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BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY: This is Not a Drill BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY: This is Not a Drill
by Nancy Grossman - February 22, 2017

Zeitgeist Stage Company joins the ranks of prescient Boston theater companies with Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY, a play about the impending closing of a failing inner-city Chicago school, how it impacts the faculty and students, and the measures they take to fight back.... (more...)
BWW Review: Suspenseful New Drama THE HONEY TRAP at Boston Playwrights' Theatre BWW Review: Suspenseful New Drama THE HONEY TRAP at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - February 21, 2017

Belfast native playwright Leo McGann and Director Adam Kassim have crafted a ready-for-prime-time taut, suspenseful drama about memories and guilt decades after the Troubles in Ireland. The cast is anchored by Boston theater pros Barlow Adamson and Maureen Keiller, along with an eager quartet of Bos... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown BWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown
by Nancy Grossman - February 17, 2017

ArtsEmerson presents the Druid Theatre Company production of Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, directed by Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes and featuring Tony Award-winner Marie Mullen. Rounding out the stellar cast are Aisling O' Sullivan, Marty Rea, and Aaron Monaghan. This is a powerful... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP at Fresh Ink Theatre Company BWW Review: World Premiere DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP at Fresh Ink Theatre Company
by Nancy Grossman - February 13, 2017

DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP invokes gender-bending, magical realism, and a real-life war hero, but has trouble staying afloat when the narrative jumps back and forth between two centuries. A pair of good performances in the roles of well-drawn characters aren't enough to keep this ship on course.... (more...)
BWW Review: New Rep's Prophetic Portraits Series: BRECHT ON BRECHT BWW Review: New Rep's Prophetic Portraits Series: BRECHT ON BRECHT
by Nancy Grossman - February 08, 2017

BRECHT ON BRECHT is the second in New Rep's series of Prophetic Portraits, following Johnny Lee Davenport's acclaimed portrayal in last month's THURGOOD. Brecht's art focuses on his experiences in Berlin, his flight from Nazism, and his life as an expatriate in America, where he faced accusation by ... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET: Goosebumps and Goose-steps BWW Review: CABARET: Goosebumps and Goose-steps
by Nancy Grossman - February 04, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company's North American tour of its award-winning CABARET revival is a stunning production that stands out in high relief to the theatrics playing in our nation's capital. Fifty years after the pre-Broadway Kander and Ebb musical tried out in Boston, the show still packs a punch.... (more...)
BWW Review: Georgia Lyman is THE ATHEIST: I'm a Believer BWW Review: Georgia Lyman is THE ATHEIST: I'm a Believer
by Nancy Grossman - January 30, 2017

Ronan Noone is both an alumnus and adjunct assistant professor of the M.F.A. Playwriting Program at Boston University. He has written a revision of his play THE ATHEIST, reimagining the satirical comedy with a female protagonist. At Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Georgia Lyman gives a robust, multi-di... (more...)
BWW Review: INTIMATE EXCHANGES Reinforces the Idea That the Future is Unknowable BWW Review: INTIMATE EXCHANGES Reinforces the Idea That the Future is Unknowable
by Nancy Grossman - January 26, 2017

Character-driven Alan Ayckbourn play is a complex sequence of branching storylines, leading to numerous endings, with multiple characters played by two actors. Olivia D'Ambrosio directs fine performances by Sarah Elizabeth Bedard and Jade Ziane at the Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here! BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here!
by Nancy Grossman - January 23, 2017

With nine Tony Award nominations under its belt, SOMETHING ROTTEN! closed on Broadway on January 1, 2017, and barely took a breather before hitting the road with three of its principal players reprising their roles. Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw brings Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, and Josh Gris... (more...)
BWW Review: They're Ba-a-a-ack: It's Winter Panto-time! BWW Review: They're Ba-a-a-ack: It's Winter Panto-time!
by Nancy Grossman - January 19, 2017

WINTER PANTO 2017: THE PRINCESS & THE PEA is served with a generous portion of political satire. What better villains than orange-haired Queen Clump and her alt-right hand man Stompundstammer? The best jokes go over their heads, but definitely bring the kids to this loosey-goosey fantasy world of fu... (more...)
BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Will Blow Your House Down BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Will Blow Your House Down
by Nancy Grossman - January 17, 2017

Edward Albee's 1962 barn-burner at the Lyric Stage Company is an emotional conflagration that rages and consumes everyone in its path. Director Scott Edmiston adheres to the playwright's strict blueprint, but takes full advantage of the singular qualities of his quartet of actors - Steven Barkhimer,... (more...)
BWW Review: Andrea Syglowski Holds the Keys to A DOLL'S HOUSE BWW Review: Andrea Syglowski Holds the Keys to A DOLL'S HOUSE
by Nancy Grossman - January 13, 2017

Huntington Theatre Company's staging of a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama, directed by Melia Bensussen, belongs to Andrea Syglowski and her formidable interpretation of Nora. James Noone's scenic design deserves kudos.... (more...)
BWW Review: Johnny Lee Davenport Measures Up in THURGOOD BWW Review: Johnny Lee Davenport Measures Up in THURGOOD
by Nancy Grossman - January 12, 2017

