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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BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and SoulBWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and Soul
Posted: Apr. 5, 2016


BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY: RSVP Now!BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY: RSVP Now!
Posted: Apr. 20, 2016


BWW Review: UNSAFE: What's Your Terror Level?BWW Review: UNSAFE: What's Your Terror Level?
Posted: Apr. 22, 2016


BWW Review: THREESOME at Apollinaire Theatre Company Pulls No PunchesBWW Review: THREESOME at Apollinaire Theatre Company Pulls No Punches
Posted: Apr. 11, 2016


BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Breathes New Life Into the HillsBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Breathes New Life Into the Hills
Posted: Apr. 4, 2016


BWW Review: CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? World Premiere at Huntington Theatre CompanyBWW Review: CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? World Premiere at Huntington Theatre Company
Posted: Apr. 9, 2016


BWW Review: BLACKBERRY WINTER: Spring is Sure to FollowBWW Review: BLACKBERRY WINTER: Spring is Sure to Follow
Posted: Mar. 31, 2016


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BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Wish You A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMASBWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Wish You A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMAS
Posted: Dec. 7, 2015


BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of WonderfulBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of Wonderful
Posted: Nov. 8, 2015


BWW Reviews: Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Laura Benanti SMILE at Symphony HallBWW Reviews: Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Laura Benanti SMILE at Symphony Hall
Posted: Jun. 15, 2015


BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's Glamorous A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICBWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company's Glamorous A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Posted: Sep. 25, 2015


BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's FORUM: A Comedy TonightBWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's FORUM: A Comedy Tonight
Posted: Sep. 14, 2015


BWW Review: Arthur Miller's BROKEN GLASS in Boston Premiere at New RepBWW Review: Arthur Miller's BROKEN GLASS in Boston Premiere at New Rep
Posted: Sep. 12, 2015


BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and SoulBWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and Soul
Posted: Apr. 5, 2016


BWW Review: HOME OF THE BRAVE World Premiere at Merrimack Repertory TheatreBWW Review: HOME OF THE BRAVE World Premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre
April 26, 2016

Step back from the craziness of the current election season and into the zaniness of a fictional farcical political campaign in Lila Rose Kaplan's HOME OF THE BRAVE. Sean Daniels directs an ensemble cast in this good old-fashioned comedy, featuring family values, a dollop of magic, and a potential nominee you can wholeheartedly support. Loosely inspired by Moliere's TARTUFFE, Kaplan's play is the perfect antidote to real presidential politics.
BWW Review: WE'RE GONNA DIE in New England PremiereBWW Review: WE'RE GONNA DIE in New England Premiere
April 24, 2016

WE'RE GONNA DIE is a sweet and weird song cycle, the perfect vehicle for Company One Theatre and the engaging Obehi Janice, backed up by a four-piece band that kicks it on the stage of Oberon. Playwright Young Jean Lee takes us through a series of life lessons by telling stories about pain, loneliness, illness, loss, and love, using humor and music to make us feel alright about the inevitable. It is definitely worth an hour of your time.
BWW Review: UNSAFE: What's Your Terror Level?BWW Review: UNSAFE: What's Your Terror Level?
April 22, 2016

Boston Public Works presents Jim Dalglish's UNSAFE - a psychological thriller, a look at one family's attempt to live a normal life after the devastating losses of 9-11. Are we far enough removed from the event to be able to see it as fodder for drama? The play is powerful, relentless, and unsettling, building tension and terror up to an explosive, raw catharsis. UNSAFE offers authentic performances across the board and design elements that capture the emotional essence of the story. This one will leave you thinking - and feeling.
BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY: RSVP Now!BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY: RSVP Now!
April 20, 2016

THE WILD PARTY is exactly what it says it is, and Moonbox Productions invites you to be a voyeur for the Michael John Lachiusa version of Joseph Moncure March's 1928 risque narrative poem, directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone. Katie Anne Clark and Todd Yard anchor a crazy-good, talented ensemble and you will be immersed in the Roaring Twenties zeitgeist. It's a wild ride that you won't want to miss.
BWW Review: MR. BURNS...Static ElectricityBWW Review: MR. BURNS...Static Electricity
April 14, 2016

