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A half-century later, ‘Common Ground’ still elusive

BOSTON – In the end, the 600-page book became a teaching tool, a jumping-off point for what became a big-picture look at the attitudes and events that led up to the federally-mandated school… Continue reading

Fire up the jukebox for NSMT’s ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

By Rich Fahey BEVERLY — Before there were hit jukebox musicals such as “Mama Mia!.” “Jersey Boys,” “Beautiful, The Carol King Musical” or revues devoted to composers such as “Side by Side by… Continue reading

A new set of storytellers for revival of ‘1776’

CAMBRIDGE – History belongs to the historians. But stories belong to the storytellers. So Lin-Manuel Miranda can remake the story of one of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, in his own image and… Continue reading

‘Riverdance’ remains a love letter to Irish culture

BOSTON — It is hard to overstate what a sensation “Riverdance” caused more than a generation ago. After its debut in 1995, it became an international phenomenon and spawned a whole new appreciation of… Continue reading

In ‘The Inheritance,’ one masterpiece meets another

BOSTON – A masterpiece written onto a masterpiece. Playwright Matthew López has used an acclaimed century-old work as a template and a canvas on which to paint his own sprawling, vital work about… Continue reading

Theater UnCorked puts heart, soul into ‘Passion’

ACTON – The death of the brilliant Stephen Sondheim last November was a body blow to the theater world, even if he had a well-lived life that spanned 91 years. It also rekindled… Continue reading

With ‘Miss Holmes Returns,’ the chase begins anew

STONEHAM – The remaking of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed  British sleuth Sherlock Homes and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson  into a female duo in April 2018  offered theater-goers at the Greater Boston… Continue reading

‘Imagine Van Gogh’ makes its U.S. debut in Boston

BOSTON — There is nothing like seeing a masterwork in person. But instead of having to travel to, say, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum or the Musée d’Orsay in Paris during a pandemic, this time the… Continue reading

With ‘Witness,’ Arlekin again breaks new ground

Like Captain James T. Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise, Igor Golyak sees his mission as “To boldly go where no one has gone before.” Golyak, the artistic director of the Needham-based Arlekin… Continue reading

‘Christmas Story’ musical captures film’s charm

BOSTON — For those of you who have been addicted to the  marathon showing of “A Christmas Story” on TV each and every Christmas, there is another holiday gift waiting for you. “A… Continue reading