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Oct 03 2017

TO SEE & NOT TO SEE: Faceless/Warhol Capote/Exit the King/Men On Boats/A Bright Room Called Day

By | October 3rd, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Wondering what TO SEE and NOT TO SEE onstage? Here's my take on what I've seen lately: (L to R): Victor Shopov, Aina Adler, Robert Orzalli, Ashley Risteen (Photo by Richard Hall/Silverline Images) FACELESS: SEE it! This New England premiere by young playwright Selina Fillinger and season opener at Zeitgeist Stage Company is [...]

Sep 19 2017

THEATER: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

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

By any measure, "Merrily We Roll Along" the Huntington Theatre Company's season opener is a first rate show with a brilliant cast, directed by Maria Friedman who recreates her smash hit London production with a challenging book by George Furth about luck and choice, and a Sondheim score that sheds light on those murky twists [...]

Sep 19 2017

THEATER/THREE TO SEE: CONSTELLATIONS/IDEATION/& GYPSY

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

Here are three to see onstage right now beginning with CONSTELLATIONS presented by Underground Railway Theater at the Central Square Theater. This is one of the most fascinating and brilliantly performed productions I've ever seen locally, as emotionally charged as it is intellectually stimulating. I was entranced at first sight of the set-- a luminous, [...]

Aug 31 2017

THEATER/”BURN ALL NIGHT”: End of the World premiere!

By | August 31st, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

In the last days of summer, an out-of-this-world, world premiere, end-of-the-world musical has sprung up at OBERON (through September 8) the A.R.T.'s second stage where anything can and often does happen. BURN ALL NIGHT seems to be channeling the zeitgeist as it speaks to looming disaster: four millennials trying to find their way through life [...]

Aug 11 2017

THEATER: “42nd Street”/”Finding Neverland”

By | August 11th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Two musicals have just descended on the Boston area: one old, one new--each with its ups and downs. Mara Cecilia as PEGGY SAWYER First,"Come and meet those dancing feet/On the avenue I'm taking you to/42ND STREET"--now in Waltham at the REAGLE THEATRE just finishing up its 49th season! This is the final weekend of [...]

Jul 28 2017

THEATER: Romeo & Juliet/ American Moor

By | July 28th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

I can always tell when a production hits the sweet spot for me. Words for my reviews start running through my head and I can't stop them. This week there are TWO such productions which you MUST SEE, both Shakespearean-- one a splendid production of his most popular play, and the other a searing one-man [...]

Jun 23 2017

THEATER: FAT PIG/THE EFFECT/DAYS OF ATONEMENT

By | June 23rd, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

There's almost NOTHING to see at the movies these days except techno-driven retreads of assorted superheroes, smurfs, or humans acting like imbeciles. Unless you've put your brain on ice this summer, your resources are BEST spent on live theater. Here's my take on three onstage right now beginning with THE EFFECT a New England Premiere [...]

Jun 13 2017

THEATER: BEWARE CORPORATE GIVING–AND TAKING

By | June 13th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

I applaud the statement  issued by Boston's Praxis Stage who are about to mount a production of JULIUS CAESAR in Cambridge this summer. In fact, I laughed myself silly--though this is truly no laughing matter. Praxis called it, and I'm happy to amplify their response to the ongoing attempts to suppress freedom of expression and the crucial conversations theater provokes, especially in times of [...]

Jun 02 2017

THEATER: RIPCORD/ ARRABAL

By | June 2nd, 2017|Dance, More A & E, Music, Theater|0 Comments

DON'T MISS the Huntington Theatre Company's "RIPCORD" which just opened at the Calderwood Pavilion and has already been extended through July 2! David Lindsay-Abaire's comedy is set in that most hilarious and freewheeling of all environments--an assisted living complex. Hang on, it involves two elderly women who find themselves roommates, but one of them can't stand the other.  The sour-pussed Abby (Nancy E. Carroll) [...]

May 16 2017

35th ANNIVERSARY ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS 2017!

By | May 16th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

  Joyce Kulhawik, Cherry Jones, Diane Paulus & Boston Theater Critics Association/Photo: Mikki Ansin If you are a theater lover/goer and were not at the HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY's BU Theater on Monday May 15, 2017, you missed the event of the local theatrical season: The 35th Anniversary Elliot Norton Awards with Guest of Honor [...]