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Culture, Stage "Circle Mirror Transformation": Annie Baker Lets Actors Play

"Circle Mirror Transformation": Annie Baker Lets Actors Play

"Play the game yourselves a few times," said Kip Fagan, director of Circle Mirror Transformation, at a recent rehearsal. "In character?" asked an actor. "As yourselves," he said. The game was one-word story, an acting exercise in which participants try…
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Culture, Stage "The Verona Project": Major Rewrite Actually Improves Shakespeare

"The Verona Project": Major Rewrite Actually Improves Shakespeare

Shakespeare wrote some weak endings in his time, but none so weak as what you'll find in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Considered by some critics to be the Bard's earliest play, Two Gentlemen concludes with a deeply weird reconciliation…
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Culture, Stage Giving and Getting

Giving and Getting

In perhaps the most startling moment of the Magic Theatre's production of The Rules of Charity, a young woman, Loretta (Arwen Anderson), who lives in a poky shoe-box apartment with her disabled father, Monty (Warren David Keith), sits on the…
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The Ghost of Molly Malone

During intermission on the first night of this new play a few audience members on the sidewalk broke out in a not-so-tuneful version of the old ballad -- "She wheeled her wheelbarrow! Through streets broad and narrow!" -- about the…
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Sunday on the Rocks

Theresa Rebeck's intelligent but ultimately unsatisfying script gets a remarkable production by the erinys theater troupe and director Zanne Gerrard. Elly (Arwen Anderson), an unhappy ad copywriter, lives in a cheap rental with three other women. She begins this particular…
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Culture, Stage In Trousers

In Trousers

Falsettos creator William Finn's earlier pop operetta receives an enthusiastic, if unpolished, production by director Zanne Burdick and her cast. Marvin (Nick Hoffa) chose wrongly when two roads diverged, marrying a woman and fathering a child despite being gay. Now…
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