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'The Heart of Robin Hood' actually features a woman in tights

Director Gisli Örn Gardarsson gave us an unexpected synopsis when describing the American Repertory Theater’s latest show, “The Heart of Robin Hood.”“In a nutshell, it’s a female heroic story,” says Gardarsson.Despite the play’s title, the Robin Hood in this story doesn’t give back to the poor...

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 9:55 PM

Theater Preview: 'We Will Rock You' brings the music of Queen to a live stage once more

“We Will Rock You” is set 300 years in the future, when the only music the government allows is Computer Recorded Auto-tuned Pop (also known as C.R.A.P.). Then a group of bohemians discover a relic from the past: Queen.“So a couple of young rebels try to save the world basically by finding rock and...

Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:00 PM

Theater Preview: 'Kiss & Cry's' sleight of hand

Belgian artists create a ballet of the hands in “Kiss & Cry.” Quite literally.The dancers in the ArtsEmerson presented show use their hands alone to portray the characters in this unusual love story.“It’s the story of an old woman who remembers the first time she fell in love,” explains...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 11:09 PM

'Million Dollar Quartet' brings Elvis, Cash, Perkins and Lewis to life

Tyler Hunter plays Elvis Presley in “Million Dollar Quartet” but he’s no dime store Elvis impersonator.“I act like Elvis would have but I put my own little twist on it so it doesn’t seem so mimicked and copied,” explains Hunter. “These were real guys, normal buddies hanging out in the studio...

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 10:42 PM

Things are bound to get a little 'Harry' at 'Potted Potter' at the Paramount Theatre

"Potted Potter" is a two-man show.Fans who were thrilled to learn that J.K. Rowling is penning a whole new film series set in the wizarding world can get their magic fix early with “Potted Potter.” Well, sort of.“We’re basically rehab for Potter fans,” says Dan Clarkson, who wrote and performs in...

Monday, September 16, 2013, 10:55 PM

Theater: 'Tribes' is the story of a deaf man, played by a deaf man

Joey Caverly plays a deaf man living in the hearing world in “Tribes.” For Caverly, the role is easier to embody than it might be for other actors — he's deaf as well.“I can understand the acceptance that Billy seeks, the sense of belonging he desires,” says the actor, through an email conversation...

Thursday, September 12, 2013, 8:15 PM

Bringing a snake to life was no small feat for 'The Jungle Book'

Bringing a snake to life is no small feat.It’s easy enough for a performer to dress up like a bear or a monkey, or any creature with human-like limbs. But a snake?“How do you anthropomorphize a snake? It’s difficult, because you still need your arms and legs to get around,” says Thomas Derrah, who...

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 9:42 PM

Theater Preview: 'One Man, Two Guvnors' is a classic British farce

It’s not the plot that makes "One Man, Two Guvnors" appealing, says director Spiro Veloudos. It’s the characters.“Two people are in love with each other. One person is supposed to marry somebody else. There’s money involved. A servant takes advantage of the situation,” explains Veloudos, Lyric...

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 9:15 PM

In Cavalia's 'Odysseo,' wild horses could take your breath away

The stage is meant to feel like a playground to the horses. Credit: Pascal RatthéSixty-seven horses won’t fit on just any stage (moreover, they won’t fit on many stages), so the creative team behind Cavalia's “Odysseo” built the largest big top tent in the world beneath which to stage their show.“...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6:23 PM

Sort of powerful, definitely great: Talking 'Wicked' with local actor John Davidson

John Davidson is 71-years-old, but that doesn’t stop him from performing eight shows a week with the cast of "Wicked."“Bottom line, at my age, I feel lucky to have a job,” laughs Davidson, who plays the Wizard in the tenth anniversary of the immensely popular musical.Unlike some of the characters...

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 8:43 PM

Ephron play 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' recounts women's fashion memories

Dress shopping, buying your first bra, obsessing over a pair of shoes — these are the experiences “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” recalls.“These things seem sort of trivial in the grand scheme, but it’s those moments that make up our lives,” says Lauren Elias, a performer in the play. “I can’t think...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 8:42 PM

Company One's 'How We Got On' is a musical lesson in hip-hop history

From left, Jared Brown, Cloteal Horne and Kadahj Bennett star in "How We Got On."When one thinks about the birth of hip-hop, a Midwestern suburb isn't exactly the first place that springs to mind.“We think of a Bronx or Brooklyn or Compton sort of story,” says Summer Williams, director of Company...

Monday, July 15, 2013, 7:01 PM

[SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW] Spotlight on this summer's Shakespeare on the Common

This summer’s free Shakespeare on the Common play — a seasonal tradition that never fails to excite and impress — is unlike any of its 17 predecessors. For starters, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company-presented production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is Las Vegas-themed.“The show is set in...

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 1:57 AM

Going down laughing: 'Jimmy Titanic' might be first comedy about 'unsinkable' ship

Colin Hamell takes on 20 roles to tell the story of the ill-fated oceanliner in "Jimmy Titanic.""Humorous" might be the last thing most people would call the story of the ill-fated Titanic, but that’s the word actor Colin Hamell uses to describe the New Repertory Theatre's “Jimmy Titanic.”“This is...

Sunday, June 16, 2013, 10:39 PM

Boston Conservatory's 'Shelter' gives voice to the unheard and overlooked

"Shelter" gives voice to homeless women.Boston Conservatory's “Shelter,” set to premiere June 6, gives voice to a subset of women not often heard in our society, let alone in a pop-rock musical: members of the homeless community.“The more we explored these characters, the more we wanted it to see...

Monday, June 3, 2013, 7:55 PM

'Rapture, Blister, Burn' is all about the women

Can women really have it all? Is it truly possible to strike the perfect balance between career and family in the modern world? “Rapture, Blister, Burn” suggests a surprising — and perhaps unpopular — answer to those enduring questions: maybe not.This Huntington Theatre presented play is all about...

Monday, May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM

'From Denmark With Love' is Shakespeare: shaken, not stirred

Spies, suspense, corrupt evildoers and a cunning leading man converge in a new play. But is the leading fellow a dashing secret agent or a Shakespearian prince?Actually, in Vaquero Playground’s play “From Denmark With Love,” he’s both.“We’ve taken the story and characters of ‘Hamlet’ but we’re...

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:29 PM

'The Book of Mormon' in Boston: 'No reason to get offended'

Chris O'Neill, far right, says of his character, "He's very socially awkward."Credit: Joan MarcusA musical about Mormons? It’s a premise that sounds both hilarious and controversial, especially considering the creators of “South Park” are behind it.“I think a lot of people come to the show...

Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:52 PM

Dance guide: A spring in their step

Prometheus danceCredit: Donny ZaltzbergMARCHLove Songs – Danish DanceTheatreMarch 16 and 17Tsai Performance Center685 Comm. Ave., Boston$60-$75, 617-482-6661www.celebrityseries.orgDenmark’s largest modern dance company visits just three cities on their U.S. tour this spring, and Boston made the...

Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:14 AM

Music guide: A soundtrack to springtime

Paris Combo come to Berklee in May.Credit: Jorge Fidel AlvarezMARCH‘Cosi Fan Tutte’Through March 24Citi Shubert Theatre265 Tremont St., Boston$30-$225, 617-542-6772www.blo.orgThe Boston Lyric Opera presents a Mozart opera about fiancee-swapping (apparently that used to be a thing). Two officers...

Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:08 AM