Nov 03 2016


By | November 3rd, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

Last week was a big disappointment on the theater scene for me-- two plays I couldn't wait to see came up short. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS which just opened its national tour onstage at the new Boch Center's Wang Theatre (through November 6) is gorgeous to look at with great choreography, sets, costumes, and music-- but a book that [...]

Oct 27 2016


By | October 27th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

Take one of the most flagrant miscarriages of justice in American history, fueled by racial hatred, hitch it to a minstrel show and you’ve got “The Scottsboro Boys.” Even more painfully relevant now than when it opened on Broadway in 2010, the Tony-nominated musical is having its New England premiere at SpeakEasy Stage Company in [...]

Oct 22 2016

WIN TIX! WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE’s “Akeelah and the Bee” !!

By | October 22nd, 2016|Joyce's Choices, Theater|0 Comments

WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE is giving away 3 pairs of tickets to Akeelah and the Bee for the 7:30 pm show on Friday, October 28, 2016.  Enter to win! Akeelah and the Bee is the story of an 11-year old girl with a talent for spelling and a big heart. With persistence, determination and the support of her Chicago community she earns a [...]

Oct 20 2016


By | October 20th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

It was nominated for ten and won four Tony awards including "Best Musical" and just arrived at Boston's Shubert Theatre (only until 10/23!) on its first national tour: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER! It's a howlingly funny, sexy, saucy, romantic musical comedy-mystery-farce with a dazzling script, score, sets, costumes, and performances! This is one of the most entertaining evenings at [...]

Oct 19 2016


By | October 19th, 2016|Theater|1 Comment

Making plans for the weekend? Absolutely head up to Stoneham Theatre to see two of our best local actors in a really surprising, and intriguing play that looks into the future of artificial intelligence and the possibility of living forever! That weird title UNCANNY VALLEY refers to a concept in the field of robotics-- the more "human" an artificial being becomes, the more [...]

Oct 18 2016

THEATER: HAMLET takes you to church…!

By | October 18th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

              Shakespeare's tragic Prince of indecision, HAMLET, is having a grand staging at Church of the Covenant at the hands of Actors' Shakespeare Project! I've seen the play set everywhere, but this is an inspired venue. Doug Lockwood's direction rises to the challenge and opportunity of the space; though pivoting in my seat to follow the [...]

Sep 25 2016

THEATER: MACHINE DE CIRQUE will leave you breathless!

By | September 25th, 2016|Dance, Music, Theater, Visual ART|1 Comment

I'm exhausted. A few nights ago I watched 5 French Canadians called MACHINE DE CIRQUE high on guts and testosterone, hurtle through 90 minutes of breathtaking (mine and theirs) acrobatics, juggling, and jocularity using bicycles, trapezes, seesaws, unicycles, ropes and poles, scaffolding and towels--yes towels--which may have been most breathtaking of all. The towels were all that kept them from being in the "all together" and me [...]

Sep 20 2016


By | September 20th, 2016|Theater|1 Comment

Still catching my breath and catching up with three more on the boards to check out: REGULAR SINGING at NEW REP THEATRE takes the final bite out of the four-part “The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country ” cycle of plays by Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Nelson. We now know this family intimately as [...]

Sep 17 2016


By | September 17th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

Here's a tough assignment, but a worthy one- and you have only two more chances to experience it: See BLASTED, presented by Off the Grid Theatre Company. John Kuntz directs a fearless three person cast who in 90 minutes rip our guts out. BLASTED by Sarah Kane forces us to confront the cruelties human beings inflict on one another, in intimate [...]

Sep 16 2016

THEATER: Significant Other, Sunday in the Park With George

By | September 16th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

The new theater season is upon us! So much theater, so little time. I've seen 9 plays in the last 9 days! (Already reviewed CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE). Here are two more: Greg Maraio, Kris Sidberry, Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, Jordan Clark. Photo by Justin Saglio SIGNIFICANT OTHER--Rush down to SpeakEasy Stage Company and SEE THIS before it goes to BROADWAY. I [...]