Category Archive: Reviews

Young people hear what ‘Evan Hansen’ is saying

BOSTON – The vibe at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston was young, and the applause at the end of each of the musical numbers was as strong and sustained as if… Continue reading

Reagle’s ‘The Sound of Music’ is true to its roots

WALTHAM – You don’t last 51 years in theater without giving your customers what they want. During that time, the Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston has produced classic American musicals. For many… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Freaky Friday’ ranks with other Disney hits

  BEVERLY – July is the traditional spot for the North Shore Music Theatre’s annual “family musical.” In the past, owner/producer Bill Hanney has relied on a proven list of family-friendly works, many… Continue reading

The chase is on in Gloucester Stage’s ‘The 39 Steps’

BOSTON – The stage is bare except for the traditional “ghost light” as actors drift in and out while Gloucester Stage Company Artistic Director Robert Walsh greets the audience with his “curtain speech.”… Continue reading

Dunaway finds Hepburn elusive in ‘Tea at Five’

BOSTON – Playwright Matthew Lombardo said he spent 18 years rewriting his play “Tea at Five” with the actress Faye Dunaway in mind. The new production of  “Tea at Five” is having a… Continue reading

Lopez’s revisited ‘Yerma’: A riveting, tragic journey

BOSTON – As the Huntington Theatre Company’s playwright in residence, Melinda Lopez has explored several aspects of her Cuban-American heritage and the country itself in works such as “Sonia Flew” – which opened… Continue reading

Front Porch’s ‘Musketeers’ cuts a wide swath

STONEHAM – It is theater’s summer season, and area theaters have taken notice. For their first collaboration, the newly-established Front Porch Arts Collective and the Greater Boston Stage Company have selected a sure-fire… Continue reading

A musical fantasy recalls a dark day for gays

BOSTON – As the celebration of Boston’s annual Pride Week continued on the streets of the city, a group of actors were observing the occasion in a very different way: By retelling the… Continue reading

25 years later, you’re looking good, ‘Oklahoma!’  

BEVERLY – The farmers and the cowboys had not been seen on the stage of the North Shore Music Theatre for a quarter-century. NSMT Producer/Owner Bill Hanney celebrated their return and the 10th… Continue reading

It’s just the right time for fast, funny ‘Hamlet’

BOSTON – It is finally summertime and, as George Gershwin wrote, the living is easy. And theater companies that had been staging heavy-handed dramas such as — I don’t know, say “Hamlet” —… Continue reading