Category Archive: Reviews

‘Six’: Henry’s wives reborn as rock goddesses

BOSTON – Did you know that the many wives of the celebrated 16th Century monarch Henry VIII were all rock goddesses? It certainly hasn’t gotten much play through the centuries, but it comes… Continue reading

Hub’s ‘Breeches’ is a love letter to the theater

BOSTON – On the stage of the Oberon Play House in Boston in 1942, the “ghost light” – a theatrical tradition —  serves a different purpose, as a way keep the home fires… Continue reading

With its ‘Sweeney Todd,’ Company aces the test

NORWELL – I’m sure at some point someone – maybe many people — told the late, great genius Stephen Sondheim that trying to make a musical about a homicidal English barber who, with… Continue reading

The legend of ‘Anastasia’ endures and entrances

By Rich Fahey BOSTON – It was, in some ways. putting the cart before the horse. The 1997  film “Anastasia” is one of many animated films to find their way onto the stage.… Continue reading

Long-buried secrets rise again in Lyric’s ‘The Light’

By Rich Fahey BOSTON – A young man gets on bended knee and offers a ring to a woman he has known for two years. She accepts! All is right with the world.… Continue reading

A new set of storytellers for revival of ‘1776’

CAMBRIDGE – History belongs to the historians. But stories belong to the storytellers. So Lin-Manuel Miranda can remake the story of one of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, in his own image and… Continue reading

With Lyric’s ‘Gentleman,’ Veloudos reunites the band

BOSTON – Acclaimed director Spiro Veloudos has brought the band back together again. And boy, do they sound great. Veloudos, now the Producing Artistic Director Emeritus at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston,… Continue reading

Familty ties fray in ‘Our Daughters, Like Pillars’

BOSTON – It’s a simple equation: Family = friction. It can be like kindling when three siblings and their mother “voluntarily” spend a week together, even in the nicest of places and at… Continue reading

‘Ain’t Too Proud’: The Temptations’ story on stage

BOSTON –Some theater purists early on sneered at shows that became known as “jukebox musicals,” complete with ready-made scores generated by the subject – or subjects – of the piece. Early examples included… Continue reading

Storybook musical ‘Island’ enchants theater-goers

BOSTON – There is something about a steel pan, the Caribbean beat and the sheer joy of “We Dance,” the opening number of the musical “Once on This Island,” now being performed by… Continue reading