Category Archive: Reviews

25 years later, you’re looking good, ‘Oklahoma!’  

BEVERLY – The farmers and the cowboys had not been seen on the stage of the North Shore Music Theatre for a quarter-century. NSMT Producer/Owner Bill Hanney celebrated their return and the 10th… Continue reading

It’s just the right time for fast, funny ‘Hamlet’

BOSTON – It is finally summertime and, as George Gershwin wrote, the living is easy. And theater companies that had been staging heavy-handed dramas such as — I don’t know, say “Hamlet” —… Continue reading

‘We Live in Cairo’: A promising, imperfect debut

CAMBRIDGE – It was the first revolution that played itself out on social media, and brought one million people out to raise their voices and topple a regime. And it was one picture… Continue reading

Sparkling ‘Overtures’ serves as a Sondheim coda

  BOSTON – American foreign policy is often not as enlightened as we would like it to be. As with anything else, follow the money, and you’ll be able to decipher the motives… Continue reading

African teens face off in Speakeasy’s ‘School Girls’

BOSTON – You can say a lot with humor. When people are laughing, it’s a great opportunity to make your point – or a series of points. Playwright/actress Jocelyn Bioh was very aware… Continue reading

‘Kinky Boots’ is a musical with heart and sole

BOSTON – “Kinky Boots” may be a musical sending a message, but the message is wrapped so lovingly in a bouncy pop-rock score, high-energy choreography and a winning, funny book that the audience… Continue reading

‘The Inspector Calls’ makes a welcome return

BOSTON – Who doesn’t love a classic Edwardian thriller? The classics stand the test of time. Among them is “An Inspector Calls,” the J.B. Priestley play first produced in 1945 and now being… Continue reading

BCT authors a worthy ‘The Glass Menagerie’

BOSTON – The Boston Children’s Theatre produces works for a wide range of young adults. It challenges its older members by staging some of the most iconic pieces in the theatrical canon. That… Continue reading

‘Romeo and Juliet’: Can love stop the madness?

BOSTON — When you write for not only your age but for all ages, timeless themes will continue to resonate long after you’re gone. So many centuries after a blood feud between two… Continue reading

‘The Illusionists’: Fast, funny blend of comedy, magic

BOSTON – The world of magic and illusion, once largely confined to the showrooms of Las Vegas hotels, has long since gone big-time, often appearing on Broadway or in televised specials. The latest… Continue reading