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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 [...]

Jun 05 2018

A CLASSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE: “THE WIZ”/ “FALL”

By | June 5th, 2018|Theater|1 Comment

If you're in town this weekend, take the kids and catch the hit musical strutting its stuff at LYRIC STAGE which has extended its run of "THE WIZ" til July 1! The 1975 classic which added soul to "The Wizard of Oz" and walked away with seven Tony Awards, is now easin' on down the [...]

May 25 2018

YOU OUGHTA KNOW:THIS SHOW ROCKS OUR JAGGED LITTLE WORLD

By | May 25th, 2018|Theater|7 Comments

Alanis Morissette These days are a jagged pill to swallow--which makes the world premiere musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL inspired by Alanis Morissette's landmark 90's primal scream of an album more relevant than ever. Artistic director Diane Paulus has once again looked back to look forward, putting her finger on the pulse of the [...]

May 08 2018

THEATER: LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!

By | May 8th, 2018|Theater|1 Comment

It has stayed with me all week: ZEITGEIST Stage Company's production of LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! A line of men in white tulle; they are performing "Swan Lake" in drag. It's a scream--and heartrending. They are like angels appearing and disappearing, AIDS waiting in the wings, hovering over their lives, in the shadows of one summer [...]

May 04 2018

MUST SEE THEATER THIS WEEKEND: BROKELAHOMO!!

By | May 4th, 2018|Theater|1 Comment

I've been running all over town to catch what's onstage and there's a stockpile of fantastic shows waiting to be seen--beginning with what I just saw at the Ramrod Center for The Performing Arts!  I nearly laughed myself into insanity at what Ryan Landry and his GOLD DUST ORPHANS have rustled up: BROKELAHOMO!  It's "Brokeback [...]

Apr 25 2018

RANDY RAINBOW: NORTON AWARDS GUEST OF HONOR

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

  As president of The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) I am pleased to report MORE GOOD NEWS: the one and only Randy Rainbow, comedian, actor, and internet sensation will be our Guest of Honor at the 36th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7 PM, at the Huntington Avenue Theatre!! [...]