Category Archive: Reviews

‘Dames at Sea’ offers dazzling footwork, laughter

STONEHAM – Aside from the New England Patriots, director/choreographer Ilyse Robbins and actress Ephie Aardema just might be the best team around. They teamed up for three award-winning productions at the former Stoneham… Continue reading

‘Groupthink,’ consultants are on trial in ‘Ideation’

WATERTOWN – Outside consultants often visited the newspaper where I worked for many years. The first thing they usually said was “everything you’re doing is wrong.” My colleagues and I took to calling… Continue reading

Barrett leads, others follow in Lyric’s ‘Gypsy’

BOSTON – The iconic role of Mama Rose in the musical “Gypsy” requires an actress who is not only a fine singer but who can win the audience over with the sheer force… Continue reading

Off the Grid’s ‘The Weird’ is a bumpy but fun ride

BOSTON – The theater troupe Off The Grid takes pride in its non-traditional form of making theater – hence both its name and its mission statement, which Artistic Director Alexis Scheer described as… Continue reading

In the end, ART’s ‘Burn All Night’ doesn’t deliver

CAMBRIDGE – “Burn All Night” never catches fire. At a recent performance, I kept waiting and hoping THAT SONG or THAT MOMENT might come along and light up the new musical now being… Continue reading

NSMT’s fast, funny ‘Frankenstein’: ‘It’s ‘alive!’

BEVERLY – Those who thought Mel Brooks couldn’t write and stage a complete musical weren’t wrong once – when “The Producers” won a record 12 Tonys” in 2001 – they were thankfully wrong… Continue reading

At GSC, Horovitz’s ‘final exam’ for wives, lovers

GLOUCESTER – They are a quartet of women with something in common: A man. They come together in a Parisian apartment to – mourn? – the passing of the professor they were all… Continue reading

Ogunquit’s ‘Ragtime’ helps restore that missing Tony

OGUNQUIT, ME. – Timing is everything in life. When the producers of the musical “Ragtime” debuted their show on Broadway on Jan. 18, 1998, it ran headlong into a Walt Disney phenomenon called… Continue reading

‘Neverland’ is great fun, but score holds it back

BOSTON – “Finding Neverland” could have been – maybe should have been – a great musical. After all, the work that is at the heart of the piece – J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter… Continue reading

Given lemons, ’42nd Street’ makes sweet lemonade

WALTHAM – When life hands you lemons, make lemonade Instead of the “Blue Skies” that Irving Berlin described, storm clouds gathered in Waltham last week when Tom Wopat, who was set to co-star… Continue reading