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 19 2018

BLACK PANTHER LEAPS THROUGH THE BIG SCREEN

By | February 19th, 2018|Action & Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Science Fiction|2 Comments

What's most remarkable about BLACK PANTHER about the latest Marvel superhero to leap to the big screen is not that it had the biggest pre-sale of any superhero movie in history, not that it features a predominantly black cast and writer/director, is well made, acted, scripted, designed, and directed (it is all of those things) [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Jan 23 2018

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2018!

By | January 23rd, 2018|Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, War|0 Comments

In one of the more entertaining Oscar nomination ceremonies in recent memory, Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish announced the nominations for the 90th Annual OSCARS this morning from California. THE SHAPE OF WATER lead with 13 nominations. By my calculation, there were a few flubs, snubs, & surprises: --Spielberg was snubbed as Best Director for [...]