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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 evolving as a freelance writer. Nancy is an alumna of Syracuse University and a retired Probation Officer-in-Charge in the Massachusetts Trial Court system.
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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Reviews: UNCLE JACK Distant Chekhov RelativeBWW Reviews: UNCLE JACK Distant Chekhov Relative
Posted: Feb. 27, 2015


BWW Reviews: A Bridge Rep Rep: Oreos and a Father-Son Car RideBWW Reviews: A Bridge Rep Rep: Oreos and a Father-Son Car Ride
Posted: Feb. 10, 2015


BWW Reviews: Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Celebrity SeriesBWW Reviews: Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Celebrity Series
Posted: Mar. 2, 2015


BWW Reviews: Feast On THE BIG MEAL At Zeitgeist Stage CompanyBWW Reviews: Feast On THE BIG MEAL At Zeitgeist Stage Company
Posted: Feb. 24, 2015


BWW Reviews: GROUNDED Achieves LiftoffBWW Reviews: GROUNDED Achieves Liftoff
Posted: Mar. 3, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: All Hell Breaks Loose in CARRIE THE MUSICALBWW Review: All Hell Breaks Loose in CARRIE THE MUSICAL
Posted: May. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour Haunts Boston Opera HouseBWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour Haunts Boston Opera House
Posted: Jul. 1, 2014


BWW Review: Bridge Rep's HELLO AGAIN SeducesBWW Review: Bridge Rep's HELLO AGAIN Seduces
Posted: Mar. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little OnesBWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little Ones
Posted: Oct. 21, 2014


BWW Review: FLASHDANCE: More Flicker Than FlameBWW Review: FLASHDANCE: More Flicker Than Flame
Posted: Mar. 14, 2014


BWW Review: Boston Theater Top to BottomBWW Review: Boston Theater Top to Bottom
Posted: Apr. 24, 2014


BWW Reviews: GROUNDED Achieves LiftoffBWW Reviews: GROUNDED Achieves Liftoff
March 3, 2015

Celeste Oliva gives a riveting, tour de force performance as The Pilot in George Brant's GROUNDED at the Nora Theatre Company, under the astute direction of Artistic Director Lee Mikeska Gardner. George Brant's play examines the life of one woman, prohibited from flying due to an unexpected pregnancy, and the impact that her reassignment to the unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) "chair force" has on her psyche and sense of self.
BWW Reviews: Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Celebrity SeriesBWW Reviews: Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Celebrity Series
March 2, 2015

Audra McDonald has picked up two more Tony Awards since her last appearance at the Celebrity Series of Boston in 2011. Accompanied by her music director Andy Einhorn on piano, Gene Lewin on drums, and Dave Phillips on bass, McDonald gave the sold-out Symphony Hall audience an evening of stars, moon, and rainbow.
BWW Reviews: UNCLE JACK Distant Chekhov RelativeBWW Reviews: UNCLE JACK Distant Chekhov Relative
February 27, 2015

The Boston Center for American Performance and Boston Playwrights' Theatre co-production of Michael Hammond's comedy UNCLE JACK is a modern-day retelling of Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA relocated to a small summer theater in the Berkshire hills.
BWW Reviews: Feast On THE BIG MEAL At Zeitgeist Stage CompanyBWW Reviews: Feast On THE BIG MEAL At Zeitgeist Stage Company
February 24, 2015

THE BIG MEAL, the Boston area premiere of Dan LeFranc's play about the interactions of five generations of an extended family, is the kind of show that Zeitgeist Stage Company and Artistic Director David J. Miller feast upon - a character-driven ensemble piece that showcases the range of the actors, as well as Miller's ability to transfer the playwright's vision from page to stage.
BWW Reviews: A Bridge Rep Rep: Oreos and a Father-Son Car RideBWW Reviews: A Bridge Rep Rep: Oreos and a Father-Son Car Ride
February 10, 2015

Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston continues its second season with shows two and three running in repertory. While seemingly very different, FUFU & OREOS and SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE are linked by a common theme of struggling to navigate between two worlds. As the Boston theater community examines the issue of gender parity, they are also linked by strong direction by the tandem of Rebecca Bradshaw and Shana Gozansky.
BWW Reviews: A CASE NAMED FREUD Completes Savyon Liebrecht's TrilogyBWW Reviews: A CASE NAMED FREUD Completes Savyon Liebrecht's Trilogy
January 27, 2015

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th Anniversary of World War II, Goethe-Institut Boston's German Stage, in association with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Israeli Stage, presents the American Premiere of A CASE NAMED FREUD in five locations this week. The opening night staged reading marked the tenth German Stage production since 2012 and provided a backdrop to the farewell for Goethe-Institut Director Detlef Gericke who has served in Boston for six years.
BWW Reviews: Imaginary Beasts Winter Panto: A Frog Prince Worthy of a KissBWW Reviews: Imaginary Beasts Winter Panto: A Frog Prince Worthy of a Kiss
January 19, 2015

Matthew Woods and his Imaginary Beasts are back with their annual WINTER PANTO: KERPLOP! THE TALE OF THE FROG PRINCE, tickling the funny bones of the many children in the audience, while going over their heads to engage the adults who are along for the ride.
BWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST, IT'S CHRISTMAS!BWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST, IT'S CHRISTMAS!
December 12, 2014

Ho, ho, ho and Hallelujah! The Gold Dust Orphans are back in Boston with an all-new holiday joyride, exclaiming JESUS CHRIST, IT'S CHRISTMAS! Based on the 1947 classic film THE BISHOP'S WIFE, Ryan Landry's sendup of the romantic comedy is overflowing with winking biblical references and musical numbers that make the season merry. Put tickets for this in your stocking, but do not bring the kids!
BWW Reviews: Moonbox Makes Merry With Musical Mash-upBWW Reviews: Moonbox Makes Merry With Musical Mash-up
December 8, 2014

Moonbox Productions opens its fifth season with THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!), with seamless direction and choreography by Rachel Bertone and music direction by Dan Rodriguez. Paying homage to the stylings of five giants of musical theater, there's something for everyone in this satirical songfest. It's a totally enjoyable night at the theater that will make your spirits bright.
BWW Interviews: Girl-Talk With Andrea McArdleBWW Interviews: Girl-Talk With Andrea McArdle
November 26, 2014

Andrea McArdle talks with BroadwayWorld about 4 GIRLS 4: A CHRISTMAS TOGETHER , a star vehicle with Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, and Faith Prince driving into Boston next week for one night at The Wilbur Theatre. A modernization of the original show which starred Rosemary Clooney, this version presents four fabulous musical stars who each take a turn performing their signature material and some music of the season, with Music Direction by John McDaniel.
BWW Reviews: PigPen Theatre Company Enchants With THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOONBWW Reviews: PigPen Theatre Company Enchants With THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON
November 20, 2014

PigPen Theatre Company tells a good, old-fashioned story in a good, old-fashioned style with folk music and various forms of theatrical magic at the Paramount Center Main Stage. In THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON, the PigPen guys will draw you into their imaginative world of shadow puppets, sailboats, and swordplay while acting like a bunch of energetic school boys.
BWW Reviews: Odets Classic AWAKE AND SING! at Huntington Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: Odets Classic AWAKE AND SING! at Huntington Theatre Company
November 15, 2014

It is a signal of good writing and significant dramatic impact that a play which premiered in 1935 can be relevant nearly eighty years later. Clifford Odets' classic AWAKE AND SING! is grounded in the dire economics of the depression era and the circumstances of a Jewish immigrant extended family struggling to survive in their overcrowded Bronx apartment. Informed by her own family history, Obie Award-winner Melia Bensussen directs the Huntington Theatre Company production with intensity and an inherent understanding of the challenges faced by the Bergers and their ilk.
BWW Reviews: Check Into Horovitz's 6 HOTELS at Hub Theatre Company of BostonBWW Reviews: Check Into Horovitz's 6 HOTELS at Hub Theatre Company of Boston
November 10, 2014

