Nancy Grossman

Nancy Grossman From producing and starring in family holiday pageants as a child, to avid member of Broadway Across America and Show of the Month Club, Nancy has cultivated her love of the art and respect for the craft of theatre. She fulfilled a dream when she became an adult-onset tap dancer in the early 90's ("Gotta dance!"); she fulfills another by providing reviews for BroadwayWorld.com and serving on the Executive Board of the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). Nancy is an alumna of Syracuse University and a retired Probation Officer-in-Charge in the Massachusetts Trial Court system.


MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in CrisisBWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in Crisis
Posted: Dec. 17, 2016


BWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESSBWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS
Posted: Dec. 5, 2016


BWW Review: FINGERSMITH: A Twice-Told TaleBWW Review: FINGERSMITH: A Twice-Told Tale
Posted: Dec. 15, 2016


BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at New Rep: In the HeightsBWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at New Rep: In the Heights
Posted: Dec. 10, 2016


BWW Review: GOING TO SEE THE KID in World Premiere at MRTBWW Review: GOING TO SEE THE KID in World Premiere at MRT
Posted: Dec. 6, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERTBWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Posted: Oct. 1, 2016


BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David SedarisBWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David Sedaris
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


BWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in CrisisBWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in Crisis
Posted: Dec. 17, 2016


BWW Review: In Very Good COMPANYBWW Review: In Very Good COMPANY
Posted: Sep. 11, 2016


BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for ChristmasBWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for Christmas
Posted: Dec. 1, 2016


BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Opens Huntington Theatre Company SeasonBWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Opens Huntington Theatre Company Season
Posted: Sep. 16, 2016


BWW Review: EIGHT BY TENN: Alas, a MenagerieBWW Review: EIGHT BY TENN: Alas, a Menagerie
Posted: Sep. 17, 2016


BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY: This is Not a DrillBWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY: This is Not a Drill
February 22, 2017

Zeitgeist Stage Company joins the ranks of prescient Boston theater companies with Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY, a play about the impending closing of a failing inner-city Chicago school, how it impacts the faculty and students, and the measures they take to fight back.

BWW Review: Suspenseful New Drama THE HONEY TRAP at Boston Playwrights' TheatreBWW Review: Suspenseful New Drama THE HONEY TRAP at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
February 21, 2017

Belfast native playwright Leo McGann and Director Adam Kassim have crafted a ready-for-prime-time taut, suspenseful drama about memories and guilt decades after the Troubles in Ireland. The cast is anchored by Boston theater pros Barlow Adamson and Maureen Keiller, along with an eager quartet of Boston University acting students. THE HONEY TRAP has universal appeal as it follows the journey of a troubled man.

BWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a CrownBWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown
February 17, 2017

ArtsEmerson presents the Druid Theatre Company production of Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, directed by Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes and featuring Tony Award-winner Marie Mullen. Rounding out the stellar cast are Aisling O' Sullivan, Marty Rea, and Aaron Monaghan. This is a powerful piece of theater that should not be missed.

BWW Review: World Premiere DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP at Fresh Ink Theatre CompanyBWW Review: World Premiere DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP at Fresh Ink Theatre Company
February 13, 2017

DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP invokes gender-bending, magical realism, and a real-life war hero, but has trouble staying afloat when the narrative jumps back and forth between two centuries. A pair of good performances in the roles of well-drawn characters aren't enough to keep this ship on course.

BWW Review: New Rep's Prophetic Portraits Series: BRECHT ON BRECHTBWW Review: New Rep's Prophetic Portraits Series: BRECHT ON BRECHT
February 8, 2017

BRECHT ON BRECHT is the second in New Rep's series of Prophetic Portraits, following Johnny Lee Davenport's acclaimed portrayal in last month's THURGOOD. Brecht's art focuses on his experiences in Berlin, his flight from Nazism, and his life as an expatriate in America, where he faced accusation by the House Un-American Activities Committee. The 90-minute show is a revue of words and music, arranged by George Tabori, with direction by Jim Petosa and music direction by Matthew Stern.

BWW Review: CABARET: Goosebumps and Goose-stepsBWW Review: CABARET: Goosebumps and Goose-steps
February 4, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company's North American tour of its award-winning CABARET revival is a stunning production that stands out in high relief to the theatrics playing in our nation's capital. Fifty years after the pre-Broadway Kander and Ebb musical tried out in Boston, the show still packs a punch. Randy Harrison is mesmerizing as the Emcee, eschewing any references to the powerhouse pair of actors who preceded him in the role.

BWW Review: Georgia Lyman is THE ATHEIST: I'm a BelieverBWW Review: Georgia Lyman is THE ATHEIST: I'm a Believer
January 30, 2017

Ronan Noone is both an alumnus and adjunct assistant professor of the M.F.A. Playwriting Program at Boston University. He has written a revision of his play THE ATHEIST, reimagining the satirical comedy with a female protagonist. At Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Georgia Lyman gives a robust, multi-dimensional performance as the crooked tabloid journalist who looks all too familiar in today's media landscape.

BWW Review: INTIMATE EXCHANGES Reinforces the Idea That the Future is UnknowableBWW Review: INTIMATE EXCHANGES Reinforces the Idea That the Future is Unknowable
January 26, 2017

Character-driven Alan Ayckbourn play is a complex sequence of branching storylines, leading to numerous endings, with multiple characters played by two actors. Olivia D'Ambrosio directs fine performances by Sarah Elizabeth Bedard and Jade Ziane at the Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater.

