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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!! [...]

Apr 18 2018

2018 ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS NOMINATIONS/ENA PRIZE WINNER: LEIGH BARRETT

By | April 18th, 2018|Theater|2 Comments

THE NORTIE NOMINATIONS ARE IN!! CONGRATULATIONS ONE AND ALL!! As president of The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) I am happy to announce two dozen nominations of outstanding productions, actors, directors, designers and ensembles, with winners to be revealed at the 36th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7 PM, at the [...]

Mar 30 2018

THREE TO MAYBE SEE: Guards at the Taj, A Dead Man’s Diary, the Bakelite Masterpiece

By | March 30th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

Beauty, Bakelite, and a dead Russian's diary are all the subjects of three quasi-interesting theatrical productions now onstage in the area. I sat through them all and only fell asleep at one: THE BAKELITE MASTERPIECE at NEW REP THEATRE through April 8. It's based on the true story of a masterpiece famously forged and laminated [...]

Mar 06 2018

WOKE THEATER ROUND UP!

By | March 6th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

Now that OSCAR has "officially" put last year's movie season to bed, here's what's kept me woke lately on stage: ORLANDO: This attractive, jam-packed production bursts from the compact LYRIC STAGE. Sets and costumes are stripped down, beautiful, and efficient-- allowing for the fleet passage of time!  Sara Ruhl's play is adapted from Virginia Woolf's satiric, [...]

Mar 03 2018

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WHITE CARD IN THE ROOM

By | March 3rd, 2018|Theater|2 Comments

Daniel Gerroll, Patricia Kalember, Karen Pittman, and Jim Poulos in The White Card. Photo: Gretjen Helene Photography It is accepted wisdom that "Seeing is believing," and seeing is precisely what THE WHITE CARD requires: seeing what is assumed and unexamined, namely the white card which gives those who have it a hidden pass, [...]

Feb 27 2018

TWO BEAUTIES ONSTAGE: WAITRESS /BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

By | February 27th, 2018|Theater|2 Comments

WAITRESS--I saw this show hot out of the oven at its 2015 Broadway-bound world premiere at the A.R.T. Based on a charming, offbeat film and turned into a scrumptious slice of musical theater by Diane Paulus and an all female team, it depends on a key ingredient: a score by Grammy award-winning pop artist Sara [...]

Feb 09 2018

FROM THEIR LIPS TO OUR EARS: HEAR WORD!

By | February 9th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

Photo:Gretjen Helene Photography It is an expression of pure, justifiable rage and a call to arms from half a world away: HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True is viscerally alive onstage at the American Repertory Theater and will shake you into action. Based on the testimony of Nigerian women and woven into a [...]