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A beauty shop circa 1940's. Via: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/13918979618_43169c95b8_b.jpg Shop Talk: Politics of the Black Beauty Shop by A. Nora Long Community center, information station, haven; beauty shops in the African-American community have always been more than a place to get your hair done. One of the few businesses dominated by black women, the black beauty shop proved Depression-proof and weathered wars only to falter

Look closely at this photo from our upcoming production of Dear Elizabeth.  Have you seen these actors before? This isn't the first time Ed or Laura have transformed themselves on The Lyric's stage! Check out their past performances and count how many you guessed correctly! Laura Latreille and Ed Hoopman (pictured from left to right) star as famous Boston poets Robert

by Shanna Tedeschi, Management Associate While sitting in your seat at Sweeney Todd, did you overhear murmurs and mumbling about BLOOD? It's one of the biggest questions people have after seeing the show performed on our stage.  Is it pigs blood? Water dyed with red food coloring? Cherry pie filling?  None of the above. This inaugural posting of The Backstage Kitchen will reveal our secret recipe

Oh hey again! It's our fourth edition of FAIRYTALE FLASHBACK! Let your hair down and take a look at this collection of Rapunzels: With many thanks to D.L. Ashliman's folk tale library, (click to view) we've got the Rapunzel tale and all sorts of variations ripe for the reading - just click here to get to them along with links to the variations in question- but

FE FI FO FUM! I SMELL THE BLOOD OF OUR THIRD EDITION OF FAIRYTALE FLASHBACK! We're bringing you a whole mess of Jacks! The Jack and the Beanstalk tale has been reimagined a great deal: some vilifying Jack as the villain, and some trying to explain why that giant was so peeved. With many thanks to D.L. Ashliman's folk tale library, (click to

In our second edition of Fairytale Flasback, we're bringing you a whole mess of Little Red Riding Hoods! Did you know: the cape/hood wasn't always a cape. In early versions of the tale, including the Grimm version we link to below, it was simply a jaunty red cap. I don't know, somehow "Little Red Cap" doesn't have the same ring

You've almost certainly seen Elisabetta [Lisa] Polito's work in the last few years: she's brought her considerable talent in costume design to Boston, and has designed, among many others, Stones in His Pockets, Water by the Spoonful, and Time Stands Still, here at the Lyric Stage! Below, you can check out a quick interview with Elisabetta about her work and about Into the Woods, and take

We're gearing up for Into the Woods, Sondheim's delightfully fractured fairytale musical - which'll open here at the Lyric on May 9. For those of you not in the know, Into the Woods mashes up some of your favorite fairy tales, with a dark twist. The allure of fairy tales isn't lost on us, even now in 2014. Television shows like Once Upon a

by Brianna Arrighi If you come to see Death of a Salesman, (read: when you come see Salesman) prepare to be transported back to 1949. Willy inevitably loses his mind over his incapability to provide for his family, but what external factors during that time pushed him over the edge? Let’s take a closer look at what was going on before the