Category: Reviews

The Patriot Ledger: Commonwealth Shakespeare troupe untangles ‘Cymbeline’

Sullivan scores a treat for Boston in mounting this difficult and seldom-staged play, well worth an evening outdoors on the common.

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The Boston Globe: On the Common, a whimsical ‘Cymbeline”

Nora Eschenheimer delivers such a fiery performance as the princess that there’s no mistaking Imogen’s wit, spirit, and resilience.

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The Boston Globe: Friendship takes flight in superb ‘Birdy’

Steven Maler’s intimate, poetic, and beautifully realized Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production of “Birdy’’ underscores what makes this drama so stirring: its illustration that, as with love, there can be a mysterious chemistry to friendship, a force of attraction… Read More

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WBUR/The ARTery: Naomi Wallace’s Adaptation Of ‘Birdy’ Takes Graceful Flight

The success of the play and the production rests largely in Wallace and Maler’s ability to artfully suggest the issues of the play. The audience has to accept the unlikely duo bonding in the first place. Jocks generally… Read More

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The Boston Globe: Mortality, mistaken identity, and a singular vision in ‘Blue Kettle’ and “Here We Go’

A mortal chill runs through “Here We Go,’’ a spare and haunting drama about the end of life. And the journey to the grave is no picnic, either, given how susceptible we are to the kind of bad… Read More

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Patriot Ledger: In Shakespeare’s game of thrones, Faran Tahir is a riveting ‘Richard’

William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” unfolds nightly on the Boston Common — weather permitting — in an impressive production, under the carefully calibrated direction of Steven Maler.

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Boston Globe: ‘In this summer of our discontent, a resonant ‘Richard III’

How does a once-great nation survive when its leader is unhinged? That question is, um, perhaps less academic than it once was. So you might feel a few uneasy twinges of recognition as you sit on Boston Common… Read More

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WBUR The ARTery: ‘Old Money’ Will Show You The Value Of Love, If Not A Dollar

“Old Money,” by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Wendy Wassserstein (who took those prizes and more for her 1988 play “The Heidi Chronicles”), is a sprawling, intricate tale of two centuries. Its various narrative crossroads converge on one… Read More

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WGBH Arts This Week: Death and the Maiden

“A carefully rendered thriller that follows the toxic drops of injustice as they burn through the soul.”  

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The Boston Globe: A man, and a nation, on trial in ‘Death and the Maiden’

“Death and the Maiden’’ is another solid step toward broadening CSC’s identity and proving the troupe can thrive beyond the Common.

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