Anna Deveare Smith’s examination of racism in America remains powerful, 30 years on.
American Repertory Theater
Maybe I am an alarmist and the rich and powerful know something the rest of us don’t. Perhaps the midterms will not put another nail in the coffin of democracy. Apparently, it will be business as usual for the A.R.T. and other American theaters — until it can’t be.
This revival of 1776 tries to strike a culture wars balance, celebrating the country’s commitment to independence while also here and there skewering the idealized images and blatant hypocrisies of America’s patriarchal founders.
As sure as “the crow/Makes wing to the rooky wood,” Mrs. Macbeth is going to fall tragically short when it comes to being an inspirational role model for marginalized females everywhere.
Energizing, joyful, expert, close to sure-fire, Chasing Magic was a great choice to reopen A.R.T. after the long pandemic shutdown.
The arrival of Groundwater Arts suggests the birth of efforts to organize artists and others to press cultural organizations to take meaningful action on the climate crisis.
Amir Nizar Zuabi’s engaging drama is a hopeful testament to communication and forgiveness.
Why are Boston stages reacting so serenely to our current miasmas — pandemical, political, economic, and spiritual.
The main problem with Gloria is its expository storytelling. Events are mostly announced and described rather than recreated.
Dave Malloy’s musical version of Moby-Dick shows promise, but he needs to trim plenty of blubber.