May 03 2017

THEATER: See NOW! BECKETT IN BRIEF

By | May 3rd, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Most of the productions I'll review over the next few days will end this weekend MAY 7--See them before they close! Beginning with: BECKETT IN BRIEF: A stunning troika of Beckett plays brought to luminous life by an equally stunning trinity of actors led by the incandescent Will Lyman who appears in each. Lyman's extraordinary elegance, timing, [...]

Apr 17 2017

MOVIE: BOSTON

By | April 17th, 2017|Documentary, Epic & Historical, Movies|0 Comments

In marathon season, after a marathon of coverage including the fictionalized film "Patriots Day" and the documentary play "Finish Line," the latest entry in the reportage of Boston's beloved race comes in first with the last word. My review here reprinted from The ARTery. "Boston" is the first feature length documentary film on [...]

Apr 11 2017

THEATER: 2017 NORTIE NOMS ARE OUT/DIANE PAULUS IS IN AS ENA PRIZE WINNER!

By | April 11th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Diane Paulus 2017 Elliot Norton Prize Winner THIS JUST IN!  The Boston Theater Critics Association has announced the 35th Anniversary Elliot Norton Awards nominations for outstanding work by Boston area actors, directors, designers, writers! Leading the pack are the Huntington Theatre Company and SpeakEasy Stage Company with 9 nominations each in a field of [...]

Apr 02 2017

MOVIE: “BABY BOOM” 30 Years Later!

By | April 2nd, 2017|Comedy, Movies|1 Comment

I recently took part in Women Writer's week at RogerEbert.com and revisited BABY BOOM starring Diane Keaton--30 years later. I was thrilled to join all of the site's women reviewers highlighted that week, and once again became acutely aware of how few women's critical voices are heard in the world. The field of movie and theater criticism remains, like so many fields, [...]

Mar 24 2017

THEATER: 2017 ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS w/CHERRY JONES!

By | March 24th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

She's won two TONY AWARDS and an EMMY for her role as President Allison Taylor on "24" and this year she's our GUEST OF HONOR at Boston's version of the Tony's: The 35th Elliot Norton Awards will honor CHERRY JONES! TONY AWARD WINNER CHERRY JONES   It's all happening on Monday May 15 at the Huntington Theatre Company’s [...]

Mar 21 2017

THEATER: “TOPDOG/UNDERDOG” /”GRAND CONCOURSE”

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

Two more to see beginning with the stunning Huntington Theatre production of a play that gets to the heart of racism in these United States: Suzan-Lori Parks's revelatory Pulitzer Prize-winning "TOPDOG/UNDERDOG."  Directed by Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award-winner Billy Porter (KINKY BOOTS, THE COLORED MUSEUM) will leave you in shock as it builds to its inevitable explosive conclusion. We are left sorting through [...]

Mar 17 2017

THEATER: FINISH LINE: A DOCUMENTARY PLAY ABOUT THE 2013 MARATHON

By | March 17th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

I just saw the world premiere of FINISH LINE: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon.  It runs circles around the movie "Patriot's Day" which managed to somehow reduce this global tragedy even as it ramped up the explosions and Mark Wahlberg's ubiquitous heroics. FINISH LINE has no literal explosions and makes a better point: there were no heroes, that is, no [...]

Mar 10 2017

THEATER: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

By | March 10th, 2017|Theater|3 Comments

 What can you say about a dead dog that hasn't been said already? That it was stabbed with a pitchfork and discovered by a teenage math wiz with some unusual behavioral problems? "Holy f__k!" the play's opening salvo, is delivered by the dog's owner as she stumbles upon the teenager at the grisly scene center stage, in a shaft of light. So begins "The Curious Incident [...]

Mar 08 2017

WIN TIX! THE MET:LIVE IN HD “La Traviata”

By | March 8th, 2017|More A & E, Movies, Music, Musicals|0 Comments

WIN complimentary passes to Fathom Events: THE MET: LIVE IN HD 2016-17 SERIES – LA TRAVIATA  To enter-to-win please click on the link below and fill out the required information. http://tinyurl.com/hrfdgfk Winners will receive their passes via email. Passes will be valid at the specified locations and guarantee you a seat up until 10 minutes [...]

Mar 06 2017

SPRING FORWARD: PETER RABBIT & CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS!

By | March 6th, 2017|Dance, Joyce's Choices, More A & E, Music|1 Comment

I am SO excited about this concert! Grab the kids and get a jump on spring with PETER RABBIT and THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS! This Sunday, March 12, I will be narrating the world premiere of  THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT a beautiful, whimsical, hilarious piece composed by Peter Child (based on the classic Beatrix Potter story), [...]