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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: Dames Add Heat to Lyric's CITY OF ANGELSBWW REVIEW: Dames Add Heat to Lyric's CITY OF ANGELS
Posted: May. 2, 2015


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.
Posted: May. 15, 2015


BWW REVIEW: Gossip Ensnares Trio in SCENES FROM AN ADULTERYBWW REVIEW: Gossip Ensnares Trio in SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY
Posted: May. 8, 2015


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BWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit PlayhouseBWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit Playhouse
Posted: Jul. 9, 2014


BWW REVIEW: FINDING NEVERLAND Needs to Find Its VoiceBWW REVIEW: FINDING NEVERLAND Needs to Find Its Voice
Posted: Aug. 17, 2014


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: Gail Bennett Leads Ogunquit's MARY POPPINS in the Most Delightful WayBWW REVIEW: Ogunquit's MARY POPPINS Flies in the Most Delightful Way
Posted: Aug. 13, 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 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.
BWW REVIEW: Every Day's a Long Day for THE SECOND GIRL at the HuntingtonBWW REVIEW: Every Day's a Long Day for THE SECOND GIRL at the Huntington
February 21, 2015

Downton Abbey meets Eugene O'Neill in Ronan Noone's new play THE SECOND GIRL, the story of what goes on in the servants' kitchen while O'Neill's fictional Tyrone family suffer through their very long day's journey into night upstairs.
BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in BostonBWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in Boston
February 12, 2015

MOTOWN, Berry Gordy's self-aggrandizing tribute to the independent record label that fused gospel, blues, jazz, doo wop and country into a unique and wildly popular Detroit sound, is currently heating things up at the Boston Opera House through February 15.
BWW REVIEW: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS Continues at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS Continues at A.R.T.
February 10, 2015

An epic story is told on an intimate scale in Suzan-Lori Park's splendid mash-up of Civil War slavery and present-day racial strife.
BWW REVIEW: AND BABY MAKES COMPLICATIONS IN BWW REVIEW: AND BABY MAKES COMPLICATIONS IN "A FUTURE PERFECT" AT SPEAKEASY STAGE
February 3, 2015

For thirty-something urban professionals grappling with balancing their personal lives with upwardly mobile careers, Ken Urban's A FUTURE PERFECT may feel timely and relevant. But for Boomers and one-time yuppies who are now the sandwich generation juggling the demands of work, college-bound children and aging parents, the play's conflicts may seem a bit worn.
BWW REVIEWS: FAMILIES AND POLITICS MIX IT UP ON BOSTON STAGESBWW REVIEWS: FAMILIES AND POLITICS MIX IT UP ON BOSTON STAGES
January 29, 2015

Boston area stages feature the kick-ass wit of Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT; Christopher Durang's hilarious mash-up of Chekhov and Snow White in VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE; the modern-day paranoia of cyber spy vs. spy in MUCKRAKERS; and the black comedy of two sons and a funeral in THE BEST BROTHERS.
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.
December 19, 2014

One person's trash is another person's treasure in Eve Ensler's O.P.C., a socio-political comedy currently enjoying its world premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.
BWW REVIEW: Stoneham's MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Is White Bread AmericanaBWW REVIEW: Stoneham's MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Is White Bread Americana
December 11, 2014

Young Sirena Abalian of Lexington is the shining standout in an otherwise lackluster production of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, Stoneham Theatre's misguided attempt to stage the bland Broadway version of the classic Judy Garland movie musical.
BWW REVIEW: Penny Fuller Delights in 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTIBWW REVIEW: Penny Fuller Delights in 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI
December 10, 2014

Illustrious stage and screen actress Penny Fuller brings all of her charm and incandescence to Merrimack Repertory Theatre this holiday season in the lovely one-woman musical 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI.
BWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE PRINCE Takes Flight at New RepBWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE PRINCE Takes Flight at New Rep
December 8, 2014

The New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Mass. harks back to a family classic for this season's holiday fare as THE LITTLE PRINCE takes the audience on an imaginative flight of fancy that teaches gentle lessons along the way.
BWW REVIEW: THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE Suffers from Congestion at Lyric Stage in BostonBWW REVIEW: THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE Suffers from Congestion at Lyric Stage in Boston
December 3, 2014

Too much mishegas makes for a muddled tale of midlife meltdown in Charles Busch's first venture into mainstream comedy now at Boston's Lyric Stage through December 20.
BWW REVIEW: Cicely Tyson Makes a Joyful Noise in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFULBWW REVIEW: Cicely Tyson Makes a Joyful Noise in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
December 1, 2014

Cicely Tyson reprises her Tony Award-winning role as Carrie Watts in Horton Foote's poignant American classic THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL now in its only east coast engagement at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, Mass. The ArtsEmerson World on Stage production continues through December 7.
BWW REVIEW: BAD JEWS Set Off Sparks at SpeakEasy StageBWW REVIEW: BAD JEWS Set Off Sparks at SpeakEasy Stage
November 28, 2014

If watching family members spew venom at each other for 100 uninterrupted minutes is your idea of holiday cheer, then by all means head on over to SpeakEasy Stage Company this Thanksgiving weekend for a visit with BAD JEWS.
BWW REVIEW: Reading Between the Lines in DEAR ELIZABETHBWW REVIEW: Reading Between the Lines in DEAR ELIZABETH
November 5, 2014

Boston's Lyric Stage plumbs the poetry and prose of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell in Sara Ruhl's quietly aching DEAR ELIZABETH, a play in letters that chronicles the 30-year friendship of two lost literary souls.


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