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Maureen Dezell

Contributor, The ARTery , WBUR

A former arts and culture writer for The Boston Globe and the Boston Phoenix, Maureen Dezell is now a freelance arts writer and senior editor at Boston College.

Recent stories

Boston Arts Groups Find Solutions For Graying Audiences

May 02, 2016
Huntington Theater Company has seen great growth in ticket sale and attendance at special events through its 35 Below program. (Courtesy Nile Hawver/Huntington Theatre Company)

Competition for dollars keeps getting fiercer, but several performing arts groups in Boston are aggressively experimenting with ways to attract new audiences, particularly younger patrons.

Elena Ferrante Pens A Fulfilling Finale To Neapolitan Series With ‘Story Of The Lost Child’

September 10, 2015

“The Story of the Lost Child” brings a masterwork by one of the more gifted and beguiling writers of our time to an end, writes The ARTery’s Maureen Dezell.

Gone ‘Girl On The Train’: How To Conjure A Bestseller

August 06, 2015
Paula Hawkins, author of "The Girl on the Train." (Kate Neil)

Did its connection to the 2012 hit “Gone Girl” propel “The Girl on the Train” to the bestseller list?

Scott Timberg’s Death Knell For The Creative Class Tolls Too Soon

April 02, 2015
Scott Timberg, author of "Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class." (Courtesy)

Scott Timberg’s “Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class” is an expansive, provocative and at times exasperating book, writes ARTery contributor Maureen Dezell.

Ronan Noone Audaciously Takes On Eugene O'Neill

January 26, 2015
MacKenzie Meehan, Christopher Donahue, Ronan Noone, and Kathleen McElfresh in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Ronan Noone’s "The Second Girl." (Paul Cantillon)

Maureen Dezell interviews playwright Ronan Noone about “The Second Girl,” a play that centers on Irish-Americans, Eugene O’Neill, and the challenges that female immigrants face.

What Do Coakley And Baker Have In Store For The Arts?

October 30, 2014

Gubernatorial candidates Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley stake out positions on the arts.

The Allure, And Mystery, Of Elena Ferrante — Whoever She Is

September 24, 2014
Elena Ferrante's "The Story of a New Name"

The third Neapolitan novel of the artist known as Elena Ferrante is out to rapturous reviews. Maureen Dezell can’t wait for the fourth.

The Elliot Norton Prize: Paul Daigneault And SpeakEasy Stage’s Sustained Excellence

May 18, 2014
Paul Daigneault (right) with Jaime Carrillo and Alejandro Simoes on the set of "The Motherf***er With The Hat." (Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo)

Paul Daigneault, who has built SpeakEasy Stage Company into a major player in Boston theater, is Monday night’s winner of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

Emma Donoghue Draws A Murder Mystery Out Of The History Books

April 08, 2014
Emma Donoghue is an award-winning Irish writer who lives in Canada. (Punch Photographic, 2013)

The book tour for Irish Canadian author Emma Donoghue’s newest release, “Frog Music,” a crime novel rooted in history, is bringing her to Boston College on Wednesday, April 9.

Company One Reunites With Annie Baker For ‘The Flick’

February 20, 2014
Alex Pollock, Peter Andersen and Brenna Fitzgerald in "The Flick." (Courtesy, Company One)

Company One temporarily moves to the Modern Theatre for Annie Baker’s highly-regarded play, “The Flick.” The company also staged a previous play of hers, “The Aliens.”

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