Nov 09 2018

FREE ADVANCE SCREENING: “THE FRONT RUNNER”

By | November 9th, 2018|Drama, Free Advance Screening, Movies|0 Comments

HURRY! FREE ADVANCE SCREENING for a Sony Pictures’ release “THE FRONT RUNNER” For the chance to receive two tickets to this screening please visit: http://www.sonyscreenings.com/JoycesChoicesTheFrontRunner Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Boston (Theatre will be named on your ticket) “THE FRONT RUNNER” Running Time: 1-hour 53-minutes Rated: R Opening Date: November 16, 2018 Cast: [...]

Nov 08 2018

THEATER DOUBLE FEATURE: MACBETH/EQUIVOCATION

By | November 8th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

There's one more weekend to catch a terrific tandem production presented by ACTORS' SHAKESPEARE PROJECT to open its 15th season, a theater double feature: MACBETH and EQUIVOCATION. The first is the bard's blackest tragedy, so violent, pitiless and bleak, its name cannot be uttered in a theater without tempting wicked fate. This production of  "the [...]

Oct 23 2018

THEATER/ “FUN HOME” FINDS A HEARTWARMING LOCAL HOME

By | October 23rd, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

SpeakEasy Stage continues its superb season with a regional premiere and one of the best local productions of a Tony-Award winning musical I've ever seen: FUN HOME. I saw this heartbreaking musical last season in Boston's big Opera House; the voices were stronger, but the intimate setting the show finds onstage at SpeakEasy gives this [...]

Oct 17 2018

THEATER DOUBLE FEATURE: ALL MY SONS/THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD

By | October 17th, 2018|Theater|1 Comment

I just saw a very moving "theater double feature" in one afternoon involving sons and daughters in jeopardy. Boston Playwrights' Theatre just opened its season with "THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD" a new play with an unwieldy title but an ensemble of exceptional young actresses who draw us into the painful emotional centers of their [...]

Oct 09 2018

GAGA for GAGA: “A STAR IS BORN”

By | October 9th, 2018|Drama, Movies, Musicals, Romance|0 Comments

I knew he was good, but even from the trailer I could tell SHE was good too. What I couldn't tell was just HOW good they would be together. Writer/director/composer/star Bradley Cooper found his muse in singer/composer/performance artist Lady Gaga; their alchemy is what tethered me to this moving, though imperfect film, and [...]

Sep 26 2018

THEATER: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY

By | September 26th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

Speakeasy Stage Company is in top form as it kicks off its season with a superb production of the New England premiere of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning play BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and billed as a "dark urban comedy," the play plunges us into the murky water where most human beings [...]

Sep 23 2018

HAMILTON

By | September 23rd, 2018|Theater|1 Comment

Heads up. HAMILTON  is a great show. OK OK. You knew that-- but I finally saw it for myself. I left the theater with my jaw on the floor and the score vibrating through my bones. The theatrical shot heard round the world has taken three years to get to Boston's Opera House-- as if [...]

Sep 15 2018

WHAT’S ONSTAGE NOW: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, THE NICETIES, & SPIDER WOMAN,

By | September 15th, 2018|Theater|1 Comment

Let's begin with STRAIGHT WHITE MEN-- since most things do. But time's up and now what? That's the question raised by playwright Young Jean Lee in her Broadway hit now having its New England premiere onstage presented by New Rep Theatre. First, I am a fan of another work of Lee's-- "We're Gonna Die" which [...]

Sep 09 2018

THE BLACK CLOWN: LANGSTON HUGHES LUSHLY FLESHED OUT ONSTAGE

By | September 9th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

The evening seared my soul: Langston Hughes' poem THE BLACK CLOWN made its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater this week, awesome, painful, and inspiring word made flesh. The piece adapted by performer Davone Tines (who first wowed me in CROSSING) and composer Michael Schachter is a brilliant collage of word, music, and movement, [...]

Aug 25 2018

MOVIES: BLACKkKLANSMAN & CRAZY RICH ASIANS

By | August 25th, 2018|Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Romance, Thriller|2 Comments

The dog days of summer feature two movies based on books that require some navigation through PC muddied waters. BLACKkKLANSMAN is Spike Lee's take on the "true" tale of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, Denzel's son!) the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Force in the early '70's who infiltrates the Ku Klux [...]