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY defends the thesis that storytelling and making theater may be of great value in times of crisis, but goes awry with its repetitious retelling of an episode of THE SIMPSONS. Director A. Nora Long, a creative design team, and strong acting performances are not enough to put a charge in playwright Anne Washburn's work.
BWW Review: THREESOME at Apollinaire Theatre Company Pulls No PunchesBWW Review: THREESOME at Apollinaire Theatre Company Pulls No Punches
April 11, 2016

THREESOME blends the personal and the political, as well as comedy and drama, in a powerful and provocative multi-layered story. Artistic Director Danielle Fauteux Jacques pulls no punches and spurs her trio of actors (Alison Meirowitz McCarthy, Mauro Canepa, Geoff Van Wyck) to bravely deliver raw performances.
BWW Review: CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? World Premiere at Huntington Theatre CompanyBWW Review: CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? World Premiere at Huntington Theatre Company
April 9, 2016

Gina Gionfriddo and Peter DuBois team up once again to present the world premiere of her latest play, CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? The playwright's trademark dark humor is on display and performed to a high standard by a stellar cast of five.
BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and SoulBWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and Soul
April 5, 2016

Director/choreographer Ilyse Robbins pays homage to Bob Fosse, but puts her artistic stamp on the 1966 Tony Award-winning musical. You will love Vanessa Dunleavy as the hopeful dance-hall hostess looking for love in all the wrong places. Stoneham Theatre veterans and newcomers comprise a stellar ensemble that delivers the songs and dances with panache.
BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Breathes New Life Into the HillsBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Breathes New Life Into the Hills
April 4, 2016

The National Touring Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, breathes new life into the venerable hills and introduces a star-in-the-making. Vivacious and talented Kerstin Anderson captivates us from the opening strains of the title song, and her passion and energy propel the show forward. More than five decades after its Broadway premiere, the powerful message of the story and the superb Rodgers and Hammerstein score still resonate.
BWW Review: BLACKBERRY WINTER: Spring is Sure to FollowBWW Review: BLACKBERRY WINTER: Spring is Sure to Follow
March 31, 2016

New Repertory Theatre participates in the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Steve Yockey's BLACKBERRY WINTER, a thoughtful, poignant take on one woman's coming to terms with her mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. Director Bridget Kathleen O'Leary and Adrianne Krstansky bring out the humor while focusing on the human emotions, rather than the illness, and the result is surprisingly uplifting.
BWW Review: THE REALNESS: A BREAK BEAT PLAY in World Premiere at Merrimack Repertory TheatreBWW Review: THE REALNESS: A BREAK BEAT PLAY in World Premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre
March 22, 2016

Idris Goodwin's second break beat play is a love story set in the world of hip-hop, exploring one young man's search for authenticity and identity when he moves from the suburbs to the urban environment. Hoping to immerse himself in the culture of the hip-hop music world, T.O. learns important life lessons from a no-nonsense Journalism professor and from being tossed around on the rocky shoals of love.
BWW Review: BOOTYCANDY: Shock TherapyBWW Review: BOOTYCANDY: Shock Therapy
March 18, 2016

The New England premiere of Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY at SpeakEasy Stage Company is based on the author's own experiences of growing up black and gay in America. Similar in structure and tone to THE COLORED MUSEUM, it is a series of loosely connected vignettes that rely on humor and satire to confront racial, sexual, and cultural stereotypes. Summer L. Williams directs an outstanding cast of five actors who portray nearly two dozen characters.
BWW Review: TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE LESBO: Don't Ask, Do TellBWW Review: TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE LESBO: Don't Ask, Do Tell
March 16, 2016