Hub Theatre Company of Boston draws the curtain on its second season with the Boston premiere of 6 HOTELS by Israel Horovitz. Half a dozen slices of life share comedic and poignant DNA, with four actors playing twenty-two characters trying to connect in hotel rooms, bars, and restaurants. Club Cafe serves as an ideal venue and co-directors John Geoffrion and Daniel Bourque use the space well. Some vignettes land better (lightly) than others (with a thud), but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
BWW Reviews: CHOSEN CHILD Haunted by Family MemoriesBWW Reviews: CHOSEN CHILD Haunted by Family Memories
November 7, 2014

Boston Playwright's Theatre alumna Monica Bauer turned her memoir into a memory play that tells her compelling personal story. CHOSEN CHILD travels between times and places, as well as across generations, but it is worth staying with it to get inside these characters and understand their motivations. A stellar cast under the direction of Megan Schy Gleeson gives nuanced performances, brimming with intensity and commitment.
BWW Reviews: Israeli Stage Thrives and CelebratesBWW Reviews: Israeli Stage Thrives and Celebrates
November 5, 2014

Israeli Stage celebrates its fourth anniversary and looks ahead to its first full theatrical production, in partnership with ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. Producing Artistic Director Guy Ben-Aharon continues to expand his roster of incredible Boston theater talent, featuring an all-star cast in MAKE MY HEART FLUTTER at the Goethe-Institut.
BWW Reviews: ETHER DOME: A Bloody Good Account of the Bad Old DaysBWW Reviews: ETHER DOME: A Bloody Good Account of the Bad Old Days
October 29, 2014

Regardless of your opinion about the Affordable Care Act, you might be interested to know how paying for healthcare started and the reluctant role played by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital. Set primarily in Hartford and Boston, ETHER DOME has special significance for the local audience, offering both a history lesson and theatrical entertainment of the highest order.
BWW Reviews: Factory Theatre Laid to Rest with LANGUAGE OF ANGELSBWW Reviews: Factory Theatre Laid to Rest with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS
October 24, 2014

Happy Medium Theatre starts its sixth season by ending the run of the Factory Theatre with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, a testament to the ambience and creative possibilities of the soon-to-be-defunct space. Director Lizette M. Morris does a masterful job of building and prolonging the suspense, with a strong assist from her design team and ensemble cast.
BWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little OnesBWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little Ones
October 21, 2014

Wheelock Family Theatre opens its 34th season with ALICE, a musical reimagining of Lewis Carroll's classics, ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. WFT veteran Andrew Barbato wrote the adaptation and directs the production featuring a garden of flower buds played by children who may one day follow in his footsteps, as well as some perennials on local theater stages who deserve to have more than a few bouquets tossed their way. From seedlings to adolescents to full-grown, the vibrant members of this ensemble are all ready to embark on the journey with Alice, down the rabbit hole and wherever it may lead.
BWW Reviews: Mystery of Poet's Death Unresolved in POEBWW Reviews: Mystery of Poet's Death Unresolved in POE
October 13, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group presents the world premiere of POE by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, imagining the last days of the writer before his untimely death in Baltimore in 1849. In the title role, David Adkins breathes life into the man, but the play needs life support. Kate Maguire mesmerizes with her recitation of 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' showing that Poe's own words can best provide the necessary drama.
BWW Reviews: New Rep Takes a Shot With ASSASSINSBWW Reviews: New Rep Takes a Shot With ASSASSINS
October 11, 2014

Despite all of its violence and disturbing themes, Director Jim Petosa and company find the humor in ASSASSINS and are able to make the characters come alive as people with flaws, rather than monsters. In the controversial Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical, the cure for what ails them is to kill a President and the 1991 show strikes a chord in our gun-happy culture. A terrific lineup of voices handles the Sondheim score with aplomb.


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