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Simone holds up a mirror in MRT’s ‘Four Women’

LOWELL – The late singer/songwriter Nina Simone — who rose to fame in the late 1950s and early ’60s, performing in clubs in Atlantic City and Greenwich Village – was not about making… Continue reading

ArtsEmerson’s ‘Detroit Red’: The making of Malcolm X

BOSTON – Before he became Malcolm X, he was something else again. And he came within a hair’s breadth of never becoming the cultural icon cut down at the age of 39, but… Continue reading

‘Sweat’: When the American Dream gets outsourced

  BOSTON – In Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Sweat,” the city of Reading, Pa. is a company town with the company providing the glue that keeps the city together. But what happens… Continue reading

Dazzling dancing, strong voices lift ‘The Bodyguard’

BEVERLY – It isn’t easy to step into a role and sing the songs made famous by one of the most iconic performers in history. The late Whitney Houston, who died in 2012,… Continue reading

Broadway in Boston announces 2019-20 season

Boston, MA –Broadway In Boston, Boston’s mainstage for Broadway, has unveiled the upcoming 2019-2020 Lexus Broadway Season during its annual announcement event at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Ten theatrical productions will take… Continue reading

‘Beautiful’: King’s songs were nation’s soundtrack

BOSTON – For so many of us born in the years after World War II, Carole King, her late former husband Gerry Goffin, and their close friends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil provided… Continue reading

At Speakeasy, six characters seeking themselves

BOSTON – Silence may be golden, but it usually isn’t what theater-goers are seeking when they go to the theater. Yes, there can be long, pregnant pauses and stretches without dialogue, but few… Continue reading

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: A present ready to open

STONEHAM – In this Christmas/holiday season, theater companies that are presenting holiday classics are searching for new ways to reinvigorate them and give them new meaning Enter the Greater Boston Stage Company’s production… Continue reading

Actors hit the boards, and the boards hit back

BOSTON – We all know how well the Brits do the standard murder mystery. They have fed us a steady diet of the genre through the BBC for decades. But what if a… 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