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BWW Reviews: UNCLE JACK Distant Chekhov Relative Review BWW Reviews: UNCLE JACK Distant Chekhov Relative
by Nancy Grossman - 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Feast On THE BIG MEAL At Zeitgeist Stage Company Review BWW Reviews: Feast On THE BIG MEAL At Zeitgeist Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - 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. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Every Day's a Long Day for THE SECOND GIRL at the Huntington Review BWW REVIEW: Every Day's a Long Day for THE SECOND GIRL at the Huntington
by Jan Nargi - February 21, 2015

Downton Abbey meets Eugene O'Neill in Ronan Noone's new play THE SECOND GIRL, the story of what goes on in the servants' kitchen while O'Neill's fictional Tyrone family suffer through their very long day's journey into night upstairs. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in Boston Review BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in Boston
by Jan Nargi - February 12, 2015

MOTOWN, Berry Gordy's self-aggrandizing tribute to the independent record label that fused gospel, blues, jazz, doo wop and country into a unique and wildly popular Detroit sound, is currently heating things up at the Boston Opera House through February 15. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Bridge Rep Rep: Oreos and a Father-Son Car Ride Review BWW Reviews: A Bridge Rep Rep: Oreos and a Father-Son Car Ride
by Nancy Grossman - 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. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS Continues at A.R.T. Review BWW REVIEW: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS Continues at A.R.T.
by Jan Nargi - February 10, 2015

An epic story is told on an intimate scale in Suzan-Lori Park's splendid mash-up of Civil War slavery and present-day racial strife. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Into the Minds of Brown Box Theatre Project's ECHOES Review BWW Reviews: Into the Minds of Brown Box Theatre Project's ECHOES
by Alex Lonati - February 09, 2015

A dive into the haunting and kinetic production that was Brown Box Theatre Project's Echoes. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: AND BABY MAKES COMPLICATIONS IN BWW REVIEW: AND BABY MAKES COMPLICATIONS IN "A FUTURE PERFECT" AT SPEAKEASY STAGE
by Jan Nargi - February 03, 2015

For thirty-something urban professionals grappling with balancing their personal lives with upwardly mobile careers, Ken Urban's A FUTURE PERFECT may feel timely and relevant. But for Boomers and one-time yuppies who are now the sandwich generation juggling the demands of work, college-bound children and aging parents, the play's conflicts may seem a bit worn. (more...)


BWW REVIEWS: FAMILIES AND POLITICS MIX IT UP ON BOSTON STAGES Review BWW REVIEWS: FAMILIES AND POLITICS MIX IT UP ON BOSTON STAGES
by Jan Nargi - January 29, 2015

Boston area stages feature the kick-ass wit of Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT; Christopher Durang's hilarious mash-up of Chekhov and Snow White in VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE; the modern-day paranoia of cyber spy vs. spy in MUCKRAKERS; and the black comedy of two sons and a funeral in THE BEST BROTHERS. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A CASE NAMED FREUD Completes Savyon Liebrecht's Trilogy Review BWW Reviews: A CASE NAMED FREUD Completes Savyon Liebrecht's Trilogy
by Nancy Grossman - 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Imaginary Beasts Winter Panto: A Frog Prince Worthy of a Kiss Review BWW Reviews: Imaginary Beasts Winter Panto: A Frog Prince Worthy of a Kiss
by Nancy Grossman - 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. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: O.P.C. Turns Trash into Treasure at A.R.T. Review BWW REVIEW: O.P.C. Turns Trash into Treasure at A.R.T.
by Jan Nargi - December 19, 2014

One person's trash is another person's treasure in Eve Ensler's O.P.C., a socio-political comedy currently enjoying its world premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST, IT'S CHRISTMAS! Review BWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST, IT'S CHRISTMAS!
by Nancy Grossman - 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! (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Stoneham's MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Is White Bread Americana Review BWW REVIEW: Stoneham's MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Is White Bread Americana
by Jan Nargi - December 11, 2014

Young Sirena Abalian of Lexington is the shining standout in an otherwise lackluster production of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, Stoneham Theatre's misguided attempt to stage the bland Broadway version of the classic Judy Garland movie musical. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Penny Fuller Delights in 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI Review BWW REVIEW: Penny Fuller Delights in 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI
by Jan Nargi - December 10, 2014

Illustrious stage and screen actress Penny Fuller brings all of her charm and incandescence to Merrimack Repertory Theatre this holiday season in the lovely one-woman musical 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Moonbox Makes Merry With Musical Mash-up Review BWW Reviews: Moonbox Makes Merry With Musical Mash-up
by Nancy Grossman - December 08, 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. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE PRINCE Takes Flight at New Rep Review BWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE PRINCE Takes Flight at New Rep
by Jan Nargi - December 08, 2014

The New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Mass. harks back to a family classic for this season's holiday fare as THE LITTLE PRINCE takes the audience on an imaginative flight of fancy that teaches gentle lessons along the way. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE Suffers from Congestion at Lyric Stage in Boston Review BWW REVIEW: THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE Suffers from Congestion at Lyric Stage in Boston
by Jan Nargi - December 03, 2014

Too much mishegas makes for a muddled tale of midlife meltdown in Charles Busch's first venture into mainstream comedy now at Boston's Lyric Stage through December 20. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Cicely Tyson Makes a Joyful Noise in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Review BWW REVIEW: Cicely Tyson Makes a Joyful Noise in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
by Jan Nargi - December 01, 2014

Cicely Tyson reprises her Tony Award-winning role as Carrie Watts in Horton Foote's poignant American classic THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL now in its only east coast engagement at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, Mass. The ArtsEmerson World on Stage production continues through December 7. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: BAD JEWS Set Off Sparks at SpeakEasy Stage Review BWW REVIEW: BAD JEWS Set Off Sparks at SpeakEasy Stage
by Jan Nargi - November 28, 2014

If watching family members spew venom at each other for 100 uninterrupted minutes is your idea of holiday cheer, then by all means head on over to SpeakEasy Stage Company this Thanksgiving weekend for a visit with BAD JEWS. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Chilling Set in Actors Shakespeare Project's PHEDRE Review BWW Reviews: Chilling Set in Actors Shakespeare Project's PHEDRE
by Alex Lonati - November 24, 2014

Actors Shakespeare Project's production of Phedre, which took place at the First Church of Boston, a highly descriptive and heightened diatribe of a play. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PigPen Theatre Company Enchants With THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON Review BWW Reviews: PigPen Theatre Company Enchants With THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON
by Nancy Grossman - 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: British Wit Abound in Bad Habit Productions' THE REAL THING Review BWW Reviews: British Wit Abound in Bad Habit Productions' THE REAL THING
by Alex Lonati - November 17, 2014

Review of Bad Habit Productions' THE REAL THING, a dry British comedy by Tom Stoppard (more...)


BWW Reviews: Odets Classic AWAKE AND SING! at Huntington Theatre Company Review BWW Reviews: Odets Classic AWAKE AND SING! at Huntington Theatre Company
by Nancy Grossman - 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Check Into Horovitz's 6 HOTELS at Hub Theatre Company of Boston Review BWW Reviews: Check Into Horovitz's 6 HOTELS at Hub Theatre Company of Boston
by Nancy Grossman - 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. (more...)