Category Archive: Reviews

Arlekin’s reimagined ‘Seagull’ speaks to us anew

NEEDHAM – You can tinker with the classics, to be sure. But you must always respect the text. So while Anton Chekhov’s “the Seagull” remains the classic it has always been and always… Continue reading

‘Come From Away’ will lift you, steal your heart

BOSTON — While the fires of Sept. 11, 2001 were still burning, some 7,000 strangers descended on a small Canadian town and discovered what they had in common was much greater than what… Continue reading

10,512,000 minutes later, ‘Rent’ still moves us

BOSTON –  We’ll never know what Jonathan Larson would have become. Larson died on January 25, 1996, the night before his masterwork “Rent” debuted off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on Jan. 26.… Continue reading

‘Admissions’: When white doesn’t mean right

BOSTON — Two young men have their eyes on the prize: A coveted seat at Yale University, an iconic Ivy League college. One is biracial and talented; the other is white and talented.… Continue reading

Wheelock’s ‘imagineers’ bring Wonka World to life

BOSTON – As the sweetest holiday of them all – Halloween – approaches, there’s a scrumptious theatrical delight waiting for you at the Wheelock Family Theatre.   “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” is a… Continue reading

Lyric Stage’s ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ is a tasty dish

BOSTON – It is just an elementary school play but a quartet of “teaching artists” twist themselves into human  pretzels to make sure that this Thanksgiving play checks every box, and is banking… Continue reading

‘Marie and Rosetta’: Musical legends come to life

STONEHAM – Since it opened in Cleveland in September 1995 on the shores of Lake Erie, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been playing a lot of catch-up. The Hall was… Continue reading

‘SpongeBob Musical’ on stage is inspired silliness

BOSTON – “The SpongeBob Musical” is a lot of things. In its treatment of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series “SpongeBob Squarepants,” it is inspired silliness. It is also a tribute to the imagination… Continue reading

As a spectacle, ‘The Lion King’ is still undefeated

BOSTON – Yes, there are masks, puppets, costumes, headgear and all manner of theatrical, Tony-winning devices in the musical “The Lion King.” But the magic comes from the actors who bring to life… Continue reading

With ‘Passengers,’ The 7 Fingers take the next step

BOSTON — Against the video backdrop of a train in motion, eight passengers are engaged in a variety of mundane activities. Eventually the riders reveal themselves to be more – much more –… Continue reading