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BWW Review: MRS. PACKARD: Nevertheless, She Persisted BWW Review: MRS. PACKARD: Nevertheless, She Persisted
by Nancy Grossman - March 21, 2017

Before Senator Elizabeth Warren, another Elizabeth spoke out, despite being warned and threatened with commitment to an insane asylum. Bridge Repertory Theater, in a co-production with Playhouse Creatures, presents Emily Mann's MRS. PACKARD, a drama inspired by true events, chronicling one woman's f... (more...)
BWW Review: Haitink Captivates Boston - Again BWW Review: Haitink Captivates Boston - Again
by Erica Miner - March 20, 2017

Boston Symphony Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink has sustained a mutually respectful relationship with the BSO and its audiences for over 40 years... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere of Homegrown FINISH LINE BWW Review: World Premiere of Homegrown FINISH LINE
by Nancy Grossman - March 16, 2017

FINISH LINE, a documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon, focuses on the people whose lives were impacted by the bombings, allowing their voices to be heard on the stage of the Boch Center Shubert Theatre. The world premiere production features a dozen actors who represent survivors, runners, ... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME Shines in Boston BWW REVIEW: CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME Shines in Boston
by Jan Nargi - March 16, 2017

The ingenious stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's popular mystery novel THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME invites the audience into the challenging world of 15-year-old Christopher Boone (Adam Langdon on opening night) whose exceptional brain is trapped inside an emotionally stunted bod... (more...)
BWW Review: SILENT SKY: Wishing on the Stars BWW Review: SILENT SKY: Wishing on the Stars
by Nancy Grossman - March 14, 2017

Flat Earth Theatre presents the New England premiere of Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY, a historical drama about a trio of women astronomers who charted the heavens at the Harvard Observatory at the turn of the 20th century. Their work was vital, but they were not seen as equals in the workplace and ... (more...)
BWW Review: PRECIOUS LITTLE at Nora Theatre Company BWW Review: PRECIOUS LITTLE at Nora Theatre Company
by Nancy Grossman - March 10, 2017

Nora Theatre Company presents Madeleine George's PRECIOUS LITTLE, raising many big questions. A research linguist tries to preserve a dying language, even as she faces a crucial decision about her unborn child. Three actresses play eight characters, most of whom are women, and one very smart gorilla... (more...)
BWW Review: N.E. Premiere GRAND CONCOURSE at SpeakEasy Stage Company BWW Review: N.E. Premiere GRAND CONCOURSE at SpeakEasy Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - March 07, 2017

SpeakEasy Stage Company began 2017 with the irreverent puppet show HAND TO GOD, but treads a decidedly more respectful path with the New England premiere of playwright Heidi Schreck's GRAND CONCOURSE. The questions she raises about faith and forgiveness may be as thorny as the issues considered in H... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: A.R.T.'s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA Marks Life on the Edge BWW REVIEW: A.R.T.'s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA Marks Life on the Edge
by Jan Nargi - March 02, 2017

The Costa Verde Hotel on the cliffs high above Acapulco might as well be the end of the world for the tourists and American ex-patriots who converge there in Tennessee Williams' haunting and haunted THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA currently receiving a star-studded revival at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, Mass.... (more...)
BWW Review: Mwah! Love and Kisses to STAGE KISS BWW Review: Mwah! Love and Kisses to STAGE KISS
by Nancy Grossman - March 01, 2017

Playwright Sarah Ruhl's STAGE KISS is a rom-com that turns the world on with its smiles, laughs, and an abundance of kisses. Director Courtney O'Connor helps an ensemble cast of seven slide easily in and out of the world of the play and the play-within-a-play, and the chemistry between Celeste Oliva... (more...)
BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY: This is Not a Drill BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY: This is Not a Drill
by Nancy Grossman - February 22, 2017

Zeitgeist Stage Company joins the ranks of prescient Boston theater companies with Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY, a play about the impending closing of a failing inner-city Chicago school, how it impacts the faculty and students, and the measures they take to fight back.... (more...)
BWW Review: Suspenseful New Drama THE HONEY TRAP at Boston Playwrights' Theatre BWW Review: Suspenseful New Drama THE HONEY TRAP at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - February 21, 2017

Belfast native playwright Leo McGann and Director Adam Kassim have crafted a ready-for-prime-time taut, suspenseful drama about memories and guilt decades after the Troubles in Ireland. The cast is anchored by Boston theater pros Barlow Adamson and Maureen Keiller, along with an eager quartet of Bos... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown BWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown
by Nancy Grossman - February 17, 2017

ArtsEmerson presents the Druid Theatre Company production of Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, directed by Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes and featuring Tony Award-winner Marie Mullen. Rounding out the stellar cast are Aisling O' Sullivan, Marty Rea, and Aaron Monaghan. This is a powerful... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP at Fresh Ink Theatre Company BWW Review: World Premiere DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP at Fresh Ink Theatre Company
by Nancy Grossman - February 13, 2017

DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP invokes gender-bending, magical realism, and a real-life war hero, but has trouble staying afloat when the narrative jumps back and forth between two centuries. A pair of good performances in the roles of well-drawn characters aren't enough to keep this ship on course.... (more...)
BWW Review: New Rep's Prophetic Portraits Series: BRECHT ON BRECHT BWW Review: New Rep's Prophetic Portraits Series: BRECHT ON BRECHT
by Nancy Grossman - February 08, 2017

BRECHT ON BRECHT is the second in New Rep's series of Prophetic Portraits, following Johnny Lee Davenport's acclaimed portrayal in last month's THURGOOD. Brecht's art focuses on his experiences in Berlin, his flight from Nazism, and his life as an expatriate in America, where he faced accusation by ... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET: Goosebumps and Goose-steps BWW Review: CABARET: Goosebumps and Goose-steps
by Nancy Grossman - February 04, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company's North American tour of its award-winning CABARET revival is a stunning production that stands out in high relief to the theatrics playing in our nation's capital. Fifty years after the pre-Broadway Kander and Ebb musical tried out in Boston, the show still packs a punch.... (more...)
BWW Review: Georgia Lyman is THE ATHEIST: I'm a Believer BWW Review: Georgia Lyman is THE ATHEIST: I'm a Believer
by Nancy Grossman - January 30, 2017

Ronan Noone is both an alumnus and adjunct assistant professor of the M.F.A. Playwriting Program at Boston University. He has written a revision of his play THE ATHEIST, reimagining the satirical comedy with a female protagonist. At Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Georgia Lyman gives a robust, multi-di... (more...)
BWW Review: INTIMATE EXCHANGES Reinforces the Idea That the Future is Unknowable BWW Review: INTIMATE EXCHANGES Reinforces the Idea That the Future is Unknowable
by Nancy Grossman - January 26, 2017

Character-driven Alan Ayckbourn play is a complex sequence of branching storylines, leading to numerous endings, with multiple characters played by two actors. Olivia D'Ambrosio directs fine performances by Sarah Elizabeth Bedard and Jade Ziane at the Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here! BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here!
by Nancy Grossman - January 23, 2017

With nine Tony Award nominations under its belt, SOMETHING ROTTEN! closed on Broadway on January 1, 2017, and barely took a breather before hitting the road with three of its principal players reprising their roles. Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw brings Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, and Josh Gris... (more...)
BWW Review: They're Ba-a-a-ack: It's Winter Panto-time! BWW Review: They're Ba-a-a-ack: It's Winter Panto-time!
by Nancy Grossman - January 19, 2017

WINTER PANTO 2017: THE PRINCESS & THE PEA is served with a generous portion of political satire. What better villains than orange-haired Queen Clump and her alt-right hand man Stompundstammer? The best jokes go over their heads, but definitely bring the kids to this loosey-goosey fantasy world of fu... (more...)
BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Will Blow Your House Down BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Will Blow Your House Down
by Nancy Grossman - January 17, 2017

Edward Albee's 1962 barn-burner at the Lyric Stage Company is an emotional conflagration that rages and consumes everyone in its path. Director Scott Edmiston adheres to the playwright's strict blueprint, but takes full advantage of the singular qualities of his quartet of actors - Steven Barkhimer,... (more...)
BWW Review: Andrea Syglowski Holds the Keys to A DOLL'S HOUSE BWW Review: Andrea Syglowski Holds the Keys to A DOLL'S HOUSE
by Nancy Grossman - January 13, 2017

Huntington Theatre Company's staging of a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama, directed by Melia Bensussen, belongs to Andrea Syglowski and her formidable interpretation of Nora. James Noone's scenic design deserves kudos.... (more...)
BWW Review: Johnny Lee Davenport Measures Up in THURGOOD BWW Review: Johnny Lee Davenport Measures Up in THURGOOD
by Nancy Grossman - January 12, 2017

Johnny Lee Davenport and Director Benny Sato Ambush collaborate for a powerful production of George Stevens, Jr.'s THURGOOD in its area premiere at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown. Together, they create a humanized portrait of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, t... (more...)
BWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in Crisis BWW Review: FAITHLESS: A Family in Crisis
by Nancy Grossman - December 17, 2016

FAITHLESS is an intimate study of a Boston Irish-Catholic family facing a crisis. Mom is dying, but the adult children have different beliefs, resulting in a debate about her fate and a rehashing of family history before any resolution is possible. Sitting in a hospital waiting room with these four ... (more...)
BWW Review: FINGERSMITH: A Twice-Told Tale BWW Review: FINGERSMITH: A Twice-Told Tale
by Nancy Grossman - December 15, 2016

The American Repertory Theater reunites with Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch to present FINGERSMITH, Alexa Junge's adaptation of Sarah Waters' 2002 novel of the same name. The playwright's Herculean effort capsulizes the 582-page opus into a taut two-hour drama enhanced by e... (more...)
BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at New Rep: In the Heights BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at New Rep: In the Heights
by Nancy Grossman - December 10, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is not just a revival; it has the hallmarks of a revival meeting. It inspires the audience with its themes of tradition, community, and family, and, under the direction of Austin Pendleton, is a shofar call to stir the hearts and minds of all who would recall the Holocaust motto,... (more...)