Tag Archive: MRT

MRT’s ‘Christmas at Pemberley’: Out-Austening Jane

LOWELL – Is it possible to out-Jane Austen Jane Austen? Apparently so. Because, in transferring Austen’s iconic characters from “Pride and Prejudice” to the stage, the characters have emerged with personas intact, as… Continue reading

Humor, fun abound in heartfelt ‘Orphan Danny’

LOWELL – The path to success for a one-person musical is pretty straightforward. Make him/her eminently engaging and likable, and with a strong relationship with the material. Preferably he/she has developed part or… Continue reading

‘Lost Laughs’ has promise, but lags near the end

LOWELL – He is the answer to a trivia question. Who was the first movie star to make $1 million in a year? No, it wasn’t Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. Before they… Continue reading

Sisterhood is tested in MRT’s ‘Women in Jeopardy!’

LOWELL – When the solidarity of the sisterhood is threatened by a possibly unhinged dentist, cue the laughter. Thankfully, it never really stops. The Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of “Women in Jeopardy!” is… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘The Kid’ isn’t a home run, but it has heart

LOWELL – It isn’t quite a home run. More like an extra-base hit. There’s a lot to like in the Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s world premiere production of Stephen Drukman’s “Going To See The… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘Abigail/1702’: Ten years after The Trials

LOWELL – It was a no-brainer for Merrimack Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Sean Daniels to program Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s “Abigail/1702” for the weeks just preceding and following Halloween. Daniels had worked with the playwright… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘Home of the Brave’ veers off the rails

LOWELL – Sean Daniels, the first-year artistic director of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, has made premiering new works a raison d’etre for the theater. But new works are like Forrest Gump’s box of… Continue reading

At MRT, love for baseball icon forges family bonds

LOWELL – In baseball, there is winning and losing just as there are wins and losses in the game of life. But baseball is more than just a game here in Boston or… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘Wonderful Life’ brings out best in the season

LOWELL – Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” wasn’t a success when the film first debuted in 1946. It never came close to earning back its $6.3 million production cost. It was only… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘The Lion’: A tale told with six guitars

LOWELL – The traveling troubadour has arrived in Lowell, and soon he’ll be off to see the world. The Merrimack Repertory Theatrre’s production of Benjamin Scheuer’s “The Lion,” now at the Nancy Donahue… Continue reading