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Jan 19 2017

THEATER: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF

By | January 19th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" George chants low in the darkness. "I am, George. I am," intones a hollow-eyed Martha in the Lyric Stage's merciless yet moving production of Albee's classic. As the light slowly fades on this bitter couple in the final scene, I felt a chill. The moment is forever seared in my mind, a moment of sheer existential terror and loneliness in a production not to be missed. Edward Albee's three [...]

Jan 13 2017

THEATER TRIPLE THREAT: HAND TO GOD/A DOLL’S HOUSE/THURGOOD

By | January 13th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

What a FASCINATING week for theater in town—I saw three plays this week: a one-man show, one classic, and one Tony-nominated play having its New England premiere all of which left me thinking, laughing, scratching my head, and utterly engaged. You gotta love theater! Here goes. SpeakEasy Stage is presenting the New England premiere of [...]

Jan 04 2017

AN EROTIC THRILLER TWO WAYS: “FINGERSMITH”/”THE HANDMAIDEN”

By | January 4th, 2017|Drama, Horror, Movies, Theater|1 Comment

Here's a rewarding artistic excursion for the new year-- an erotic crime thriller two ways, one onscreen, the other onstage. Both are based on the devilishly byzantine novel and Mann Booker finalist by Sarah Waters called "FINGERSMITH." (Also a 2005 BBC mini series.) The staged version called FINGERSMITH and adapted by Alexa Junge is now in its final week at [...]

Dec 14 2016

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BUR’s THE ARTERY!

By | December 14th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Books, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, More A & E, Movies, Music, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Theater, Thriller, Visual ART, War, Western|0 Comments

                  If you're still looking for that perfect gift for someone you love who loves the arts, I am passing along this 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, itself a gift from WBUR's The ARTery writers-- and I am proud to be one! This annual gift guide has several stockings full of suggestions in every discipline [...]

Nov 03 2016

THEATER: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS/TIGER STYLE come up short.

By | November 3rd, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

Last week was a big disappointment on the theater scene for me-- two plays I couldn't wait to see came up short. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS which just opened its national tour onstage at the new Boch Center's Wang Theatre (through November 6) is gorgeous to look at with great choreography, sets, costumes, and music-- but a book that [...]

Oct 27 2016

THEATER: “THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS”

By | October 27th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

Take one of the most flagrant miscarriages of justice in American history, fueled by racial hatred, hitch it to a minstrel show and you’ve got “The Scottsboro Boys.” Even more painfully relevant now than when it opened on Broadway in 2010, the Tony-nominated musical is having its New England premiere at SpeakEasy Stage Company in [...]

Oct 22 2016

WIN TIX! WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE’s “Akeelah and the Bee” !!

By | October 22nd, 2016|Joyce's Choices, Theater|0 Comments

WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE is giving away 3 pairs of tickets to Akeelah and the Bee for the 7:30 pm show on Friday, October 28, 2016.  Enter to win! Akeelah and the Bee is the story of an 11-year old girl with a talent for spelling and a big heart. With persistence, determination and the support of her Chicago community she earns a [...]

Oct 20 2016

THEATER: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER!

By | October 20th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

It was nominated for ten and won four Tony awards including "Best Musical" and just arrived at Boston's Shubert Theatre (only until 10/23!) on its first national tour: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER! It's a howlingly funny, sexy, saucy, romantic musical comedy-mystery-farce with a dazzling script, score, sets, costumes, and performances! This is one of the most entertaining evenings at [...]

Oct 19 2016

THEATER: UNCANNEY VALLEY–Take the trip!

By | October 19th, 2016|Theater|1 Comment

Making plans for the weekend? Absolutely head up to Stoneham Theatre to see two of our best local actors in a really surprising, and intriguing play that looks into the future of artificial intelligence and the possibility of living forever! That weird title UNCANNY VALLEY refers to a concept in the field of robotics-- the more "human" an artificial being becomes, the more [...]

Oct 18 2016

THEATER: HAMLET takes you to church…!

By | October 18th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

              Shakespeare's tragic Prince of indecision, HAMLET, is having a grand staging at Church of the Covenant at the hands of Actors' Shakespeare Project! I've seen the play set everywhere, but this is an inspired venue. Doug Lockwood's direction rises to the challenge and opportunity of the space; though pivoting in my seat to follow the [...]