Category Archive: Reviews

Sunny ‘Dolly!’ lights up the Opera House stage

BOSTON – It is a musical with the sunniest of dispositions, touring triumphantly around the country the country at a time when very dark musicals are all the rage. It is surely a… Continue reading

Reagle’s ‘La Cage’: A musical tribute to love

WALTHAM – It was the kind of couple – and the kind of family– not typically seen on Broadway stages when it debuted back in 1983, The musical “La Cage aux Folles” had… Continue reading

Reimagined, intimate ‘Jersey Boys’ soars at NSMT

BEVERLY – The musical “Jersey Boys” won four Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Musical, and ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2017. Still, there were those who wanted to dismiss the story… Continue reading

‘Paragon Park’: A stirring musical tribute to an icon

NORWELL – When you get to be a certain age, memories become even more important, especially when they are about a place that has long since ceased to exist. The Company Theatre’s production… Continue reading

Hub’s ‘Steel Magnolias’: Laughter through the tears

BOSTON – The Sisterhood of the Blow Drier has never been better. Robert Harlan’s 1987 play ”Steel Magnolias” is a true ensemble piece , the actresses working together in the Hub Theatre Company… Continue reading

Sullivan’s touch makes ‘Cymbeline’ a comic delight

BOSTON – It’s unusual to point right at a director when beginning a theater review but in this case, it’s a must. For the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s annual run on the Boston Common,… Continue reading

‘Greater Good’ puts theater-goers in the story

BOSTON – You don’t get much closer to live theater than you do in Company One and American Repertory Theatre’s world premiere production of “Greater Good,” Kirsten Greenidge’s immersive, interactive, and often fascinating… Continue reading

High-stepping ‘Newsies’ leap from the TBTS stage

WAKEFIELD, R.I. —   Who knew that newsies – young boys who sold newspapers on the streets of New York City at the turn of the 20th Century – even knew ballet? It turns… Continue reading

‘The Lightning Thief’ is fast-paced family fun

BOSTON – Superheroes come in all ages, shape and sizes. Take Percy Jackson. He’s a teenager with ADHD and dyslexia, which has slowed his progress as s student and led to his expulsion… Continue reading

Young people hear what ‘Evan Hansen’ is saying

BOSTON – The vibe at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston was young, and the applause at the end of each of the musical numbers was as strong and sustained as if… Continue reading