Category Archive: Reviews

‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ is light-hearted fun

STONEHAM – Michael Lopez’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride” is a drag queen drama with family values, the kind of show you wouldn’t mind bringing even a first date or your mom to.… Continue reading

‘Two Jews’: Laughter amidst a struggle to survive

WATERTOWN – What do you do when there’s just of two of you, and you can’t stand the sight of each other? You look heavenward for answers and guidance. And then, of course,… Continue reading

A dinner party for the ages in Churchill’s ‘Top Girls’

BOSTON – The British playwright Caryl Churchill doesn’t make it easy for audiences. But she doesn’t make it easy for us to ignore her work, either, even work from decades ago that still… Continue reading

At the Nora, five pioneering women lost in the stars

CAMBRIDGE – They looked heavenward and found inspiration. What they didn’t find was support for the work they loved to do. In “The Women Who Mapped The Stars,” Playwright Joyce Van Dyke’s cast… Continue reading

Hub’s wild, wild ‘West’: Comic chaos in the desert

BOSTON – Discord and discomfort run rampant. It’s comic chaos in the desert. It’s just what the late playwright Sam Shepard was aiming for in “True West,” as the fortunes of two mismatched… Continue reading

Estefans’ ‘On Your Feet’ puts a bounce in your step

BOSTON – Not every life can be made into a musical that can both entertain and tell a story. But then most musicals don’t have the storyline of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, two… Continue reading

Moonbox ups its game again with stirring ‘Cabaret’

BOSTON – The musical “Cabaret” is a work of great risk and great reward, terribly difficult to do well because its core elements are so demanding. It is a mark of the progress… Continue reading

Revamped ‘Anna Christie’ retains O’Neill’s power

BOSTON – The acclaimed director Scott Edmiston is a strong admirer of the work of iconic American playwright Eugene O’Neill – it’s been the case since he was 17 – so much so… Continue reading

Trinity Rep’s ‘Native Gardens’ gets down and dirty

PROVIDENCE – For many amateur gardeners, their plot of earth is a refuge from the problems of the day, a stress reduction technique performed in the great outdoors. But when things go awry,… Continue reading

Humor, fun abound in heartfelt ‘Orphan Danny’

LOWELL – The path to success for a one-person musical is pretty straightforward. Make him/her eminently engaging and likable, and with a strong relationship with the material. Preferably he/she has developed part or… Continue reading