Category Archive: Reviews

From ending to beginning in Huntington’s ‘Betrayal’

BOSTON — Don’t arrive late for the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” You might miss the ending. The play begins with a man and a woman in a 1977 London… Continue reading

Linehan lifts Stoneham Theatre’s ‘Wonderful Life’

STONEHAM — It’s tricky business when you adopt an iconic movie for the stage. The source material of the Stoneham Theatre’s adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic holiday film “It’s A Wonderful Life” is… Continue reading

Bab Habit serves up a parade of presidents

BOSTON — It’s the presidential season, and I’ll wager by the time the campaign ended this week you knew more than you needed to know about President Obama and Mitt Romney. But how… Continue reading

Brinkley’s Roxie sinks in Citi Center’s ‘Chicago’

BOSTON — Christie Brinkley has been perhaps the most successful model in history. She came late to musical theater, and gets points for courage for even taking on the role of Roxie Hart,… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘old school’ ‘Guys and Dolls’ is pure escapism

BEVERLY — “Guys and Dolls” is an “old-school” musical, and that’s meant in the best possible way. The current production at the North Shore Music Theatre is most appealing, and that’s because all… Continue reading

Park’s ferocious feline powers ‘Bengal Tiger’

BOSTON — Death and destruction filled the streets of Baghdad immediately after the American invasion and the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Among the victims: the animals that inhabited the Baghdad Zoo.… Continue reading

Speakeasy Stage’s ‘Jackson’ is bloody good fun

BOSTON — He must have done something right to land on the $20 bill.Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, still resides on the double sawbuck after first being installed there… Continue reading

Lyric Stage’s ‘The Chosen’ is warm and winning

BOSTON — It is interesting and ironic that a spoken-word play features as two of its main themes the joys — and the pain — of silence and the art of listening. But… Continue reading

Strong cast boosts Stoneham’s ‘Double Indemnity’

STONEHAM — Some theaters do a certain kind of show very well. Obviously, if you’re the North Shore Music Theatre, for instance, you’re hoping it’s musicals. Aimee Doherty in a scene from the… Continue reading

A video’s collateral damage in ‘Now or Later’

BOSTON — It is Election Day, 2008, and an Ivy League college student named John (Grant McDermott) is in a hotel room in an unnamed Southern state, watching with a friend while the… Continue reading