Diane Paulus

Theater Review: Revisionist Revival of “1776” Hits Broadway with a Thud

November 7, 2022
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A.R.T Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Jeffrey L. Page are at the helm of this well-meaning but irritating revival.

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Theater Commentary: “1776” — American Theater Jigs as Democracy Dies?

June 8, 2022
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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.

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Theater Review: “1776” — Still an Egg in the Theatrical Incubator

June 5, 2022
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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.

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Theater Review – “Gloria” Squanders an Iconic Life

February 6, 2020
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The main problem with Gloria is its expository storytelling. Events are mostly announced and described rather than recreated.

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Theater Review: The Sense of an “Endlings”

March 7, 2019
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The playwright supplies a memorable encounter between young and old in the play’s final scene, but it is too late to compensate for the superficiality of the Pirandello-lite antics that have come before.

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Theater Review: Not So “ExtraOrdinary”

November 19, 2018
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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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Theater Review: “Jagged Little Pill” — A Relevant and Rocking Brew

May 30, 2018
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In the end, Jagged Little Pill manages to spotlight multiple modern problems while making us care about its characters.

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Theater Review: Playing “The White Card”

March 7, 2018
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The White Card‘s examination of white philanthropy and racism stays well within the comfort zone.

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Theater Review: “Burn All Night” — Party Like It’s 1999

August 25, 2017
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Burn all Night is a pretty damp squib coming from one of the country’s major regional theaters.

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Theater Commentary: “Trumpismo avant la lettre” and the Elliot Norton Awards

May 22, 2017
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Hypnotized by celebrity and the monied class, our stage critics have become a gaggle of cheerleaders, feckless enough to call Diane Paulus a “visionary.”

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