Category Archive: Reviews

No graceful exit for president in ‘Nixon’s Nixon’

  WATERTOWN – The most complicated president in the history of the United States — perhaps until now – built his presidential library in Whittier, Calif., where he grew up in a Quaker… Continue reading

Trinity’s ‘Prince’ is a sublime take on Buddy Cianci

PROVIDENCE – A few weeks ago I was driving home from a show in Rhode Island when I turned on radio station WPRO to hear the voice of the late Providence Mayor Vincent… Continue reading

‘Choir Boy’: Struggling to make boys into men

BOSTON – They sing like angels, but like all teen-age boys, sometimes the devil is in them, even when they are tenderly invoking The Lord’s name in a hymn. They are the young… Continue reading

Huntington’s ‘Purists’: Staying true to your roots

BOSTON —  A large black man carting a  boombox playing a hip-song loudly and proudly stands in front of a Queens apartment building as a sixty-something gay, overweight white man pokes his head… Continue reading

‘The Lifespan of a Fact’: Making journalistic sausage

GLOUCESTER – In a universe where there is even such a term as “alternative facts,” the mere title “The Lifespan of a Fact” conjures up battles between opposing forces firing at each other,… Continue reading

‘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