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here!BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here!
January 23, 2017

With nine Tony Award nominations under its belt, SOMETHING ROTTEN! closed on Broadway on January 1, 2017, and barely took a breather before hitting the road with three of its principal players reprising their roles. Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw brings Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, and Josh Grisetti on the National Tour that launches in Boston at the Opera House.

BWW Review: They're Ba-a-a-ack: It's Winter Panto-time!BWW Review: They're Ba-a-a-ack: It's Winter Panto-time!
January 19, 2017

WINTER PANTO 2017: THE PRINCESS & THE PEA is served with a generous portion of political satire. What better villains than orange-haired Queen Clump and her alt-right hand man Stompundstammer? The best jokes go over their heads, but definitely bring the kids to this loosey-goosey fantasy world of fun and frolic.

BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Will Blow Your House DownBWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Will Blow Your House Down
January 17, 2017

Edward Albee's 1962 barn-burner at the Lyric Stage Company is an emotional conflagration that rages and consumes everyone in its path. Director Scott Edmiston adheres to the playwright's strict blueprint, but takes full advantage of the singular qualities of his quartet of actors - Steven Barkhimer, Paula Plum, Dan Whelton, and Erica Spyres. Definitely do not miss this one.

BWW Review: Andrea Syglowski Holds the Keys to A DOLL'S HOUSEBWW Review: Andrea Syglowski Holds the Keys to A DOLL'S HOUSE
January 13, 2017

Huntington Theatre Company's staging of a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama, directed by Melia Bensussen, belongs to Andrea Syglowski and her formidable interpretation of Nora. James Noone's scenic design deserves kudos.

BWW Review: Johnny Lee Davenport Measures Up in THURGOODBWW Review: Johnny Lee Davenport Measures Up in THURGOOD
January 12, 2017

Johnny Lee Davenport and Director Benny Sato Ambush collaborate for a powerful production of George Stevens, Jr.'s THURGOOD in its area premiere at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown. Together, they create a humanized portrait of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, that is at once relatable and larger-than-life. It is also a reminder that one man can make a difference if he is determined and perseveres.

BWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in CrisisBWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in Crisis
December 17, 2016

FAITHLESS is an intimate study of a Boston Irish-Catholic family facing a crisis. Mom is dying, but the adult children have different beliefs, resulting in a debate about her fate and a rehashing of family history before any resolution is possible. Sitting in a hospital waiting room with these four actors, the audience recognizes these people and understands what they're going through. Can they find closure and rebuild lost connections?

BWW Review: FINGERSMITH: A Twice-Told TaleBWW Review: FINGERSMITH: A Twice-Told Tale
December 15, 2016

The American Repertory Theater reunites with Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch to present FINGERSMITH, Alexa Junge's adaptation of Sarah Waters' 2002 novel of the same name. The playwright's Herculean effort capsulizes the 582-page opus into a taut two-hour drama enhanced by exceptional performances and outstanding production design. Words are insufficient to praise the central trio of women - Tracee Chimo, Christina Bennett Lind, and Kristine Nielsen - who inhabit all the layers of the fascinating characters in this Victorian thriller.

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at New Rep: In the HeightsBWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at New Rep: In the Heights
December 10, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is not just a revival; it has the hallmarks of a revival meeting. It inspires the audience with its themes of tradition, community, and family, and, under the direction of Austin Pendleton, is a shofar call to stir the hearts and minds of all who would recall the Holocaust motto, "Never again."

BWW Review: GOING TO SEE THE KID in World Premiere at MRTBWW Review: GOING TO SEE THE KID in World Premiere at MRT
December 6, 2016

Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of Steven Drukman's GOING TO SEE THE KID, an homage to an icon of "Red Sox Nation." Two Boston Globe reporters journey to Florida to interview an aging and ailing Ted Williams, but learn more about working as a team from each other. It's a feel good, family friendly story that taps into the holiday spirit.

BWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESSBWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS
December 5, 2016

The Gold Dust Orphans' 2016 Christmas show features "The World's Foremost Drag Detective" Shirley Holmes and her sidekick Dr. Jody Watley attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in Ryan Landry's MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS. Directed by Larry Coen, it has an impressive roster of veterans and newcomers playing all of your favorite fictional Christmas characters, and a cameo appearance by Rhoda, the dog. Scott Martino's costumes are to-die-for, and Meredith Langton and the GlitterPuss Dancers kick up a (snow)storm.

BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Asks Musical QuestionsBWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Asks Musical Questions
December 2, 2016

MURDER FOR TWO is a musical whodunit in its Boston premiere at Lyric Stage Company. A pair of versatile actors provide their own piano accompaniment and play a total of thirteen characters between them. Jared Troilo and Kirsten Salpini are a charming and energetic twosome who entertain with song, dance, and shtick.

BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for ChristmasBWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for Christmas
December 1, 2016

Kathy St. George may be diminutive in stature, but she is a feisty force of nature as the title character in MAME at Stoneham Theatre. Mary Callanan returns from Broadway and national tours to play her sidekick Vera, and ten-year-old triple threat Cameron Levesque plays her precocious nephew Patrick. One of Jerry Herman's great works, MAME is a joyous celebration of living life with brio and without apologies.



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