Category Archive: Reviews

Long-buried secrets rise again in Lyric’s ‘The Light’

By Rich Fahey BOSTON – A young man gets on bended knee and offers a ring to a woman he has known for two years. She accepts! All is right with the world.… Continue reading

A new set of storytellers for revival of ‘1776’

CAMBRIDGE – History belongs to the historians. But stories belong to the storytellers. So Lin-Manuel Miranda can remake the story of one of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, in his own image and… Continue reading

With Lyric’s ‘Gentleman,’ Veloudos reunites the band

BOSTON – Acclaimed director Spiro Veloudos has brought the band back together again. And boy, do they sound great. Veloudos, now the Producing Artistic Director Emeritus at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston,… Continue reading

Familty ties fray in ‘Our Daughters, Like Pillars’

BOSTON – It’s a simple equation: Family = friction. It can be like kindling when three siblings and their mother “voluntarily” spend a week together, even in the nicest of places and at… Continue reading

‘Ain’t Too Proud’: The Temptations’ story on stage

BOSTON –Some theater purists early on sneered at shows that became known as “jukebox musicals,” complete with ready-made scores generated by the subject – or subjects – of the piece. Early examples included… Continue reading

Storybook musical ‘Island’ enchants theater-goers

BOSTON – There is something about a steel pan, the Caribbean beat and the sheer joy of “We Dance,” the opening number of the musical “Once on This Island,” now being performed by… Continue reading

On stage, Lee’s ‘Mockingbird’ is lifted ever higher

BOSTON – When acclaimed writer-director Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”) was first approached about bringing Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” to the Broadway stage, he was convinced it was “a suicide mission.”… Continue reading

At MRT, the ‘sage of suburbia’ is alive and well

LOWELL – She was the unlikeliest of media superstars. Erma Bombeck reveled in being an “ordinary” mother and housewife. The suburban sage described her typical workday as “blazing a trail from the laundry… Continue reading

At SpeakEasy, ‘The Sound Inside’ is loud and clear

BOSTON – Is there anything that tears at the soul like loneliness? Yale University Professor Bella Lee Baird finds an unlikely ally in her attempts to connect during a perilous moment in her… Continue reading

‘Rock of Ages’: Company’s joyous return in Norwell

NORWELL – The return of live theater to the stage of the Company Theatre is a joyous occasion, and it was obvious at a recent performance the cast was enjoying it just as… Continue reading