Category Archive: Reviews

This ‘Carol’ will warm you, restore your faith

BEVERLY – It is back to warm the cockles of your heart and restore your faith in the goodness of your fellow man. The North Shore Music Theatre’s 29th edition of its adaptation… Continue reading

Dolly does Dickens: An Appalachian ‘Christmas Carol’

BOSTON – It’s Charles Dickens, Appalachian-style. Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” adheres closely to the Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol”  in many ways, but  it most certainly at times has the feel… Continue reading

‘The Wickhams’: Austen’s characters enchant again

LOWELL  — They’re back. Who? Jane Austen’s iconic characters from “Pride and Prejudice” are back in Lowell for the holidays in the person of “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley,” the companion piece by… Continue reading

Bobbitt’s ‘Oliver!’ makes for strong New Rep debut

WATERTOWN – Charles Dickens was a master storyteller who celebrated the abilities of his characters to overcome extreme adversity and emerge triumphant in the end. The best example might be his novel “Oliver… Continue reading

On the ‘Orient Express,’ a deadly tale well told

BOSTON – Sometimes, the most fun comes from the telling of the tale rather than the tale itself. That’s the case with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s production of Agatha Christie’s “Murder… Continue reading

The classic ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ holds up well

STONEHAM – If you’ve never had the chance to do it, it should be on your bucket list. Start your walk at the venerable Macy’s Herald Square Department Store in the heart of… Continue reading

‘Ruthless! The Musical’ : Comic chaos uncorked

BOSTON – It was comic chaos uncorked. The Theater Uncorked production of “Ruthless! The Musical” that ended Sunday at the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts was an absolute hoot.… Continue reading

‘Quixote Nuevo’: Where romance meets reality

BOSTON – When updating a classic story, handle with care. And that’s exactly what playwright Octavio Solis did with his play “Quixote Nuevo,” now at the Huntington Avenue Theatre through Dec. 8. Solis,… Continue reading

Arlekin’s reimagined ‘Seagull’ speaks to us anew

NEEDHAM – You can tinker with the classics, to be sure. But you must always respect the text. So while Anton Chekhov’s “the Seagull” remains the classic it has always been and always… Continue reading

‘Come From Away’ will lift you, steal your heart

BOSTON — While the fires of Sept. 11, 2001 were still burning, some 7,000 strangers descended on a small Canadian town and discovered what they had in common was much greater than what… Continue reading