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BWW REVIEW: Ogunquit Brews Up Another Winner with WITCHES OF EASTWICK Review BWW REVIEW: Ogunquit Brews Up Another Winner with WITCHES OF EASTWICK
by Jan Nargi - September 10, 2014

Ogunquit continues its 'high-flying' 82nd season with the American Northeast premiere of Cameron Mackintosh's THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, a musical adaptation based on John Updike's novel and the 1987 Warner Brothers hit motion picture. (more...)


BWW Reviews: August Wilson's FENCES Is a Solid Base Hit Review BWW Reviews: August Wilson's FENCES Is a Solid Base Hit
by Nancy Grossman - August 27, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company concludes its 35th season with Pulitzer Prize-winning drama FENCES, the sixth in August Wilson's ten-play chronicle of 20th century American history from the perspective of African-Americans. In Director Eric C. Engel's production that strives to illustrate the universal nature of one man's story, we can identify with the protagonist's anger and struggle for control in a rapidly-changing world. Daver Morrison and Jacqui Parker bat leadoff in a lineup of strong performances. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Very Chekhovian VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Shakespeare & Co Review BWW Reviews: A Very Chekhovian VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Shakespeare & Co
by Larry Murray - August 22, 2014

For those who think that Christopher Durang's popular VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is a strawhat comedy, this production proves it's goat real heart too, just as in any Chekhov play. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: FINDING NEVERLAND Needs to Find Its Voice Review BWW REVIEW: FINDING NEVERLAND Needs to Find Its Voice
by Jan Nargi - August 17, 2014

Just as central character J. M. Barrie needs to find his true voice in order to break through the writer's block that is hampering his playwriting career, FINDING NEVERLAND, the new musical about the family that inspired the beleaguered author to create Peter Pan, needs to find its voice, too. Teetering abruptly between empty frivolousness and genuine pathos, FINDING NEVERLAND is an uneven adventure in its current pre-Broadway tryout at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Let's Talk About Language with Bad Habit Productions' TRANSLATIONS Review BWW Reviews: Let's Talk About Language with Bad Habit Productions' TRANSLATIONS
by Alex Lonati - August 15, 2014

Translations, directed by M. Bevin O'Gara, takes place in 1833 rural Ireland, with most of the action occurring in a school whose adult students often discuss incorporating English into their studies and other methods of furthering themselves in a constantly changing world. Soon, British soldiers come on the scene with the intention of remapping the country, anglicizing the Gaelic city names, and more or less attempting to wipe out the Gaelic language entirely. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Enthralling DANCING LESSONS at Barrington Stage Co. Review BWW Reviews: Enthralling DANCING LESSONS at Barrington Stage Co.
by Larry Murray - August 14, 2014

When a professor with Asperger's Syndrome needs DANCING LESSONS, he meets an injured dancer, and they both find life lessons in this uplifting and romantic comedy. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Gail Bennett Leads Ogunquit's MARY POPPINS in the Most Delightful Way Review BWW REVIEW: Gail Bennett Leads Ogunquit's MARY POPPINS in the Most Delightful Way
by Jan Nargi - August 13, 2014

Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine is on a roll, following its thrilling, record-breaking production of BILLY ELLIOT with another beloved British musical import, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS. Featuring a terrific cast, crisp, thoughtful direction by Shaun Kerrison, and energetic choreography by Lisa Stevens, this MARY POPPINS is - yes, let's just say it and get it over with - practically perfect in every way. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Nancy E. Carroll is Worth the Journey to 4000 MILES at Gloucester Stage Company Review BWW Reviews: Nancy E. Carroll is Worth the Journey to 4000 MILES at Gloucester Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - August 10, 2014

