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Dec 08 2018

WEEKEND ONSTAGE: Best, Bawdiest, Delightful, Musical

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

Here are four recommendations, the best, the bawdiest, most delightful, and thoroughly musical offerings onstage now: beginning with The Huntington's MAN IN THE RING which is simply a masterpiece and  THE BEST PRODUCTION ONSTAGE NOW. This is a profoundly moving, complex, brilliantly performed and conceived bio-drama about fighter Emile Griffiths here played by two actors, [...]

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 [...]

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 11 2018

MOULIN ROUGE! BREATHTAKING BOSTON WORLD PREMIERE!

By | August 11th, 2018|Theater|9 Comments

I left the show trailing streamers, confetti and what was left of my breath. The world premiere, Broadway-bound musical MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL has just reopened America's oldest and most beautiful theatre, Boston's Emerson Colonial -- and what a rebirth! The show is a no holds barred, dazzling live theatrical reinvention of Baz Luhrman's Oscar-nominated [...]

Jun 25 2018

THEATER: BORN FOR THIS: ALMOST THERE

By | June 25th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

It's almost ready: BORN FOR THIS/A NEW MUSICAL has just premiered to a standing ovation at The Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, and brought me to my feet with its vitality, soul-searing vocals, and dynamic cast and performances. All it needs is a good kick in the book-- and it's on its way. Center: Loren [...]