Category Archive: Reviews

With ‘Passengers,’ The 7 Fingers take the next step

BOSTON — Against the video backdrop of a train in motion, eight passengers are engaged in a variety of mundane activities. Eventually the riders reveal themselves to be more – much more –… Continue reading

At NSMT, Ripley puts her stamp on ‘Sunset,’ Norma

BEVERLY – When the opportunity came around, Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley was ready for her close-up. Ripley’s first appearance at North Shore Music was as Johanna in NSMT’s 1994 production of “Sweeney… Continue reading

For ‘Utopia,’ a welcome, and a rousing send-off

BOSTON – The art-pop musician David Byrne, formerly the lead singer of the Talking Heads, isn’t marching on Broadway the same way that Bruce Springsteen did. “American Utopia,” which completed its run at… Continue reading

Arlekin’s ‘The Stone’ is weighty, but powerful

NEEDHAM — If you have done much traveling in Europe, you know that the specter of World War II and Nazi Germany still hangs heavily over the continent, even more than seven decades… Continue reading

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