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As a spectacle, ‘The Lion King’ is still undefeated

BOSTON – Yes, there are masks, puppets, costumes, headgear and all manner of theatrical, Tony-winning devices in the musical “The Lion King.” But the magic comes from the actors who bring to life… Continue reading

With ‘Passengers,’ The 7 Fingers take the next step

BOSTON — Against the video backdrop of a train in motion, eight passengers are engaged in a variety of mundane activities. Eventually the riders reveal themselves to be more – much more –… Continue reading

At NSMT, Ripley puts her stamp on ‘Sunset,’ Norma

BEVERLY – When the opportunity came around, Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley was ready for her close-up. Ripley’s first appearance at North Shore Music was as Johanna in NSMT’s 1994 production of “Sweeney… Continue reading

No graceful exit for president in ‘Nixon’s Nixon’

  WATERTOWN – The most complicated president in the history of the United States — perhaps until now – built his presidential library in Whittier, Calif., where he grew up in a Quaker… Continue reading

Trinity’s ‘Prince’ is a sublime take on Buddy Cianci

PROVIDENCE – A few weeks ago I was driving home from a show in Rhode Island when I turned on radio station WPRO to hear the voice of the late Providence Mayor Vincent… Continue reading

‘Choir Boy’: Struggling to make boys into men

BOSTON – They sing like angels, but like all teen-age boys, sometimes the devil is in them, even when they are tenderly invoking The Lord’s name in a hymn. They are the young… Continue reading

Huntington’s ‘Purists’: Staying true to your roots

BOSTON —  A large black man carting a  boombox playing a hip-song loudly and proudly stands in front of a Queens apartment building as a sixty-something gay, overweight white man pokes his head… Continue reading

‘The Lifespan of a Fact’: Making journalistic sausage

GLOUCESTER – In a universe where there is even such a term as “alternative facts,” the mere title “The Lifespan of a Fact” conjures up battles between opposing forces firing at each other,… Continue reading

‘Bowl-Mor Lanes’: No strike, but no gutter ball

STONEHAM — New plays are like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get. The Greater Boston Stage Company had made it a point to regularly offer new… Continue reading

Lyric’s ‘Little Shop’ puts its best tendril forward

BOSTON — The late Howard Ashman and Alan Menken gained fame composing scores for hit Disney animated films that later became stage musicals, but they also had a hit with the 1982 musical… Continue reading