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: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAMEBWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Posted: Aug. 1, 2016


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BWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMTBWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMT
Posted: Jun. 12, 2016


BWW REVIEW: A.R.T. Preps NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET for BroadwayBWW REVIEW: A.R.T. Preps GREAT COMET for Broadway
Posted: Dec. 22, 2015


BWW Review: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Weighs in at Boston's Huntington TheatreBWW Review: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Weighs in at Boston's Huntington Theatre
Posted: Nov. 20, 2015


BWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to BostonBWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to Boston
Posted: Feb. 10, 2016


BWW REVIEWS: DRY LAND and I AND YOU Delve Deeply into Teen AnguishBWW REVIEWS: DRY LAND and I AND YOU Delve Deeply into Teen Anguish
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BWW REVIEW: NSMT Presents Joyful SISTER ACTBWW REVIEW: NSMT Presents Joyful SISTER ACT
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BWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAMEBWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
August 1, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse in southern Maine has been setting the bar higher and higher with each new production under Bradford T. Kenney, artistic director. What used to be a quintessential ocean-side summer stock house now operates from May through November, often mounting New England, and occasionally national, regional premieres. Its current musical, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, is the company's most ambitious venture yet. Adapted from the 1996 Disney animated film which was based on the classic Victor Hugo novel "Notre Dame de Paris," the Ogunquit production boasts a towering vaulted set design, a 21-member cast of Broadway veterans, and a tremendous 32-member choir. This HUNCHBACK delivers soaring vocals as big as its epic themes.
BWW REVIEW: Revolting Sound System Mars MATILDA TourBWW REVIEW: Revolting Sound System Mars MATILDA Tour
June 20, 2016

The talented, hard-working children of MATILDA THE MUSICAL NATIONAL TOUR spend much of their time on stage revolting against their horrible headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Off-stage they should revolt against the horrible sound system that renders their lyrics indecipherable.
BWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMTBWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMT
June 12, 2016

It's a lot to ask of a leading lady to make audiences forget Barbra Streisand in the role that catapulted her to stardom. That's one of the reasons why FUNNY GIRL, the musical that forever linked Streisand to the title character Fanny Brice, has never been revived on Broadway. Well, look no more, producers. If ever there was an actress who could fill Streisand's shoes and make FUNNY GIRL her own, it's the star who's currently electrifying audiences in the role at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly: Shoshnna Bean.
BWW REVIEW: Magic Is Missing from Lyric's PETER AND THE STARCATCHERBWW REVIEW: Magic Is Missing from Lyric's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
June 11, 2016

Currently performing at the Lyric Stage in Boston is PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Rick Elice's (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) theatrical prequel to Peter Pan based on the best-selling children's novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. On and Off-Broadway, this high-energy, whimsical back story, directed by Alex Timbers and the late Roger Rees, took riotous, magical flight. At the Lyric, Peter barely gets off the ground.
BWW REVIEW: Ensler Premieres IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: Ensler Premieres IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD at A.R.T.
May 24, 2016

At one point during her new one-woman play IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, based on her highly acclaimed 2013 memoir of the same name, Eve Ensler repeats a phrase over and over to one of her doctors: "You're going to radiate my vagina. Radiate. My vagina. Radiate. My vagina. Radiate. My. Vagina." A pause, and then: "Do you know who I am?"
BWW REVIEW: Kindness Grapples with Cruelty in SpeakEasy's Powerful DOGFIGHTBWW REVIEW: Kindness Grapples with Cruelty in SpeakEasy's Powerful DOGFIGHT
May 24, 2016

The coming of age of America during the tumultuous 1960s is brought vividly to life in DOGFIGHT, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's exquisite little musical now being presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company of Boston. Set in San Francisco on the eve of President Kennedy's assassination, DOGFIGHT pits the innocence of youth against the harsh realities of war as three young Marines dubbed 'the three bees' (for Birdlace, Boland and Bernstein) celebrate their last night at home with their buddies before shipping out to Vietnam.
BWW REVIEW: What's Scarier than George Orwell's 1984? Politics in 2016.BWW REVIEW: What's Scarier than George Orwell's 1984? Politics in 2016.
February 26, 2016

The horrific future depicted in George Orwell's cautionary tale '1984' feels that much more frightening in 2016 because so much of the oligarchical world predicted by the visionary author in his dystopian 1949 novel has come to fruition. The power gap between the haves and the have-nots is alarming. Politicians use doublethink to twist hypocrisies into mind-numbing (and brainwashing) campaign slogans. Three-second sound bites and 140-character tweets are the newspeak that distills thought into easily regurgitated propaganda.
BWW REVIEW: Teen Dreams Are as Empty as the Calories in MILK LIKE SUGARBWW REVIEW: Teen Dreams Are as Empty as the Calories in MILK LIKE SUGAR
February 26, 2016

There's not much hope for the girls at the center of MILK LIKE SUGAR, Kirsten Greenidge's Obie Award-winning play about teenagers seeking fulfillment through pregnancy. Though the writing can be cliched at times, portrayals and direction are truthful. Thanks to excellent performances throughout, the memory of each of the play's imperfect characters will linger.
BWW REVIEW: AN OCTOROON Takes Race Relations down the Rabbit HoleBWW REVIEW: AN OCTOROON Takes Race Relations down the Rabbit Hole
February 24, 2016

