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BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Love or Marriage? BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Love or Marriage?
by Nancy Grossman - May 13, 2017

SpeakEasy Stage Company's Boston premiere of Marsha Norman's (Book) and Jason Robert Brown's (Music and Lyrics) adaptation of Robert James Waller's novel is elevated by the luminescent Jennifer Ellis and hunky Christiaan Smith. The libretto wobbles, but the leads and ensemble warble Brown's soaring ... (more...)
BWW Review: Boston Pops Open With John Williams Celebration and Special Guest, Queen Latifah BWW Review: Boston Pops Open With John Williams Celebration and Special Guest, Queen Latifah
by Nancy Grossman - May 11, 2017

The 2017 Boston Pops Spring season is a tribute to Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams who celebrates his 85th birthday this year. Opening night featured film and recording star Queen Latifah in her Pops debut and they'll do it all over again tonight.... (more...)
BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Go Greek BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Go Greek
by Nancy Grossman - May 09, 2017

GREECE is the word and the place where Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans take you for their latest musical extravaganza. It's 1950 B.C., the gods are gathered on Mt. Olympus, and the mean girls and toga-clad boys are returning to Olympia High School with a new student in their midst. Will Sandy ... (more...)
BWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack Rep BWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack Rep
by Nancy Grossman - May 06, 2017

World premiere of MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND at Merrimack Repertory Theatre is based on the true story of Broadway singer/actress Charissa Bertels and her unlikely friendship with a decidedly older gentleman. The narrative is uplifting, the score floats along with the story like a raft on a lazy rive... (more...)
BWW Review: DESIRE: Tennessee Williams in Others' Words BWW Review: DESIRE: Tennessee Williams in Others' Words
by Nancy Grossman - May 04, 2017

Zeitgeist Stage Company introduces new faces that meld into an impressive ensemble to convey the unusual and flawed characters from the mind of Williams and the pens of half a dozen eclectic playwrights in DESIRE: AN EVENING OF PLAYS BASED ON SIX SHORT STORIES BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS. A self-admitted ... (more...)
BWW Review: GABRIEL: Better Angels Take Flight at Stoneham Theatre BWW Review: GABRIEL: Better Angels Take Flight at Stoneham Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - May 02, 2017

Stoneham Theatre seriously ups its game with Moira Buffini's 1997 play GABRIEL, a World War II tale of survival and intrigue, where the fate of a family may rest upon the identity of a mysterious stranger. Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes directs a cast that includes some of Boston theater's... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GIFT HORSE: Obehi Janice Sparkles in Lydia Diamond's Early Play BWW Review: THE GIFT HORSE: Obehi Janice Sparkles in Lydia Diamond's Early Play
by Nancy Grossman - April 28, 2017

New Repertory Theatre takes us for a ride in the wayback machine for the Boston-area premiere of one of Lydia Diamond's earliest plays. THE GIFT HORSE is a somewhat autobiographical, witty play that is heavy on character, rife with serious themes, and about fifteen to twenty minutes longer than what... (more...)
BWW Review: BARBECUE: A Dysfunctional Family Roast BWW Review: BARBECUE: A Dysfunctional Family Roast
by Nancy Grossman - April 26, 2017

BARBECUE is a play about which one cannot say too much without ruining its considerable effect. Here's the minimalist FYI, things you need to know but that won't give anything away. It is written by Robert O'Hara, directed by Summer L. Williams, and features an ensemble cast of ten actors who all gi... (more...)
BWW Review: EVERY PIECE OF ME: Irish Family Drama at Boston Playwrights' Theatre BWW Review: EVERY PIECE OF ME: Irish Family Drama at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - April 25, 2017

Boston Playwrights' Theatre closes season with EVERY PIECE OF ME, a drama about a family in Ireland whose daughter is coming home after nearly five years living in America. Her departure was marked by high dudgeon, but she is returning with hopes of reconciliation. Will they let her in?... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WHO & THE WHAT: All in the Muslim Family BWW Review: THE WHO & THE WHAT: All in the Muslim Family
by Nancy Grossman - April 23, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar returns to the Huntington Theatre Company with THE WHO & THE WHAT, a provocative drama that looks at differences around faith and identity within a Muslim-American family. Giving credit to Norman Lear and William Shakespeare for inspiration, Akhtar's own... (more...)
BWW Review: Jewish Arts Collaborative Brings Broadway to Natick with Seth Rudetsky & Judy Kuhn BWW Review: Jewish Arts Collaborative Brings Broadway to Natick with Seth Rudetsky & Judy Kuhn
by Nancy Grossman - April 21, 2017

Broadway came to Natick last night as the Jewish Arts Collaborative presented SETH RUDETSKY & JUDY KUHN: A BROADWAY CABARET AND CONVERSATION at The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN). As promised by JCA Artistic Director Joey Baron in his introduction, the evening was fun (with a capital "F") as these... (more...)
BWW Review: BARNUM: Run Away With This Circus BWW Review: BARNUM: Run Away With This Circus
by Nancy Grossman - April 18, 2017

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus may be folding after 146 years in operation, but you can catch Moonbox Productions' loving tribute to its creator, P.T. Barnum at the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. Director/choreographer Rachel Bertone has crafted a dazzling, ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KING AND I: Still Something Wonderful BWW Review: THE KING AND I: Still Something Wonderful
by Nancy Grossman - April 14, 2017

