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BWW Review: Southern Family Drama in CRIMES OF THE HEART Review BWW Review: Southern Family Drama in CRIMES OF THE HEART
by Nancy Grossman - September 04, 2012

Gloucester Stage Company concludes its season of plays about our need for home and community with 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winner by Beth Henley. Solid directing and strong individual performances aren't quite enough to achieve liftoff, but wit and warmth abound. (more...)


BWW Reviews: 9 CIRCLES at Gloucester Stage is Stunning Evening of Theater Review BWW Reviews: 9 CIRCLES at Gloucester Stage is Stunning Evening of Theater
by Charles Shubow - August 22, 2012

Award winning play ends short run August 26, 2012 (more...)


BILLY ELLIOT Rises and Shines in Boston Review BILLY ELLIOT Rises and Shines in Boston
by Jan Nargi - August 17, 2012

National tour of Broadway's Tony Award-winning 'Billy Elliot' retains all the power and punch of the original (more...)


BWW Review: GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE Review BWW Review: GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE
by Nancy Grossman - August 14, 2012

Bad Habit Productions opens its sixth season, themed "Sex and Politics," with Moises Kaufman's play about the fall from grace of Oscar Wilde, and the social and political ramifications that echo more than a century later. (more...)


BWW Review: CHAD DEITY Is A Body Slam Review BWW Review: CHAD DEITY Is A Body Slam
by Nancy Grossman - August 01, 2012

Grab a ringside seat at Company One's production of Kristoffer Diaz's Obie Award-winning play to find out just how much professional wrestling has in common with the theater arts. Not for the faint of heart! (more...)


Love and War Take on New Meaning in Ogunquit’s SOUTH PACIFIC Review Love and War Take on New Meaning in Ogunquit’s SOUTH PACIFIC
by Jan Nargi - July 09, 2012

Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse presents a magnificent production of this classic musical masterpiece based on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival (more...)


PRIVATE LIVES Sparkles at the Huntington Review PRIVATE LIVES Sparkles at the Huntington
by Jan Nargi - June 22, 2012

Drink in this effervescent Noel Coward champagne cocktail during its final weekend at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston (more...)


BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Reagle Music Theatre Review BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Reagle Music Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - June 18, 2012

Lorenzo Lamas gets top billing as Zach in the 44th season opener at Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham. He is joined by a stellar cast of twenty-six young people vying for their place on the line. This is a worthy production in the annals of the groundbreaking 1975 Tony Award-winning Best Musical. (more...)


BWW Review: KRISTIN CHENOWETH TAKES BOSTON BY STORM Review BWW Review: KRISTIN CHENOWETH TAKES BOSTON BY STORM
by Nancy Grossman - June 11, 2012

IN CONCERT KRISTIN CHENOWETH National Tour blew into the Boston Opera House on the heels of a wind and rain-driven thunder squall for one night only. Backed by an 11-piece orchestra and a trio of triple-threat performers, the diminutive star of stage, screen, and soundtrack put on a tight, well-paced production displaying her vocal versatility and comedic chops. (more...)


XANADU Ends SpeakEasy Stage Season on a Roll Review XANADU Ends SpeakEasy Stage Season on a Roll
by Jan Nargi - June 06, 2012

SpeakEasy Stage Company of Boston puts its own twisted spin on Douglas Carter Beane musical spoof of disastrous 1980 roller disco film XANADU (more...)


BWW Review: Company One's Multilingual LOVE PERSON Inclusive and Engaging Review BWW Review: Company One's Multilingual LOVE PERSON Inclusive and Engaging
by Nancy Grossman - May 31, 2012

Playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil's multilingual (English, Sanskrit, American Sign Language, and email) love story is having its Boston premiere at the Boston Center for the Arts. This play with little action focuses on and gives special significance to language, facial expressions, and the complications that sometimes develop in relationships when we're not paying enough attention. Director M. Bevin O'Gara does an amazing job with the challenges inherent in staging Kapil's play, and draws authentic performances from the cast of hearing and Deaf actors. (more...)


BWW Review: WW II Love Story: AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG Review BWW Review: WW II Love Story: AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG
by Nancy Grossman - May 27, 2012

Wellesley Summer Theatre Company has a knack for creating the world of its plays and this love story within a war story is no exception. It is funny and dramatic, like life, and infused with earnest warmth by this solid ensemble. Playwright C.P. Taylor gives us characters to care about with flaws that make them interesting and human, and his charming dialogue is steeped in colloquial expressions that are peculiar to the British wordscape. (more...)


BWW Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood of AVENUE Q Review BWW Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood of AVENUE Q
by Nancy Grossman - May 25, 2012

The Lyric Stage Company production of AVENUE Q rivals the national tour that passed this way four years ago. The run has been extended (twice) by popular demand to July 1st. Director Spiro Veloudos has assembled one of the best musical ensemble casts of the season. (more...)


Boston Theater Critics Association Spreads Love to Hometown Talent with 30th Annual Norton Awards Review Boston Theater Critics Association Spreads Love to Hometown Talent with 30th Annual Norton Awards
by Nancy Grossman - May 22, 2012

The annual party known as the Elliot Norton Awards was held at the Paramount Center, bringing the Boston theater community together to celebrate achievements of a lifetime, as well as of the past year. Individuals singled out for recognition included song-and-dance man extraordinaire Tommy Tune, Broadway producer Spring Sirkin, and Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights' Theatre and Co-Founder of the Boston Theater Marathon. (more...)


