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Carolyn Clay

Theater Critic, The ARTery, WBUR

Carolyn Clay, a theater critic for The ARTery, was for many years theater editor and chief drama critic for the Boston Phoenix. She is a past recipient of the George Jean Nathan Awarld for dramatic criticism.

Recent stories

It’s Good To Be A Fly On The Wall For These Remarkable ‘Dressing Room Stories’

June 09, 2016
Actor Alvin Epstein, seen in a 1997 production of "When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable)" at the American Repertory Theater. (Courtesy American Repertory Theater)

Carolyn Clay reviews “Dressing Room Stories,” a collection of Alvin Estein’s reminiscences from a life in the theater.

Freud Debates C.S. Lewis In His ‘Last Session’ At New Rep

May 05, 2016
Shelley Bolman and Joel Colodner in New Rep's "Freud's Last Session" (Courtesy Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures)

Freud and C.S. Lewis debate the existence of God as England is on the brink of World War II in Mark St. Germain’s “Freud’s Last Session.”

Zeitgeist Stage Negotiates A Not So Great ‘Wilderness’

May 04, 2016
Christine Power and Peter Brown in Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of "A Great Wilderness." (Courtesy Richard Hall/Silverline Images)

Zeitgeist Stage’s latest production, “A Great Wilderness,” makes a not so great impression, says critic Carolyn Clay.

Helen Keller Jokes? Ryan Landry And The Gold Dust Orphans Unleash 'Legally Blind'

April 27, 2016
Jessica Barstis as Helen Keller in "Legally Blind." (Courtesy Corey Banda)

The musical tries earnestly to entertain, and overall succeeds, despite a slight doggedness to the proceedings, a recycled impression and an arguably offensive imitation.

Actors' Shakespeare Project Puts On Modern Spectacle Of 'The School For Scandal'

April 20, 2016
Left to right: actors Sarah Newhouse as Lady Sneerwell, Michael Underhill as Joseph Surface, and Lydia Barnett-Mulligan as Lady Teazle in the Actors' Shakespeare Project's production of "The School for Scandal." (Courtesy Stratton McCrady/Actors' Shakespeare Project)

Paula Plum directs the revamped production, which centers on a two-faced troupe of slanderers who pass on wittily-phrased gossip and pride themselves on inventing it.

Israeli Stage’s Production Of ‘Oh God’ Puts A Troubled Almighty On The Couch

April 19, 2016
Agnostic therapist Ella (Maureen Keiller) doesn’t believe in her new patient (Will Lyman), who says he’s God, in the Israeli Stage production of “Oh God.” (Courtesy Paul Marotta)

Israeli Stage’s production of Anat Gov’s ‘Oh God’ runs at the Arsenal Center for the Arts through April 30.

Huntington World Premiere Is A Funny New Spin On Sex, Money — And Love?

April 08, 2016
Meredith Forlenza in the Huntington's world premiere of "Can You Forgive Her?" (Courtesy T. Charles Erickson/Huntington Theatre Company)

Gina Gionfriddo’s “Can You Forgive Her?” finds satirical humor in romance, grief and consumer debt, says Carolyn Clay.

Spring Theater Preview: Elvis And Teddy Roosevelt, Mr. Burns And Matilda

March 31, 2016
Kristen Sieh and Libby King in "RoosevElvis," which will be at the American Repertory Theater. (Courtesy Sue Kessler/American Repertory Theater)

The ARTery theater critic Carolyn Clay offers her picks of the best shows on area stages this spring.

‘Back The Night’ Is An Issues Play Not Written In Black And White

February 12, 2016
Melissa Jesser (left) as Em, Amanda Collins as Cassie (center) and Evan Horwitz as Sean (right) react after an attack by a fraternity brother. (Kalman Zabarsky/Boston Playwright’s Theatre)

Melinda Lopez’s play, premiering at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, explores the uncertainties of truth and expediency in the pursuit of what’s right.

‘The Convert’ In Central Square — Revisiting Rhodesian Repression

February 10, 2016
Adobuere Ebiama and Maurice Emmanuel Parent in Underground Railway Theater's production of "The Convert." (Courtesy A.R. Sinclair Photography/Central Square Theater)

Central Square Theater presents Underground Railway Theater’s production of “The Convert” by Danai Gurira, who wrote “Eclipsed” and stars in “The Walking Dead.”

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