Category Archive: Reviews

Still the champ: Coffee, NSMT’s ‘Carol’ roll on

BEVERLY – One of the pleasures of being there at when a performer begins to develop what will become of an iconic performance is that you get to see all the little things… Continue reading

New Rep’s ‘1776’: A bold, daring, but uneven new look

WATERTOWN – Before a recent performance of the New Repertory Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “1776,” New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa made an announcement that “the play about 18th and… Continue reading

With its first ‘Breath,’ Front Porch troupe scores

BOSTON – For Roland Hayes, the journey getting there was almost a bigger story than what he accomplished when he finally reached the top of the mountain. The son of former slaves who… Continue reading

A tragic death haunts in Huntington’s ‘Man in the Ring’

BOSTON – What if you were gifted with a talent or skill that made you rich and famous, but far from happy? And how would you feel if you used that talent to… Continue reading

‘Oliver!’: Many will buy ‘this wonderful feeling’

NORWELL – You might think a musical made from the story of an abused orphan who escapes that fate, only to fall into the clutches of a master thief and a gang of… Continue reading

ART’s ‘ExtraOrdinary’ needed more songs, less talk

  CAMBRIDGE – “ExtraOrdinary” presumably takes its name from a song in the musical “Pippin,” which the American Repertory Theater presented in 2012 and then transferred over to Broadway, where it won the… Continue reading

Hub’s ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ shone brightly

BOSTON – It was an excellent, inspiring evening of theater. And, best of all, if you couldn’t afford it, you didn’t have to pay. Hopefully, all who could made at least the suggested… Continue reading

Trinity’s ‘Carol’: A welcome harbinger of holidays

PROVIDENCE – Charles Dickens’ iconic “A Christmas Carol” has always proven to be markedly malleable, but the Trinity Repertory Company takes no chances. They pretty much take the text and the script and… Continue reading

A ‘Dreamer’s’ plea to us: ‘I am not your enemy’

BOSTON – “I am not your enemy.” Alex Alpharaoh says it with power and conviction that you wonder why anyone would doubt it. But he knows that even as he says it and… Continue reading

Actors hit the boards, and the boards hit back

BOSTON – We all know how well the Brits do the standard murder mystery. They have fed us a steady diet of the genre through the BBC for decades. But what if a… Continue reading