Jan Nargi

Jan Nargi Jan Nargi is owner and creative director of JMN Publications, a marketing and public relations firm based in Boston, Mass. She provides consultation, communications, and writing services to clients in the health care, entertainment, financial, retail, manufacturing, non-profit, and sports industries. As a freelance writer, Jan has had hundreds of articles published in business and high-tech magazines. Theatrically, she has reviewed, written, directed, acted, produced, sung, danced, managed publicity, pounded nails, and designed lighting and sets. Jan has even acted in the occasional B-movie, playing a zombie, a psycho shrink, and a clueless news reporter. You may visit her on the web at www.jmnpublications.com.
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BWW REVIEW: Who Could Ask for Anything More of Ogunquit's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT?BWW REVIEW: Who Could Ask for Anything More from Ogunquit's NICE WORK?
Posted: Aug. 2, 2015


BWW REVIEW: Audra McDonald Dominates WTF's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTENBWW REVIEW: Audra McDonald Dominates WTF's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
Posted: Aug. 12, 2015


BWW REVIEW: WAITRESS Tests Its Recipe for Success at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: WAITRESS Tests Its Recipe for Success at A.R.T.
Posted: Aug. 24, 2015


BWW REVIEW: KINKY BOOTS Kicks Up Its Heels on Boston Leg of National TourBWW REVIEW: KINKY BOOTS Kicks Up Its Heels in Boston
Posted: Aug. 22, 2015


BWW REVIEW: Coolidge Ends Run in SAVING KITTY 8/2 in CambridgeBWW REVIEW: Coolidge Ends Run in SAVING KITTY in Cambridge
Posted: Aug. 1, 2015


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BWW REVIEW: Ogunquit Brews Up Another Winner with WITCHES OF EASTWICKBWW REVIEW: Ogunquit Brews Up Winner with WITCHES OF EASTWICK
Posted: Sep. 10, 2014


BWW REVIEW: NSMT's Swanky New CHICAGO Is a Real KillerBWW REVIEW: NSMT's Swanky New CHICAGO Is a Real Killer
Posted: Oct. 5, 2014


BWW REVIEW: O.P.C. Turns Trash into Treasure at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: O.P.C. Turns Trash into Treasure at A.R.T.
Posted: Dec. 19, 2014


BWW REVIEW: BIG FISH Now Spins Its Tale on a Smaller ScaleBWW REVIEW: BIG FISH Now Spins Its Tale on a Smaller Scale
Posted: Mar. 24, 2015


BWW REVIEW: THE COLORED MUSEUM Celebrates and Skewers Black HistoryBWW REVIEW: THE COLORED MUSEUM Celebrates and Skewers Black History
Posted: Mar. 17, 2015


BWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE PRINCE Takes Flight at New RepBWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE PRINCE Takes Flight at New Rep
Posted: Dec. 8, 2014


BWW REVIEW: Christopher Chew Is Razor Sharp in Lyric's SWEENEY TODDBWW REVIEW: Christopher Chew Is Razor Sharp in Lyric's SWEENEY TODD
Posted: Sep. 15, 2014


BWW REVIEW: WAITRESS Tests Its Recipe for Success at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: WAITRESS Tests Its Recipe for Success at A.R.T.
August 24, 2015

WAITRESS, the promising new musical adaptation of the 2007 indie rom-com that starred Kerri Russell and Nathan Fillion, may need a bit more shaking and baking before it's ready to contend for Broadway's Blue Ribbon. However, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, screenwriter-turned-librettist Jessie Nelson, director Diane Paulus and star Jessie Mueller have stirred enough tasty ingredients into their bittersweet concoction to whet the audience's appetite for a second serving.
BWW REVIEW: KINKY BOOTS Kicks Up Its Heels on Boston Leg of National TourBWW REVIEW: KINKY BOOTS Kicks Up Its Heels on Boston Leg of National Tour
August 22, 2015

The sex may be in the heels, but in KINKY BOOTS the fun is in Cyndi Lauper's Tony and Grammy Award-winning score, a bouncy pop techno-disco party which keeps the musical's pedestrian plot from (ahem) dragging the show down.
BWW REVIEW: Audra McDonald Dominates WTF's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTENBWW REVIEW: Audra McDonald Dominates WTF's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
August 12, 2015

