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Mar 14 2020

THEATER: “PIPELINE” for the record!

By |2020-03-14T17:27:57-04:00March 14th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

This week is like nothing I've ever in my lifetime experienced. Along with everyone, I have been juggling, re-arranging, shifting everything I am involved in to the virtual world while the arts and cultural world from Broadway to Boston and beyond shuts down. But there is one last show which I've seen that has just [...]

Mar 08 2020

MUST SEE THEATER : “THE CHILDREN”

By |2020-03-08T21:19:17-04:00March 8th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

No kidding-- THE CHILDREN is among the best plays and productions I've ever seen in Boston.  In the shadow of a looming pandemic, Lucy Kirkwood's acutely timely Tony-nominated play is now onstage in a masterful production at SpeakEasy Stage. It is a divinely-acted, eerily relevant work that first gets under your skin, then leaves you [...]

Mar 02 2020

THEATER NOW: THE FISHERMAN & THE FISH/FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

By |2020-03-02T17:55:40-04:00March 2nd, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Families are in for some great theater now! If you've never seen FIDDLER ON THE ROOF or if you've seen it a hundred times-- see it again presented by Broadway in Boston at the Colonial Theatre through March 8! This Tony Award-winning musical theater classic is-- miracle of miracles--foolproof. Those beautiful, instantly memorable and beloved [...]

Feb 18 2020

THEATER: GLORIA/DEAL ME OUT

By |2020-02-18T23:52:11-04:00February 18th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

In this year of the centennial of women's suffrage (Is it possible we've only had the vote since 1920??) it's perfect that the woman most associated with second-wave feminism beyond enfranchisement-- "Women's Lib" as I first called it in the '70's--is still on the front lines, driving home the conversation she began 50 years ago. [...]

Feb 12 2020

MORE ONSTAGE NOW: WOLF PLAY/DETROIT RED

By |2020-02-12T19:41:15-04:00February 12th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Theater is non-stop in this town and two world premieres are now onstage in Boston! WOLF PLAY: This world premiere produced by Company One and written by Hansol Jung took me completely by surprise because it was about something I had never heard of: the online "adoption dissolution" of previously adopted children, bypassing regulated legal [...]

Feb 06 2020

THEATER NOW: SWEAT/MEAN GIRLS/BRIGHT HALF LIFE/THE CAKE

By |2020-02-11T17:42:56-04:00February 6th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

You might be racing to see movies before the Oscars this Sunday night. But there's also PLENTY of good and even outstanding theater in and around Boston NOW! Here's what I think of 4 of the shows I've seen in the last 2 weeks: Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson SWEAT: This is a [...]

Jan 29 2020

THEATER MUST SEE: VANITY FAIR, AN (IM-)MORALITY PLAY

By |2020-01-29T15:13:17-04:00January 29th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Shakespeare said "All the world's a stage" and that is literally true of the world as William Makepeace Thackeray saw it in VANITY FAIR here adapted by Kate Hamill now gloriously arrayed onstage at Central Square Theater: VANITY FAIR, AN (IM-) MORALITY PLAY. This production presented by Underground Railway Theater with a superb ensemble gives [...]

Jan 23 2020

ONSTAGE NOW: PASS OVER

By |2020-01-23T23:48:45-04:00January 23rd, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Photo/Nile Scott Studios PASS OVER by Antoinette Nwandu co-presented by SpeakEasy Stage and the Front Porch Arts Collective is a potent 90 minutes that encapsulates then unleashes a penetrating take on the black experience in America. Stylistically and thematically, PASS OVER takes a cue from Samuel Beckett by way of the old testament. [...]

Dec 31 2019

THEATER: “MOBY DICK” A Whale of Premiere Musical Tale

By |2019-12-31T13:38:36-04:00December 31st, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

The American Repertory Theater's world premiere "musical reckoning" of Melville's masterpiece MOBY DICK is nothing to sneeze at. And yet, that's what I did in the penultimate moments of this 3 1/2 hour magnum opus;  my attempt to stifle a freakish, out of the blue, nasal explosion backfired, and to my utter shock and awe, [...]

Dec 20 2019

THEATER: “CHRISTMAS ON URANUS”/”PARADE”

By |2020-01-22T11:58:47-04:00December 20th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Christmas is being celebrated on other planets, and has special significance on those indiscreetly-named celestial bodies currently being invaded by Ryan Landry's GOLD DUST ORPHANS.  I laughed my ass off, and so will you! If you like silly, bawdy fun in the holiday spirit, then CHRISTMAS ON URANUS is [...]