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Apr 30 2019

THEATER: “THE RETURN”/ ISRAELI STAGE’S LAST ACT

By | April 30th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

If you're looking for theater to shake you out of your seat and into a new perspective, THE RETURN, the sleek and stirring swan song presented by Guy Ben-Aharon's Israeli Stage, takes you there. On a blank  white slice of backdrop, a literal tabula rasa, a man and a woman stand before us as the [...]

Apr 11 2019

2019 ELLIOT NORTON AWARD NOMINEES/ENA PRIZE WINNER MELINDA LOPEZ!!

By | April 11th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

THIS JUST IN!!! Two dozen nominations (full list below) of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles were announced today by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA), with winners to be revealed at the 37th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7 PM, at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.  This year’s recipient of [...]

Apr 01 2019

THEATER QUICK TIPS: DRAGON CYCLE, PHOTOGRAPH 51, CARDBOARD PIANO

By | April 1st, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

Rounding out the season, I've seen a raft of shows-- here are the ones that floated my boat: Photo/GretjenHelene.com DRAGON MAMA: I was blown away by this one-woman show at Club Oberon part of A.R.T.'s breakout series in Harvard Square, Cambridge. This is a solo memoir and tour de force performance by the extraordinary [...]

Mar 26 2019

GUEST OF HONOR: FAYE DUNAWAY AT 37th ANNUAL ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS!

By | March 26th, 2019|More A & E, Theater|0 Comments

Legendary actress FAYE DUNAWAY, winner of an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and an Emmy, will be the Guest of Honor at the 37th Annual Elliot Norton Awards presented by the Boston Theater Critics Association on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Huntington Avenue Theatre! As President of the BTCA, I am thrilled that Ms. Dunaway, BU [...]

Mar 11 2019

MORE THEATER: “Romeo And Juliet” / “Endlings”

By | March 11th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

Our two great regional theater companies have mounted ambitious productions: Huntington Theatre Company's ROMEO AND JULIET charts a tragic end, while American Repertory Theater's ENDLINGS is an interesting beginning. We all know how Romeo and Juliet end up. The challenge is to find a fresh way to envision this tragedy of star-crossed lovers whose feuding [...]

Feb 22 2019

MUST SEE THEATER NOW: THE LITTLE FOXES

By | February 22nd, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

The Lyric Stage company has gone from THE WOLVES to THE LITTLE FOXES, Lillian Hellman's classic about a ravenous pack of southerners hungry for a business deal that would satiate their need for even greater wealth and power. This melodrama set in the antebellum south is brilliantly helmed by Scott Edmiston, staged on a glorious [...]

Feb 15 2019

ONSTAGE NOW: BEDLAM’S PYGMALION!/GIRLISH/NAT TURNER/ EARTHA MAE

By | February 15th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

Women dominate much of what's onstage right now, beginning with George Bernard Shaw's comedy of manners, gender, class, and now-- colonialism and cultural assimilation. PYGMALION has gotten a makeover by New York's brilliant Bedlam theater company by way of Underground Railway Theater at Central Square. It's a crisp, up-to-the minute, vibrant and touching take on a classic. [...]

Jan 30 2019

THEATER: OTHELLO, RAGTIME, THE WOLVES, HEARTLAND, WELL

By | January 30th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

SO MUCH THEATER OUT THERE NOW! I caught up with five shows while nursing a broken ankle (don't ask) and most of them were worth going the distance. OTHELLO at THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER in Cambridge by way of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is an update on Shakespeare's tragedy about a noble man of [...]

Jan 15 2019

THEATER: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS/A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

By | January 15th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

There are two new comedies onstage in Boston right now, both entertaining, and well-executed by superb casts, but it was the scripts that gave me pause. The New England premiere of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company was a hit off-broadway and absolutely made me laugh-- and that's about it. What we have [...]