Tag Archive: review

in ART’s ‘Gloria,’ Steinem tells her own story

CAMBRIDGE – Plays about cultural icons are that much more fun when the cultural icon in question is in the audience to see her life being played out on stage — and then… Continue reading

Amid laughs, Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ delivers messages

BOSTON – At a fictional high school, the top dog is a cruel blonde who is pretty in pink. But, as Shakespeare reminds us, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. In… Continue reading

Hamill, URT breathe new life into ‘Vanity Fair’

CAMBRIDGE – Playwright Kate Hamill has been breathing new life into literary classics, adapting them for the stage while also creating a new sub-genre of work that has made those classics more accessible… Continue reading

Family ties are fraying in ‘We All Fall Down’

BOSTON – In almost every family there is a man or woman who takes it upon himself or herself to be the glue that binds the family together. If there is no one… Continue reading

SpeakEasy’s ‘Pass Over’: Waiting for the ‘Po-Pos’

BOSTON – On their small piece of turf, a street corner in an unnamed American city, two young black men contemplate the future – or the lack of it. Moses (Kadahj Bennett) and… Continue reading

Spruced-up staging puts a new face on ‘Cats’

BOSTON – Sometimes, as the real estate people tell us, it’s all in the staging. The national touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats,” based on the 2016 Broadway revival, arrived at… Continue reading

This ‘Carol’ will warm you, restore your faith

BEVERLY – It is back to warm the cockles of your heart and restore your faith in the goodness of your fellow man. The North Shore Music Theatre’s 29th edition of its adaptation… Continue reading

Dolly does Dickens: An Appalachian ‘Christmas Carol’

BOSTON – It’s Charles Dickens, Appalachian-style. Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” adheres closely to the Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol”  in many ways, but  it most certainly at times has the feel… Continue reading

Bobbitt’s ‘Oliver!’ makes for strong New Rep debut

WATERTOWN – Charles Dickens was a master storyteller who celebrated the abilities of his characters to overcome extreme adversity and emerge triumphant in the end. The best example might be his novel “Oliver… Continue reading

On the ‘Orient Express,’ a deadly tale well told

BOSTON – Sometimes, the most fun comes from the telling of the tale rather than the tale itself. That’s the case with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s production of Agatha Christie’s “Murder… Continue reading