Category Archive: Reviews

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

Huntington’s ‘Our Town’ is your town, too

BOSTON — When Thornton Wilder was conjuring up the town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., for his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “Our Town,“ he took great pains to describe just how unremarkable a place it… Continue reading

Hilarious holiday madness in ‘Fully Committed’

WATERTOWN — There are many kinds of madness during the holiday season. One kind is manning the reservations desk at a beyond-upscale Manhattan restaurant close to Christmas, as an actor named Sam does… Continue reading

New Rep brings Capote’s wistful ‘Memories’ to life

WATERTOWN — As we get older, our memories of holidays tend to get more bittersweet, tempered, perhaps, by the death of a loved one at holiday time. The New Repertory Theatre’s production of… Continue reading

Desperate men, desperate times in ‘Of Mice and Men’

BOSTON — John Steinbeck proved that he had a real feel for the plight of the working man in his masterworks “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men.” He wrote of… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Carol’ deserves to be a tradition

BEVERLY — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Maybe just tweak it a little. There’s many good reasons that, since it debuted in 1989, the North Shore Music Theatre’s adaptation of Dickens’… Continue reading

Laughter translates well in Lyric’s ‘Chinglish’

BOSTON — When it comes to translating English into Chinese and Chinese into English, there are many moments of “you can’t get there from here.” Barlow Adamson, playing businessman Daniel Cavanaugh in the… Continue reading

ArtsEmerson’s ‘Pianist’ is elegant, enthralling

BOSTON — The notes come right from the heart, transferred from mother down to daughter over many year of instructions. The stories have also come down from mother to daughter, a constant source… Continue reading

Off-stage, on-stage, ‘Half ‘n Half ‘n Half’ is a hoot

LOWELL — Theater people can be funny. On occasion, very funny. The classic musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” is the obvious example. The farce “Noises Off” and Ken Ludwig‘s comedy “Moon Over Buffalo” are… Continue reading