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BWW Reviews: HJT's THE MUSIC MAN Review BWW Reviews: HJT's THE MUSIC MAN
by Kristen Morale - June 30, 2015

Harwich Junior Theater, a group that boasts productions of ten plays and musicals each year, numerous community outreach and educational programs and a variety of other annual events, is sure to amaze audiences with its current production. Performing such a well-known musical work and presenting it in a new, exciting way that can appeal to children and adults alike (and children were having their share of fun in the audience, which is always a wonderful thing to see) is a daunting task for any creative team; this is especially true because of how vibrant and exhilarating a musical The Music Man is, and keeping that constant energy alive throughout a rather lengthy production is no easy thing to do. It is without doubt, though, that Director Ethan Paulini truly got it right with this production. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Dancers Bring Something Extra to NEWSIES National Tour Review BWW REVIEW: Dancers Bring Something Extra to NEWSIES National Tour
by Jan Nargi - June 29, 2015

A lot may seem familiar in Disney's Broadway musical NEWSIES now on tour in Boston, but the dancing chorus of a dozen or so able-bodied newsboys makes this production soar. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Academy of Performing Arts' SWEET CHARITY Review BWW Reviews: The Academy of Performing Arts' SWEET CHARITY
by Kristen Morale - June 26, 2015

When I sit down to write a review of a show I've recently seen, I am more often than not tempted to write about the profound storyline of that show, or perhaps the added depth a playwright might add to his plot to make it rather abstract and therefore open to mass interpretation by audiences. I confess that I am drawn to dramatic stories that usually whose characters usually have a lesson to learn towards their respective ends. In saying this, watching The Academy of Performing Arts' production of Sweet Charity can be described as a rarity - not only in terms of its plot, but also how Director Peter Earle presented his vision of this musical to a Cape Cod audience. It is simple and innocent (a word used fairly often to describe the title character), and to keep that simplicity of heart in a character that is perpetually bursting with energy and spirit, who is profound in her own right and becomes her own inextinguishable falling star, is as difficult to put on stage as it is riveting for audiences to behold. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Into the Home of Happy Medium Theatre's DYING CITY Review BWW Reviews: Into the Home of Happy Medium Theatre's DYING CITY
by Alex Lonati - June 24, 2015

Happy Medium's production of DYING CITY by Christopher Shinn was the first hyper realistic piece I've seen in the private home of those performing. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Company One Hits Bull's-Eye with EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS Review BWW REVIEW: Company One Hits Bull's-Eye with EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS
by Jan Nargi - June 24, 2015

Three abandoned but not lost souls find strength in each other in A. Rey Pamatmat's quirky but penetrating comedy EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM at Company One in Boston. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Cape Playhouse's THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN Review BWW Reviews: Cape Playhouse's THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN
by Kristen Morale - June 22, 2015

How does one go about explaining what playwright Eric Coble describes as "the speed of the end?" Assuming a person knows what the end looks like and how it will come about, the mere realization that each of our lives will someday end and that we must deal with the complete decay of who each of us once was as that life fades away is daunting; it's almost too finite yet still so simple an idea to understand completely. So, what would a woman faced with the elimination of all that she has ever been do when confronted with the prospect of change - a change that will destroy her foundation but improve her life to the extent of prolonging it in a personally undesirable way?The Cape Playhouse begins its 89th season with The Velocity of Autumn; directed by Skip Greer, this is a beauty of a story written by Eric Coble and now brought to the Playhouse following its recent Broadway run. (more...)


BWW Reviews: New Plays and Lovely Ladies in Boston Public Works Theater Company's THREE Review BWW Reviews: New Plays and Lovely Ladies in Boston Public Works Theater Company's THREE
by Alex Lonati - June 16, 2015

Boston Public Works Theater Company's production of THREE, a new play by Emily Kaye Lazzaro (more...)


