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Jan 13 2017

THEATER TRIPLE THREAT: HAND TO GOD/A DOLL’S HOUSE/THURGOOD

By | January 13th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

What a FASCINATING week for theater in town—I saw three plays this week: a one-man show, one classic, and one Tony-nominated play having its New England premiere all of which left me thinking, laughing, scratching my head, and utterly engaged. You gotta love theater! Here goes. SpeakEasy Stage is presenting the New England premiere of [...]

Nov 03 2016

THEATER: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS/TIGER STYLE come up short.

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 [...]

Sep 16 2016

THEATER: Significant Other, Sunday in the Park With George

By | September 16th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

The new theater season is upon us! So much theater, so little time. I've seen 9 plays in the last 9 days! (Already reviewed CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE). Here are two more: Greg Maraio, Kris Sidberry, Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, Jordan Clark. Photo by Justin Saglio SIGNIFICANT OTHER--Rush down to SpeakEasy Stage Company and SEE THIS before it goes to BROADWAY. I [...]

Jun 10 2016

THEATER: I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU

By | June 10th, 2016|Theater|0 Comments

The world premiere of  I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU is firing on all cylinders and requires we be MOST ALIVE as an audience to every cue-- visual and aural--  as we witness this extraordinary ensemble wrestle with life's random cruelties. It's a potent evening presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BCA's Calderwood Pavilion [...]

Apr 15 2016

THEATER: 2016 ELLIOT NORTON AWARD NOMINATIONS!

By | April 15th, 2016|Theater|1 Comment

Drama Critic Elliot Norton It's "NORTIE" time! The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) of which I am president is pleased to announce its nominations for the 34th Annual Elliot Norton Awards! For one night--Monday May 23, 2016, on one stage--Boston's Citi Shubert Theatre, the greater Boston theater community will celebrate in the name of the late great [...]

Feb 11 2016

THEATER: RENT, THE CONVERT, MILK LIKE SUGAR

By | February 11th, 2016|Theater|2 Comments

Paying the rent, colonizing a country, and milk like sugar--all cost; but these issues are definitely worth the price of admission as enacted on stages around town over the next few weeks. The 20th Anniversary production of RENT by Fiddlehead Theatre Company which runs only  through February 21 at the Back Bay Events Center is a musical about starving artists, drag queens, and AIDS based [...]

Jan 20 2016

THEATER: DISGRACED

By | January 20th, 2016|Theater|1 Comment

The Pulitzer Prize-winning DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar presented by the Huntington Theatre Company and Long Wharf  Theatre is a stellar production of an explosive piece of work. The material cuts to the quick of the racial, ethnic, religious, and social divide--embedded with assumptions, and laced with tribal allegiances; pile on the politically correct reactions triggered, and we've got a powder [...]

Nov 21 2015

THEATER: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

By | November 21st, 2015|Theater|3 Comments

It's hard to dramatize language, and that is the nut this show needs to crack. A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES  is the latest presentation by the Huntington Theatre Company adapted by Jefferey Hatcher from John Kennedy Toole's posthumously published Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Its title is derived from Jonathan Swift's witty observation about the recognition of genius by way of the witless response to it. But what, on the page, is a rollicking, [...]

Sep 23 2015

THEATER: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

By | September 23rd, 2015|Theater|0 Comments

© T Charles Erickson Photography The song was SEND IN THE CLOWNS and when I first heard it in 1973, the year Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC won the Tony--I was never the same. I was absolutely stricken by its painfully exquisite, wryly mournful melody and lyrics, somewhere between a dream of romance and the irony of missed chances. Huntington [...]

Jun 06 2015

THEATER: AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DO

By | June 6th, 2015|Theater|2 Comments

Tina Chilip and Zachary Booth Photo: T. Charles Erickson                     AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DO-- with whom does that not resonate? Who among us hasn't searched for forgiveness, or at least understanding after all or even one terrible thing we've done? The new play by [...]