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. [...]

Jan 05 2020

MY TOP 10 MOVIES 2019– GO TO 11

By |2020-01-07T13:53:10-04:00January 5th, 2020|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Movies, Romance, Thriller, War|0 Comments

It was a notably lackluster year for movies. I searched in vain all last spring and most of the summer for something exciting, challenging, beautiful to see. It wasn't until this fall that a tidal wave of smart, absorbing, artful films were released before awards season, and I did my best to stay afloat in [...]

Jan 01 2020

MOVIE: “LITTLE WOMEN” Rule.

By |2020-01-01T23:44:09-04:00January 1st, 2020|Drama, Family, Movies, Romance|0 Comments

This is my favorite film of 2019 and it opened on Christmas Day, the best gift at the movies I've received all year. I have been walking around with it in my head and heart ever since I saw it at a critics' screening a few weeks ago: LITTLE WOMEN based on Louisa May Alcott's [...]

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 [...]

Dec 16 2019

2019 FILM CRITICS AWARDS: Boston Society of Film Critics/Boston Online Film Critics

By |2019-12-16T21:03:14-04:00December 16th, 2019|Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Movies, Thriller|0 Comments

The critics have spoken-- and women ruled the Boston Society of Film Critics awards! "Little Women," much of it shot in and around Concord and Boston, topped the list of winners at the 39th installment of the BSFC awards, 2019. We gathered all day Sunday, December 15 to vote the best in 15 [...]

Nov 26 2019

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND THEATER: Quixote Nuevo, The Seagull

By |2019-11-26T23:14:51-04:00November 26th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

Want some theater to digest this Thanksgiving weekend? Here's my take on what you might like! QUIXOTE NUEVO--This delightful new adaptation of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" by Octavio Solis is an illuminating, funny, heartbreaking, and wholly relevant musical adventure, and the first time I have fully connected with this classic saga of a hero tilting at [...]

Nov 22 2019

MOVIE/ THE IRISHMAN–Requiem For A Heavy

By |2020-01-07T13:55:50-04:00November 22nd, 2019|Drama, Movies|0 Comments

"I heard you paint houses." It's an ominous line uttered in the first hour of the film, and the title of Charles Brandt's best-selling biography of the "housepainter" who may have killed Jimmy Hoffa, on which the film is based. My father actually did paint houses, and died of a heart attack while doing so. [...]