Category Archive: Reviews

‘Dear Drug Lord’ goes off in too many directions

BOSTON – As one of Boston’s newer fringe theater groups , the Off the Grid Theatre Company is still finding its footing. Its production of “The Weird,” a year ago was a critical… Continue reading

‘The Book of Mormon’: ‘South Park’ to Salt Lake

BOSTON – Broadway trembled when it was revealed that Trey Parker and Matt Stone – the creators of the groundbreaking but controversial “South Park” cartoon series – were planning a Broadway musical. And… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Mamma Mia!’: Pure summer fun that works

BEVERLY – Many years ago, just before the first national tour of “Mamma Mia!” hit Boston in August of 2001, a press representative from Broadway in Boston was trying to explain to me… Continue reading

‘Moulin Rouge’: Is it a love story or a music video?

  BOSTON – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” seems to have some great things going for it in its world premiere production at the Emerson Colonial Theatre on the way to Broadway, with a… Continue reading

On the Common, CSC’s deadly game of thrones

BOSTON – It is a deadly Game of Thrones, and on a recent summer’s night it had the same hold on its audience as the hit HBO series. “Richard III,” the Commonwealth Shakespeare… Continue reading

Company marks 40th season with rousing ‘Ragtime’

NORWELL – A major milestone is often a chance to take stock of who you are or what you are. For the Company Theatre, the beginning of their 40th season was also a… Continue reading

Hub’s ‘The Taming’ entertains and uplifts

BOSTON – When did political debates become boxing matches? Candidates come out punching; the boxing judges are the cable TV pundits who will declare a winner. The losers? Those trying to make informed… Continue reading

‘Peter Pan,’ at NSMT, is standing the test of time

BEVERLY – The true test of a musical score doesn’t come the first time you hear it, though once is often enough to determine the songs  are strong enough to stand on their… Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ is both dazzling and delightful

BOSTON – From the earliest days to the present – from “Beauty and the Beast, “ “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King,” to today’s “Frozen,” — Disney Theatrical’s magic has come to… Continue reading

Local lights shine brightly in ‘Anything Goes’

WALTHAM – Once a Rockette, always a Rockette. And no Rockette is likely to forget what made the name world-famous and the troupe the standard bearers for precision choreography. Former Rockette Eileen Grace… Continue reading