Tag Archive: review

‘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

Hughes’ words ring out again in ‘The Black Clown’

CAMBRIDGE — Langston Hughes wrote his poem “The Black Clown” in 1931 but as with many other timeless works, the words sing forever, recalling various aspects of the black experience in this country,… Continue reading

‘The Book of Mormon’: ‘South Park’ to Salt Lake

BOSTON – Broadway trembled when it was revealed that Trey Parker and Matt Stone – the creators of the groundbreaking but controversial “South Park” cartoon series – were planning a Broadway musical. And… Continue reading

Company marks 40th season with rousing ‘Ragtime’

NORWELL – A major milestone is often a chance to take stock of who you are or what you are. For the Company Theatre, the beginning of their 40th season was also a… Continue reading

‘Peter Pan,’ at NSMT, is standing the test of time

BEVERLY – The true test of a musical score doesn’t come the first time you hear it, though once is often enough to determine the songs  are strong enough to stand on their… Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ is both dazzling and delightful

BOSTON – From the earliest days to the present – from “Beauty and the Beast, “ “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King,” to today’s “Frozen,” — Disney Theatrical’s magic has come to… Continue reading

Local lights shine brightly in ‘Anything Goes’

WALTHAM – Once a Rockette, always a Rockette. And no Rockette is likely to forget what made the name world-famous and the troupe the standard bearers for precision choreography. Former Rockette Eileen Grace… Continue reading