BWW Review: WOODY SEZ Sings For You and Me Review BWW Review: WOODY SEZ Sings For You and Me
by Nancy Grossman - May 16, 2012

You don't have to be an old folkie to appreciate the music and message in WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE at the A.R.T.'s Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square. Four talented musicians sketch the life and times that were the foundation of Guthrie's music and made him into an icon of the folk/protest culture. They are unamplified, but they put across Woody's message loud and clear. (more...)


BWW Review: Club Cafe Now Serving CUPCAKE: A NEW MUSICAL Review BWW Review: Club Cafe Now Serving CUPCAKE: A NEW MUSICAL
by Nancy Grossman - May 14, 2012

Inspired by a headline in the Provincetown Banner, Boston-based trio collaborates on world premiere musical about a baker who sells his irresistible cupcakes on the streets of "Summertown," his adoring customers, and the Keystone Cop who tracks his scent. (more...)


BWW Review: OPENING NIGHT AT POPS WITH BERNADETTE PETERS Review BWW Review: OPENING NIGHT AT POPS WITH BERNADETTE PETERS
by Nancy Grossman - May 10, 2012

The Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart Conducting: Opening Night with Guest Artists Maggie Scott, Michael Chertock, Bernadette Peters; Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Symphony Hall. (more...)


BWW Review: New Rep Seeks Blood Donors for Audrey II Review BWW Review: New Rep Seeks Blood Donors for Audrey II
by Nancy Grossman - May 10, 2012

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the third longest-running show in off-Broadway history, has been extended through May 27 at the Charles Mosesian Theater in Watertown. Like the nefarious, carnivorous plant at the center of its story, LITTLE SHOP is on a long, deliberate path to conquer the world…of stage and screen. Director/choreographer Russell Garrett and his team of designers have crafted a production that is visually and technically spot on, with Musical Direction by Todd C. Gordon and a cast that is vocally up to the task. (more...)


BWW Review: David Sedaris Dishes on Owls, Monkeys, and Colonoscopies at Celebrity Series Review BWW Review: David Sedaris Dishes on Owls, Monkeys, and Colonoscopies at Celebrity Series
by Nancy Grossman - May 07, 2012

The venerable Symphony Hall stage served as ground zero for the humor of David Sedaris as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston on Sunday. Socialized medicine, taxidermy, matchmaking, and foreign idiosyncrasies were only a few of the topics covered in his wide-ranging, hilarious essays. (more...)


BWW Review - CHITA RIVERA: MY BROADWAY Showcases a Legend Review BWW Review - CHITA RIVERA: MY BROADWAY Showcases a Legend
by Nancy Grossman - May 05, 2012

Boston Youth Moves twelfth annual Swellegance Gala Benefit presented one-night only performance by walking, singing, dancing icon of the Golden Age of Broadway musicals at Citi Shubert Theatre. (more...)


Boston Benefits from THE LUCK OF THE IRISH Review Boston Benefits from THE LUCK OF THE IRISH
by Jan Nargi - May 04, 2012

The Huntington Theatre Company of Boston presents the world premiere of a haunting new play by Kirsten Greenidge which illuminates subtle but lingering racial issues involving opportunity, belonging, and the American Dream (more...)


BWW Review: Hershey Felder in MAESTRO: LEONARD BERNSTEIN Review BWW Review: Hershey Felder in MAESTRO: LEONARD BERNSTEIN
by Nancy Grossman - May 03, 2012

Hershey Felder projects the persona of Leonard Bernstein and delves into the man behind the music, examining the musical and personal influences that shaped the great American composer/conductor. The musical selections begin and end with WEST SIDE STORY, and feature songs from his other Broadway shows (ON THE TOWN, CANDIDE), but provide a good balance with his classical, albeit lesser known, compositions. (more...)


BWW Review: MARY POPPERS Is Pure Gold Dust Review BWW Review: MARY POPPERS Is Pure Gold Dust
by Nancy Grossman - May 01, 2012

The latest offering from Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans simultaneously displays irreverence and pays loving homage to Disney's Mary with clever repartee, flights of the imagination, and kickin' production numbers. (more...)


BWW Review: Haunting GHOST-WRITER Concludes MRT Season Review BWW Review: Haunting GHOST-WRITER Concludes MRT Season
by Nancy Grossman - April 27, 2012

Playwright Michael Hollinger pulls the audience into the drama and challenges us to decide for ourselves whether or not we believe in ghosts in Merrimack Repertory Theatre's haunting production. (more...)


BWW Review: YESTERDAY HAPPENED More Science Than Art Review BWW Review: YESTERDAY HAPPENED More Science Than Art
by Nancy Grossman - April 21, 2012

YESTERDAY HAPPENED: REMEMBERING H.M. is a memory play with a distinct handicap in that the protagonist, Henry Molaison (the H.M. of the title) has no memory. The result is a loose collection of scenes and encounters that disseminate a lot of fascinating scientific information, but don't add up to the dramatic expectations of a play. The highlight of this theatrical experience is the musicalization by Composer/Sound Designer Tod Machover, affected brilliantly by Pianist Tae Kim. Classical improvisations infused with variations on popular themes strike chords in our collective memory. (more...)


🔀BOSTON SHOWS
Moonbox Productions presents THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!) in BostonMoonbox Productions presents THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)
(Runs 11/28 - 12/20)
White Christmas in BostonWhite Christmas
(Runs 11/28 - 12/21)
Irving Berlin's White Christmas in BostonIrving Berlin's White Christmas
(Runs 12/16 - 12/28)
Million Dollar Quartet in BostonMillion Dollar Quartet
(Runs 1/9 - 1/11)
In the Heights
(Runs 1/23 - 1/24)
Oklahoma!
(Runs 1/23 - 1/25)
Monty Python's Spamalot
(Runs 1/23 - 2/1)

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