American Idiot at the Orpheum Theater

February 21, 2012
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American Idiot at the Orpheum Theater

Green Day’s “American Idiot” is one smashing great show. You’re going to have to like rock, but if you do, you will be moved by this refreshingly original musical. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day front man, lyricist and co-bookwriter) is one smart songwriter – and he knows all about dramatic action. The stage version...
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Buzzer at Pillsbury House Theatre

February 19, 2012
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Buzzer at Pillsbury House Theatre

The past is painfully present in Tracey Scott Wilson‘s evocative (and challenging) Buzzer (Pillsbury House Theatre, through March 18).  Jackson is the very model of a successful three piece suited attorney: perfect pedigree (Exeter/Harvard University/Harvard Law School), salary augmented by fat bonuses, the constantly buzzing cell phone (the past again).  Jackson has “made it”...
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As You Like It by Ten Thousand Things Theater performing at Open Book

February 16, 2012
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As You Like It by Ten Thousand Things Theater performing at Open Book

If ever a play were to test the light-free, minimalist, performer-centric technique employed by the unique Ten Thousand Things Theater, it would be William Shakespeare‘s opulent As You like It (TTT performing at Open Book, through March 11).  The shift from the wintry court to the lush and luscious Forest of Arden would require,...
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HowWasTheShow turns 10 on February 14th

February 13, 2012
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HowWasTheShow turns 10 on February 14th

10 years is a not such an insignificant chunk of time in the web world. Think of the web 10 years ago. No MySpace (founded 2003), no Facebook (founded 2004), no YouTube (founded 2005.) Imagine. But there was HowWasTheShow! HowWasTheShow’s very first review appeared on Valentine’s Day, 2002, a review of the Craig David...
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Photo Set: Heartless Bastards at First Avenue 2/10/12

February 12, 2012
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Crashing The Party at Mixed Blood Theatre

February 12, 2012
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Crashing The Party at Mixed Blood Theatre

“Dying is easy,” went the famous (and quite possibly apocryphal) last words of the famous actor.  “Comedy is hard.” Indeed, and if you want to glean a sense of just how difficult stage comedy can be to pull off, check out Crashing The Party (at Mixed Blood Theatre, through March 4).  This zestfully bizarre...
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“An Ideal Husband,” produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Company at Red Eye Theater

February 10, 2012
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“An Ideal Husband,” produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Company at Red Eye Theater

Walking Shadow Theatre Company doesn’t produce period plays, typically, but its artistic directors have had Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” in the back of their minds for quite a while, I was told. They pulled it out at just the right time, coinciding nicely with action taken by the U.S. House of Representatives recently...
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Photo Set: Craig Finn with Mount Moriah at the Triple Rock Social Club 2/4/12 and Treehouse In-Store 2/5/12

February 5, 2012
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Slasher at Urban Samurai, performing at the Sabes Jewish Comunity Center

February 4, 2012
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Slasher at Urban Samurai, performing at the Sabes Jewish Comunity Center

Slasher (Urban Samurai, performing at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, through Feb 18) would make a better movie. Playwright Allison Moore‘s premise is terrific: director Marc Hunter has cast Sheena as “the last girl” – the lead, in other words – in Bloodbath and this gore-splattered film represents, Sheena fervently believes, her ticket to...
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Dial M for Murder at the Jungle Theater

February 3, 2012
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Dial M for Murder at the Jungle Theater

Welcome back to the days of civilized murder and mayhem, done with style by people who wear dinner jackets and sip brandy in an elegant gold-toned living room. This is the world recreated at the Jungle Theater for Frederick Knott’s 1952 Broadway hit, Dial M for Murder, a classy production and wonderfully satisfying evening...
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