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BWW Review: Raise a Glass High to Monomoy's JOHNNY ON A SPOT BWW Review: Raise a Glass High to Monomoy's JOHNNY ON A SPOT
by Kristen Morale - August 25, 2016

Have you ever been high on what life is and all it throws at you - to become charged by the excitement and wonder of it all, followed by the mayhem, the confusion and the constant need to keep up with the bundles of mess that almost seem too perfectly destined to fall right in your lap? Have you eve... (more...)
BWW Review: Annie Golden stars as Annie Golden in BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER BWW Review: Annie Golden stars as Annie Golden in BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER
by Justin J Sacramone - August 25, 2016

Broadway Bounty Hunter, a new musical which opened at Barrington Stage Company on August 19th, celebrates the history of B-list movies and modern musical theatre by blending them together in hilarious fashion. At the center of this high-antic musical is Joe Iconis' psychedelic score- a surreal compo... (more...)
BWW Review: A True King Rises with KING LEAR at Elements Theatre BWW Review: A True King Rises with KING LEAR at Elements Theatre
by Kristen Morale - August 17, 2016

The truth be told, I have neither read nor seen performed Shakespeare's King Lear, and was therefore as unfamiliar with the plot and its characters as basically anyone can possibly be; I suppose it wasn't mandatory reading when I went to school, for what reason I cannot possibly imagine. Although, I... (more...)
BWW Review: Wendy Wasserstein's AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER Returns Fresher 20 Years Later BWW Review: Wendy Wasserstein's AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER Returns Fresher 20 Years Later
by Justin J Sacramone - August 15, 2016

Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes is about to be named Surgeon General of the United States. She has devoted her entire career to the advocacy of women's rights. She married well, has great kids, and surrounds herself with an elite group of accomplished friends. Her confirmation seems likely as the curtain rise... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Brings Love to New Heights at CCTC BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Brings Love to New Heights at CCTC
by Kristen Morale - August 14, 2016

The Last Five Years, starring Kevin Quill as Jamie (who also directs) and Broadway's Sarah Killough as Cathy, opened this past weekend at the Cape Cod Theatre Company (home of the Harwich Junior Theatre). With book, music and lyrics all written by Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, Parade), The L... (more...)
BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at Gloucester Stage BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at Gloucester Stage
by Nancy Grossman - August 12, 2016

There's good news and bad news in the Gloucester Stage production of Jason Robert Brown's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. The inspiring song cycle from 1995 shows the composer's promise that has been fulfilled, as evidenced by his three Tony Awards, and there is much to enjoy in both the music and lyrics (wh... (more...)
BWW Review: All the World's a Stage in CABARET at the Cape Playhouse BWW Review: All the World's a Stage in CABARET at the Cape Playhouse
by Kristen Morale - August 12, 2016

This is the wonder of Kander and Ebb's masterpiece that is Cabaret, now brought to the Cape Playhouse in what can only be described, in the words of Fraulein Bowles, as 'perfectly marvelous,' although even that would be an understatement for such a show as this beautiful theater in the heart of Denn... (more...)
BWW Review: Bridge Rep Revamps Swimmingly With DOG PADDLE BWW Review: Bridge Rep Revamps Swimmingly With DOG PADDLE
by Nancy Grossman - August 11, 2016

Bridge Rep dives into its fourth year with the U.S. premiere of Reto Finger's DOG PADDLE (Or, Struggling Inelegantly Against Drowning), translated by Lily Sykes and directed by Israeli Stage founder Guy Ben-Aharon. While maintaining their expected standard of excellence, Bridge Rep expands their ten... (more...)
BWW Review: Kate Baldwin & Graham Rowat Chart Out CONSTELLATIONS at Berkshire Theatre Group BWW Review: Kate Baldwin & Graham Rowat Chart Out CONSTELLATIONS at Berkshire Theatre Group
by Justin J Sacramone - August 11, 2016

Nick Payne's Constellations uses the hypothetical existence of a multiverse and applies it to the coupling of Marianne and Roland over and over again. A multiverse is the scientific theory that challenges physics and suggests all consequences of our lives are living symmetrically on a plane and the ... (more...)
BWW Review: Crazy For CRAZY FOR YOU BWW Review: Crazy For CRAZY FOR YOU
by Nancy Grossman - August 09, 2016

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston brings back the original sets, costumes, and choreography for its fourth production of the 1992 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical. CRAZY FOR YOU could be subtitled "Gershwin's Greatest Hits," with eighteen musical treats splendidly played by a 15-piece orchest... (more...)
BWW Review: Shake It to the Sound of HAIRSPRAY at Cape Rep BWW Review: Shake It to the Sound of HAIRSPRAY at Cape Rep
by Kristen Morale - August 07, 2016

With a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman and now directed by Scott Ripley, Cape Rep's production of Hairspray: The Broadway Musical has already imaginably caused quite the stir since its opening on Wednesday. This musical has a ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Barrington Stage Company BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Barrington Stage Company
by Justin J Sacramone - August 06, 2016

The Pirates of Penzance is possibly the most popular comic operetta and its history of adoration has been consistent since its premier in 1879. Revivals of The Pirates of Penzance were ubiquitous throughout the 20th Century with Joseph Papp's production in 1980 becoming the most lauded. This version... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME BWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Jan Nargi - August 01, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse in southern Maine has been setting the bar higher and higher with each new production under Bradford T. Kenney, artistic director. What used to be a quintessential ocean-side summer stock house now operates from May through November, often mounting New England, and occasionall... (more...)
BWW Review: The Phenomenal Force of THE FANTASTICKS at Monomoy Theatre BWW Review: The Phenomenal Force of THE FANTASTICKS at Monomoy Theatre
by Kristen Morale - July 31, 2016

