Category Archive: Reviews

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

Show’s ‘Wicked’ ways are still spectacular

BOSTON — “It ain’t easy being green,” Kermit the Frog once famously sang. And if you think it’s not easy for a frog, it sure as heck isn’t easy for a young woman,… Continue reading

‘Cavalia’s Odysseo’: Was it a dream or real?

SOMERVILLE — Was it a dream or was it real? You might find yourself asking that after visiting “Cavalia’s Odyyseo,” now being performed through Aug. 25 under the 125-foot-high big top — advertised… Continue reading

‘Much Ado’ is an enchanting afternoon in the woods

LYNN — The Lynn-based arts group Arts After Hours is going into The Woods again. Not to do Sondheim, but, for the second straight summer, Shakespeare. “Much Ado About Northing” is one of… Continue reading

GSC’s revived ‘North Shore Fish’ still packs punch

GLOUCESTER — Where do you go when the music stops playing? And if you’ve had nothing but a tedious dead-end job all your life and even that’s snatched away, where are you? You… Continue reading