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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...)
BWW Review: Laughter Amidst the Tears and Fears in MALA BWW Review: Laughter Amidst the Tears and Fears in MALA
by Nancy Grossman - November 08, 2016

ArtsEmerson presents the world premiere of Melinda Lopez's one-woman play MALA. Ostensibly autobiographical, it is an honest representation of the ups and downs of one woman's journey as she bears witness to the most ordinary, shared human experience, the act of dying. As playwright, she incorporate... (more...)
BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Wheelock Family Theatre BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Wheelock Family Theatre
by Rishka Mehra - November 08, 2016

In the opening of its 36th season, The Wheelock Family Theatre showcases a production that pushes viewers to test the bounds of their own potentials and work hard to pursue their passions. WFT's Akeelah and the Bee not only presents messages of resilience, tenacity, and perseverance in the face of a... (more...)
BWW Review: Central Square Theater Inspires with WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER BWW Review: Central Square Theater Inspires with WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER
by Rishka Mehra - November 07, 2016

When January Feels Like Summer elevates the familiar nature of a romantic comedy by also presenting a play that sheds light on one's moral choice, identity, and representation in society. Told from the perspectives of five people living in Central Harlem, this play finds its success in uniting peopl... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: National Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Launches in Boston BWW REVIEW: National Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Launches in Boston
by Jan Nargi - October 31, 2016

Joie de vivre is in short supply in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the acclaimed Broadway musical now launching its first national tour in Boston through November 6. Inspired by the beloved 1951 MGM movie musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, this Broadway iteration looks and feels monochromatic comp... (more...)
BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company Extends New Comedy TIGER STYLE! BWW Review: Huntington Theatre Company Extends New Comedy TIGER STYLE!
by Nancy Grossman - October 31, 2016

Success in academia is not always transferable to personal or professional success upon leaving the halls of ivy. Playwright Mike Lew explores this phenomenon in his new comedy TIGER STYLE! The laughs come fast and furiously as siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen struggle to figure out who to blame fo... (more...)
BWW Review: WARRIOR CLASS: Early Voting Projects a Win BWW Review: WARRIOR CLASS: Early Voting Projects a Win
by Nancy Grossman - October 25, 2016

Boston premiere of Kenneth Lin's ('House of Cards') "political thriller" at Lyric Stage Company ultimately works because of a trio of fine performances by Steven Barkhimer, Michael Tow, and Jessica Webb, under the taut direction of Dawn M. Simmons. You may have had more than your fill of politics fo... (more...)
BWW Review: New England Premiere of ABIGAIL/1702 Fits the Season BWW Review: New England Premiere of ABIGAIL/1702 Fits the Season
by Nancy Grossman - October 22, 2016

ABIGAIL/1702 is playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's exploration of the aftermath of the 1692 Salem witch trials. Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Director Tlaloc Rivas push all the right buttons to give the audience a scary ride. The outstanding design elements create an atmosphere that is spooky on ... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Boston Gets Schooled in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER BWW REVIEW: Boston Gets Schooled in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
by Jan Nargi - October 22, 2016

Tight harmonies and an even tighter cast make the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER delicious fun. Now at Boston's Citi Center Shubert Theatre through October 23, this totally original musical comedy by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lut... (more...)
BWW Review: The Stake is Raised High in Provincetown Theater's DRACULA FOR DUMMYS BWW Review: The Stake is Raised High in Provincetown Theater's DRACULA FOR DUMMYS
by Kristen Morale - October 18, 2016

Did you ever wonder what would happen if the traditional Dracula story was made into something so perfectly absurd that it actually turns itself funny? If what is meant to be a frightening tale of the undead becomes a wacky, Barbie doll- infested, cross-dressing adventure that brings the quest to de... (more...)
BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Morally Ambiguous UNCANNY VALLEY BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Morally Ambiguous UNCANNY VALLEY
by Nancy Grossman - October 11, 2016

Stoneham Theatre presents the New England premiere of playwright Thomas Gibbons' UNCANNY VALLEY, a view into the not too distant future when researchers have found a way to extend the human lifespan through artificial intelligence. While it raises more questions than it answers, its rich subtext and... (more...)
BWW Review: MAN IN SNOW: World Premiere of Chilling Tale BWW Review: MAN IN SNOW: World Premiere of Chilling Tale
by Nancy Grossman - October 07, 2016

MAN IN SNOW, Israel Horovitz's newest play, receives its world premiere at Gloucester Stage in a riveting production directed by the playwright. A full-length stage adaptation of an earlier radio play, the seed of the fictional story was sown from a real-life event in Alaska nearly twenty years ago.... (more...)
BWW Review: Sean O'Casey's THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS Becomes An Epic Tale Of History And Bloodshed BWW Review: Sean O'Casey's THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS Becomes An Epic Tale Of History And Bloodshed
by Justin J Sacramone - October 05, 2016

Now celebrating its 90th anniversary, The Plough and the Stars has been given a reimagined revival by The Abbey Theatre, Ireland's National Theatre and is on tour at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA until October 9th. This Brechtian inspired production is as alien as it is fresh and r... (more...)
BWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT BWW Review: All Hail PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Nancy Grossman - October 01, 2016

Fiddlehead Theatre Company's Boston premiere production of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT dazzles, and it's not just because of the millions of sequins used by Director/Costume Designer Stacey Stephens for the ab-fab fashions of the glamorous drag performers and their entourage. With over 300 costume... (more...)
BWW Review: The Wonder of Fright Rises with Cape Rep's THE WOMAN IN BLACK BWW Review: The Wonder of Fright Rises with Cape Rep's THE WOMAN IN BLACK
by Kristen Morale - September 30, 2016

Many of you may be familiar with The Woman in Black due to it being the second longest running play in London's West End (twenty-nine years strong), or perhaps you were pretty spooked by the 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe. However you were lured to see this production, Susan Hill's and Stephen ... (more...)
BWW Review: SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Wedding Bell Blues BWW Review: SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Wedding Bell Blues
by Nancy Grossman - September 23, 2016

SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting the New England premiere of a new comedy by Joshua Harmon (BAD JEWS) prior to its scheduled Broadway run in February, 2017. Under the insightful direction of Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault, SIGNIFICANT OTHER offers a cornucopia of talented players (... (more...)
BWW Review: Patti LuPone: No Monkeying Around in Worcester BWW Review: Patti LuPone: No Monkeying Around in Worcester
by Nancy Grossman - September 21, 2016

Music Worcester had a grand opening to its 157th season last night at beautiful Mechanics Hall, a treasure in downtown Worcester, presenting Patti LuPone in her latest solo concert program, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY. She shared the stage with her fantastic musical director/accompanist Joseph Thalke... (more...)
BWW Review: EIGHT BY TENN: Alas, a Menagerie BWW Review: EIGHT BY TENN: Alas, a Menagerie
by Nancy Grossman - September 17, 2016

Zeitgeist Stage Company presents a collection of short plays by Tennessee Williams. EIGHT BY TENN has the trademark lyrical writing style that makes Williams Williams, but not all characters are equally developed, posing a challenge for the actors. Artistic Director David J. Miller directs an ensemb... (more...)