Category Archive: Reviews

Many will buy ‘wonderful feeling’ of ‘Oliver”

BOSTON — In the second act of the musical “Oliver,” the title character, sent on a mission to return some books, comes upon a myriad of vendors selling their wares in a city… Continue reading

‘The Boys’ are a welcome sight at Colonial

BOSTON — “Jersey Boys” is the perfect marriage of music and story. The most successful of the so-called “jukebox musicals” — musicals where the source music is already part of popular culture —… Continue reading

Nuns’ singing, dancing saves ‘Sister Act’

BOSTON — Singing nuns have always been good box office. “The Sound of Music,” anyone? Playwright Dan Goggin has spun off his hit musical “Nunsense” so many times it makes you dizzy. “Late… Continue reading

‘Desert Cities’: Glossy exterior, substance beneath

BOSTON — Funny things can happen in the desert. You can see things that aren’t there. And miss things that are. It’s Christmas Eve, 2004 and Brooke Wyeth (Anne Gottlieb) is visiting her… Continue reading

URT’s ‘Mountaintop’ imagines King’s last hours

CAMBRIDGE — What really happened in the hours before the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was shot to death outside his motel room in Memphis? Playwright Katori Hall has plucked from her imagination… Continue reading

WST‘s ‘Holiday’ a sharp, witty, entertaining evening

  WELLESLEY — Wellesley Summer Theatre is one of the best-kept theatrical secrets in the Greater Boston area.. Director Nora Hussey has assembled what amounts to a small professional repertory company at Wellesley… Continue reading

Plum’s skill closes the holes in ‘33 Variations’

BOSTON — Genius is not easily explained or explored. Even if you make it your life’s work. Just why did a musical genius such as Ludwig van Beethoven devote several precious years of… Continue reading

‘Invisible Man’ is a worthy-retelling of a classic

BOSTON — When I scanned my high school summer reading list one summer, a title caught my eye. “Invisible Man.” Ah. Finally, some science fiction. But it wasn’t the H.G. Wells novella, but… Continue reading

New Rep’s ‘Marry Me’ is a short, sweet treat

WATERTOWN — In composer Stephen Sondheim’s “trash,” there are many treasures.The so-called “trash” isn’t trash at all, of course, but “trunk songs,” songs that Sondheim composed for specific shows but were cut from… Continue reading

‘Pippin’: Catch the magic while it’s in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — What is magic but theater that ups the ante when it comes to creating an illusion? So the decision by American Reperoty Theatre artistic director Diane Paulus to combine jaw-dropping Cirque… Continue reading