers up for Ovid

A decade ago, director Mary Zimmerman won a Tony for a staging of Metamorphoses set around a pool.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 09, 2012


Hickory Schtick: Andrew Jackson is bloody good

Ever since Richard Nixon lost an election by sweating on TV, we have held this truth to be self-evident: America prefers a sexier president.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 07, 2012


The Chosen keeps the faith

The leap from page to stage for The Chosen (at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 17) is more of a hop.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 07, 2012


Out of Afghanistan

Matthew Spangler’s stage adaptation of The Kite Runner
Matthew Spangler's stage adaptation of The Kite Runner is so faithful to Khaled Hosseini's 2003 bestseller that you might think the novel a religion.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 19, 2012


Gilding the Lily

The A.R.T.'s production of Lily's Revenge
Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge , in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 17, 2012


Ten can't-miss plays for this fall

Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge, in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 20, 2012


Marie Antoinette rules at ART

Heads off
Last year, dramatist David Adjmi raised a stir with a site-specific tea party called Elective Affinities , in which four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell held court in an Upper East Side townhouse, spinning a small audience into her web of entitlement.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 13, 2012


GSC commits Crimes of the Heart

Sister Act
It must have seemed a guilty pleasure to dramatist Beth Henley to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 05, 2012


Sticks and Bones packs a wallop in Wellfleet

Good night, Vietnam
Relevance tends to turn up like the proverbial bad penny. David Rabe's 1972 Tony Award-winning Sticks and Bones , which is being revived by Wellfleet's Harbor Stage Company (through September 8), has one foot in the froth of mid-20th-century television, the other in the morass of Vietnam.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 28, 2012


Chad Deity is a knockout

Primal Time
The old actors' adage "Break a leg" does not seem an apt shout-out to the intrepid cast of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 14, 2012


Master Harold erupts at Gloucester Stage

Black power
I first had the autobiographical Molotov cocktail that is "Master Harold" ... and the boys hurled at me in the early 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was still a prisoner and apartheid was law in South Africa.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 06, 2012
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