Nov 30 2016


By | November 30th, 2016|Drama, Movies|0 Comments

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA confirms what I saw in Casey Affleck the first time I saw him in a lead role onscreen: the man is a mesmerizing actor. In "Manchester by the Sea" he once again lures us into deep water as a man struggling to stay afloat amid the wreckage of a horrible personal tragedy. Oscar-nominated [...]

Nov 12 2016


By | November 12th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|1 Comment

Many movies reveal their secrets within the first five minutes, and it's not until the end that we understand what we have already seen-- and know.  When that moment comes in ARRIVAL, it's like a tsunami in slow motion. ARRIVAL spills its secrets softly in a grand, goosebump-inducing sci-fi adventure that made me feel like I was tumbling through space [...]

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 [...]

Oct 16 2016

MOVIE: THE ACCOUNTANT– crunching more than numbers!

By | October 16th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Thriller|1 Comment

Ben Affleck as THE ACCOUNTANT is crunching more than numbers. This is a real departure for the actor as he brings to life an ass-kicking, Asperger's syndrome, math wiz working his way through an intense labyrinth of secrecy and surprise. The film is a refreshing and well-balanced mix of farflung elements: action, thriller, romantic comedy(!) family dysfunction, and a shout [...]

Oct 13 2016

MOVIE: “THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN” Is A Pretty Slick Ride.

By | October 13th, 2016|Drama, Movies, Thriller|0 Comments

Movies and plays take most of my time, so I don't have as much time for books. Thus, "The Girl on the Train" the movie, starring Emily Blunt and based on the runaway best seller by Paula Hawkins, was a complete surprise! The trailer is a grabber and I couldn't wait to see the film. When I did, [...]