Category Archive: Reviews

‘Miss Holmes’: A whole new spin for Sherlock

STONEHAM – Through the years, the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have been spun this way and that until you think you’ve seen it all in how they can be presented… Continue reading

Order up: ‘Waitress’ makes a grand return

  BOSTON – Another prodigal show has returned home, and the good news is that the charm and good humor it showed a few years ago are still intact. The musical “Waitress” began… Continue reading

‘Lost Laughs’ has promise, but lags near the end

LOWELL – He is the answer to a trivia question. Who was the first movie star to make $1 million in a year? No, it wasn’t Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. Before they… Continue reading

‘Death and the Maiden’ will leave you breathless

WELLESLEY – There’s no escaping the tension that builds steadily during the 100 minutes of “Death and the Maiden.” It becomes even more pronounced since it’s performed in the intimate confines of the… Continue reading

Want to assure a good date? See ‘Bad Dates’

  BOSTON – The Huntington Theatre Company’s current production of “Bad Dates” by Theresa Rebeck is an example of a different actress giving such a different take on a character that it feels… Continue reading

It’s no ‘Phantom,’ but ‘Love’ is a grand spectacle

BOSTON – The problem for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was always: How do you follow up a show that’s been playing for 30 years on Broadway? “The Phantom of the Opera” recently celebrated… Continue reading

In apartheid South Africa, baring bodies and souls

WATERTOWN — Athol Fugard’s voice was one of the loudest in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and even as the country struggles in its post-apartheid democratic era, he is still writing and… Continue reading

Nora’s ‘Proof’: The mystery behind the numbers

CAMBRIDGE – I was starting to wonder why it took so long. It would seem that David Auburn’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Proof” would be a logical fit for the science-themed Catalyst Collaborative… Continue reading

It’s the truth: Wellesley’s ‘The Liar’ is great fun

WELLESLEY – Centuries before Jim Carrey starred in the 1997 film “Liar, Liar,” about a fast-talking attorney who finds he must speak the truth for the next 24 hours, a French playwright named… Continue reading

Sondheim’s reworked ‘Road Show’ still a bumpy ride

BOSTON – After many revisions, there are times when “Road Show” still appears to be an unfinished work. The musical now being performed by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston has been down… Continue reading