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Endgame at the ART

Death duties
"They give mirth astride of a grave," Beckett might just as well have written of Mankind. He did opine, in Endgame , that "nothing is funnier than unhappiness."
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 27, 2009

Year in Theater: Staged right

Changing of the local guard
It's been a Buckingham Palace season on the local rialto.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 22, 2008

Vintage mirth and vintage laughter

Hay Fever at the Publick; A Flea in Her Ear in Williamstown
Coward is said to have written the play in three days, in the wake of a nerve-racking weekend at the country home of American actress Laurette Taylor and her British-playwright husband.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 04, 2008

They always beat Gypsies

Joseph Losey at the HFA
From the beginning of his career in movies, Joseph Losey was persecuted — chased out of town.
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 08, 2008

Easy to love

According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008

Channeling Shakespeare

Cardenio  at the ART; King John at ASP
Cardenio , an early-17th-century play in which Shakespeare may well have had a hand, has been MIA since its debut and will doubtless remain so.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 19, 2008

Enter triumphant

This year’s Elliot Norton Awards
It was a Martin love fest Monday night at the 26th annual Elliot Norton Awards, Boston theater’s annual pat on the head.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2008

Ghost story

Trinity’s gleeful Blithe Spirit
Audiences just wanna have fun. Sometimes.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008

It's out of this world

The ART hosts Elections & Erections; Trinity does Blithe Spirit
Uys’s new show takes its title from two things that were illegal when the now-63-year-old gay white man was growing up in South Africa: democracy and sex.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 08, 2008

The best on the boards

Theatre: 2007 in review
There have been a few muggings on the rialto this year.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2007

Blissful bustle

RWU Theatre’s frisky Hay Fever
As vicarious fun goes, following about a party of squabbling hosts and befuddled guests at a country estate might not be much to recommend Hay Fever.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2007

Serious business

Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, and Real-Life In Baghdad
Playwright and director Moisés Kaufman likes to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007

Love bites

A Marvelous Party; Mr. Marmalade; Misalliance
Noël Coward may not have been born in a trunk, but he moved into one early.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 18, 2007

Party animals

ART celebrates Noël Coward
Sir Noël Coward remains one of the most bankable of dramatists.
By IRIS FANGER  |  July 03, 2007

Garry glitter

Present Laughter shines at the Huntington; plus Hillary and Monica
Youth may be “a stuff will not endure,” but Noël Coward’s Present Laughter — which takes its title from the Shakespearean ditty that tells us so — certainly does.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 29, 2007

Spring stages

From hoofers to Mormons and more
As we recover from turning the clocks ahead and making our day’s journey into night a bit longer, area stages are taking a cue from Mother Nature.
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  March 13, 2007

Perfect Balance

Trinity polishes Albee’s Pulitzer winner
Harold Pinter once said that his plays were about “the weasel under the cocktail cabinet.”
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 06, 2007

Careless whispers

Blithe Spirit at the Players' Ring
Over pre-dinner dry martinis, Ruth Condomine is utterly blasé, really, as she and her husband Charles discuss his “maddening” late first wife, Elvira.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 14, 2007

Find your Bliss

Sneezing with laughter at Hay Fever
In this lovely house in Cookham, England, life is only about bliss. About the Family Bliss, that is.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 24, 2007


The BSO, the Cantata Singers, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Celebrity Series
The year 2007 didn’t begin on the highest note.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2007

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