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BWW Reviews: Hub Theatre Company Puts Its Money on LOOT to Start Season Three Review BWW Reviews: Hub Theatre Company Puts Its Money on LOOT to Start Season Three
by Nancy Grossman - March 30, 2015

Hub Theatre Company of Boston starts its third season with LOOT, an irreverent, dark comedy by British playwright Joe Orton (WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE) at the First Church in Boston. Daniel Bourque directs a cast of six live actors and one dormant dummy that is handled with reckless abandon. Part detective story, part farce, LOOT is reminiscent of plays staged by high school drama clubs in the 1960s, giving everyone a chance to chew lots of scenery. (more...)


BWW Reviews: STRONGER THAN THE WIND: A Mother Prevails Review BWW Reviews: STRONGER THAN THE WIND: A Mother Prevails
by Nancy Grossman - March 27, 2015

Playwright/performer Alice Manning tells cathartic, deeply personal family story with humor and pathos, but always moving toward the light and, ultimately, choosing love. (more...)


BWW Reviews: FROM THE DEEP: Captivating New Play from Cassie M. Seinuk and Boston Public Works Review BWW Reviews: FROM THE DEEP: Captivating New Play from Cassie M. Seinuk and Boston Public Works
by Nancy Grossman - March 26, 2015

Boston Public Works Theater Company, a playwrights' collective, presents its second production, the east coast premiere of FROM THE DEEP, Cassie M. Seinuk's award-winning play about two prisoners in existential captivity. A young Israeli soldier and a Boston University student share the space for two hours, conveying the tedium and tension in their unfolding drama. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: BIG FISH Now Spins Its Tale on a Smaller Scale Review BWW REVIEW: BIG FISH Now Spins Its Tale on a Smaller Scale
by Jan Nargi - March 24, 2015

Creators of the recent failed Broadway musical BIG FISH are testing the waters of regional theater with a more intimate, scaled back version of their splashy father-son story now premiering at Boston's SpeakEasy Stage through April 11. (more...)


BWW Review: LIFERS Showcases Award-Winning Fringe Companies Review BWW Review: LIFERS Showcases Award-Winning Fringe Companies
by Nancy Grossman - March 22, 2015

Argos Productions and Happy Medium Theatre collaborate to present a cast of experienced fringe actors in LIFERS by John Shea and Maureen Cornell. A comedy about change set in a family restaurant in the summer of 2004, one week before the no smoking law goes into effect in Massachusetts, the slice of life story gives us something to chew on with characters we can care about. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: THE COLORED MUSEUM Celebrates and Skewers Black History Review BWW REVIEW: THE COLORED MUSEUM Celebrates and Skewers Black History
by Jan Nargi - March 17, 2015

It feels like it could have been written yesterday, but THE COLORED MUSEUM, now in a rollicking revival at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Mass., was actually first produced in 1986. Written by the estimable Broadway playwright and director George C. Wolfe (Jelly's Last Jam, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches) and directed here with great panache by Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), this scathing "black black comedy" marches through 300 years of African American history by way of 11 funny but also penetrating living vignettes. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE AMISH PROJECT Haunting, Yet Hopeful Review BWW Reviews: THE AMISH PROJECT Haunting, Yet Hopeful
by Nancy Grossman - March 10, 2015

New Repertory Theatre's second annual Next Rep Black Box Festival celebrates the work of women theater artists, starting with Jessica Dickey's THE AMISH PROJECT. A fictionalized account of the 2006 shooting of Amish schoolgirls in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, the one-woman show features Danielle Kellermann in a riveting and haunting portrayal of seven distinctive characters. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SHOCKHEADED PETER: A Series of Twisted Tales Review BWW Reviews: SHOCKHEADED PETER: A Series of Twisted Tales
by Nancy Grossman - March 09, 2015

If you like Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, then Company One's SHOCKHEADED PETER is for you. With musical mayhem provided by Walter Sickert and The Army of Broken Toys, the New England premiere at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre is dark, twisted, funny, and never dull. It is not for the faint of heart, those who are easily shocked, or anyone prone to nightmares. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Danger Lurks Beneath the Surface in OCEANSIDE Review BWW REVIEW: Danger Lurks Beneath the Surface in OCEANSIDE
by Jan Nargi - March 08, 2015

The gripping undertow of a turbulent past threatens to drown the three main characters in OCEANSIDE, a searing new play by Nick Gandiello currently in its world premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell. Taut, terse and unrelenting, the play ebbs and flows with a deceivingly gentle rhythm until a powerful tsunami all but demolishes each character's carefully constructed new life. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: The Con Is on in KING OF SECOND AVENUE Review BWW REVIEW: The Con Is on in KING OF SECOND AVENUE
by Jan Nargi - March 06, 2015

New Repertory Theatre in Watertown revisits Yiddish Theatre with Robert Brustein's new Klezmer musical comedy THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE. (more...)


BWW Reviews: INTIMATE APPAREL Worn Close to the Heart Review BWW Reviews: INTIMATE APPAREL Worn Close to the Heart
by Nancy Grossman - March 06, 2015

INTIMATE APPAREL is one woman's story of courage and resilience set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America in early 20th century New York City. Under the direction of Summer L. Williams, who also directed Lynn Nottage's BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK at the Lyric Stage Company, INTIMATE APPAREL offers a realistic depiction of the human drama inherent in the journeys of half a dozen individuals who have more in common than it first appears. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING: Calling Tina Fey Review BWW Reviews: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING: Calling Tina Fey
by Nancy Grossman - March 05, 2015

The first of four APPLE FAMILY PLAYS to be staged in collaboration between Stoneham Theatre and Gloucester Stage Company, THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING has six quality Boston area actors who will stay with the project for the duration, but one hopes that the nutritional value of the plays going forward will change. The expected political zingers fail to materialize and this family spends more time eating than anything else. (more...)


BWW Reviews: GROUNDED Achieves Liftoff Review BWW Reviews: GROUNDED Achieves Liftoff
by Nancy Grossman - March 03, 2015

Celeste Oliva gives a riveting, tour de force performance as The Pilot in George Brant's GROUNDED at the Nora Theatre Company, under the astute direction of Artistic Director Lee Mikeska Gardner. George Brant's play examines the life of one woman, prohibited from flying due to an unexpected pregnancy, and the impact that her reassignment to the unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) "chair force" has on her psyche and sense of self. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Celebrity Series Review BWW Reviews: Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Celebrity Series
by Nancy Grossman - March 02, 2015

Audra McDonald has picked up two more Tony Awards since her last appearance at the Celebrity Series of Boston in 2011. Accompanied by her music director Andy Einhorn on piano, Gene Lewin on drums, and Dave Phillips on bass, McDonald gave the sold-out Symphony Hall audience an evening of stars, moon, and rainbow. (more...)


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...)