Arriving on the Monomoy stage under the direction of Alan Rust, The Fantasticks is the first production of this show I have seen, and I believe it to be the most utterly captivating production that has been on this theater's - rather any I have seen this summer - stage in quite some time. This is no... (more...)
BWW Review: A Riveting MAY QUEEN Arrives at the Cape Playhouse BWW Review: A Riveting MAY QUEEN Arrives at the Cape Playhouse
by Kristen Morale - July 29, 2016

Premiering at the Cape Playhouse, The May Queen, written by Molly Smith Metzler and now directed by Amanda Charlton, comes to the stage and brings with it the sort of office lethargy that almost comes too close to the real thing. If you've ever worked in an office setting before, the moment David wa... (more...)
BWW Review: Joyful Praise for UNEXPECTED JOY at WHAT BWW Review: Joyful Praise for UNEXPECTED JOY at WHAT
by Kristen Morale - July 28, 2016

This, in addition to the almost absurd talent of the cast and crew that is Unexpected Joy, is why you should all take a visit to WHAT as soon as you possibly can to witness the world premiere of this beautiful show. In association with Jim Kierstead, with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by ... (more...)
BWW Review: GREASE Plays it Cool at The Academy Playhouse BWW Review: GREASE Plays it Cool at The Academy Playhouse
by Kristen Morale - July 26, 2016

Right on the heels of A Chorus Line's final performance last weekend, Grease continues a wonderful summer season at the Playhouse by bringing youthful energy and pizazz to a show that is on almost everyone's list of favorite musicals. This production brings together a rather large cast whose energy ... (more...)
Thou Hath No Fear to Shed All in Peregrine's FULL MONTY Thou Hath No Fear to Shed All in Peregrine's FULL MONTY
by Kristen Morale - July 24, 2016

With a book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by David Yazbek and now under the direction of (and also featuring choreography by) Terry Norgeot, The Full Monty has arrived at the Provincetown Theatre, in association with Peregrine Theatre Ensemble. Based on the cult-hit film of the same name, th... (more...)
BWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN Amazes at Monomoy BWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN Amazes at Monomoy
by Kristen Morale - July 21, 2016

Never having seen this on stage but having read the novella some time ago, at the time acknowledging it as one of the most memorable stories I have ever read, seeing Steinbeck's words and emotions transposed on stage by the Monomoy Theatre, bringing to the life this simultaneously sad and touchingly... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Tamara Tunie in AMERICAN SON at Barrington Stage Company BWW REVIEW: Tamara Tunie in AMERICAN SON at Barrington Stage Company
by Justin J Sacramone - July 17, 2016

Kendra Ellis-Connor is living every mother's worst nightmare. Her son is missing. It's now four o'clock in the morning and she's at the police station trying to get answers. The officer working the nightshift is useless, her ex-husband isn't picking up his phone and the speculations are beginning to... (more...)
BWW Review: A Hard Lesson Learned in THE COST OF LIVING BWW Review: A Hard Lesson Learned in THE COST OF LIVING
by Justin J Sacramone - July 16, 2016

'The sh*t that happens is not meant to be understood,' says lonely truck driver Eddie. The chewing gum and shoe string holding Eddie's head up is beginning to wane- teetering him on the edge of devastation. He is now thrust back into reality trying to grasp the circumstance that landed him in this s... (more...)
BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Storms into North Shore Music Theatre BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Storms into North Shore Music Theatre
by Justin J Sacramone - July 15, 2016

If North Shore Music Theatre's production of Mary Poppins was conceived to prove Murphy's Law right (Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong), then producer Bill Hanney and director Kevin P. Hill have crafted a masterpiece. Perhaps it's best described through the disbelief of Michael Banks followi... (more...)
BWW Review: Join the Parade that is THE MUSIC MAN at Cape Playhouse BWW Review: Join the Parade that is THE MUSIC MAN at Cape Playhouse
by Kristen Morale - July 13, 2016

Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical The Music Man has arrived at the Cape Playhouse, a wonderful professional theater one can visit to see Broadway-quality productions right in the heart of Dennis, and has invited each and every one of us to join this miraculous parade that is co... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST SCHWARTZ in New England Premiere at Gloucester Stage BWW Review: THE LAST SCHWARTZ in New England Premiere at Gloucester Stage
by Nancy Grossman - July 12, 2016

Let's hope that THE LAST SCHWARTZ is not the last we'll see of the combined works of Deborah Zoe Laufer and Paula Plum. Following the success of the pairing of playwright and director in last summer's hilarious hit OUT OF STERNO, Gloucester Stage Company reunites the talented tandem for a pleasure r... (more...)
BWW Review: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN IN CHATHAM Guarantees Evening of Fun BWW Review: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN IN CHATHAM Guarantees Evening of Fun
by Kristen Morale - July 06, 2016

The Chatham Drama Guild, Chatham's own community theater group which brings a variety of entertaining performances to its audiences each year, presents Gilbert and Sullivan in Chatham: a musical revue dedicated to bringing forth an appreciation (or perhaps an even greater one depending on how famili... (more...)






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