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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...)


BWW Reviews: Inventive Space and Witty Language in Brown Box Theatre Project's BLUE WINDOW Review BWW Reviews: Inventive Space and Witty Language in Brown Box Theatre Project's BLUE WINDOW
by Alex Lonati - November 10, 2014

Craig Lucas's Blue Window, directed by emerging talent Anna Trachtman. The show, a speedy 75-minute whirlwind, concerns a group of young professionals before, during, and after a dinner party in the 80s. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CHOSEN CHILD Haunted by Family Memories Review BWW Reviews: CHOSEN CHILD Haunted by Family Memories
by Nancy Grossman - November 07, 2014

Boston Playwright's Theatre alumna Monica Bauer turned her memoir into a memory play that tells her compelling personal story. CHOSEN CHILD travels between times and places, as well as across generations, but it is worth staying with it to get inside these characters and understand their motivations. A stellar cast under the direction of Megan Schy Gleeson gives nuanced performances, brimming with intensity and commitment. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Reading Between the Lines in DEAR ELIZABETH Review BWW REVIEW: Reading Between the Lines in DEAR ELIZABETH
by Jan Nargi - November 05, 2014

Boston's Lyric Stage plumbs the poetry and prose of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell in Sara Ruhl's quietly aching DEAR ELIZABETH, a play in letters that chronicles the 30-year friendship of two lost literary souls. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Israeli Stage Thrives and Celebrates Review BWW Reviews: Israeli Stage Thrives and Celebrates
by Nancy Grossman - November 05, 2014

Israeli Stage celebrates its fourth anniversary and looks ahead to its first full theatrical production, in partnership with ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. Producing Artistic Director Guy Ben-Aharon continues to expand his roster of incredible Boston theater talent, featuring an all-star cast in MAKE MY HEART FLUTTER at the Goethe-Institut. (more...)


BWW Reviews IN DARFUR, a Profound Evening of Drama at WAM Theatre Review BWW Reviews IN DARFUR, a Profound Evening of Drama at WAM Theatre
by Larry Murray - November 03, 2014

IN DARFUR is a theatrical experience and a call to arms exploring the act of genocide, and how to bring it to an end. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ETHER DOME: A Bloody Good Account of the Bad Old Days Review BWW Reviews: ETHER DOME: A Bloody Good Account of the Bad Old Days
by Nancy Grossman - October 29, 2014

Regardless of your opinion about the Affordable Care Act, you might be interested to know how paying for healthcare started and the reluctant role played by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital. Set primarily in Hartford and Boston, ETHER DOME has special significance for the local audience, offering both a history lesson and theatrical entertainment of the highest order. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Factory Theatre Laid to Rest with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS Review BWW Reviews: Factory Theatre Laid to Rest with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS
by Nancy Grossman - October 24, 2014

Happy Medium Theatre starts its sixth season by ending the run of the Factory Theatre with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, a testament to the ambience and creative possibilities of the soon-to-be-defunct space. Director Lizette M. Morris does a masterful job of building and prolonging the suspense, with a strong assist from her design team and ensemble cast. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little Ones Review BWW Reviews: Wheelock Family Theatre's ALICE Appeals to the Little Ones
by Nancy Grossman - October 21, 2014

Wheelock Family Theatre opens its 34th season with ALICE, a musical reimagining of Lewis Carroll's classics, ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. WFT veteran Andrew Barbato wrote the adaptation and directs the production featuring a garden of flower buds played by children who may one day follow in his footsteps, as well as some perennials on local theater stages who deserve to have more than a few bouquets tossed their way. From seedlings to adolescents to full-grown, the vibrant members of this ensemble are all ready to embark on the journey with Alice, down the rabbit hole and wherever it may lead. (more...)


BWW Reviews: This Sparkling ON THE TOWN Traveled From the Berkshires to Broadway Review BWW Reviews: This Sparkling ON THE TOWN Traveled From the Berkshires to Broadway
by Larry Murray - October 20, 2014

ON THE TOWN has moments of classic dance, comedy and music, but it's the earthy country sailors who make this musical soar. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Mystery of Poet's Death Unresolved in POE Review BWW Reviews: Mystery of Poet's Death Unresolved in POE
by Nancy Grossman - October 13, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group presents the world premiere of POE by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, imagining the last days of the writer before his untimely death in Baltimore in 1849. In the title role, David Adkins breathes life into the man, but the play needs life support. Kate Maguire mesmerizes with her recitation of 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' showing that Poe's own words can best provide the necessary drama. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: SpeakEasy Stages a Visually Rich FAR FROM HEAVEN Review BWW REVIEW: SpeakEasy Stages a Visually Rich FAR FROM HEAVEN
by Jan Nargi - October 11, 2014

The score to Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's Off-Broadway musical FAR FROM HEAVEN may be less than memorable, but gorgeous visuals and a superb performance by Jennifer Ellis as Cathy make SpeakEasy Stage's 2014-15 season opener unforgettable. (more...)


