Category Archive: Reviews

CSC’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a tale for our times

BOSTON – Is Willy Shakespeare – who celebrated his 453rd birthday earlier this year – getting older and wiser? Why is it that so many of the themes – especially the blood feud… Continue reading

Prepare to be engaged in Cobb’s ‘American Moor’

BOSTON – Keith Hamilton Cobb was an English major at NYU when he fell in love with the work of a man who had died more than four centuries before. Cobb’s relationship with… Continue reading

Bates is luminous in GSC’s powerful ‘Rainmaker’

GLOUCESTER – It is the Dust Bowl in the midst of the Depression in the 1930’s, and both hope – and rain – are in short supply. In the Gloucester Stage Company’s powerful… Continue reading

This ‘Godot’ honors those actors who sit and wait

BOSTON – How best to satirize or parody a work of art ? Well, in this case it’s be like Sam – aka Samuel Beckett, the author of “Waiting for Godot,” the 1953… Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Beast’ makes a joyous return to NSMT

  BEVERLY – When the Walt Disney Company decided to re-purpose its successful animated features for the stage, it was the theatrical equivalent of a baseball player starting his at-bat with a 3-0… Continue reading

‘Bullets over Broadway’: Perfect summer fun

OGUNQUIT, Maine – It’s the theatrical equivalent of a day at the beach, an overflowing lobster roll, and your favorite ice cream cone. The Ogunquit Playhouse production of the musical “Bullets over Broadway”… Continue reading

Reagle’s ‘Show Boat’: A worthy re-telling of a classic

WALTHAM – The Cotton Blossom has been steaming along the American theatrical scene since 1927. The musical “Show Boat,” with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II, based… Continue reading

In Quincy, Adams, Jefferson came alive again on 4th

  QUINCY – Like the holiday, it only happens once a year. For the 12th straight year, the National Park Service celebrated July 4th at the Adams National Historic Site by staging Howard… Continue reading

GSC’s ‘The Effect’: Is love real, or is it Memorex?

GLOUCESTER – Is that the alcohol talking, or do you really love me? You only have to spend a short amount of time at the nearest dating bar to know that when drugs… Continue reading

Flat Earth’s ‘Fat Pig’ packs a powerful punch

WATERTOWN – It all starts with the title. “Fat Pig” is a smack to the face, a punch to the gut, a strong signal about what playwright Neil LaBute has in store for… Continue reading