Category Archive: Reviews

‘Bowl-Mor Lanes’: No strike, but no gutter ball

STONEHAM — New plays are like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get. The Greater Boston Stage Company had made it a point to regularly offer new… Continue reading

Lyric’s ‘Little Shop’ puts its best tendril forward

BOSTON — The late Howard Ashman and Alan Menken gained fame composing scores for hit Disney animated films that later became stage musicals, but they also had a hit with the 1982 musical… Continue reading

At the ART, six Queens combine for a royal flash

CAMBRIDGE — Who knew that the many wives of Henry VIII were all rock goddesses? It certainly hasn’t gotten much play through the centuries, but it comes to the fore in “Six,” a… Continue reading

Sunny ‘Dolly!’ lights up the Opera House stage

BOSTON – It is a musical with the sunniest of dispositions, touring triumphantly around the country the country at a time when very dark musicals are all the rage. It is surely a… Continue reading

Reagle’s ‘La Cage’: A musical tribute to love

WALTHAM – It was the kind of couple – and the kind of family– not typically seen on Broadway stages when it debuted back in 1983, The musical “La Cage aux Folles” had… Continue reading

Reimagined, intimate ‘Jersey Boys’ soars at NSMT

BEVERLY – The musical “Jersey Boys” won four Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Musical, and ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2017. Still, there were those who wanted to dismiss the story… Continue reading

‘Paragon Park’: A stirring musical tribute to an icon

NORWELL – When you get to be a certain age, memories become even more important, especially when they are about a place that has long since ceased to exist. The Company Theatre’s production… Continue reading

Hub’s ‘Steel Magnolias’: Laughter through the tears

BOSTON – The Sisterhood of the Blow Drier has never been better. Robert Harlan’s 1987 play ”Steel Magnolias” is a true ensemble piece , the actresses working together in the Hub Theatre Company… Continue reading

Sullivan’s touch makes ‘Cymbeline’ a comic delight

BOSTON – It’s unusual to point right at a director when beginning a theater review but in this case, it’s a must. For the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s annual run on the Boston Common,… Continue reading

‘Greater Good’ puts theater-goers in the story

BOSTON – You don’t get much closer to live theater than you do in Company One and American Repertory Theatre’s world premiere production of “Greater Good,” Kirsten Greenidge’s immersive, interactive, and often fascinating… Continue reading