Category Archive: Reviews

‘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

At NSMT, Ripley puts her stamp on ‘Sunset,’ Norma

BEVERLY – When the opportunity came around, Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley was ready for her close-up. Ripley’s first appearance at North Shore Music was as Johanna in NSMT’s 1994 production of “Sweeney… Continue reading

For ‘Utopia,’ a welcome, and a rousing send-off

BOSTON – The art-pop musician David Byrne, formerly the lead singer of the Talking Heads, isn’t marching on Broadway the same way that Bruce Springsteen did. “American Utopia,” which completed its run at… Continue reading

Arlekin’s ‘The Stone’ is weighty, but powerful

NEEDHAM — If you have done much traveling in Europe, you know that the specter of World War II and Nazi Germany still hangs heavily over the continent, even more than seven decades… Continue reading

No graceful exit for president in ‘Nixon’s Nixon’

  WATERTOWN – The most complicated president in the history of the United States — perhaps until now – built his presidential library in Whittier, Calif., where he grew up in a Quaker… Continue reading

Trinity’s ‘Prince’ is a sublime take on Buddy Cianci

PROVIDENCE – A few weeks ago I was driving home from a show in Rhode Island when I turned on radio station WPRO to hear the voice of the late Providence Mayor Vincent… Continue reading

‘Choir Boy’: Struggling to make boys into men

BOSTON – They sing like angels, but like all teen-age boys, sometimes the devil is in them, even when they are tenderly invoking The Lord’s name in a hymn. They are the young… Continue reading

Huntington’s ‘Purists’: Staying true to your roots

BOSTON —  A large black man carting a  boombox playing a hip-song loudly and proudly stands in front of a Queens apartment building as a sixty-something gay, overweight white man pokes his head… Continue reading