Category Archive: Reviews

At the Nora, five pioneering women lost in the stars

CAMBRIDGE – They looked heavenward and found inspiration. What they didn’t find was support for the work they loved to do. In “The Women Who Mapped The Stars,” Playwright Joyce Van Dyke’s cast… Continue reading

Hub’s wild, wild ‘West’: Comic chaos in the desert

BOSTON – Discord and discomfort run rampant. It’s comic chaos in the desert. It’s just what the late playwright Sam Shepard was aiming for in “True West,” as the fortunes of two mismatched… Continue reading

Estefans’ ‘On Your Feet’ puts a bounce in your step

BOSTON – Not every life can be made into a musical that can both entertain and tell a story. But then most musicals don’t have the storyline of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, two… Continue reading

Moonbox ups its game again with stirring ‘Cabaret’

BOSTON – The musical “Cabaret” is a work of great risk and great reward, terribly difficult to do well because its core elements are so demanding. It is a mark of the progress… Continue reading

Revamped ‘Anna Christie’ retains O’Neill’s power

BOSTON – The acclaimed director Scott Edmiston is a strong admirer of the work of iconic American playwright Eugene O’Neill – it’s been the case since he was 17 – so much so… Continue reading

Trinity Rep’s ‘Native Gardens’ gets down and dirty

PROVIDENCE – For many amateur gardeners, their plot of earth is a refuge from the problems of the day, a stress reduction technique performed in the great outdoors. But when things go awry,… Continue reading

Humor, fun abound in heartfelt ‘Orphan Danny’

LOWELL – The path to success for a one-person musical is pretty straightforward. Make him/her eminently engaging and likable, and with a strong relationship with the material. Preferably he/she has developed part or… Continue reading

‘Miss Holmes’: A whole new spin for Sherlock

STONEHAM – Through the years, the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have been spun this way and that until you think you’ve seen it all in how they can be presented… Continue reading

Order up: ‘Waitress’ makes a grand return

  BOSTON – Another prodigal show has returned home, and the good news is that the charm and good humor it showed a few years ago are still intact. The musical “Waitress” began… Continue reading

‘Lost Laughs’ has promise, but lags near the end

LOWELL – He is the answer to a trivia question. Who was the first movie star to make $1 million in a year? No, it wasn’t Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. Before they… Continue reading