BOSTON THEATER REVIEWS

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Oct 15 2013

THEATER REVIEW: RANCHO MIRAGE

By | October 15th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

My sympathies to this cast-- they have worked themselves to a frazzle trying to wring sense out of senselessness-- but this new work at the NEW REP THEATRE proves resistant. RANCHO MIRAGE  may be the most preposterous thing I have ever seen. Described as a "dark comedy" by Stephen Dietz, RANCHO MIRAGE is a boneheaded [...]

Oct 10 2013

THEATER ROUNDUP: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET/THE OTHER PLACE/ROMEO & JULIET/BURNING/ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS

By | October 10th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET--is worth maybe $100,000. Now onstage at the Colonial (the video above features a different cast) the show speculates on what actually happened the night of Dec. 4, 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis met at producer Sam Phillips studio and improvised an historic jam session, later dubbed [...]

Sep 24 2013

THEATER: THE JUNGLE BOOK/ALL THE WAY

By | September 24th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

It's a jungle out there! Two powerful productions take us for a walk on the wild side-- of politics, and a child's imagination! THE JUNGLE BOOK the Huntington Theatre Company's season opener is based on Rudyard Kipling's stories by way of Walt Disney's animated musical of a boy who can talk to the animals! Tony [...]

Sep 18 2013

THEATER REVIEWS: ELEPHANT MEN, TRIBES, LIBERTINES, AND MISS DAISY

By | September 18th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

The FALL theater season is on-- with mostly winning productions! This is what I've seen so far--in order of  "shelf-life."And so I begin with the first to expire: THE ELEPHANT MAN-- which is dead on arrival at New Rep Theatre in Watertown. It's a plodding play based on the true story of John Merrick born [...]

Aug 07 2013

THEATER REVIEW: ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR

By | August 7th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

The Nora Theatre Company's terribly funny and nimbly-acted production of Alan Ayckbourn's bedroom farce: ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR  has just been extended through August 25th-- and with good reason!  Here, the holidays become an escalating disaster as we observe three socially climbing couples over the course of three successive and increasingly hysterical Christmas Eves. I normally hate [...]

May 24 2013

THEATER REVIEW: IN THE HEIGHTS/ON THE TOWN/PIRATES OF PENZANCE

By | May 24th, 2013|Theater|1 Comment

There are three musicals now onstage in Boston. Only one really gave me a lift: The Tony award-winning  IN THE HEIGHTS which has just been extended at The SpeakEasy Stage! Their production is MUCH better than the bloodless hip-jiggling, shoulder-shimmying Broadway roadshow that salsa-ed through town a few seasons ago. I thought it prosaic with [...]

Sep 28 2012

THEATER REVIEW: THE MOTHER F**KER WITH THE HAT

By | September 28th, 2012|Theater|0 Comments

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is off to a roaring start! Obscene? Most definitely. Three legged kittens, mothers, the deity herself --no one escapes unscathed. There's even mention of oral sex at Appleby's. But I was moved, and glued--first scene to last-- to this "street smart comedy" about deeply flawed people and their bruising [...]

Jun 08 2012

THEATER REVIEW: PRIVATE LIVES

By | June 8th, 2012|Theater, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Want to be superficial and delight in the moment? Then dash to the best show in town right now: the Huntington Theatre Company's season ender PRIVATE LIVES! Witness an effervescent ensemble who add extra crackle to Noel Coward's crisply witty comedy. On the surface everyone behaves beautifully, while underneath feelings are as unstable and evanescent [...]

May 31 2012

ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS IN TOWN EXTENDED: AVENUE Q

By | May 31st, 2012|Theater, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It's marvelously entertaining, warm, funny, sweet and a bit bawdy at the same time-- and you're in luck BECAUSE: The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has extended the run of AVENUE Q for one more week- due to unprecedented ticket demand! Absolutely must close July 1!! Avenue Q is now the highest grossing production in [...]

May 02 2012

THEATER REVIEW:MARY POPPERS

By | May 2nd, 2012|Theater, Uncategorized|2 Comments

I have never laughed so long and so hard in my life. I may never need abdominal exercises again: I just saw the most obscenely funny show in town-- MARY POPPERS now playing at MACHINE-- otherwise known as The Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts. It's the latest Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans [...]