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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...)


BWW Reviews:  A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Soars at Berkshire Theatre Group Review BWW Reviews: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Soars at Berkshire Theatre Group
by Larry Murray - July 06, 2014

When it comes to works by Stephen Sondheim, the music is everything, and the Berkshire Theatre Group does not let us down. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JUNE MOON Classic Rib Tickler at Williamstown Theatre Festival Review BWW Reviews: JUNE MOON Classic Rib Tickler at Williamstown Theatre Festival
by Larry Murray - July 06, 2014

Jessica Stone directs a classic comedy with some of her own twists as the Williamstown Theatre Festival opens its 2014 season. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour Haunts Boston Opera House
by Nancy Grossman - July 01, 2014

In celebration of its 25 years on Broadway, Cameron Mackintosh brought forth a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for a North American Tour, now in its Boston premiere at the ornate Boston Opera House. Directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by Scott Ambler, impressive set design by Paul Brown, Maria Bjornson's Tony Award-winning original costume design, and evocative lighting design by Paule Constable, the show is a visual spectacle that has enough magical effects to transport the audience to the Paris Opera House in the late 19th century. (more...)


BWW Review: World Premiere of Walt McGough's PATTERN OF LIFE Review BWW Review: World Premiere of Walt McGough's PATTERN OF LIFE
by Nancy Grossman - June 23, 2014

PATTERN OF LIFE asks a lot of questions and challenges the audience to search for their own answers. In this play about life and death, McGough exposes a situation that most of us have not thought about very much and asks us to put ourselves in the other person's sandals. Director Bridget O'Leary and the cast of Nael Nacer and Lewis D. Wheeler focus on the human aspect of the story. (more...)


BWW Review: JACQUES BREL Comes Alive at Gloucester Stage Company Review BWW Review: JACQUES BREL Comes Alive at Gloucester Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - June 19, 2014

Good music stands the test of time and the Gloucester Stage Company celebrates its 35th Anniversary Season by revisiting one of their most requested productions. JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS still shows a lot of life more than 45 years since its off-Broadway debut. A quartet of polished actor-singers reveals the heart and soul in Brel's music and the brilliant complexity of his lyrics. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Sparkling KISS ME, KATE at Barrington Stage Company Review BWW Reviews: Sparkling KISS ME, KATE at Barrington Stage Company
by Larry Murray - June 16, 2014

For this classic musical, Barrington Stage went big - and it pays off in a rollicking, ribald KISS ME, KATE with top notch singing, dancing, and saging. Cole Porter's musical gets a great cast that does his music proud, while not mining the genius of Bella and Samuel Spewack's book for every possible laugh. (more...)


BWW Review: Smart Money is on Lydia Diamond's SMART PEOPLE Review BWW Review: Smart Money is on Lydia Diamond's SMART PEOPLE
by Nancy Grossman - June 16, 2014

Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia Diamond delves into uncharted territory in her provocative new comedy having its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois. She introduces four incredibly smart Ivy Leaguers who dare to budge the boundaries of polite conversation about racism by posing the question of whether our beliefs and prejudices are hard-wired. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Festival of Pride in Sleeping Weazel's DOUBLES, DEMONS, AND DREAMERS Review BWW Reviews: A Festival of Pride in Sleeping Weazel's DOUBLES, DEMONS, AND DREAMERS
by Alex Lonati - June 16, 2014

This week is Pride Week in Boston and what better way to support and celebrate than with a festival of plays and theatrical pieces that feature appropriate and relevant themes. Sleeping Weazel's Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers spans two weekends, each of which has its own lineup of a solo performance and a full length play that all tell touching, absurdist, revolutionary, and surrealist tales. (more...)


BWW Review: There is Nothin' Like SOUTH PACIFIC Review BWW Review: There is Nothin' Like SOUTH PACIFIC
by Nancy Grossman - June 15, 2014

They don't make 'em like this anymore, so book your passage to Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham for an enchanted evening at SOUTH PACIFIC. Director David Hugo returns and sets the bar high with topnotch performances from Katie Clark, Peter S. Adams, and an ensemble of enlisted men and women who know their way around the terrific Rodgers and Hammerstein score. (more...)


BWW Review: Bridge Rep Ties Up First Season With GIDION'S KNOT Review BWW Review: Bridge Rep Ties Up First Season With GIDION'S KNOT
by Nancy Grossman - June 11, 2014

Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston concludes its first season with Johnna Adams' timely play about the aftermath of a traumatic school event. Noted Boston actor Karen MacDonald directs Olivia D'Ambrosio and Deb Martin in two stunning, emotional performances, challenging the audience to choose sides and try to untie the storyline's Gordian knot. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Dorothy Thompson Comes to Life in The Nora Theatre Company's CASSANDRA SPEAKS Review BWW Reviews: Dorothy Thompson Comes to Life in The Nora Theatre Company's CASSANDRA SPEAKS
by Alex Lonati - June 10, 2014

This is the story of Dorothy Thompson, an American journalist and radio broadcaster during WWII who was known to some as the "First Lady of American Journalism". In Cassandra Speaks at the Nora Theatre Company at the Central Square Theater, we see her the morning of her third wedding, as she struggles to finish an article, looks back on her previous loves, and recounts her accomplishments and failures as a journalist in Europe and America. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: DANCING BUOYS 'ANYTHING GOES' AT NSMT Review BWW REVIEW: DANCING BUOYS 'ANYTHING GOES' AT NSMT
by Jan Nargi - June 06, 2014

Original choreography, clever comic bits, and a strong supporting cast add spark to North Shore Music Theatre's ANYTHING GOES, Cole Porter's fizzy screwball shipboard romance that finds itself somewhat at sea while trying to stay afloat in the round. (more...)


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