Tag Archive: review

ArtsEmerson’s ’Breath’ is passionate, powerful

BOSTON — Roland Hayes was not your typical concert singer. Even if it were only the fact that he was an African-American, the son of a slave, who grew up in the segregated… Continue reading

Parks’ ‘Father’: Greek poetry meets the Civil War

CAMBRIDGE — I knew the time I spent translating Homer’s “The Odyssey” and “The Iliad” from the ancient Greek into English at B.C. High decades ago would come in handy someday. It has… Continue reading

Michael, Marvin, and Diana return in ‘Motown’

  BOSTON — If you were moved by Michael, dazzled by Diana, and were smitten with Smokey, “Motown: The Musical” is your cup of tea. The national touring production of “Motown: The Musical”… Continue reading

There’s not enough there there in ‘Middletown’

PROVIDENCE — Will Eno’s “Middletown” is a place with quirky and interesting characters, but in the production directed by Curt Columbus at the Trinity Repertory Theatre, it’s hard to find a there there. … Continue reading

There’s plenty of fun in funky ‘Measure for Measure’

CAMBRIDGE — Actors Shakespeare Project fears no piece in The Bard‘s canon, even works not often performed because they have been designated one of Shakespeare‘s “problem plays.” That would include “Measure for Measure,”… Continue reading

‘Bedlam’s Saint Joan’: An army of four shines

CAMBRIDGE — “Bedlam’s Saint Joan” is a very appropriate name for the production now being presented at the Central Square Theatre under the sponsorship of the Underground Railway Theatre. When you think of… Continue reading

Small pleasures abound in ‘The Best Brothers’

LOWELL — The Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s Nancy Donahue Theatre is a warm, intimate space, and smaller shows or solo performances don’t get lost there. It’s the ideal space for something such as Canadian… Continue reading

MacDonald brings Lone Star legend to life at Lyric

BOSTON — The American Repertory Theatre used to hog the talents of actress Karen MacDonald, but when the ART took a new direction under Diane Paulus, the actors in the resident troupe went… Continue reading

‘White Christmas’ will chase away holiday humbugs

BOSTON — If weather forecasts are to be believed, it doesn’t appear there is any chance of a white Christmas in the Greater Boston area this year.  If you’re looking for a reasonable… Continue reading

Kuntz’s ‘Monsters’: original, interesting, confusing

BOSTON — Perhaps, as a playwright, John Kuntz is operating at a different level than most of his audience. His highly-developed imagination often moves a bit quicker than we other folks following him… Continue reading