There's no mistaking who's in charge in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's crackling production of A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN now running through August 23. As Eugene O'Neill's indomitable Josie Hogan, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald stomps, kicks, shoves and brandishes a big stick as she asserts her dominance over her father Phil (Glynn Turman), her landlord and wannabe love interest James Tyrone (Will Swenson), and anyone else who gets in her way.
BWW REVIEW: Who Could Ask for Anything More of Ogunquit's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT?BWW REVIEW: Who Could Ask for Anything More of Ogunquit's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT?
August 2, 2015

You won't be slipped a Mickey Finn, but Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse will knock you off your feet with its 'delishious' production of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT running through August 15. Chock-a-block full of bootleggers, playboys, dancing girls and temperance leaders, NICE WORK is a non-stop musical feast with non-stop screwball laughs.
BWW REVIEW: Coolidge Ends Run in SAVING KITTY 8/2 in CambridgeBWW REVIEW: Coolidge Ends Run in SAVING KITTY 8/2 in Cambridge
August 1, 2015

Stage, film and television star Jennifer Coolidge ends her acclaimed run in SAVING KITTY at the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge, Mass., on Sunday, August 2. Coolidge stars as the devastatingly funny Kate Hartley, a smart but frustrated society matron who is bound and determined to save her daughter Kitty from the kind of stifling marriage she has had.
BWW REVIEW: BELLS ARE RINGING Forces the Comedy in the BerkshiresBWW REVIEW: BELLS ARE RINGING Forces the Comedy in the Berkshires
July 23, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group's revival of BELLS ARE RINGING starring Broadway's charming husband and wife duo Graham Rowat and Kate Baldwin can be described in two words: sensory overload. Director Ethan Heard and his entire creative team have worked the 1956 kitsch so hard that the physical elements overwhelm the performances - and challenge the actors to ratchet things up to a fever pitch just to be noticed.
BWW REVIEW: Stellar Cast Wanders OFF THE MAIN ROAD in WilliamstownBWW REVIEW: Stellar Cast Wanders OFF THE MAIN ROAD in Williamstown
July 15, 2015

Small-town life is anything but a picnic in William Inge's newly discovered, previously unproduced play OFF THE MAIN ROAD currently receiving its decades-delayed world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Berkshires. This dense and diffuse melodrama meanders through a forest of darkness and despair only to return its three generations of hapless women back to the starting point with little to show for their travels.
BWW REVIEW: Ogunquit's VICTOR/VICTORIA Says Vive la DifferenceBWW REVIEW: Ogunquit's VICTOR/VICTORIA Says Vive la Difference
July 8, 2015

VICTOR/VICTORIA's gender-bending exploration of sexual identity and orientation may have seemed fresh, even daring, in 1982, but by the time it hit Broadway in 1995 it was already a bit tame. Today in a 20th anniversary production at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse, it feels downright quaint when compared to the courage of Caitlyn Jenner and the recent Supreme Court ruling finally making Marriage Equality the law of the land.
BWW REVIEW: Peace Eludes THOREAU in Return to Walden at BTGBWW REVIEW: Peace Eludes THOREAU in Return to Walden at BTG
July 1, 2015

In THOREAU, a world premiere play written by and starring Berkshire Theatre Group's David Adkins, the renowned author, philosopher and activist returns to Walden in search of peace but can't escape his own inner anguish over the horrors of slavery and the execution of abolitionist John Brown.
BWW REVIEW: Dancers Bring Something Extra to NEWSIES National TourBWW REVIEW: Dancers Bring Something Extra to NEWSIES National Tour
June 29, 2015

A lot may seem familiar in Disney's Broadway musical NEWSIES now on tour in Boston, but the dancing chorus of a dozen or so able-bodied newsboys makes this production soar.
BWW REVIEW: Company One Hits Bull's-Eye with EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGSBWW REVIEW: Company One Hits Bull's-Eye with EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS
June 24, 2015

Three abandoned but not lost souls find strength in each other in A. Rey Pamatmat's quirky but penetrating comedy EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM at Company One in Boston.
BWW REVIEW: Dream Cast Ignites DREAMGIRLS at NSMTBWW REVIEW: Dream Cast Ignites DREAMGIRLS at NSMT
June 14, 2015

