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450 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
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Venue was easy to find, intimate, very comfortable and staff was very helpful and friendly. Parking was convenient and reasonably priced. Dress to me, was business casual and the audience adhered respectfully to it. Great time. Highly recommended.
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"The Life of Galileo"
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3 reviews
10 stars
attended May 10 2009

An important play. Have seen it on stage 40 years ago - and it got to be more relevant than ever. The production was excellent, the acting superb. Don't miss it.

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12 stars
attended May 14 2009

A very good production, especially the performance of the lead actor. Overall, an interesting, entertaining interpretation of Brecht's work. The mural on the theater walls was catchy too and certainly relevant to the play. One complaint: the...continued

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12 stars
attended Apr 18 2009

Pre-performance discussion was excellentonderdf

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One of Brecht’s most well known and complex plays, _The Life of Galileo _explores the life of the founder of modern science and the conflict between reason and faith.  Written on the brink of World War II while the playwright was exiled from Germany and living in the U.S., Brecht examines the ordeal Galileo was forced to undergo as he set his personal passions and beliefs against the authorities of Church and State.  It reveals the famous scientist’s self-hatred for giving up his convictions in the face of the Inquisition, and poses powerful questions that resonate today about the social responsibility of the scientist.  _The Life of Galileo also _takes a bold look at the costs and implications of scientific discovery.  What are the repercussions of a fundamental paradigm shift?  What must we change about the ways we live our lives when a single breakthrough rocks the very foundations of our belief systems?  In the late Renaissance, it was the cosmos; in the 19th century, evolution; today, the possibilities that might be unearthed by unlocking the human genome.  In _The Life of Galileo, _Galileo’s scientific and personal integrity are put to the test as he argues for his very life in a passionate debate over science, politics, religion and ethics; the debates rage on today.

Richard McElvain (Galileo) has been acting and directing in the Boston area for twenty-five years and has won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actor.  Most recently he was seen in Boston Theatre Works award-winning production of Angels in America.  Other credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, Bang the Drum Slowly, and The Lady from Maxim’s with the Huntington Theatre Company; Barking Sharks and Unexpected Tenderness at Gloucester Stage Company; and The Scarlet Letter, Sylvia, and Twelfth Night at New Repertory Theatre.  He has also appeared at Merrimack Repertory Theatre and with the Boston Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Directing credits include the classics and the works of Israel Horowitz at Gloucester Stage Company and off-Broadway.  Mr. McElvain played Mr. Crain in the film Mermaids and appeared in several episodes of “Spenser for Hire.”

Other cast members include Steven Barkhimer, Jason Bowen, Andrew Cekala, Amanda Collins, Kevin Kaine, Robert Najarian, Jamie Nelson, Stephen Russell, Vincent Ernest Siders, Lewis D. Wheeler, and Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director Debra Wise.