Category Archive: Reviews

‘The Jungle Book’ is pleasurable but imperfect

  BOSTON — After glowing reviews from the Chicago press after its initial run at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago this summer, the bar was set high for the Huntington Theatre Company’s production… Continue reading

Cranston takes audience ‘All The Way’ as LBJ

  CAMBRIDGE — With Diane Paulus’ litany of successes as the artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre, the ART’s biggest challenge these days is making sure the buzz and the hype around… Continue reading

Even Harry-haters will enjoy ‘Potted Potter’

  BOSTON — “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience,” now on the mainstage of the Paramount Theatre through Oct. 6, promises to sum up all seven of the Harry Potter books in about… Continue reading

Early on, ‘Tribes’ sets a standard for excellence

  BOSTON — There’s hearing. And then there’s hearing. There’s communication And then there’s communication — especially communication that is hampered by indifference or disability. What happens when disability or indifference affect communication… Continue reading

Stoneham’s ‘Seminar’: Young writers on the ropes

STONEHAM — Writing fiction ain’t beanbag, to paraphrase the comment about politics made by Finley Peter Dunne’s fictional Mr. Dooley. Those who have entered that world on even a limited basic usually emerge… Continue reading

Hold on tight for Lyric’s ‘Two Guvnors’

  BOSTON — “One Man, Two Guvnors” was a bit of a surprise hit during last year’s Broadway season, earning seven Tony nominations and earning a Tony Award for James Corden as Best… Continue reading

Audience feels Merrick’s pain in ‘The Elephant Man’

  WATERTOWN — The New Repertory Theatre — aka The House That Rick (Lombardo) Built — has begun its 30th season, now housed in the beautiful confines of the Arsenal Center for the… Continue reading

‘Miss Daisy’ a warm, wonderful end to GSC season

GLOUCESTER — Many theatergoers earlier in the year circled the last production of the Gloucester Stage Company’s 34th season as an event not be missed. That’s because it was GSC’s production of Alfred… Continue reading

Family-friendly ‘Cats’ still a great spectacle

BEVERLY — There is very little middle ground when it comes to “Cats.“ Either you love it and are happy to see it again and again, or you become dangerous, armed to the… Continue reading

Troubled teens flounder in ‘This is Our Youth’

  GLOUCESTER — The characters in Kenneth Lonergan’s “This is Our Youth” are like those gerbils you see on those tiny treadmills in those cages. They seem to be going like hell but… Continue reading