Johnny Lee Davenport and Director Benny Sato Ambush collaborate for a powerful production of George Stevens, Jr.'s THURGOOD in its area premiere at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown. Together, they create a humanized portrait of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, t... (more...)
BWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in Crisis BWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in Crisis
by Nancy Grossman - December 17, 2016

FAITHLESS is an intimate study of a Boston Irish-Catholic family facing a crisis. Mom is dying, but the adult children have different beliefs, resulting in a debate about her fate and a rehashing of family history before any resolution is possible. Sitting in a hospital waiting room with these four ... (more...)
BWW Review: FINGERSMITH: A Twice-Told Tale BWW Review: FINGERSMITH: A Twice-Told Tale
by Nancy Grossman - December 15, 2016

The American Repertory Theater reunites with Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch to present FINGERSMITH, Alexa Junge's adaptation of Sarah Waters' 2002 novel of the same name. The playwright's Herculean effort capsulizes the 582-page opus into a taut two-hour drama enhanced by e... (more...)
BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at New Rep: In the Heights BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at New Rep: In the Heights
by Nancy Grossman - December 10, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is not just a revival; it has the hallmarks of a revival meeting. It inspires the audience with its themes of tradition, community, and family, and, under the direction of Austin Pendleton, is a shofar call to stir the hearts and minds of all who would recall the Holocaust motto,... (more...)
BWW Review: GOING TO SEE THE KID in World Premiere at MRT BWW Review: GOING TO SEE THE KID in World Premiere at MRT
by Nancy Grossman - December 06, 2016

Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of Steven Drukman's GOING TO SEE THE KID, an homage to an icon of "Red Sox Nation." Two Boston Globe reporters journey to Florida to interview an aging and ailing Ted Williams, but learn more about working as a team from each other. It's a feel... (more...)
BWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS BWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS
by Nancy Grossman - December 05, 2016

The Gold Dust Orphans' 2016 Christmas show features "The World's Foremost Drag Detective" Shirley Holmes and her sidekick Dr. Jody Watley attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in Ryan Landry's MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS. Directed by Larry Coen, it has an impressive roster of veterans an... (more...)
BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Asks Musical Questions BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Asks Musical Questions
by Nancy Grossman - December 02, 2016

MURDER FOR TWO is a musical whodunit in its Boston premiere at Lyric Stage Company. A pair of versatile actors provide their own piano accompaniment and play a total of thirteen characters between them. Jared Troilo and Kirsten Salpini are a charming and energetic twosome who entertain with song, da... (more...)
BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for Christmas BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for Christmas
by Nancy Grossman - December 01, 2016

Kathy St. George may be diminutive in stature, but she is a feisty force of nature as the title character in MAME at Stoneham Theatre. Mary Callanan returns from Broadway and national tours to play her sidekick Vera, and ten-year-old triple threat Cameron Levesque plays her precocious nephew Patrick... (more...)
BWW Review: Mozart's Music Lifts Moonbox Productions' AMADEUS BWW Review: Mozart's Music Lifts Moonbox Productions' AMADEUS
by Nancy Grossman - November 28, 2016

Moonbox Productions, Director Allison Olivia Choat, and Music Director Dan Rodriguez pay precise attention to the musical framework of Peter Shaffer's AMADEUS, with music performed by the Baroque ensemble Grand Harmonie Orchestra. Matthew Zahnzinger owns the spotlight as Antonio Salieri and newcomer... (more...)
BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David Sedaris BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Author and Humorist David Sedaris
by Nancy Grossman - November 21, 2016

Author and humorist David Sedaris made his 12th appearance with the Celebrity Series of Boston as the final stop on his Fall 2016 tour. He read some of his essays and diary entries to a packed Symphony Hall Sunday night and proved that there is no such thing as a bad show when he is at the podium.... (more...)
BWW Review: Beth Leavel Boffo @ Birth of The Black Box Broadway Series BWW Review: Beth Leavel Boffo @ Birth of The Black Box Broadway Series
by Nancy Grossman - November 21, 2016

Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel launched the Broadway Series at The Black Box at the Franklin Performing Arts Company in a boffo one-night-only concert, accompanied on piano by Musical Director Phil Reno. The star was joined onstage by five young FPAC vocalists who portend a bright future for musical ... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL MY SONS: An Entreaty To Be Better BWW Review: ALL MY SONS: An Entreaty To Be Better
by Nancy Grossman - November 17, 2016

Arthur Miller's 1947 Tony Award-winning play ALL MY SONS is strikingly relevant nearly seventy years later. There is still much to be learned from this compelling play and the Elements Theatre Company production doesn't shy away from the ugly truths or raw emotions embedded in Miller's story. Sr. Da... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's HOW SOFT THE LINING BWW Review: World Premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's HOW SOFT THE LINING
by Nancy Grossman - November 10, 2016

Bad Habit Productions inaugurates their 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's HOW SOFT THE LINING, a historically-based play about the unusual relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress Elizabeth Keckley, a freed slave. Director M. Bevin O'Gara draws s... (more...)