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Dec 21 2012

LAST CHANCE: BOSTON THEATER WEEKEND!

By | December 21st, 2012|Theater|0 Comments

There are THREE more good shows onstage in Boston RIGHT NOW that you should try to see before they close-- so hurry! MEMPHIS--The 2010 Tony Award-winning musical written by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, and which  began in Beverly, MA in 2003 at the North Shore Music Theatre, is inspired by the true story of [...]

Dec 17 2012

THEATER REVIEW “OUR TOWN”: NEWTOWN

By | December 17th, 2012|Spontaneous Acts of Joyce, Theater|0 Comments

Director David Cromer as Stage Manager in "Our Town" Do not miss a masterpiece onstage right now presented by the Huntington Theatre Company: OUR TOWN. There is no way to talk about this re-staging of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play without feeling the fullness of its resonance almost 75 years after it premiered on [...]

Nov 30 2012

THEATER REVIEW: THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE

By | November 30th, 2012|Theater|0 Comments

I had the loveliest experience at the theater this week--I wandered into the Paramount Center's intimate Black Box Theater where I found a woman, a grand piano, and a poignant tale of family, the holocaust, survival, and the profound effect of music on a life: THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE. The star and solo performer [...]

Oct 25 2012

THEATER REVIEWS: NOW OR LATER/THE CHOSEN

By | October 25th, 2012|Theater|0 Comments

So much to see so little time...Here goes! NOW OR LATER: It's a compact 80 minute tour de force about politics, family, "packaging," and the fine line between compromise and corruption. It builds to an explosive climax that left me breathless-- and pouring over the aftermath.  This Huntington Theatre production of the American premiere by [...]

Oct 15 2012

THEATER REVIEWS: HAMLET

By | October 15th, 2012|Theater|0 Comments

A stripped down HAMLET has hit town! Fasten your seat belts--it's going to be a Shakey night. Head to The Paramount Center and get ready for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Boston debut production of the bard's longest tragedy (4000 lines!), direct from London, and now at warp speed. Hanging onto every syllable, I was left dazzled-- [...]

Oct 02 2012

THEATER REVIEW: RAGTIME

By | October 2nd, 2012|Theater|0 Comments

It's one of my all time favorite musicals: the monumental and deeply American tale based on E.L. Doctorow's novel RAGTIME! Producing director  Meg Fofonoff's Fiddlehead Theatre Company--in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union-- mounted this Tony-Award-winning musical as the season opener at the newly refurbished Strand Theatre in Dorchester. Ragtime's themes of social justice [...]

Sep 25 2012

THEATER REVIEW: GOOD PEOPLE

By | September 25th, 2012|Theater|2 Comments

Theater season is up and running and this week I'll give you my take--beginning with the best show on stage right now: the Huntington Theatre Company's wise and wicked-funny season opener GOOD PEOPLE! It's a Tony-nominated show that's very close to home. Pulitzer Prize-winner and South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire has set his tale in [...]

Mar 25 2012

THEATER REVIEW: NEXT TO NORMAL

By | March 25th, 2012|Theater|1 Comment

Delusional "bipolar depression with manic episodes," isn't usually the stuff of musical theater, but Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book/lyrics) have set the malady to music and turned it into art, winning three Tony's and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama.  NEXT TO NORMAL has just made its Boston premiere at the SpeakEasy [...]

Mar 23 2012

THEATER REVIEW: LES MISERABLES

By | March 23rd, 2012|Theater|1 Comment

I haven't been able to get these glorious songs by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg out of my head, since seeing the new 25th Anniversary Production of LES MISERABLES at the Boston Opera House last week. The show remains a pulverizing extravaganza of story, music, and emotion, as powerful as the first time I saw [...]