Category Archive: Reviews

New Rep’s ‘Race’ careens to a fiery finish

WATERTOWN — Intensity, thy name is David Mamet. So what else would you expect when the famed playwright takes on the explosive issue of race relations in the New Repertory Theatre’s production of… Continue reading

‘War Horse’: Humanity in the midst of horror

BOSTON — In many ways, World War I was the cruelest war of all. The poison gas, the machine guns that mowed down soldiers accustomed to trench warfare, generated a level of misery… Continue reading

Fiddlehead’s ‘Ragtime’ revisited: Upon further review

Coalhouse Walker (Damien Norfleet celebrates the purchase of a Model-T in a scene from the Fiddlehead Theatre’s production of “Ragtime.” DORCHESTER — Sometimes, a second look allows for a clearer, fuller picture. The… Continue reading

‘How and Why’ explores sacrifice of female scientists

CAMBRIDGE — Playwrights usually approach scientific themes with extreme caution. Unless the writing is strong, the material can come across as dry and colorless, much like the stereotype about the scientist who never… Continue reading

Huntington Theatre to open its house Monday

Courtesy Huntington Theatre CompanyBOSTON – The Huntington Theatre Company invites theatre-lovers of all ages to its fun-filled, hands-on, behind-the-scenes Open House on Monday, October 8 at its main stage on the Avenue of… Continue reading

Sound woes slow otherwise strong ‘Ragtime’

DORCHESTER — Quite simply, “Ragtime” is one of the best and important musicals of the past quarter-century. Adam Shapiro as Tateh and Shona Cirone as Mother in the Fiddlehead Theatre’s production of “Ragtime”… Continue reading

Strong cast, choreography boost NSMT’s ‘9 to 5’

BEVERLY — North Shore Music Theatre‘s “9 to 5: The Musical” is based on the very successful 1980 movie “9 to 5” that grossed $103 million and starred Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and… Continue reading

They’re lumberjacks, and they’re OK

STONEHAM — Sometimes, just being entertained is enough. James Kaplan and Fred Alley aren’t trying to cure cancer or reinvent the wheel with the lighter-than-air musical “Lumberjacks in Love,” now at the Stoneham… Continue reading

At Speakeasy, a mother of a morality play

BOSTON — We all have codes we live by. Some of those codes might seem, as the characters in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ funny, funky “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” might say, a little… Continue reading

Couple disrupts the quiet of ‘Homestead Crossing’

LOWELL — Homestead Crossing is a quiet, comfortable place, the kind of place where not much ever happens and the residents like it that way. In a world premiere by Massachusetts playwright William… Continue reading