Director Nick Kenkel has made lightning strike a second time at North Shore Music Theatre with his dazzling and definitive production of DREAMGIRLS. Blessed with a dream design team and a tremendously talented cast of triple threats, Kenkel has dug beneath the glitz and the glamour of the American music industry to explore the hopes, joys, disappointments and sorrows that accompany stars on the way up and back down.
BWW REVIEW: Great Lyric Cast Charms in LIGHT UP THE SKYBWW REVIEW: Great Lyric Cast Charms in LIGHT UP THE SKY
June 13, 2015

Boston theatrical royalty brightens Lyric Stage Company's LIGHT UP THE SKY, Moss Hart's classic comic valentine to the divos and divas of the stage.
BWW REVIEW: THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH Sing and Dance at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH Sing and Dance at A.R.T.
May 15, 2015

In the famous 1960s hit 'Is That All There Is?' by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Peggy Lee croons the melancholy lyric, 'If that's all there is, my friend, then, let's keep dancing. Let's break out the booze and have a ball, if that's all there is.' While this song ironically doesn't make it into the eclectic catalog of tunes that fuel THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH: AN APOCALYPTIC VAUDEVILLE, currently in its world premiere at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, it could easily have become the show's theme song. When a flood of epic proportions wipes out all but two scraggly survivors, played as a pair of Estragon and Vladimir-style hobos by Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, there is very little left for them to do but sing and dance.
BWW REVIEW: Gossip Ensnares Trio in SCENES FROM AN ADULTERYBWW REVIEW: Gossip Ensnares Trio in SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY
May 8, 2015

In his new dark comedy SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY, now enjoying its world premiere at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Mass. through May 17, Irish American playwright Ronan Noone has taken the national pastime of gossip and turned it on its ear.
BWW REVIEW: Dames Add Heat to Lyric's CITY OF ANGELSBWW REVIEW: Dames Add Heat to Lyric's CITY OF ANGELS
May 2, 2015

CITY OF ANGELS, Larry Gelbart, Cy Coleman, and David Zippel's musical romp through the seedy underworld of Hollywood via film noir, would be nothing without its dazzling dames. The same holds true for the production soon ending its run at Boston's Lyric Stage. Without the humor and heat brought by the wonderful Leigh Barrett and Jennifer Ellis, director Spiro Veloudos' CITY OF ANGELS would be all steak and no sizzle.
BWW REVIEW: BIG FISH Now Spins Its Tale on a Smaller ScaleBWW REVIEW: BIG FISH Now Spins Its Tale on a Smaller Scale
March 24, 2015

Creators of the recent failed Broadway musical BIG FISH are testing the waters of regional theater with a more intimate, scaled back version of their splashy father-son story now premiering at Boston's SpeakEasy Stage through April 11.
BWW REVIEW: THE COLORED MUSEUM Celebrates and Skewers Black HistoryBWW REVIEW: THE COLORED MUSEUM Celebrates and Skewers Black History
March 17, 2015

It feels like it could have been written yesterday, but THE COLORED MUSEUM, now in a rollicking revival at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Mass., was actually first produced in 1986. Written by the estimable Broadway playwright and director George C. Wolfe (Jelly's Last Jam, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches) and directed here with great panache by Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), this scathing "black black comedy" marches through 300 years of African American history by way of 11 funny but also penetrating living vignettes.
BWW REVIEW: Danger Lurks Beneath the Surface in OCEANSIDEBWW REVIEW: Danger Lurks Beneath the Surface in OCEANSIDE
March 8, 2015

The gripping undertow of a turbulent past threatens to drown the three main characters in OCEANSIDE, a searing new play by Nick Gandiello currently in its world premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell. Taut, terse and unrelenting, the play ebbs and flows with a deceivingly gentle rhythm until a powerful tsunami all but demolishes each character's carefully constructed new life.
BWW REVIEW: The Con Is on in KING OF SECOND AVENUEBWW REVIEW: The Con Is on in KING OF SECOND AVENUE
March 6, 2015

New Repertory Theatre in Watertown revisits Yiddish Theatre with Robert Brustein's new Klezmer musical comedy THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE.


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