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Baffled in Boise

Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, receiving its Boston premiere in a production by the Zeitgeist Stage Company, has no dramatic structure.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 09, 2012

Review:A Broth of A Boy

Sad Boy

The Irish playwright Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at English detectives during a public event.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 02, 2012


Good People could be better

Good People , which opens the SEASON at the Huntington Theatre Company, is a schizoid experience.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 24, 2012


Car Talk is no musical

Flat Tire
The notion of a musical inspired by Car Talk is bizarre.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 26, 2012

Theater - Private Lives

Coward's 'Private Lives' roars again

It wouldn't be a stretch to call Noël Coward's 1930 Private Lives the funniest play of the 20th century.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 05, 2012


ASP's Twelfth Night enters laughing

Clown show
The challenge in any production of Twelfth Night isn't the love triangle.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 12, 2011

review of theater play Sons of the Prophet at Calderwood

Calling Kahlil

Sons of the Prophet can't live on laughs
Sons of the Prophet can't live on laughs
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  April 22, 2011


Muddled histories

ASP's Henry IV, Part I
The work of Actors' Shakespeare Project is generally smart and imaginative, so the company's thoroughly misbegotten Henry IV, Part I , the first half of ASP's The Coveted Crown (at Midway Studios through November 21), comes as a surprise.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 12, 2010


Review: The Huntington's Bus Stop

All aboard for this smooth ride
Bus Stop is hardly a neglected masterpiece, or even William Inge's best play (that would be Picnic ), but when you watch Nicholas Martin's production, the Huntington's season opener (at the Boston University Theatre through October 17), you understand why it was a hit on Broadway in 1955.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 29, 2010


Curse and worse

Johnny Baseball is stuck in the minors
The high point of Johnny Baseball , the new musical receiving its world premiere from the American Repertory Theater (at the Loeb Drama Center through June 27), comes two-thirds of the way through the second act.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 09, 2010


The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2010


Mostly noir

And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts, June 2-13.
The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptation of Greene’s novel, and The Third Man, Greene’s most famous collaboration with the filmmaker Carol Reed.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 26, 2010


Reversal of fortunes

Timon of Athens from Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Prelude to a Kiss from the Huntington
Timon of Athens is Shakespeare’s least characteristic tragedy, and the toughest to pull off.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 25, 2010


J.D. Salinger: 1919 - 2010

In Memoriam
J.D. Salinger was 91 when he died in his New Hampshire home on January 27, 45 years after he published his last known story, "Hapworth 16, 1924," in the New Yorker .
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  February 05, 2010


Review: The Last Station

Lions in winter: a Tolstoyan feast
Traversing the spectrum from farce to tragedy, Michael Hoffman's magnificent The Last Station suggests what the story of Count Leo Tolstoy's final days would look like if Chekhov had told it.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  February 24, 2010


The rules of his game

'Celebrating Chekhov' at the Museum of Fine Arts
Given that every theater season seems to bring a new production of a Chekhov play, it's surprising that so few movies have been made of his dramas, or of his short stories. Or maybe not so surprising: Chekhov is perilously difficult for filmmakers.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 20, 2010


Eric Rohmer 1920 - 2010

In Memoriam
No other filmmaker mined precisely the same territory as the French director Eric Rohmer, who died Monday at the age of 89.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 13, 2010


Prince of darkness

Gordon Willis at the Harvard Film Archive
Gordon Willis, the master cinematographer to whom the Harvard Film Archive pays tribute in a seven-film retrospective beginning this Friday,
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 18, 2009


Awake! Awake!

Sleep No More brings Macbeth to Brookline
Sleep No More , the second entry in the American Repertory Theater’s mini-season of revisionist Shakespeare, is the least orthodox production of Macbeth you’re likely to see. In fact, it’s linked to Macbeth as much by poetic allusion as by narrative — which is to say that it’s a little of both.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 21, 2009


Brush up your Porter

Kiss Me, Kate at the Lyric
With its supreme Cole Porter score and its robustly entertaining book by Sam and Bella Spewack, the 1948 Kiss Me, Kate is surely one of the half-dozen best Broadway musicals.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 16, 2009
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