Brain Matter

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Photo by Joan Marcus In Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place offers the performance of the season We’ve all met people like Juliana Smithton, the prickly pharmaceutical researcher played with astonishing nuance by the inimitable Laurie Metcalf in Sharr White’s The Other Place. Accomplished, curt, sensible, Juliana is all business and no empathy, the kind of woman we have either [&hellip
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A Chat with Ken and Laura Marks of ‘Bethany’

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Ken and Laura Marks. Photo by Carol Rosegg More than four years into the current crippling recession, economic woes continue to haunt many American homeowners. Bethany, a Women’s Project show set to begin previews later this week at City Center Stage II, is directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch and stars Emmy-winner America Ferrara as Crystal, a woman pushed to the brink by dire [&hellip
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Desiree Burch and Dan Kitrosser: a Q&A with the Writer and Star of Tar Baby

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tarbaby1 Comedian Desiree Burch, best-known for her solo show 52 Man Pick-Up, returns with another one-woman show called Tar Baby. Instead of just reflecting on her own past, Burch looks at our country’s history, with comic emphasis on how race and capitalism collide. The show, which opens on January 8 at the DR2 Theatre following a [&hellip
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Doug’s Top 12 Theatre Picks for 2012, Pt 2

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thewhale Below, find the top 6 theatrical contributions of the first half of the 2012-2013 season! Read Part 1 here. 6. Golden Boy Bartlett Sher’s impassioned revival proved Clifford Odets morality play to be completely accessible. In a sterling ensemble, Seth Numrich stood out with a breakout performance as the boxer caught between two professions and [&hellip
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Catching Up with Amy Morton

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amymorton1 The star of the current ‘Virginia Woolf’ revival opens up about the role of Martha, Edward Albee, and eating Many are familiar with Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, one of the most cutting seminal works of modern theatre. It has been a mainstay of dramatic study since it debuted, with many a [&hellip
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All That Glitters

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Photo by Aaron Zebrock. ‘Restoration Comedy’ is a fun period party I just made a new friend named Chase. And another named Naomi. And yet another named Michael. They were all hosts of the raucous, rollicking party that is Restoration Comedy, now taking place nightly at the Flea Theater. All of my aforementioned new BFFs are part of the [&hellip
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City Arts: Doing the Right Thing

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DoingtheRightThing600 Mamet’s ‘The Anarchist’ explores our social divide Debra Winger in The Anarchist. Broadway’s newest drama, The Anarchist, proves that David Mamet has not just become a conservative; he’s become a poet. Taking as his inspiration the 1981 Brinks incident where subversives from the Weatherman Underground were convicted for killing a Nyack, N.J., policeman, Mamet examines the motives [&hellip
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Not as Easy as ABC

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glengarry-scottlandis The latest ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ revival can’t close the deal Pity poor Shelley Levene, the has-been real estate salesman central to Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the corrosive nature of capitalism. Not only is pathetic Shelley, brought down to his knees from desperation, not too proud to beg his boss [&hellip
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