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Monday, February 11, 2019

Visual Arts Review: “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” — Casting a Coolly Warm Eye on Life and Death by Robert Israel

In Garciela Iturbide’s photographs, the living and the dying are often joined at the (exposed) skeletal hip. The post Visual Arts Review: “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” —…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Review: Diane Williams, Flash Fiction, and the Shrinking Short Story by Robert Israel

Diane Williams's brusque vision of a perverse life force mesmerizes.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Poetry Review: Leonard Cohen’s “The Flame” — The Errant Canadian Comes Home by Robert Israel

Leonard Cohen reinforces this dedication to lyricism with striking humility in his final book.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Theater Review: Not So “ExtraOrdinary” by Robert Israel

This musical hodgepodge at the American Repertory Theater could be called 'Let’s Sing About Me (and Me, and Then More About Me).'

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Theater Commentary: Jukebox Musicals — The Trend Continues, Alas by Robert Israel

Producers are tapping into a specific demographic: predominantly white audiences that are flush and who crave the thrill of hearing – and seeing – their favorite tunes performed live.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Theater Review: Tennessee Williams’ “Talisman Roses” — Early Healing by Robert Israel

This is an opportunity to take in the early stirrings of Tennessee Williams’ talent as a playwright.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Book Review: “Flights” — Exploring the Delights of the Eccentric by Robert Israel

Given what Olga Tokarczuk is curious about, it is not surprising that her book serves up its share of goofy humor.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Theater Review: “The Black Clown” — Non-stop Vitality by Robert Israel

The Black Clown commands the vastness of the Loeb’s stage with an enviable energy.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Book Feature: Joan Nathan — Sitting at “King Solomon’s Table” by Robert Israel

There are 170 recipes in King Solomon's Table . Joan Nathan, a sort of culinary archeologist, tracks down the details of their origins to Biblical times. 

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Theater Preview: Homage to Federico García Lorca by Robert Israel

A newly published book of translations and two upcoming Boston-area stage productions confirms the enduring elemental power of Federico García Lorca.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Theater Review: A Tepid “Fall” by Robert Israel

Fall's conflict is presented with insufficient power; its domestic tragedy is not propelled along its inevitably troubling course.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Theater Review: “The Sound of Music” — A Robust Revival by Robert Israel

A resplendent and spirited revival of The Sound of Music in downtown Boston.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Theater News: IRNE Awards @ 22 — The Theater Bug, Renewed by Robert Israel

But, amidst all this excitement, there was an undertow of concern in the crowd at this year's IRNE Awards.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Theater Review: “The Humans” — Americans in Limbo by Robert Israel

In The Humans, Stephen Karam suggest that America can be a Heaven that in a moment, might flip into Hell.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Opera Preview: Boston Lyric Opera’s “Threepenny Opera” — A Reflection of Brutal Times by Robert Israel

“You can be certain that when the show begins and you hear 'Mack the Knife,' there will be scenes of slashing and murdering.”

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Theater Review: “Every Brilliant Thing” — The Weight of the World by Robert Israel

Adrianne Krstansky, a marvelous actress, understandably exhibits signs of the strain of having to carry the entire production on her shoulders.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Remembrance: Larry Coen — An Irreplaceable Boston Actor by Robert Israel

The late Larry Coen was a mainstay in Boston theater.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Theater Review: “Hear Word! Nigerian Woman Talk True” — Speaking Truth to Power by Robert Israel

Despite its drawbacks, this is a powerful production that speaks to what is happening today.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Classical Music Interview: Yvonne Lam of eighth blackbird — Stirring Virtuosos by Robert Israel

When it comes to helping artists make a living, social media turns out to be a mixed blessing.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Book Review: Nikki Giovanni — Still Feisty After All These Years by Robert Israel

Reading Nikki Giovanni, one is inspired to never cower, to never beg, to never surrender.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Theater Review: “Kiss” and Don’t Tell by Robert Israel

The bottom line is that we simply aren't given a requisite sense of the play's embrace of tragedy.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Theater Preview: The Bard and Tennessee Williams by Robert Israel

"Both poet/playwrights wrote with the same swings between tragedy and farce we live with now in America."

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Theater Review: “Men on Boats” — A Trip with its Ups and Downs by Robert Israel

Men on Boats is a sometimes rollicking, at other times tedious, one-act play.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Theater Review: “Out of the Mouths of Babes” — Memories of a Cad by Robert Israel

Israel Horovitz's latest play delivers some fine moments of comedy as well as some dark revelations about female neediness.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fuse Remembrance: Sam Shepard — An Appreciation by Robert Israel

Throughout Sam Shepard's oeuvre one can find ample evidence of his struggles with demons, some of them distinctively American.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Theater Review: “Mad Dash” — Fresh Ink Theatre Beats the Clock by Robert Israel

Fresh Ink Theatre is to be applauded for taking risks, for daring to mix it all up, for giving audiences a taste of what theater, shelter-skelter version, can be.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Theater Review: “Ripcord” — Bittersweet Geriatrics by Robert Israel

Yes, Ripcord is candied, but there's just enough astringency blended in to make the sugar sufficiently tangy.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Theater Review: “The Bridges of Madison County” — Waterlogged by Robert Israel

The talented SpeakEasy Stage ensemble offers enough harmonious pizazz to make up for the musical 's erotic fizzle.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Visual Arts Feature: The Photographs of Henryk Ross — An Eye on the Banality of Evil by Robert Israel

In the remarkable images of Henryk Ross, Nazi evil is exposed through a kind of heroic voyeurism.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Theater Review: “Grand Concourse” — You Gotta Have Faith by Robert Israel

Grand Concourse does wondrous things: it encourages us ponder our own growth toward faith while emphasizing with the struggles of others.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Film Review: “Fences” — The Tragedy of Walls by Robert Israel

This excellent film version of the play Fences meets (even exceeds) the considerable demands of August Wilson's script.

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