Category Archive: Reviews

A human ‘nail’ triumphs in ‘Hold These Truths’

BOSTON – “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and… Continue reading

‘Man of La Mancha’ makes a welcome return

WATERTOWN – Fifty years ago, the Boston Red Sox completed an improbable run to the 1967 American League pennant. It was called “The Impossible Dream” team, and the team and its followers adopted… Continue reading

‘White Christmas’ banishes all holiday humbugs

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – This historic seaside port embraces the holiday season in many ways, and this season it has a show well worth embracing: the Ogunquit Playhouse production of the musical “White Christmas”… Continue reading

More questions than answers in all-women ‘Caesar’

BOSTON – The conventional wisdom is that if women were in charge, there would be fewer wars and less violence in general. Not so fast, if an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most… Continue reading

Moonbox’s ‘The 39 Steps’ is an exhilarating escape

    BOSTON – I have two new nominations for The Hardest Working Men in Show Business. Their names are Matthew Zahnzinger and Bob Mussett. Along with Kevin Cirone and Sarah Gazdowicz,, they… Continue reading

Huntington’s modernized ‘Tartuffe’ loses something

BOSTON – Moliere may have written the piece in the 17th Century, but many of the great plays are movable feasts. So while Moliere intended “Tartuffe” to be generally a treatise on religious… Continue reading

Trinity’s ‘Carol’ reminds us again what’s important

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Forty years ago, the Trinity Repertory Company made the decision to perform an annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” Someone, somewhere is still patting themselves on the back. Through the… Continue reading

As a musical, ‘A Christmas Story’ shines anew

  WORCESTER – For the past two decades, the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story” has been shown in a 24-hour loop on television beginning Christmas Eve and running through Christmas Day. A movie… Continue reading

Fancy footwork abounds in NSMT’s ’42nd Street’

BEVERLY – In the opening moments of the musical “42nd Steet” at the North Shore Music Theatre, a curtain is slowly raised just enough so we can see many pairs of dancing feet,… Continue reading

‘Souvenir’: A repeat very much worth watching

BOSTON – A decade has passed since Leigh Barrett and Will McGarrahan first graced the stage of the Lyric Stage Company of Boston in Stephen Temperley’s “Souvenir,” the story of Florence Foster Jenkins… Continue reading