Category Archive: Reviews

Oliva, Coen will have you rooting for ‘Becky’

BOSTON — Director Larry Coen and actress Celeste Oliva both scored in last season’s hit “Chinglish” at the Lyric Stage Company. Why break up a strong team? They have teamed up again, and… Continue reading

‘Lucy’ is a pleasant walk down Memory Lane

BOSTON — At least for one night, I was again part of a show’s target demographic. “I Love Lucy Live on Stage” at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre through Dec. 22 is right… Continue reading

Like Santa Claus, ‘Miracle’ won’t let you down

STONEHAM — The major problem with doing a stage adaptation of an iconic 1947 movie — or in this case an iconic 1947 movie that was remade in 1973 and 1994, not to… Continue reading

Cast, director lift Huntington’s ‘Cocktail Hour’

BOSTON — While many theater companies are producing holiday-themed pieces this month, the Huntington Theatre Company has done a bit of cross-programming that allows you to escape the holidays entirely for two hours,… Continue reading

New Rep’s scaled-down ‘Camelot’ still works

WATERTOWN — The timing is no accident. The New Repertory Theatre decided to revive the Lerner-Loewe musical “Camelot” almost exactly 50 years after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas . The… Continue reading

Musical ‘Christmas Story’ will warm your heart

BOSTON — For those of you who have been glued to the TNT and then TBS marathon showing of “A Christmas Story” on TV each and every Christmas for the past 15 years,… Continue reading

‘A Little Princess’: A bright bulb on holiday tree

  DORCHESTER — Sometimes, it takes a little work to see that brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. You move a branch that’s obscuring your view and — aha! — there it is.… Continue reading

‘Make Up Your Mind’ is more silly than funny

BOSTON — The Speakeasy Stage Company has become known as a cutting-edge company, unafraid of taking on any piece. It has a litany of successes, many of them award-winning productions. And when the… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ oozes charm, warmth

LOWELL — It is Oct. 1, 1967, and 9-year-old Jeffrey Hatcher is one of “Mrs. Mannerly’s boys,” eventually to become a legend of sorts. There have been very many of them in the… Continue reading

Stoneham’s ‘Jekyll’ a treat for theater-goers

STONEHAM — On a recent Saturday afternoon, costumed trick or treaters wandered Stoneham Center garnering treats from businesses, including the Stoneham Theatre. It turns out the real treat was inside the theater. Jeffrey… Continue reading