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The Typographer’s Dream: Theater Review

Labor relations.


Theater
You are where you work, we’re told. Lawyers are argumentative assholes, and nurses are either cold or caring. It’s a trope common in fiction since Dickens. In The Typographer’s Dream, writ   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Theater Review: The Turn (The Reformers)

A gothic ghost story by way of Kubrick.


Theater
When it comes to tales about sweet-faced children able to commune with ghosts, few are more chilling than Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. But that’s not   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Theater Review: The Last Days

Night of the thinking dead.


Theater
With zombies invading everything from prime-time TV to Pride and Prejudice parodies, the genre’s bar for originality is pretty high. Post5 Theatre’s The Last Days clears it with poise. Four pe   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Piano Lesson (Portland Playhouse)

Blood, sweat and tears—and ghosts.


Theater
August Wilson used to talk about what he called “blood’s memory,” the collective history of American blacks that forever brings the past back into the present. In Wilson’s Pulitzer-win   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Middletown (Third Rail Repertory)

On the mysteries of the universe.


Theater
The director’s note for Third Rail’s production of Middletown asserts that this play “is NOT a modern-day Our Town.” You can understand Marcella Crowson’s vehemence: Will Eno’s 2010 play   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 JOHN BEER

Theater Review: Parade

Cruel intentions.


Theater
Presented in its stripped-down chamber version, this production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade places its orchestra center stage. That’s where it belongs: The most impressive element   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 JOHN BEER

Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.


Theater
Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.


Theater
If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Matter Of Time

The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie.


Theater
Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least, what this year’s Time-Based Art Festival suggests. This is festival director Angela Mattox’s third go-around with the genre-bus   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Smooth Operator

A phone-sex veteran takes her x-rated calls to the stage.


Theater
Tonya Jone Miller received her first call as a phone-sex operator 10 years ago. Miller, dark-haired and half-Vietnamese, was in her late 20s. She imagined herself as a 19-year-old blonde. Over   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE
 

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