Category Archive: Reviews

‘When Angels Fall’: Light at the end of a tunnel

BOSTON – Fiat lux. Let there be light. In a dark, dystopian world, light becomes that more precious, and we become focused on those singular beams and their illumination of the human form… Continue reading

‘The Little Foxes’: Southern dysfunction at its best

BOSTON – The dysfunctional Southern family has long been a staple of American drama, perhaps best exemplified by Tennessee Williams’ 1955 work “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” But before Williams explored the… Continue reading

‘Bare stage’ puts the spotlight on a topical issue

BOSTON – It’s one thing to write a play that is both topical and relevant. But it’s another thing to address an issue in an evocative, thorough and entertaining manner. Playwright Michael Walker,… Continue reading

‘Pygmalion’: It’s pure Bedlam, and it’s delightful

CAMBRIDGE – The brilliance of the theatrical troupe that goes by the name Bedlam is its absolute concentration on the talents of its actors. The troupe eschews grand sets and props and relies… Continue reading

From beyond the grave, Nat Turner tells us why

ROXBURY – A forlorn soul is handcuffed and shackled, straining to see the last rays of what will be his final sunset in the small town Jerusalem, Va. before he meets his Maker… Continue reading

WFT puts its own stamp on sprawling ‘Ragtime’

BOSTON – It was the dawn of a new century, featuring larger-than-life cultural icons such as Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, Booker T. Washington and vaudeville star Evelyn Nesbit. It also marked the birth… Continue reading

400 years later, ‘Othello’ is still an outsider

CAMBRIDGE – The American Repertory Theatre is not against welcoming shows created by other theater companies of merit. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Director Bill Rauch commissioned and premiered the play “All The… Continue reading

A daughter ponders what finally made her ‘Well’

WELLESLEY – As she addresses the audience in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre at Wellesley College, Lisa Kron, played by Sebastian Ryder, admits that what’s about to happen on stage in the 100-minute… Continue reading

Glitzy ‘Cinderella,’ Colonial light up the holidays

BOSTON – The national touring production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” has arrived at the Emerson Colonial Theatre at just the right time of year. Theater patrons are still re-discovering the grandeur of… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘Christmas at Pemberley’: Out-Austening Jane

LOWELL – Is it possible to out-Jane Austen Jane Austen? Apparently so. Because, in transferring Austen’s iconic characters from “Pride and Prejudice” to the stage, the characters have emerged with personas intact, as… Continue reading