Flat Earth Theatre opens their tenth anniversary season with the East Coast premier of Gina Young's cheeky exploration of growing up queer in the 90s. An ensemble cast of seven women and four men portray girls and boys of varying ages and personality types, but you will recognize all of these kids and may see yourself among them. Through a series of vignettes, dances, and songs, Young captures the awkwardness and anxiety of sexual awakening and feeling "different," but would get more bang for the buck with some judicious editing.
BWW Review: THE LAUNCH PRIZE World Premiere at Bridge RepBWW Review: THE LAUNCH PRIZE World Premiere at Bridge Rep
March 14, 2016

Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston presents the world premiere of local playwright MJ Halberstadt's THE LAUNCH PRIZE under the direction of Tiffany Nichole Greene. A quartet of visual arts graduate students anxiously awaits the announcement of the prize winner and their friendship is challenged by the competition. Over the course of eighty minutes, the foursome unleashes a virtual herd of elephants in the room as issues of race, gender, entitlement, and duplicity bubble up from deep wells of resentment.
BWW Review: FAST COMPANY: The Art of the ConBWW Review: FAST COMPANY: The Art of the Con
March 8, 2016

Described as a theatrical crime caper, FAST COMPANY explores a major con gone wrong and digs into the dynamics of the family Kwan. It's a fun ride when the game is being plotted and executed, but slows considerably when the focus is on the family. The actors do what they can to get inside their characters, but they're written a little flat and the relationships are less than compelling.
BWW Review: RHINOCEROS: Collective Psychosis or The People's Choice?BWW Review: RHINOCEROS: Collective Psychosis or The People's Choice?
March 5, 2016

The Suffolk University/Boston Playwrights' Theatre co-production of RHINOCEROS, newly adapted by Wesley Savick from Derek Prouse's translation, features a Boston setting, but maintains the themes of Eugene Ionesco's 1959 classic play from the Cold War era. Things being as they are, that sort of feels like the good old days, yet we are reminded that conformity, fascism, and totalitarianism have never gone out of style.
BWW Review: CAKEWALK Lacking Nutritional ValueBWW Review: CAKEWALK Lacking Nutritional Value
March 1, 2016

In a departure from its more substantial recent fare, Zeitgeist Stage Company offers up a sugary confection about a cake baking competition in a small Vermont town. Although widely-produced in Canada and the United States, including a run Off-Off Broadway, CAKEWALK is a slight story that is slow to pick up steam. Its humor is driven by its quirky characters and Director David J. Miller fields an endearing ensemble, but the recipe lacks nutritional value.
BWW Review: SORRY: An Unfortunate Title for Third Installment of APPLE FAMILY PLAYSBWW Review: SORRY: An Unfortunate Title for Third Installment of APPLE FAMILY PLAYS
February 29, 2016

Stoneham Theatre stages the third installment in Richard Nelson's four-play series with the director, design team, and cast intact from the earlier entries. They are a cohesive, well-oiled team, but while SORRY gets deeper into the personalities of the characters, it fails to deliver the political goods that we would expect from its setting on Election Day, 2012. Of course, no fiction could match the histrionics of the real life 2016 election-year campaign.
BWW Review: TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE: You Gotta Have HeartBWW Review: TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE: You Gotta Have Heart
February 19, 2016

Merrimack Repertory Theatre hosts the regional premiere of Mat Smart's TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE, a play for die-hard baseball fans. Focused on a mother and daughter who bond over their shared love of the Chicago Cubs, it resonates with members of Red Sox Nation who understand the roller coaster emotions of hope and disappointment associated with loving a star-crossed team, but may be less engaging for non-aficionados of the sport.
BWW Review: BACK THE NIGHT Clouded by DoubtBWW Review: BACK THE NIGHT Clouded by Doubt
February 11, 2016

Boston Playwrights' Theatre mounts BACK THE NIGHT, Melinda Lopez's new play that explores violence against women on a college campus. When a feminist blogger is attacked, there are plenty of aspersions to go around as her enemies list is a long one. Her best friend, fraternity brothers, college officials, and even a U.S. Senator are caught up in the maelstrom when doubts surface as the investigation seeks truth.


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