Category Archive: Reviews

CSC’s ‘Two Gentlemen’ a joyous musical delight

    BOSTON — In just a few hours, the agony and the ecstasy of outdoor theater were fully explored. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company took the worst that Mother Nature could dish out… Continue reading

Stoneham’s ‘Wonderettes’ a fun summer cooler

STONEHAM — It is summertime, and the living is easy. But when the temperatures climb, theater-goers can be distracted — is it the girls in the bikinis or those gin-and tonics? Therefore, many… Continue reading

GSC’s ‘Spring Awakening’ will haunt you

  GLOUCESTER — In 1891, German playwright Frank Wedekind made a plaintive cry for help against what he considered a repressive German regime. For the better part of a century, that cry fell… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Sound of Music’ climbs every mountain

BEVERLY — A well-performed and sung score. A charming group of talented young people. A top-notch ensemble cast. When it comes to the theater, these are a few of my favorite things. And,… Continue reading

Reagle’s ‘Chicago’ a worthy tribute to Fosse

  WALTHAM — There’s no faking Fosse. The late actor/director/choreographer Bob Fosse’s stylized choreography is almost instantly recognizable, so much so that it spawned a hit Broadway show of its own — “Fosse.”… Continue reading

Donovan anchors Stoneham’s ‘These Shining Lives’

STONEHAM — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration didn’t come into existence until 1970. Worker’s compensation laws varied from state to state. Back in the 1920 and 1930s, female factory workers, later known… Continue reading

Huntington’s ‘Rapture’ a satisfying coda to season

BOSTON — You can have it all as a woman, says one camp. Family, kids, career, all doable and all done well. Not so fast, say others. A woman on a strong career… Continue reading

The ‘Pirates’ have a great time, and so will you

CAMBRIDGE — I have a feeling the boys would approve. No one has ever turned inspired silliness into high art better than the duo of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, who turned cleverer-than-clever… Continue reading

Speakeasy’s ‘In The Heights’ raises the roof

   BOSTON — If you were able to harness all the energy in the theater, it would light the city of Boston for a week. As it is, the roof in the Roberts… Continue reading

There’s a spring in the step of ‘On The Town’

BOSTON — Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos has always found a way to fit large-scale musicals such as “1776,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Follies” into his intimate theater atop the YWCA… Continue reading