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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 [...]

Jan 26 2017

THEATER: TRANS SCRIPTS PART I: THE WOMEN

By | January 26th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

There is no balder, fresher medium than theater to communicate personal reality, warm bodies right there on stage conveying flesh and blood experiences. In TRANS SCRIPTS, PART I: THE WOMEN, now having its US premiere on the American Repertory Theater's  mainstage, playwright Paul Lucas leads us on an exploration of what it is to be "transgender." The means are simple and [...]

Jan 24 2017

THEATER: SOMETHING ROTTEN!

By | January 24th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

To paraphrase the bard, there's nothing rotten with the state of entertainment in Boston this week! A hit Broadway musical has just launched its national tour right here at the Boston Opera House: SOMETHING ROTTEN! It is, however, overripe--with big production numbers, superb voices, witty songs, exuberant choreography, and copious laughs. In other words, it's a feast for anyone who likes their musicals riotously scrambled or [...]

Jan 19 2017

THEATER: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF

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

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" George chants low in the darkness. "I am, George. I am," intones a hollow-eyed Martha in the Lyric Stage's merciless yet moving production of Albee's classic. As the light slowly fades on this bitter couple in the final scene, I felt a chill. The moment is forever seared in my mind, a moment of sheer existential terror and loneliness in a production not to be missed. Edward Albee's three [...]

Jan 13 2017

THEATER TRIPLE THREAT: HAND TO GOD/A DOLL’S HOUSE/THURGOOD

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

What a FASCINATING week for theater in town—I saw three plays this week: a one-man show, one classic, and one Tony-nominated play having its New England premiere all of which left me thinking, laughing, scratching my head, and utterly engaged. You gotta love theater! Here goes. SpeakEasy Stage is presenting the New England premiere of [...]

Jan 04 2017

AN EROTIC THRILLER TWO WAYS: “FINGERSMITH”/”THE HANDMAIDEN”

By | January 4th, 2017|Drama, Horror, Movies, Theater|1 Comment

Here's a rewarding artistic excursion for the new year-- an erotic crime thriller two ways, one onscreen, the other onstage. Both are based on the devilishly byzantine novel and Mann Booker finalist by Sarah Waters called "FINGERSMITH." (Also a 2005 BBC mini series.) The staged version called FINGERSMITH and adapted by Alexa Junge is now in its final week at [...]

Dec 14 2016

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BUR’s THE ARTERY!

By | December 14th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Books, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, More A & E, Movies, Music, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Theater, Thriller, Visual ART, War, Western|0 Comments

                  If you're still looking for that perfect gift for someone you love who loves the arts, I am passing along this 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, itself a gift from WBUR's The ARTery writers-- and I am proud to be one! This annual gift guide has several stockings full of suggestions in every discipline [...]