BWW Reviews: New Rep Takes a Shot With ASSASSINS Review BWW Reviews: New Rep Takes a Shot With ASSASSINS
by Nancy Grossman - October 11, 2014

Despite all of its violence and disturbing themes, Director Jim Petosa and company find the humor in ASSASSINS and are able to make the characters come alive as people with flaws, rather than monsters. In the controversial Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical, the cure for what ails them is to kill a President and the 1991 show strikes a chord in our gun-happy culture. A terrific lineup of voices handles the Sondheim score with aplomb. (more...)


BWW Reviews: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Erupts at Barrington Stage Company Review BWW Reviews: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Erupts at Barrington Stage Company
by Larry Murray - October 08, 2014

The truth can be explosive as Arthur Miller's adaptation of Ibsen's classic tale of truth vs. politics comes to the stage in the Berkshires with a brilliantly moving production of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE directed by Julianne Boyd. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: NSMT's Swanky New CHICAGO Is a Real Killer Review BWW REVIEW: NSMT's Swanky New CHICAGO Is a Real Killer
by Jan Nargi - October 05, 2014

Director and choreographer Nick Kenkel has swept through the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. like a breath of fresh autumn air with his inventive, delightful, and often surprising production of CHICAGO: A Musical Vaudeville. With a less stylized concept than Bob Fosse's 1975 original or the current long-running Tony Award-winning Walter Bobbie-Ann Reinking revival, Kenkel has injected a relaxed playfulness into his staging that invites the audience to visit this familiar killer musical anew. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: A Potent YEAR ZERO Opens Season at Merrimack Rep Review BWW REVIEW: A Potent YEAR ZERO Opens Season at Merrimack Rep
by Jan Nargi - October 04, 2014

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) in Lowell, Mass. opens its 36th season with the potent new play YEAR ZERO, a taut and touching comedic drama about a first-generation Cambodian-American teenager coming of age as he comes to grips with the death of his mother, a survivor of the horrific genocide of the Khmer Rouge and a woman who held her family together when abandoned by her husband. Set in Long Beach, California in 2003, YEAR ZERO is the only play written thus far that explores the experiences of the children of Cambodian refugees beginning new lives in America. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Celeste Oliva Makes it Worth RECONSIDERING HANNA(H) Review BWW Reviews: Celeste Oliva Makes it Worth RECONSIDERING HANNA(H)
by Nancy Grossman - October 04, 2014

IRNE Award-winning actress Celeste Oliva gives two riveting performances in Deirdre Girard's RECONSIDERING HANNA(H) to open the 2014-2015 season at Boston Playwrights' Theatre. With thoughtful direction by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary, RECONSIDERING HANNA(H) tells two good stories for the price of one, both of which will stay with you long after the curtain falls. (more...)


BWW Reviews: High Energy TRACES Leaves Indelible Mark at ArtsEmerson Review BWW Reviews: High Energy TRACES Leaves Indelible Mark at ArtsEmerson
by Nancy Grossman - October 02, 2014

Les 7 doigts de la main makes a high-flying return to open the fifth season of ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage with TRACES, an energetic mix of acrobatics, skateboarding, basketball, and contemporary dance performed by seven amazingly talented young artists. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Shopov and Reeves Do the Heavy Lifting in Zeitgeist Stage Company's BENT Review BWW Reviews: Shopov and Reeves Do the Heavy Lifting in Zeitgeist Stage Company's BENT
by Nancy Grossman - September 30, 2014

Following last season's award-winning production of THE NORMAL HEART, Zeitgeist Stage Company sets the bar high with the compelling drama BENT, featuring outstanding performances from Victor L. Shopov and Brooks Reeves. Directed with distinction by David J. Miller, the play challenges its audience to bear witness to atrocities, but illustrates the strength of the human spirit. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? Still Has an Edge Review BWW REVIEW: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? Still Has an Edge
by Jan Nargi - September 29, 2014

Boston's Huntington Theatre Company stages Todd Kreidler's funny yet poignant adaptation of the ground-breaking 1967 film about the hidden prejudices that surface when two liberal families are confronted with their children's desire to commit to an interracial marriage. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Crazy Russian Adventures in Imaginary Beasts's KNOCK! Review BWW Reviews: Crazy Russian Adventures in Imaginary Beasts's KNOCK!
by Alex Lonati - September 29, 2014

Imaginary Beasts consistently puts out what they call 'adventurous' and I would call 'ludicrous' theatrical productions, pushing boundaries, disregarding conventions (gender bending is a staple of their shows), and twisting reality. Their most recent production was Knock, a devised premiere combining upwards of twenty-five plays, short stories, and poems by Russian author Daniil Kharms. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: MacDonald Is a Powerhouse in Stoneham's DOUBT Review BWW REVIEW: MacDonald Is a Powerhouse in Stoneham's DOUBT
by Jan Nargi - September 27, 2014

Karen MacDonald fuels Stoneham Theatre's gripping production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning DOUBT: A PARABLE through September 28. (more...)


 
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