The Old Globe Theatre has mounted a stately production of George Bernard Shaw’s best comedy – Pygmalion – on the occasion of the play’s centenary. (It was first performed, in German, at Vienna for reasons both complicated and uninteresting.)   Most of the Globe’s strengths are in evidence. Alexander Dodge’s set is gorgeous and witty,…

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The Battle

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is not some zappy Japanese anime game for the cell phone. Instead, it’s a very moving account of a young woman’s battle with cancer. Really. She just happens to be Asian. Named Yoshimi. And “pink robots” is the name her doctor gives to the rogue cells, which are suddenly devastating…

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There’s a niche in railroad folklore chronicling dare-devils trying to beat the trains: speeding toward the crossing, leaping on or off the moving cars, racing across the trestle just at the last minute. Usually, for the tale to last, somebody has to die. Well, somebody does die in Naomi Wallace’s play The Trestle at Pope…

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Just Kidding

People are pretty much the same everywhere, but storytellers understand that audiences love rediscovering this reality through a peep into somebody else’s life. That’s where plays like David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Good People – presently at the Old Globe Theatre’s White Theatre through Oct. 28 – come from. In a program note, the Boston author describes…

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