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: 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
Posted: Feb. 1, 2016


BWW REVIEWS: DISGRACED and VIOLET Kick Off 2016 Strongly in BostonBWW REVIEWS: DISGRACED and VIOLET Kick Off 2016 Strongly in Boston
Posted: Jan. 31, 2016


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


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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: 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: 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: Danger Lurks Beneath the Surface in OCEANSIDEBWW REVIEW: Danger Lurks Beneath the Surface in OCEANSIDE
Posted: Mar. 8, 2015


BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in BostonBWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in Boston
Posted: Feb. 12, 2015


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.
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.


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