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Review: Center Stage's charming Cinderella

Once upon a time
Shiny and sparkly as it is, the fairy tale Cinderella will always be appealing. Most would say that's because our little girls and boys need hope in a discouraging world; others might suggest that the cruel world needs help teaching girls and boys passivity and wishful thinking, to make them compliant citizens.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2010

Review: Two Wives is a roaming holiday

Indian idyll
A hectic if underpopulated Indian travelogue celebrating both love beginning and love being let go of.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2010

Review: Rolling Die gets Closer

How close is too close?
The relativity of truth is one of the enduring problems of the last half-century, and it is particularly gray and dangerous in Patrick Marber's 1996 drama Closer .
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 11, 2010

Review: Festival Ballet celebrates Balanchine

By George
There is a long list of reasons why George Balanchine is regarded as the greatest and most influential choreographer of the 20th century.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 02, 2010

The 12-Bar Blues Project releases three prisoner-produced CDs

Breaking up the band
Jim Svendsen runs Guitar Doors, a non-profit group that's going into Maine prisons to teach inmates to play music and, along the way, putting bands together.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 03, 2010

Review: PC updates Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

Queen of mean
Bad girls these days may act out more flamboyantly than the anti-heroine namesake of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler . But Hedda makes up in shrewdness what she lacks in spectacle.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 02, 2010

Review: A good old-fashioned Screw

Ryan Landry and Molly Schreiber star in Stoneham's Henry James ghost-story classic
Stoneham Theatre's staging The Turn of the Screw in time for Halloween (it plays through November 7) comes as no surprise, but director Caitlin Lowans turned heads when she cast Gold Dust Orphans founder Ryan Landry as one of her two stars in Jeffrey Hatcher's 1997 two-actor adaptation.
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 29, 2010

Review: Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, and The Aliens

Local troupes take a road trip to Shirley, VT
Over the river and through the woods from Grover's Corners lies Shirley, VT, Green Mountain stand-in for college-centric Amherst, MA, where playwright Annie Baker grew up.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 27, 2010

Review: Rubberbandance at the ICA

Slinks and kinks
Hip-hop, in common with tap dancing, can look like a succession of tricks when it's not grounded by a story or a great personality.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 28, 2010

Review: Mad Horse's new-venue debut with Six Degrees

Not far at all
Last weekend was momentous one for Mad Horse: The theater company launched its 25th season, and welcomed audiences into its much-anticipated new performance space at Lucid Stage.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 12, 2010

Amy Stacey Curtis's Sixth Solo Biennial Exhibit

Time out
Jorge Luis Borges wrote, "Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire."
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 12, 2010

Review: Patrick Corrigan's dueling creations at Gallery 37-A

Story storage
It's probably safe to say Patrick Corrigan went through a surrealist phase.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 07, 2010

Review: Mixed Magic's Art of Attack

Games people play
Both the first and the last line we hear in Art of Attack , by Asa Merritt, is: "You must take your opponent into a deep, dark forest where two and two are five and the way out is only wide enough for one."
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 29, 2010

Review: Brown tackles Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind

The beast within
Sam Shepard's The Tooth of Crime was scheduled for this season at Brown University Theatre/Sock & Buskin, but the playwright pulled it from production availability to update the 1972 play, as he had done in 1995.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 29, 2010

Review: The Vibrator Play

Sarah Ruhl offers comic relief
Sarah Ruhl, the goddess of theatrical quirkiness, is back in Boston, and this time SpeakEasy Stage Company has its adventurous mitts on her.
By ED SIEGEL  |  September 21, 2010

Review: Dan Wood and Pippi Zornoza at AS220

Fever dreams and fantasies
The giant headline on the poster hanging in the window of AS220’s Project Space proclaims: "Antichrist Is Alive, and a Male Jew, Falwell Contends."
By GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2010

Fall Art Preview: Heavy construction

Boston museums take off their hard hats
Over the past decade, museum building has boomed across the region.
By GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2010

Review: A venerable collection returns to Marble House

American Gothic
Medieval artists got so much wrong. But it's a wrongness that ends up being vigorously right.
By GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2010

Review: Modern painter's style showcased at Farnsworth

Big, big Katz
Alex Katz is one of America's best-known modern artists. His work is so emblematic of art of our time that a graphic showing one of his paintings adorns the subscription card that drops out of my freshly-delivered art magazine every month.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 01, 2010

Bleak houses, cute creatures

Antoniadis and Stone at Fourth Wall, plus 'Little Critters' at the Nave
Antoniadis and Stone at Fourth Wall, plus 'Little Critters' at the Nave
By GREG COOK  |  August 26, 2010

Slideshow: Boston Related at Fourth Wall Project

Plus Little Critters at the Nave Gallery
Fight clouds, reversed ampersands, and RastaCats
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 27, 2010


Examining Jeffrey Clancy's craft theories
Jeffrey Clancy plays with craft theory through the lens of a metalsmith working with traditional techniques and decorative motifs.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 25, 2010

They might build giants

High-Voltage Beauty
When Jin Choi sees electric pylons, she sees something massive and alive.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  August 23, 2010

Review: William Steig's gentle genius

Sweet curmudgeon
Is anything more delicious than being naughty? That might be the moral of William Steig's 1990 kids' picture book Shrek! — if Shrek! were the kind of story that has a moral.
By GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2010

Fascinating new discoveries at Whitney Art Works

Curiouser and curiouser
It's quickly clear that something's off in Ethan Hayes-Chute's world.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 18, 2010

KahBang's growth helps boost Queen City

Bangor scene update
Expanding its dosage of cultural shock therapy for central Maine, the KahBang festival, created as a single-day concert last year, is now a music, art, and film festival dominating the Bangor waterfront and downtown for nine days.
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  August 11, 2010

Cultural studies in Newport

'Surf Island' and 'The Japan Craze' at Newport Art Museum
Jason Evans's bread and butter is commercial sports photography, shooting the likes of Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, and tennis stars Roger Federer, Venus Williams, and Lindsay Davenport.
By GREG COOK  |  August 11, 2010

Street musicians at First Friday Art Walk, Portland, August 6

Music seen
With the Tower/Building of Song on hiatus while its creators move apartments (again), the street-music scene on First Friday was quieter than in recent months. But that left more aural room for buskers along Congress Street.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 11, 2010

Photos: One Night in Boston 2010

Fifteen photographers. Nine hours.
STUFF Magazine presents photos taken in Boston's streets over nine hours on the night of August 22, 2010; here are a few of our favorites
By STUFF BOSTON  |  August 15, 2010

Photos: Work by Jenny Holzer at the ICA

Pre-performace projections on the waterfront
Pre-performace projections on the waterfront
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  August 03, 2010

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