Playwright Amy Herzog's 4000 MILES is a slice-of-life drama that observes a month in the relationship between a 91-year old grandmother (Nancy E. Carroll) and her 21-year old grandson Leo (Tom Rash) who drops in on her in the middle of the night at the end of a harrowing cross-country bicycle trip. The reason for the visit is a mystery, which is oh-so-gradually revealed, but the story doesn't cover much territory between point A and point B. Director Eric C. Engel grasps the timing necessary to bring out the play's humor and Carroll is a master of delivering a very funny line with a deadpan expression. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Chita Rivera Makes it Worth THE VISIT to Williamstown Theatre Festival Review BWW Reviews: Chita Rivera Makes it Worth THE VISIT to Williamstown Theatre Festival
by Nancy Grossman - August 07, 2014

Broadway legend Chita Rivera makes her Williamstown Theatre Festival debut opposite Festival favorite and former Artistic Director Roger Rees in the newest incarnation of Kander and Ebb's THE VISIT, the musical based on the 1956 tragicomedy by Swiss playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt, with book by Terrence McNally. Director John Doyle has reimagined it as a one-act with a focus on the love story, and his collaboration with Choreographer Graciela Daniele results in a show that makes movement a vital component to convey elements of the narrative without words. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Makes a Pit Stop at Cape Playhouse Review BWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Makes a Pit Stop at Cape Playhouse
by Nancy Grossman - August 05, 2014

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is a country music revue that feels right at home in the big old barn that is the Cape Playhouse in Dennis. It offers up rockin' music, folksy charm, and good home cookin' with a cast of six who sing, dance, and play a variety of instruments. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Most Twisted Bedtime Story with Circuit Theatre Company's THE ANNOTATED HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MUSKRAT Review BWW Reviews: The Most Twisted Bedtime Story with Circuit Theatre Company's THE ANNOTATED HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MUSKRAT
by Alex Lonati - August 04, 2014

You don't go into a show called The Annotated History of the American Muskrat without some very specific preconceptions. While you may have no idea what the piece is actually going to be about, you know it's probably safe to say that it isn't about to be your standard Tennessee Williams drama. The Circuit Theatre Company's production of this brand new show, written for them by Boston playwright John Kuntz, certainly fulfilled the preconceived notions that filled my head. (more...)


BWW REVIEWS: Two Bawdy Romances Brighten Boston's Summer Review BWW REVIEWS: Two Bawdy Romances Brighten Boston's Summer
by Jan Nargi - August 04, 2014

The Nora Theatre's HER ACHING HEART and Commonwealth Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT are the theatrical equivalents of light summer reading, and both deliver spirited romance for a mid-summer night. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CREATIVE LICENSE: A NEW MUSICAL Review BWW Reviews: CREATIVE LICENSE: A NEW MUSICAL
by Nancy Grossman - July 28, 2014

Writer/director Kevin Cirone's labor of love is having its world premiere in the subterranean Davis Square Theater in Somerville. Good musical variety and an ensemble of eager, committed actors are among the positive attributes, but character development and storyline need some fine-tuning. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Explosive FOOL FOR LOVE at Williamstown Theatre Festival Review BWW Reviews: Explosive FOOL FOR LOVE at Williamstown Theatre Festival
by Larry Murray - July 28, 2014

Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell team up as May and Eddie in Sam Shepard's FOOL FOR LOVE at the Willliamstown Theatre Festival and the fireworks on stage are spectacular to watch. Daniel Aucin directs this visceral production. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Intelligent Laughter at Hub Theatre's COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE [ABRIDGED] Review BWW Reviews: Intelligent Laughter at Hub Theatre's COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE [ABRIDGED]
by Alex Lonati - July 25, 2014

The Hub Theatre Company of Boston is presenting The Complete Works of Shakespeare [Abridged], a hilarious, highly physical, wacky portrayal of all of the Bard's plays originally conceived by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Revealing BREAKING THE CODE at Barrington Stage Co Review BWW Reviews: Revealing BREAKING THE CODE at Barrington Stage Co
by Larry Murray - July 23, 2014

