Tag Archive: JimPetosa

New Rep’s ‘1776’: A bold, daring, but uneven new look

WATERTOWN – Before a recent performance of the New Repertory Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “1776,” New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa made an announcement that “the play about 18th and… Continue reading

At New Rep: An uprising that sparks an awakening

WATERTOWN – The notion of sacrifice for the greater good is a noble one, but it can seem distant or unreal until an event – or a world war – makes it come… Continue reading

‘Groupthink,’ consultants are on trial in ‘Ideation’

WATERTOWN – Outside consultants often visited the newspaper where I worked for many years. The first thing they usually said was “everything you’re doing is wrong.” My colleagues and I took to calling… Continue reading

‘Gift Horse’: Early Diamond led to future successes

WATERTOWN – When playwright Lydia R. Diamond was writing “The Gift Horse,” she was still feeling her way as a playwright. It was her first play produced at a regional theater – by… Continue reading

‘Brecht on Brecht’: More context would have helped

WATERTOWN – Bertolt Brecht isn’t big box office anymore. But his thoughts and words were relevant in their time and many believe are even more relevant today. The New Repertory Theatre’s co- production… Continue reading

Davenport lays down the law in New Rep’s ‘Thurgood’

  WATERTOWN – There is writing on the stone facade of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. that spoke to the late Thurgood Marshall. The words “Equal Justice Under (the) Law” are highlighted… Continue reading

‘Good’: When compromise trumps conscience

WATERTOWN – What can happen when we push our conscience into the background and out of the way as a matter of convenience? What compromises can we make with ourself to rationalize the… Continue reading