Tag Archive: review

‘Oliver!’: Many will buy ‘this wonderful feeling’

NORWELL – You might think a musical made from the story of an abused orphan who escapes that fate, only to fall into the clutches of a master thief and a gang of… Continue reading

ART’s ‘ExtraOrdinary’ needed more songs, less talk

  CAMBRIDGE – “ExtraOrdinary” presumably takes its name from a song in the musical “Pippin,” which the American Repertory Theater presented in 2012 and then transferred over to Broadway, where it won the… Continue reading

Trinity’s ‘Carol’: A welcome harbinger of holidays

PROVIDENCE – Charles Dickens’ iconic “A Christmas Carol” has always proven to be markedly malleable, but the Trinity Repertory Company takes no chances. They pretty much take the text and the script and… Continue reading

A ‘Dreamer’s’ plea to us: ‘I am not your enemy’

BOSTON – “I am not your enemy.” Alex Alpharaoh says it with power and conviction that you wonder why anyone would doubt it. But he knows that even as he says it and… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Hairspray’: Big girl, big laughs, big fun

BEVERLY — It’s a simple theatrical equation: Big girl with big hair and big dreams = great night of theater for you. The North Shore Music Theatre’s production of the musical “Hairspray” has… Continue reading

Need laughs? ‘Nunsense’ answers your prayers

BRAINTREE – We always knew that nuns could handle a classroom of 50 rowdy kids with one hand tied their back. But who know they could sing, dance, act and tell jokes? Playwright Dan… Continue reading

With ‘Fun Home,’ Speakeasy Stage makes a statement

BOSTON – Speakeasy Stage Company has emerged from its fringe beginnings to become one of the finest theatrical troupes in the city – period. Speakeasy has made a habit of bringing some of… Continue reading

Lyric Stage finds comedic gold in ‘The Roommate’

BOSTON — It has been a fertile and well-explored area for playwrights. “You say tomahto. I say tomahto. You say potato, I say pohtato.” Cole Porter made it a song, and Neil Simon… Continue reading

At New Rep: An uprising that sparks an awakening

WATERTOWN – The notion of sacrifice for the greater good is a noble one, but it can seem distant or unreal until an event – or a world war – makes it come… Continue reading

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