Tag Archive: review

Speakeasy’s ‘Color Purple’ is powerful, uplifting

BOSTON — In recent decades, the musical theater genre has taken us to places that those who pioneered the art form could never imagine. A mass murderer into cannibalism and profiles of other… Continue reading

New Rep’s ‘Madoff’ examines who more than why

WATERTOWN — There are villains, and there are villains. Bernard Madoff became an almost imcomprehensible $20 billion villain when his elaborate Ponzi scheme defrauded individuals and institutions alike for decades. But was Madoff… Continue reading

ART offers fresh, funny ‘Heart of Robin Hood’

CAMBRIDGE — The legend of Robin Hood has been told so many different times in so many different ways — even Mel Brooks took a whack at it — that you would be… Continue reading

WFT’s ‘Life’ is a skilled retake of a cultural icon

  BOSTON — Yes, Virginia, I am old enough to remember when there were actual radio dramas, soap operas, and serials. It was what was often called “the theater of the mind.” You… Continue reading

NSMT’s Coffee still gold standard for Scrooges

BEVERLY –– When Bill Hanney bought the North Shore Music Theatre out of bankruptcy in 2010, among the things he purchased were the building, other physical assets, the theater’s name and reputation.  It… Continue reading

Like Santa Claus, ‘Miracle’ won’t let you down

STONEHAM — The major problem with doing a stage adaptation of an iconic 1947 movie — or in this case an iconic 1947 movie that was remade in 1973 and 1994, not to… Continue reading

Cast, director lift Huntington’s ‘Cocktail Hour’

BOSTON — While many theater companies are producing holiday-themed pieces this month, the Huntington Theatre Company has done a bit of cross-programming that allows you to escape the holidays entirely for two hours,… Continue reading

Musical ‘Christmas Story’ will warm your heart

BOSTON — For those of you who have been glued to the TNT and then TBS marathon showing of “A Christmas Story” on TV each and every Christmas for the past 15 years,… Continue reading

MRT’s ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ oozes charm, warmth

LOWELL — It is Oct. 1, 1967, and 9-year-old Jeffrey Hatcher is one of “Mrs. Mannerly’s boys,” eventually to become a legend of sorts. There have been very many of them in the… Continue reading