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Theater Review: “Orlando” — Asking What Gender Really Means

March 13, 2018
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There is much to love in this Lyric Stage Company production and I recommend it highly.

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Arts Feature: Recommended Books, 2023

December 29, 2023
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An eclectic round-up of the favorite books of the year from our critics.

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Book Review: Rabih Alameddine’s “Angel of History” — Knocked Askew

October 5, 2016
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This is a book about “survivor’s guilt,” and also about the terrible loneliness that comes of losing so many whom you love.

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Fuse Theater Review: “The How and the Why” — The Science of Being Human

June 10, 2015
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It is worth your time watching Shakespeare & Company’s two fine actresses come to an understanding that is cathartic and real.

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Book Review: “The O’Briens”— A Grand Family Epic

April 3, 2012
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“The O’Briens” is a good sink-your-teeth-into read that explores the capricious nature of destiny with grace and humor and shows great compassion for its characters.

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Theater Review: “Breath & Imagination” — Inspirational, Then and Now

February 1, 2015
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Breath & Imagination is a realistic, moving, and very revealing take on what it means to be a black artist in America, both then and now.

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Theater Review: “Anna Christie” — A Memorable Look at Life on the Margins

April 17, 2018
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The Lyric Stage production of Anna Christie does right by Eugene O’Neill’s brilliance.

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Book Review: “Three Weeks in December”

February 15, 2012
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Some fiction can, literally, have the smell of too much research. And so, although I admire the ambition and scope of Audrey Schulman’s new novel, “Three Weeks in December,” I also feel that she made things harder for herself than she needed to.

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Fuse Book Review: A Puzzling Look at the West, Islam, and The Convert

May 21, 2011
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If you are going to write about this very charged subject, the West and Islam, why would you choose as a representative of that great and ancient culture a woman who is stunted emotionally, clearly unreliable, and probably mentally unstable?

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Fuse Book Review: “The Translator” — A Bumpy Quest Novel

October 31, 2013
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Nina Schuyler’s uneven novel raises some interesting questions in the course of the protagonist’s quest, and there are many fascinating details about Japan and Noh plays and the power of silence.

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