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‘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

If you should see Spiro Veloudos, just say thanks

BOSTON – In a quarter century of covering the Boston theater scene, there’s no one I’ve enjoyed being around more than Spiro Veloudos. For the past 20 years, he has served as artistic… Continue reading

‘Mermaid’ has Fiddlehead leaving Strand on high note

DORCHESTER – Recycling can be very profitable. That’s what Disney Theatericals learned as they took a series of Disney’s animated film hits and transformed them into theatrical blockbusters, aided by the music of… Continue reading

Collins, Ellis shine in Gloucester’s ‘Out of Sterno’

GLOUCESTER — While growing up, we were often told about things that could stunt your growth. Smoking and not eating your vegetables I remember very well. Well, there’s other things that can really… Continue reading

‘God Box’ : A wandering Jew’s spiritual journey

WATERTOWN — We human beings are wired to find the humor in the most tragic, dark situations, as a way of keeping our sanity or as part of the healing or grieving process.… Continue reading

Onbostonstages is off to Florida for R&R

Onbostonstages will be on hiatus for the month of March, recovering from Snowmageddon in Naples, Fla., and gearing up for a busy spring. Releases and news are always welcome at, and I’ll… Continue reading