BWW Reviews: Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Laura Benanti SMILE at Symphony Hall Review BWW Reviews: Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Laura Benanti SMILE at Symphony Hall
by Nancy Grossman - June 15, 2015

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus annual Pride concert on Sunday at Symphony Hall featured Special Guest Laura Benanti, the Tony Award-winning singer/actress, also known to television audiences for her roles on "Nashville" and "The Good Wife." In a program with selections ranging from musical theater greats like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, and Stephen Sondheim, to pop artist Madonna and a newly commissioned piece, the BGMC and Benanti seemed to inspire each other to perform at the highest level of their combined vocal abilities, spiced up with some flashy dancing boys and refreshing comedy stylings by the guest artist. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Dream Cast Ignites DREAMGIRLS at NSMT Review BWW REVIEW: Dream Cast Ignites DREAMGIRLS at NSMT
by Jan Nargi - June 14, 2015

Director Nick Kenkel has made lightning strike a second time at North Shore Music Theatre with his dazzling and definitive production of DREAMGIRLS. Blessed with a dream design team and a tremendously talented cast of triple threats, Kenkel has dug beneath the glitz and the glamour of the American music industry to explore the hopes, joys, disappointments and sorrows that accompany stars on the way up and back down. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Great Lyric Cast Charms in LIGHT UP THE SKY Review BWW REVIEW: Great Lyric Cast Charms in LIGHT UP THE SKY
by Jan Nargi - June 13, 2015

Boston theatrical royalty brightens Lyric Stage Company's LIGHT UP THE SKY, Moss Hart's classic comic valentine to the divos and divas of the stage. (more...)


BWW Reviews: HJT's THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL Review BWW Reviews: HJT's THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL
by Kristen Morale - June 09, 2015

Celebrating sixty four years since Betty Bobp founded a group which would come to welcome theater aficionados of all ages to join and take part in the beauty of the dramatic arts, followed by Producing Artistic Director Nina Schuessler's dedication to creating a year-round educational venue on the Cape, the Harwich Junior Theater returns with a triumph with the start of a new, exciting summer season. Audiences have no doubt been telling wondrous tales about The Great American Trailer Park Musical which, simply put, treats audiences to one doozy of a show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A NIGHT IN HAVANA Review BWW Reviews: A NIGHT IN HAVANA
by Kristen Morale - June 04, 2015

Judging by the immense talent that graced the stage at the Wareham theater Saturday night, it is without doubt that Buzzards Play Productions founder Janice Rogers is beyond thrilled with her choice to treat this one audience to an eclectic and exciting selection of wonderful music from some very talented folks - an array of talent which, when put together, made all experience the wonders of A Night in Havana. (more...)


BWW Reviews: New England Premiere of SWEET AND SAD at Gloucester Stage
by Nancy Grossman - June 01, 2015

Gloucester Stage opens its 36th season with the second play of Richard Nelson's four-part American epic collectively known as THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS. Collaborating with Stoneham Theatre, each company will produce two of the plays between this year and next under the direction of Stoneham's Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes, with the same design team and outstanding cast of six actors on board for the entire project. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE HOW AND THE WHY Opens the Season at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires Review BWW Reviews: THE HOW AND THE WHY Opens the Season at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires
by Karen Bovard - June 01, 2015

Plays about brainy and complex women are way too scarce. Sarah Treem-known for her work on cable shows like THE AFFAIR, IN TREATMENT, and HOUSE OF CARDS-has given us a new one which provides two great roles, plenty of emotional punch, some terrific lines, and lots to think about. (more...)


BWW Reviews: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY Review BWW Reviews: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY
by Kristen Morale - May 26, 2015

The idea of love and what is meant to come of it usually implies a happy ending for the woman who falls in love with her soul-mate, or for the man who couldn't imagine a life without the daily practice of bestowing affection upon his beloved. Love is meant to bring out the best in people and allow them to flourish, implying that a greater and more joyous future is to come because fate has somehow brought them together for just such a reason: to be happy. What happens, though, when the concept of fate seems to be a bit more of an interference than it is a means of bringing people together towards the happiness they so desire? What is to be expected when every effort of moving forward and bringing love back into one's life becomes such an onerous task, such a fruitless endeavor that the concept of love becomes a personally unreachable goal? In what is both a fairly comical yet rather somber telling of a man who falls in love with three sisters and is perpetually left alone once each meets her untimely end, Failure: A Love Story triumphantly kicks off Cape Rep's 2015 season and will no doubt leave its audiences thinking that the only failure to be found in this show is solely found in its name. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stoneham Theatre's Recipe for $uccess Review BWW Reviews: Stoneham Theatre's Recipe for $uccess
by Nancy Grossman - May 25, 2015

