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Like Old Man River, NSMT’s ‘Carol’ rolls along

BEVERLY – It was 45 minutes before the start of a recent production of  “A Christmas Carol,” and the lobby of the North Shore Music Theatre was already crowded. There were grandparents in reindeer… Continue reading

‘Six’: Henry’s wives reborn as rock goddesses

BOSTON – Did you know that the many wives of the celebrated 16th Century monarch Henry VIII were all rock goddesses? It certainly hasn’t gotten much play through the centuries, but it comes… Continue reading

‘English’: Learning a language, but at what price?

BOSTON – We speak. But are we heard? And if we speak in a language not our own, a language we are struggling to master, the difficulty of the simple act of speaking… Continue reading

Kernels of comedy abound in GBSC’s ‘Popcorn Falls’

By Rich Fahey STONEHAM – Once in a while, a show comes along that reminds us theater doesn’t have to be a huge spectacle with falling chandeliers and large casts, and 3-D special… Continue reading

‘Fourth Turning’: A rare spotlight on conservatives

By Rich Fahey BOSTON – Now in its 32nd season, the SpeakEasy Stage Company has never shied away from works described as “provocative” or “controversial.” Instead, you can expect noteworthy works described that… Continue reading

On ‘Sing Street,’ a teen finds both love and music

By Rich Fahey BOSTON – The pretty girl/model necessary for the all-important music video was all set. Now all he needed was a band. Conor Lawlor (Adam Bregman) is on a quest to… Continue reading

Two Diamonds sparkle in ‘A Beautiful Noise’

By Rich Fahey BOSTON – You know the music in the jukebox. But do you really know the man behind it? Neil Diamond has crafted a career that has spanned generations and included… Continue reading

Fire up the jukebox for NSMT’s ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

By Rich Fahey BEVERLY — Before there were hit jukebox musicals such as “Mama Mia!.” “Jersey Boys,” “Beautiful, The Carol King Musical” or revues devoted to composers such as “Side by Side by… Continue reading

In ‘The Inheritance,’ one masterpiece meets another

BOSTON – A masterpiece written onto a masterpiece. Playwright Matthew López has used an acclaimed century-old work as a template and a canvas on which to paint his own sprawling, vital work about… Continue reading

‘Ain’t Too Proud’: The Temptations’ story on stage

BOSTON –Some theater purists early on sneered at shows that became known as “jukebox musicals,” complete with ready-made scores generated by the subject – or subjects – of the piece. Early examples included… Continue reading