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NSMT crafts an emotional, intimate ‘Les Misérables’

BEVERLY — The debut of the hit musical “Les Misérables” in the West End of London in 1985 and on Broadway in 1987 heralded an era of big-budgeted, mega-cast, sprawling musicals that ran… Continue reading

‘Annie’ makes a grand, glorious return to Boston

BOSTON — National touring productions are like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get. So it’s good news that the national touring production of “Annie” at the… Continue reading

Speakeasy’s intense ‘Bad Jews’ crackles and sizzles

BOSTON — The name alone has created a controversy of sorts. The Speakeasy Stage Company‘s production “Bad Jews” by Joshua Harmon at the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts isn’t… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘Dusk Rings a Bell’ too much of a slow go

LOWELL — In the Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of Stephen Belber‘s “Dusk Rings the Bell,” a moment in time between a young man and a young woman is unearthed and becomes a 25th… Continue reading

A strong cast lifts Stoneham’s ‘Addams Family’

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re all together ooky, The Addams Family. The theme from “The Addams Family” TV show STONEHAM — Watching someone like Tom Derrah — whose acting… Continue reading

Talented Gibson enlivens Fiddlehead’s ‘Aida’

DORCHESTER — When Disney Theatricals decided to recast “Aida” as a musical, it seemed a curious choice. Verdi’s opera “Aida” is an iconic work, so popular that the Metropolitan Opera had performed it… Continue reading

‘Assassins’ explores the killers behind the deeds

WATERTOWN — The word is infamous. But the majority of the word “infamous” — which means “well known for some bad quality or deed” — is “famous” and the definition of the word… Continue reading

‘Witches’ tries to conjure up a future in the U.S.

OGUNQUIT, Me. — The film “The Witches of Eastwick” not only had star power, it had star Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers. Based on the success of the 1984 John… Continue reading

ASP’s ‘Comedy’ is clever, fun, always entertaining

BRIGHTON — Sometimes, theater companies that perform Shakespeare seem paralyzed and straight-jacketed by the text, unable to move off a narrow interpretation of the piece. Not the Actors Shakespeare Project. For the peripatetic… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Chicago’: Murder was never this much fun

BEVERLY — Who says you can’t teach an old show new tricks? The musical “Chicago” has been around since 1975, but was just a modest success in its initial run on Broadway. It… Continue reading