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Apr 11 2017

THEATER: 2017 NORTIE NOMS ARE OUT/DIANE PAULUS IS IN AS ENA PRIZE WINNER!

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

Diane Paulus 2017 Elliot Norton Prize Winner THIS JUST IN!  The Boston Theater Critics Association has announced the 35th Anniversary Elliot Norton Awards nominations for outstanding work by Boston area actors, directors, designers, writers! Leading the pack are the Huntington Theatre Company and SpeakEasy Stage Company with 9 nominations each in a field of [...]

Mar 24 2017

THEATER: 2017 ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS w/CHERRY JONES!

By | March 24th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

She's won two TONY AWARDS and an EMMY for her role as President Allison Taylor on "24" and this year she's our GUEST OF HONOR at Boston's version of the Tony's: The 35th Elliot Norton Awards will honor CHERRY JONES! TONY AWARD WINNER CHERRY JONES   It's all happening on Monday May 15 at the Huntington Theatre Company’s [...]

Mar 21 2017

THEATER: “TOPDOG/UNDERDOG” /”GRAND CONCOURSE”

By | March 21st, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

Two more to see beginning with the stunning Huntington Theatre production of a play that gets to the heart of racism in these United States: Suzan-Lori Parks's revelatory Pulitzer Prize-winning "TOPDOG/UNDERDOG."  Directed by Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award-winner Billy Porter (KINKY BOOTS, THE COLORED MUSEUM) will leave you in shock as it builds to its inevitable explosive conclusion. We are left sorting through [...]

Mar 17 2017

THEATER: FINISH LINE: A DOCUMENTARY PLAY ABOUT THE 2013 MARATHON

By | March 17th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

I just saw the world premiere of FINISH LINE: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon.  It runs circles around the movie "Patriot's Day" which managed to somehow reduce this global tragedy even as it ramped up the explosions and Mark Wahlberg's ubiquitous heroics. FINISH LINE has no literal explosions and makes a better point: there were no heroes, that is, no [...]

Mar 10 2017

THEATER: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

By | March 10th, 2017|Theater|3 Comments

 What can you say about a dead dog that hasn't been said already? That it was stabbed with a pitchfork and discovered by a teenage math wiz with some unusual behavioral problems? "Holy f__k!" the play's opening salvo, is delivered by the dog's owner as she stumbles upon the teenager at the grisly scene center stage, in a shaft of light. So begins "The Curious Incident [...]

Mar 05 2017

THEATER: STAGE KISS/EDWARD II/INFORMED CONSENT

By | March 5th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Here's three to see beginning with the Lyric Stage Company's smart and funny production of STAGE KISS by Sarah Ruhl ("The Clean House," "In the Next Room or the vibrator play")whose surface lightness illuminates real life in surprising and important ways. In "Stage Kiss" an actress called simply "She"(the consistently marvelous Celeste Oliva who hits the [...]

Mar 01 2017

THEATER: THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA

By | March 1st, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Amanda Plummer & James Earl Jones/Gretjen Helene Photography/A.R.T. One of the hottest tickets of the season is the American Repertory Theater's production of Tennessee Williams THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA starring James Earl Jones-- but the star of the show is the incandescent AMANDA PLUMMER who cuts loose from most of the rest of the [...]

Feb 23 2017

THEATER:TWO IRISH PLAYS/THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE & THE HONEY TRAP

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

Marie Mullen as Mag Folan & Aisling O’Sullivan as Maureen Folan Here's an Irish double feature beginning with THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE now on the ArtsEmerson Paramount Mainstage. I had never before seen this Tony Award-winning dark Irish tragi-comedy, the first of a trilogy by Martin McDonough. First performed by Ireland's Druid Theatre Company in Galway in 1996, it [...]

Feb 07 2017

THEATER: BILLY ELLIOT The Musical

By | February 7th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

In the middle of the snow, and the rain, and the wind, and the cold, and a million people heading into Boston for the PATRIOTS' victorious rolling rally onto City Hall Plaza (am still in SHOCK and AWE at that miraculous triumph), I found myself practicing evasive maneuvers in order to make my way to WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE's school matinee of BILLY [...]

Feb 04 2017

THEATER: CABARET

By | February 4th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

A few bedraggled Kit Kat Chorines milled around onstage as the audience filed in to see the iconic Kander and Ebb musical that had its 1966 pre-broadway premiere right here in Boston. Now, more than a half century later the Boston Opera House welcomes the Roundabout Theatre Company's pivotal Tony Award-winning production of CABARET -- and trust me: this is no walk in the park, old chum, not [...]