Director/choreographer Ilyse Robbins reigns as chair of the board over a company of established pros and starry-eyed up-and-comers in Stoneham Theatre's effervescent HOW TO $UCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Tyler Bradley Indyck and Ephie Aardema make beautiful music together, Angelo McDonough almost steals the show, and the ensemble sing and dance with great energy and style. It's bound to do boffo business! (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Young and Fresh Take on Shakespeare in Bridge Rep's JULIUS CAESAR Review BWW Reviews: A Young and Fresh Take on Shakespeare in Bridge Rep's JULIUS CAESAR
by Alex Lonati - May 18, 2015

A review of Bridge Rep's JULIUS CAESAR, presented in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH Sing and Dance at A.R.T. Review BWW REVIEW: THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH Sing and Dance at A.R.T.
by Jan Nargi - 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE SUBMISSION Plays on Politics of Race and Gender Review BWW Reviews: THE SUBMISSION Plays on Politics of Race and Gender
by Nancy Grossman - May 14, 2015

Zeitgeist Stage Company presents the New England premiere of Jeff Talbott's THE SUBMISSION and, once again, lives up to its name and mission. Victor Shopov and Aina Adler create two indelible characters, and Director David J. Miller sculpts the performances to eliminate any wasted moments from this hard-hitting comedy-drama. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The 33rd Annual Elliot Norton Awards Review BWW Reviews: The 33rd Annual Elliot Norton Awards
by Nancy Grossman - May 12, 2015

Gaiety ruled at the 33rd Annual Elliot Norton Awards ceremony as Ryan Landry, impresario of the Gold Dust Orphans, received the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, and comedian-actress-jazz musician Lea DeLaria was the Guest of Honor. Bragging rights went to American Repertory Theater with seven wins in the large theater categories, while Lyric Stage Company led all midsize theaters with four wins. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Gossip Ensnares Trio in SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY Review BWW REVIEW: Gossip Ensnares Trio in SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY
by Jan Nargi - May 08, 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Pops and Peters - Oh, What a Night! Review BWW Reviews: Pops and Peters - Oh, What a Night!
by Nancy Grossman - May 07, 2015

The 130th season of the Boston Pops Orchestra is a celebration of Conductor Keith Lockhart's 20th anniversary, and the opening night festivities included balloons, cupcakes, and an exquisite cake, with sizzle provided by Tony Award-winning vocalist and actress Bernadette Peters. Music ranged from Williams to Rossini, Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, selections from the voluminous canon of Old Blue Eyes, and, of course, John Philip Sousa. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Dames Add Heat to Lyric's CITY OF ANGELS Review BWW REVIEW: Dames Add Heat to Lyric's CITY OF ANGELS
by Jan Nargi - May 02, 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Swept Away by THE OUTGOING TIDE Review BWW Reviews: Swept Away by THE OUTGOING TIDE
by Nancy Grossman - April 30, 2015

Artistic Director Charles Towers is stepping down after fourteen seasons at the helm of Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He leaves the audience with one final moving drama by playwright Bruce Graham, written with impeccable honesty and directed with the finest attention to every emotional detail. (more...)


BWW Reviews: An Evening of Short Plays at Brown Box's BOXER SHORTS Review BWW Reviews: An Evening of Short Plays at Brown Box's BOXER SHORTS
by Alex Lonati - April 29, 2015

Boxer Shorts is a ninety-minute night consisting of four short plays from three classic 20th century playwrights (Beckett, Pinter, and Williams) and one contemporary playwright (Raznovich). (more...)






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