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Feb 02 2018

LOVE ADDS UP ONSTAGE: BAD DATES/PROOF/SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

By | February 2nd, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

Love is adding up on stages around town-- here are my calculations: BAD DATES: The Huntington Theatre Company has revived one of its most popular shows ever, which had its premiere there 15 years ago: Theresa Rebeck's one-woman show about a woman cataloguing her harrowing and hilarious romantic excursions! BAD DATES was a great date [...]

Jan 30 2018

NO HYPE: BEST THING ONSTAGE NOW. “HYPE MAN: A BREAK BEAT PLAY”

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

COMPANY ONE THEATRE is in top form as it opens its 19th season with a thrilling 75 minute world premiere: HYPE MAN at the BCA PLAZA. Playwright Idris Goodwin ("How We Got On") delivers another in his cycle of break beat plays, this one a fresh, bold wholly engrossing musical that uncoils the tensions social, [...]

Dec 01 2017

ONSTAGE NOW: THE COLOR PURPLE/THE 39 STEPS/SHE LOVES ME

By | December 1st, 2017|Theater|2 Comments

Here's what to rush out and see now: THE COLOR PURPLE!! WOW. I saw a local production of this several years ago and it left me cold. The production now onstage at the SHUBERT THEATRE is on fire! A jubilant prayer of a musical which won Tonys for best revival of a musical in 2015, [...]

Nov 21 2017

THEATER: “TARTUFFE” A timely tale

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

"Pious, pompous, puffed up twits" beware: the Huntington Theatre Company's TARTUFFE is a screamingly funny, jubilant debunking of fakery in all its forms! Moliere's 17th century satire anticipated "the Enlightenment" as reason trumps religious pretense in this tale of a hypocritical holy man Tartuffe (actor/comedian Brett Gelman "Stranger Things") who hoodwinks a gentleman and head of [...]

Oct 23 2017

THEATER/ “OLEANNA”: Sexual Harassment Revisited

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

A fierce and fiery production of "OLEANNA" is now onstage at New Rep Theatre, written by David Mamet and directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. I remember seeing this explosive kernel of a play in its world premiere in Cambridge in 1992; it starred William H. Macy and Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) and was the first [...]

Oct 23 2017

THEATER: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK

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

MUST SEE: "A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK." On the night I saw it at the Huntington Theatre's second stage at the Calderwood, the audience wouldn't stop clapping until this killer two-man cast came out to take another bow. Penned by Ken Urban and directed by Tony Award nominee Colman Domingo, this swift and scorching play stars [...]

Oct 03 2017

TO SEE & NOT TO SEE: Faceless/Warhol Capote/Exit the King/Men On Boats/A Bright Room Called Day

By | October 3rd, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

Wondering what TO SEE and NOT TO SEE onstage? Here's my take on what I've seen lately: (L to R): Victor Shopov, Aina Adler, Robert Orzalli, Ashley Risteen (Photo by Richard Hall/Silverline Images) FACELESS: SEE it! This New England premiere by young playwright Selina Fillinger and season opener at Zeitgeist Stage Company is [...]

Sep 19 2017

THEATER: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

By | September 19th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

By any measure, "Merrily We Roll Along" the Huntington Theatre Company's season opener is a first rate show with a brilliant cast, directed by Maria Friedman who recreates her smash hit London production with a challenging book by George Furth about luck and choice, and a Sondheim score that sheds light on those murky twists [...]

Sep 19 2017

THEATER/THREE TO SEE: CONSTELLATIONS/IDEATION/& GYPSY

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

Here are three to see onstage right now beginning with CONSTELLATIONS presented by Underground Railway Theater at the Central Square Theater. This is one of the most fascinating and brilliantly performed productions I've ever seen locally, as emotionally charged as it is intellectually stimulating. I was entranced at first sight of the set-- a luminous, [...]

Aug 31 2017

THEATER/”BURN ALL NIGHT”: End of the World premiere!

By | August 31st, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

In the last days of summer, an out-of-this-world, world premiere, end-of-the-world musical has sprung up at OBERON (through September 8) the A.R.T.'s second stage where anything can and often does happen. BURN ALL NIGHT seems to be channeling the zeitgeist as it speaks to looming disaster: four millennials trying to find their way through life [...]