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has assaulted the fourth wall and countless racial stereotypes in his funny and audacious new play AN OCTOROON. Adapted from an 1859 melodrama titled "The Octoroon" by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault, Jenkins' piece weaves a biting contemporary narrative within Boucicault's stock storytelling to turn familiar antebellum tropes into jarring racial commentaries. Imagine "Gone with the Wind" down the rabbit hole and you get the idea.
BWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to BostonBWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to Boston
February 10, 2016

The extraordinary journey of the Broadway revival of PIPPIN began at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge a few years back, and now that triumphant Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Diane Paulus, is back in Boston via the national tour. While some tweaks have since been made to the production that had its Broadway tryout at the A.R.T., the show's exuberant joie de vivre and circus-inspired excitement are still intact. If anything, the show's politics and humor have been heightened in this iteration, thanks largely to its sensational cast.
BWW REVIEW: A.R.T. Hooks Mark Rylance's NICE FISH Before NYC RunBWW REVIEW: A.R.T. Hooks Mark Rylance's NICE FISH Before NYC Run
February 1, 2016

If the homespun humor and quirky philosophizing that comes to you live from Lake Woebegone via A Prairie Home Companion warms you up on a cold winter's night, then NICE FISH is your cup of cocoa. The brainchild of Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins, based on Jenkins' offbeat down home prose poems written over the course of 50 years, NICE FISH is a somewhat surrealistic tale of those hearty folk who search for solace on the frozen lakes of Minnesota and spiritual solitude in the murky depths of their own minds.
BWW REVIEWS: DISGRACED and VIOLET Kick Off 2016 Strongly in BostonBWW REVIEWS: DISGRACED and VIOLET Kick Off 2016 Strongly in Boston
January 31, 2016

DISGRACED and VIOLET heat up the winter with power and grace as the Huntington Theatre Company and SpeakEasy Stage enter the second half of their 2015-2016 seasons with winners.
BWW REVIEW: A.R.T. Preps NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET for BroadwayBWW REVIEW: A.R.T. Preps NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET for Broadway
December 22, 2015

If the thought of seeing a contemporary opera based on Tolstoy's War and Peace sends Siberian shivers down your spine, fear not. All that Russian angst and all those convoluted relationships between 'people with nine different names' are brought forth with ingenious musical clarity in NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812.
BWW Review: Current ONCE Tour Ends in Boston December 27BWW Review: Current ONCE Tour Ends in Boston December 27
December 20, 2015

People have been 'Falling Slowly' in love with ONCE ever since composers Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova first enchanted audiences in 2007 with their tender, surprise hit indie romance. Now fans of the film and equally successful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical adaptation have one last chance to fall in love all over again as the current Broadway national tour comes to an end in Boston on December 27.
BWW Review: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Weighs in at Boston's Huntington TheatreBWW Review: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Weighs in at Boston's Huntington Theatre
November 20, 2015

Jeffrey Hatcher's stage adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A CONFERERACY OF DUNCES, now in its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, feels like a lost opportunity. Much like its obnoxious and oversized central character Ignatius J. Reilly, a slovenly, unemployed 30-year-old still living with and supported by his sweetly doting mother, the play is a lumbering behemoth that is often equal parts boring and boorish.
BWW REVIEW: NSMT Presents Joyful SISTER ACTBWW REVIEW: NSMT Presents Joyful SISTER ACT
November 13, 2015

Even though Whoopi Goldberg was the lead producer of SISTER ACT on Broadway, the "Divine Musical" raising the roof at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. is not the SISTER ACT of Whoopi Goldberg's 1992 hit movie. Yes, the sassy attitude and jubilant spirit of the nightclub singer taking involuntary refuge in a cloistered convent are still intact, but the revised book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and original score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater make this jaunty screen-to-stage adaptation an all new joy to behold.
BWW REVIEW: Holzman's CHOICE Receives World Premiere at Boston's Huntington TheatreBWW REVIEW: Holzman's CHOICE Receives World Premiere at Boston's Huntington Theatre
November 11, 2015

This Fall two of Boston's finest theater companies have taken the discussion on abortion out of the public arena and made it much more personal. Last month Company One Theatre explored the devastating reality of do-it-yourself abortions among teenagers in Ruby Rae Spiegel's unflinching new play DRY LAND. Now the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company examines the lingering, long-range effects of abortion in CHOICE, a provocative new play by Winnie Holzman (Wicked, My So-Called Life) that has a woman caught in the throes of a mid-life crisis looking back on the choice she made in her feminist youth.
BWW REVIEWS: DRY LAND and I AND YOU Delve Deeply into Teen AnguishBWW REVIEWS: DRY LAND and I AND YOU Delve Deeply into Teen Anguish
October 23, 2015

Unwanted pregnancy and terminal illness haunt the flinty girls at the center of two gritty new plays by playwrights Ruby Rae Spiegel and Lauren Gunderson now receiving their New England premieres at Company One in Boston and Merrimack Rep in Lowell.
BWW Review: THE LION Finds His Voice in His Father's SongBWW Review: THE LION Finds His Voice in His Father's Song
September 19, 2015

One man, two chairs, six guitars and 15 songs mark the road from loss to redemption for singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer in his haunting autobiographical solo musical THE LION launching its national tour at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass.
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.


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