February 01, 2011

Hope Amidst the "Ruined"

Huntington Theatre Company in Boston presents a gripping production of Lynn Nottage’s "Ruined," the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that takes an unflinching look at the savagery of war and sees survival

December 15, 2010

Couple Brings Chemistry to “Frankie and Johnny”

Husband and wife actors Robert Pemberton and Anne Gottlieb are “naturals” in New Repertory Theatre production of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, Mass.

October 13, 2010

"Chicago" Ends Ogunquit Season with a Bang

Smart and sexy cast makes an autumn drive to Ogunquit worth the trip as the Playhouse extends its 2010 season with a six-week run of crowd favorite "Chicago"

"Scoundrels" Guilty of Grand Theft Laughter at NSMT

Broadway's Brent Barrett leads a stellar cast in North Shore Music Theatre's slick and savvy production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

August 18, 2010

NSMT Returns to Form with Fun "Joseph"

American Idol finalist Anthony Fedorov stars in the North Shore Music Theatre's family-friendly favorite "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

August 06, 2010

Stefanie Powers Drives Ogunquit's "Sunset Boulevard"

Stefanie Powers, starring at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse as fictional silent screen legend Norma Desmond, ably navigates the twists and turns of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard," a musical homage to Hollywood's film noir classic

July 17, 2010

NSMT Reopens with Lots of Fanfare but a Lackluster “Gypsy”

A miscast Vicki Lewis as Mama Rose and awkward staging in-the-round rob North Shore Music Theatre's GYPSY of its bite and brilliance.

May 10, 2010

“August: Osage County” Ends Triumphant National Tour in Boston

Estelle Parsons recreates her acclaimed Broadway role as dysfunctional family matriarch Violet Weston, leading a sparkling touring cast in Tracy Letts’ scathingly funny award-winning drama "August: Osage County"

March 12, 2010

Imagination Reigns in "The Lion King"

National tour of long-running Broadway hit "The Lion King" proves why director and designer Julie Taymor rules the jungle

February 10, 2010

"Dreamgirls" Lacks Soul

High-tech production values crush the heart of "Dreamgirls" touring revival despite great voices and generally strong performances

December 18, 2009

Christmas Cheer through a Child’s Wide Eyes

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston Children’s Theatre collaborate to stage a funny and heart-warming new adaption of Dylan Thomas' classic prose poem "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

November 19, 2009

Avenue Q: It’s an Impudent Day in the Neighborhood

Return engagement of the national tour of the smash hit “Avenue Q” is as sweet, sassy, and sensational as ever, bringing its adult-themed spin on puppets and children’s shows back to Boston for one week only.

November 11, 2009

A Road Weary “Fiddler on the Roof”

A grandfatherly Topol is a kinder, gentler Tevye in this road-weary “farewell tour” of "Fiddler on the Roof," the enduring Stein, Bock and Harnick musical masterpiece about the delicate balance of Jewish tradition and revolutionary change in Tsarist Russia at the turn of the 20th century.

November 04, 2009

A Long and Winding but Satisfying Show

Maureen McGovern’s "A Long and Winding Road" is a one-woman retrospective that meanders through her life and times but ultimately enthralls with glorious song.

August 06, 2009

Actresses Spark “The Breath of Life”

Two of Boston’s best dramatic actresses square off at Gloucester Stage in David Hare’s unsettling confrontation between a wife and mistress coming to terms with the fallout of their choices.

July 22, 2009

Lady Luck Smiles on Ogunquit ‘Guys and Dolls’

Delicious re-creation of Tony Award-winning 1992 Broadway revival stars Richard Kind, Liz Larsen, Glory Crampton and Christian Hoff at the famed Maine summer playhouse.

July 16, 2009

“Red Hot Lovers” a Blast from the Past

Gloucester Stage production of Neil Simon’s ’60s sex farce holds up surprisingly well due to sincere performances and smart direction.

July 02, 2009

Garland Comes to Life in Stoneham

There are times during Kathy St. George’s performance of Dear Miss Garland – her musical “love letter” to the woman she says has fascinated her ever since she first saw the movie The Wizard of Oz – when her resemblance to the legendary singer and actress is uncanny.

“The Color Purple:” Tears When I’m Happy

Soul-stirring national tour of the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel makes a powerful impression at the Bushnell in Hartford, CT.

June 06, 2009

The Huntington’s “Pirates!” Shake Their Booty

Sexually charged “plundering” of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” bobs along merrily on a sea of contemporary humor.

June 03, 2009

In and Around Boston: Rainbows, Recluses and Romance

The Boston area offers an interesting assortment this weekend as local favorite Kathy St. George takes to the Stoneham Theatre stage in the guise of the legendary Judy Garland (June 4-28), while two excellent productions – "Grey Gardens" at the Lyric Stage and "Romance" at the American Repertory Theatre – end their limited runs on Sunday.

May 18, 2009

“Jerry Springer” Reveres God of Trash Talk

The sad exploitation of people in desperate search of celebrity is hilariously but also cleverly skewered in SpeakEasy Stage’s controversial season-ending shocker that gilds our basest behaviors with operatic grandeur.

May 15, 2009

Spring Awakening: The Bitch of Aging

National tour of Tony Award-winning musical about the emergence of teenage sexuality may not fully satisfy an older audience but unquestionably sings to today’s younger generation by injecting a contemporary pop/rock sensibility into a repressed Victorian Era story.

May 07, 2009

Picasso at the Lapin Agile: The Future Is Relative

New Rep’s beautifully designed and perfectly acted production of Steve Martin’s mercurial comedy looks at the future from different perspectives, rendering Picasso’s art and Einstein’s science as two sides of the same life-altering coin.

May 04, 2009

In “Miracle at Naples,” “F” Isn’t for Funny

Huntington Theatre Company’s world premiere of David Grimm’s ribald sex comedy gets mired in ugly language despite game performances.

April 21, 2009

Stoneham Packs an Unsatisfying “Picnic”

Sincerity and sizzle are missing from Stoneham Theatre revival of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

April 02, 2009

‘Bronx Tale’ Finds the Good in a Good Fella

Chazz Palminteri’s acclaimed one-man show about his life on the mean streets of Mafiadom pays homage to the two men who influenced him most: his father and the Capo who “adopted” him.

March 31, 2009

'Fool for Love' at New Rep: Love Me Knot

Downstage @ New Rep tightens the noose on Sam Shepard’s dark exploration into the volatile tug of war between abandonment and intimacy.