Tag Archive: review

A not-so-simple Simon portrayed in Gloucester

GLOUCESTER – When the right role is matched with the right actor, it can be magical. The late Simon Geller was a singular sensation at Gloucester radio station WVCA-FM – 104.9 on your… Continue reading

At Central Square, a ‘Frankenstein’ we never knew

CAMBRIDGE – Creature, we never really knew ye. Director David R. Gammons has used Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” as a template to explore the timeless tale of a creature… Continue reading

It’s elementary: Huntington’s ‘Sherlock’ is great fun

BOSTON – How best to entertain an audience? Elementary, my dear theater-goer. Take some timeless characters, add some dazzling production values, and supply a plot with more twists and turns than a cheap… Continue reading

From a basement lab, a woman changed the world

WATERTOWN – One by one, the stories of women who loved science at a time when it didn’t love them back are being told. The women in question were heavily involved in some… Continue reading

Big voices bring light to a dark ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

BEVERLY – There are horses for courses.  And there are singers for songs. No one really knew about a woman named Linda Eder until the musical “Jekyll & Hyde” premiered on Broadway, and… Continue reading

‘Hamnet’ may reflect on our own relationships

BOSTON – What a difference one letter can make. That’s what the title character in the ArtsEmerson production of “Hamnet” reminds us. It’s the difference, in his case, of the son of playwright… Continue reading

‘Hamilton’: A story that belongs to all of us

BOSTON – In almost 26 years of reviewing professional theatrical productions, I’ve seen many long-running hit shows. But until now I’ve never reviewed a work that in a few short years has become… Continue reading

At Speakeasy, a profane, passionate family drama

BOSTON – The playwright Stephen Adly Giurgis draws characters that are both profane and passionate, gritty, complicated, flawed but totally human and real. Very real. They often find themselves on the margins of… Continue reading

‘Being Earnest’: Wilde’s great wit is always in style

STONEHAM – Wit and wisdom travel well, and classic farce has staying power and is virtually ageless. And any show that starts with the wit and wisdom of the great Oscar Wilde is… Continue reading

‘The Niceties’: Should history be written in pencil?

BOSTON – It starts with a comma. A missing comma. But it quickly escalates into something that tears apart a campus. The Huntington Theatre Company production of “The Niceties” at the Calderwood Pavilion… Continue reading