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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 [...]

Oct 03 2017

TO SEE & NOT TO SEE: Faceless/Warhol Capote/Exit the King/Men On Boats/A Bright Room Called Day

By | October 3rd, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Wondering what TO SEE and NOT TO SEE onstage? Here's my take on what I've seen lately: (L to R): Victor Shopov, Aina Adler, Robert Orzalli, Ashley Risteen (Photo by Richard Hall/Silverline Images) FACELESS: SEE it! This New England premiere by young playwright Selina Fillinger and season opener at Zeitgeist Stage Company is [...]

Mar 21 2017

THEATER: “TOPDOG/UNDERDOG” /”GRAND CONCOURSE”

By | March 21st, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

Two more to see beginning with the stunning Huntington Theatre production of a play that gets to the heart of racism in these United States: Suzan-Lori Parks's revelatory Pulitzer Prize-winning "TOPDOG/UNDERDOG."  Directed by Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award-winner Billy Porter (KINKY BOOTS, THE COLORED MUSEUM) will leave you in shock as it builds to its inevitable explosive conclusion. We are left sorting through [...]

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 [...]

May 12 2016

THEATER: DOGFIGHT

By | May 12th, 2016|Theater|1 Comment

I had a catch in my throat from the first song. DOGFIGHT was instantly, emotionally stirring, from its poignant opening ballad, wise book, smart, rousing choreography, perfect cast and chemistry-- to its tender, heartbreaking conclusion. The Award-winning Off-Broadway musical having its Boston professional premiere at SpeakEasy Stage is a deeply moving coming of age tale with two young lovers at the heart of a world [...]

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 [...]

Jan 16 2016

THEATER ROUNDUP: GREAT LAKES/ VIA DOLOROSA/VIOLET

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

Absolutely dash up to the Apollinaire Theatre Co. in Chelsea and catch the last weekend of "A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes." It's a wild and horribly funny take on family dynamics as blood sport! A superb and physically fit ensemble of actors literally throw themselves into the action as 4 generations of the Wembly [...]

Sep 22 2015

THEATER: “appropriate”

By | September 22nd, 2015|Theater|3 Comments

"APPROPRIATE" is a ghost story that has "appropriated" the familiar tropes of familial dysfunction and reveals some very "inappropriate" secrets that crack open a white southern family as they "unpack" the dark contents of their estate after dad has died.  It's an adventurous season opener for SpeakEasy Stage Company, written by hot young Obie Award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins who has [...]

Jun 03 2015

THEATER: MOTHERS & SONS/ LIGHT UP THE SKY

By | June 3rd, 2015|Theater|0 Comments

Nancy E.Carroll and Michael Kaye. Photo by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo             In MOTHERS & SONS, we never meet the son, but we meet his mother immediately, center stage, heavily defended in thick fur. Katherine (Nancy E. Carroll) has just paid a surprise visit to her deceased son's former partner Cal (Michael Kaye) and [...]

Dec 22 2014

THEATER: NECESSARY MONSTERS

By | December 22nd, 2014|Theater|0 Comments

There's a world premiere onstage right now at SpeakEasy Stage Company that rattled my cage;  in fact, it's staged in a cage, the audience peering in from either side as NECESSARY MONSTERS took shape before us. Award- winning actor/playwright John Kuntz and award-winning director David R. Gammons along with a cast of Boston's best actors have [...]