Category Archive: Reviews

A daughter ponders what finally made her ‘Well’

WELLESLEY – As she addresses the audience in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre at Wellesley College, Lisa Kron, played by Sebastian Ryder, admits that what’s about to happen on stage in the 100-minute… Continue reading

Glitzy ‘Cinderella,’ Colonial light up the holidays

BOSTON – The national touring production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” has arrived at the Emerson Colonial Theatre at just the right time of year. Theater patrons are still re-discovering the grandeur of… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘Christmas at Pemberley’: Out-Austening Jane

LOWELL – Is it possible to out-Jane Austen Jane Austen? Apparently so. Because, in transferring Austen’s iconic characters from “Pride and Prejudice” to the stage, the characters have emerged with personas intact, as… Continue reading

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