A rethinking of the 1986 biographical play by Hugh Whitemore about mathematician and computing innovator Alan Turing who was instrumental in solving the Nazi's Enigma Code yet was vilified as a homosexual and chemically castrated before ultimately being pardoned 60 years after his death. A swirling production that is both a puzzle play and a tour-de-force for Mark H. Dold, who plays Turing brilliantly. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Thomas Hampson: An American Hero at Tanglewood Review BWW Reviews: Thomas Hampson: An American Hero at Tanglewood
by Erica Miner - July 22, 2014

Few vocal performers of our day are as closely identified with American classical music as this renowned artist. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Trumpet Shall Sound - Håkan Hardenberger Conquers Tanglewood Review BWW Reviews: The Trumpet Shall Sound - Håkan Hardenberger Conquers Tanglewood
by Erica Miner - July 21, 2014

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Saturday, July 19 offering at the Koussevitzky Music Shed, as Latvian-born Music Director designate Andris Nelsons helmed Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson's Bridge, Trumpet Concerto No. 1, with Swedish trumpet soloist Hakan Hardenberger (more...)


BWW Reviews: Many Mediums Make for a Spectacle in Company One's ASTRO BOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS Review BWW Reviews: Many Mediums Make for a Spectacle in Company One's ASTRO BOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS
by Alex Lonati - July 20, 2014

Telling the story of popular Japanese cartoon, Astro Boy, and his creator, Osamu Tezuka, the piece utilizes more mediums than I ever imagined possible for a stage piece. Not only were projections used, but controlled animation, live drawing, vocal effects, puppetry, and combinations of all of the above. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Gloucester Stage Toasts AULD LANG SYNE Review BWW Reviews: Gloucester Stage Toasts AULD LANG SYNE
by Nancy Grossman - July 18, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company presents the Boston area premiere of Jack Neary's AULD LANG SYNE, an uneven vehicle driven by stellar performances from Paula Plum and Richard Snee, under the direction of Douglas Lockwood. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE MERMAID IS IN FINE VOICE AT NSMT Review BWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE MERMAID IS IN FINE VOICE AT NSMT
by Jan Nargi - July 18, 2014

Charming performances, strong music, and inventive staging create an undersea paradise for Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ME AND MY GIRL - Madcap Midsummer Mirth Review BWW Reviews: ME AND MY GIRL - Madcap Midsummer Mirth
by Nancy Grossman - July 16, 2014

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston brings back this crowd-pleasing British musical comedy about a cockney gent who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford, but must choose between love and money. Director/Choreographer Cynthia Thole appeared in the original Broadway revival of ME AND MY GIRL and transmits her familiarity with the show to an exuberant cast, led by engaging, talented Peabody native Joshua Holden. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Two Wild Works Confuse and Excite Audiences in Circuit Theatre's THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA FOR MOTHER EARTH and WELCOME TO ARROYO'S Review BWW Reviews: Two Wild Works Confuse and Excite Audiences in Circuit Theatre's THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA FOR MOTHER EARTH and WELCOME TO ARROYO'S
by Alex Lonati - July 15, 2014

The Circuit Theatre Company has a summer season of three shows, two of which are currently running in rep at the Oberon Theatre in Cambridge. Last night, I had the pleasure of experiencing both: The Walk Across America for Mother Earth by Taylor Mac and Welcome to Arroyo's by Kristoffer Diaz. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Laughs Come Easily in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) Review BWW Reviews: Laughs Come Easily in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
by Larry Murray - July 13, 2014

The idea behind this show - which is pretty much a guaranteed hit wherever it has been produced - is to condense many of Shakespeare's masterworks into a two hour orgy of down to earth humor and outright fun. Opening with ROMEO AND JULIET and closing with HAMLET the trio led us on a merry chase through the classics, poking fun as they go. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit Playhouse Review BWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Jan Nargi - July 09, 2014

Electricity courses through Ogunquit Playhouse's stunning production of BILLY ELLIOT, continuing through July 26 at 'America's foremost summer theatre.' (more...)


 
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