Category Archive: Reviews

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

New Rep’s ‘Race’ careens to a fiery finish

WATERTOWN — Intensity, thy name is David Mamet. So what else would you expect when the famed playwright takes on the explosive issue of race relations in the New Repertory Theatre’s production of… Continue reading

‘War Horse’: Humanity in the midst of horror

BOSTON — In many ways, World War I was the cruelest war of all. The poison gas, the machine guns that mowed down soldiers accustomed to trench warfare, generated a level of misery… Continue reading

Fiddlehead’s ‘Ragtime’ revisited: Upon further review

Coalhouse Walker (Damien Norfleet celebrates the purchase of a Model-T in a scene from the Fiddlehead Theatre’s production of “Ragtime.” DORCHESTER — Sometimes, a second look allows for a clearer, fuller picture. The… Continue reading

‘How and Why’ explores sacrifice of female scientists

CAMBRIDGE — Playwrights usually approach scientific themes with extreme caution. Unless the writing is strong, the material can come across as dry and colorless, much like the stereotype about the scientist who never… Continue reading