Jim Kates

Theater Review: “Laughing Stock” Redux

August 8, 2013
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The current revival of Laughing Stock, directed again by the playwright, has softer edges than I remember in the earlier one, played with fluidity rather than crackle.

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Theater Review: The Peterborough Players Stage a “Seagull” That Soars

July 25, 2013
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The Peterborough Players have put together a “Seagull” that floats elegantly on nineteenth-century Russian and twenty-first-century American wings, simultaneously bright and dark.

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Theater Review: “2 Pianos 4 Hands” — One Highly Amusing Evening

July 11, 2013
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Some of the jokes in “2 Pianos 4 Hands” reach fairly deep into an understanding of how classical music works and is taught; other jokes will be recognizable to anyone who has taken piano lessons or raised a child to do so.

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Theater Review: “Say Goodnight Gracie” — Comedic Comfort Food For Aging Palates

June 27, 2013
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“Say Goodnight Gracie” revels in familiarity and age. It travels on creaky wheels of recognition rather than on rockets of revelation.

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Poetry Review: Lapidary Ends — “Cut These Words Into My Stone”

April 12, 2013
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This anthology, made up of Michael Wolfe’s superb translations of ancient Greek epitaphs, begins in prehistory and ends in the sixth century C.E.

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Book Review: Meet Mikhail Kuzmin —The Oscar Wilde of Russian Literature

April 8, 2013
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Poet Mikhail Kuzmin, born in the 1870s into a family of Russian Old Believers, was a passionate exponent of gay literature in the early twentieth century.

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Poetry Review: Poet Henrik Nordbrandt — Hovering Between Banality and Revelation

March 31, 2013
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“Henrik Nordbrandt now holds a unique place in his homeland as its most celebrated national poet, who happens to have spent most of his adult life outside Denmark.”

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Poetry Introduction: Handle With Readerly Care – “The Porcupine of Mind”

February 3, 2013
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Consider these few notes my handing The Porcupine of Mind off to you — you read it, you write about it, then we’ll come back and talk.

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Poetry Review: Flowers for the Motherland — “A Bouquet of Czech Folktales”

January 15, 2013
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In 1853, the Czech scholar Karol Jaromír Erben published “A Bouquet of Folk Tales,” which became a source-book for artists and composers, and “one of the three foundational texts of Czech literature.”

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Poetry Review: Yvan Goll’s “Dreamweed” — Visions of a Shape-shifter

November 16, 2012
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Yvan Goll may be the great shape-shifter, the Zelig, of twentieth-century poetry.

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