Category Archive: Reviews

‘Peter Pan,’ at NSMT, is standing the test of time

BEVERLY – The true test of a musical score doesn’t come the first time you hear it, though once is often enough to determine the songs  are strong enough to stand on their… Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ is both dazzling and delightful

BOSTON – From the earliest days to the present – from “Beauty and the Beast, “ “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King,” to today’s “Frozen,” — Disney Theatrical’s magic has come to… Continue reading

Local lights shine brightly in ‘Anything Goes’

WALTHAM – Once a Rockette, always a Rockette. And no Rockette is likely to forget what made the name world-famous and the troupe the standard bearers for precision choreography. Former Rockette Eileen Grace… Continue reading

Cirque’s ‘Luzia’ brings Mexican culture to life

EAST BOSTON – The sun pretty much never sets on the entertainment giant that is Cirque du Soleil. There are 23 Cirque shows currently performing somewhere, seven of them in Las Vegas alone… Continue reading

Musical ‘Born For This’: Is it bound for Broadway?

BOSTON – Cue up the show-stoppers. There are enough vocal highlights in the musical “Born For This” at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, presented under the auspices of ArtsEmerson, to fill up three or… Continue reading

In GSC’s ‘Lughnasa,’ a loving family drifts apart

GLOUCESTER – In his 24 plays spread over a half-century, the late Irish playwright Brian Friel often cast a broad net in exploring the dynamics of familial relationships among his countrymen, which earned… Continue reading

After 75 years, you’re lookin’ good, “Oklahoma!”

  OGUNQUIT, Maine – The show must go on and it did. And it seems an overwhelming majority of theater-goers were glad it did. When Stephen Mark Lukas, who plays the lead male… Continue reading

‘The Nether’: The lines separating two worlds blur

WATERTOWN – With virtual reality becoming an actual reality, we as a society are being asked to confront some uncomfortable questions about where technology may take us in the future. What if our… Continue reading

For six women, Vietnam War changed everything

“Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war.” – Marc Antony in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” WELLESLEY – No one came back from Vietnam unchanged. There’s no pigeon-holing the experiences of those who… Continue reading

Dazzling dancers, choreography lift NSMT’s “Mame’

BEVERLY – “Mame” is a battleship of a musical and North Shore Music Theatre has the crew to sail it. “Mame” had already been a best-selling book by Patrick Dennis, a celebrated play… Continue reading