Category Archive: Reviews

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

NSMT’s ‘Hairspray’: Big girl, big laughs, big fun

BEVERLY — It’s a simple theatrical equation: Big girl with big hair and big dreams = great night of theater for you. The North Shore Music Theatre’s production of the musical “Hairspray” has… Continue reading

‘Les Salonnieres’ is witty, clever and stylish

STONEHAM – Not quite perfect, but perfectly pleasing in many ways. That’s the Greater Boston Stage Company’s world premiere production of Liz Duffy Adams’s “Les Salonnieres.” The setting is Paris in the run-up… Continue reading

Need laughs? ‘Nunsense’ answers your prayers

BRAINTREE – We always knew that nuns could handle a classroom of 50 rowdy kids with one hand tied their back. But who know they could sing, dance, act and tell jokes? Playwright Dan… Continue reading

With ‘Fun Home,’ Speakeasy Stage makes a statement

BOSTON – Speakeasy Stage Company has emerged from its fringe beginnings to become one of the finest theatrical troupes in the city – period. Speakeasy has made a habit of bringing some of… Continue reading

Lyric Stage finds comedic gold in ‘The Roommate’

BOSTON — It has been a fertile and well-explored area for playwrights. “You say tomahto. I say tomahto. You say potato, I say pohtato.” Cole Porter made it a song, and Neil Simon… Continue reading

At New Rep: An uprising that sparks an awakening

WATERTOWN – The notion of sacrifice for the greater good is a noble one, but it can seem distant or unreal until an event – or a world war – makes it come… Continue reading

A not-so-simple Simon portrayed in Gloucester

GLOUCESTER – When the right role is matched with the right actor, it can be magical. The late Simon Geller was a singular sensation at Gloucester radio station WVCA-FM – 104.9 on your… Continue reading

Praxis Stage’s ‘All My Sons’: The downside of a dream

CHELSEA – In his greatest works, the late Arthur Miller explored the downside of the American Dream and how it is exposed when, for his deeply flawed characters, the chickens come home to… Continue reading

At Central Square, a ‘Frankenstein’ we never knew

CAMBRIDGE – Creature, we never really knew ye. Director David R. Gammons has used Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” as a template to explore the timeless tale of a creature… Continue reading