The National Tour of the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE KING AND I brings its parade of adorable children, a pair of star-crossed lovers, an imperial ruler, and a strong-willed, warm-hearted educator to the Boston Opera House through April 23rd.... (more...)
BWW Review: GOLDA'S BALCONY: Midwife at the Birth of the State of Israel BWW Review: GOLDA'S BALCONY: Midwife at the Birth of the State of Israel
by Nancy Grossman - March 30, 2017

Playwright William Gibson chronicles Golda Meir's life and times in GOLDA'S BALCONY, focusing primarily on the period of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, interspersed with flashbacks of her journey to becoming Prime Minister of Israel. Bobbie Steinbach inhabits the role in a tour de force performance that i... (more...)
BWW Review: Brookline-Inspired CHILL in World Premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre BWW Review: Brookline-Inspired CHILL in World Premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - March 28, 2017

Playwright Eleanor Burgess burrows into her own backyard of Brookline, Massachusetts, to follow four high school friends from the eve of their graduation through a decade of change in CHILL. Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian guides an all-female creative and design team, a first for MRT.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALTAR BOYZ: Music With a Mission BWW Review: ALTAR BOYZ: Music With a Mission
by Nancy Grossman - March 27, 2017

Boy bands were big in the '90s. Marked by close harmonies, synchronized choreography, and saccharine sex appeal, each had its own image and they were particularly successful with young female audiences. ALTAR BOYZ at the Stoneham Theatre spins the concept, combining it with the popular wave of Chris... (more...)
BWW Review: THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND Rings Down the Curtain on Bad Habit Productions BWW Review: THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND Rings Down the Curtain on Bad Habit Productions
by Nancy Grossman - March 25, 2017

Bad Habit Productions is about to drop the final curtain after ten years of delivering award-winning theater, but they are not taking the easy way out. Director Dawn M. Simmons and an ensemble of eight actors make sense of Tom Stoppard's 1968 comedy whodunnit, THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, even as they ... (more...)
BWW Review: MRS. PACKARD: Nevertheless, She Persisted BWW Review: MRS. PACKARD: Nevertheless, She Persisted
by Nancy Grossman - March 21, 2017

Before Senator Elizabeth Warren, another Elizabeth spoke out, despite being warned and threatened with commitment to an insane asylum. Bridge Repertory Theater, in a co-production with Playhouse Creatures, presents Emily Mann's MRS. PACKARD, a drama inspired by true events, chronicling one woman's f... (more...)
BWW Review: Haitink Captivates Boston - Again BWW Review: Haitink Captivates Boston - Again
by Erica Miner - March 20, 2017

Boston Symphony Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink has sustained a mutually respectful relationship with the BSO and its audiences for over 40 years... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere of Homegrown FINISH LINE BWW Review: World Premiere of Homegrown FINISH LINE
by Nancy Grossman - March 16, 2017

FINISH LINE, a documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon, focuses on the people whose lives were impacted by the bombings, allowing their voices to be heard on the stage of the Boch Center Shubert Theatre. The world premiere production features a dozen actors who represent survivors, runners, ... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME Shines in Boston BWW REVIEW: CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME Shines in Boston
by Jan Nargi - March 16, 2017

The ingenious stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's popular mystery novel THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME invites the audience into the challenging world of 15-year-old Christopher Boone (Adam Langdon on opening night) whose exceptional brain is trapped inside an emotionally stunted bod... (more...)
BWW Review: SILENT SKY: Wishing on the Stars BWW Review: SILENT SKY: Wishing on the Stars
by Nancy Grossman - March 14, 2017

Flat Earth Theatre presents the New England premiere of Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY, a historical drama about a trio of women astronomers who charted the heavens at the Harvard Observatory at the turn of the 20th century. Their work was vital, but they were not seen as equals in the workplace and ... (more...)
BWW Review: PRECIOUS LITTLE at Nora Theatre Company BWW Review: PRECIOUS LITTLE at Nora Theatre Company
by Nancy Grossman - March 10, 2017

Nora Theatre Company presents Madeleine George's PRECIOUS LITTLE, raising many big questions. A research linguist tries to preserve a dying language, even as she faces a crucial decision about her unborn child. Three actresses play eight characters, most of whom are women, and one very smart gorilla... (more...)
BWW Review: N.E. Premiere GRAND CONCOURSE at SpeakEasy Stage Company BWW Review: N.E. Premiere GRAND CONCOURSE at SpeakEasy Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - March 07, 2017

SpeakEasy Stage Company began 2017 with the irreverent puppet show HAND TO GOD, but treads a decidedly more respectful path with the New England premiere of playwright Heidi Schreck's GRAND CONCOURSE. The questions she raises about faith and forgiveness may be as thorny as the issues considered in H... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: A.R.T.'s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA Marks Life on the Edge BWW REVIEW: A.R.T.'s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA Marks Life on the Edge
by Jan Nargi - March 02, 2017

The Costa Verde Hotel on the cliffs high above Acapulco might as well be the end of the world for the tourists and American ex-patriots who converge there in Tennessee Williams' haunting and haunted THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA currently receiving a star-studded revival at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, Mass.... (more...)