Jan Nargi

Jan Nargi Jan Nargi is owner and creative director of JMN Publications, a marketing and public relations firm based in Boston, Mass. She provides consultation, communications, and writing services to clients in the health care, entertainment, financial, retail, manufacturing, non-profit, and sports industries. As a freelance writer, Jan has had hundreds of articles published in business and high-tech magazines. Theatrically, she has reviewed, written, directed, acted, produced, sung, danced, managed publicity, pounded nails, and designed lighting and sets. Jan has even acted in the occasional B-movie, playing a zombie, a psycho shrink, and a clueless news reporter. You may visit her on the web at www.jmnpublications.com.


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BWW REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE Spins Wildly At Boston's Restored Emerson ColonialBWW REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE Spins Wildly At Boston's Restored Emerson Colonial
Posted: Aug. 5, 2018


BWW REVIEW: ALADDIN Is a Manic Ride on Disney's Magic CarpetBWW REVIEW: ALADDIN Is a Manic Ride on Disney's Magic Carpet
Posted: Jul. 21, 2018


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BWW REVIEW: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Hot, Hot, Hot in Ogunquit's Off-Broadway PreviewBWW REVIEW: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Hot, Hot, Hot in Ogunquit's Off-Broadway Preview
Posted: May. 25, 2018


BWW REVIEW: JAGGED LITTLE PILL Is a Lot to Swallow at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: JAGGED LITTLE PILL Is a Lot to Swallow at A.R.T.
Posted: May. 26, 2018


BWW REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE Spins Wildly At Boston's Restored Emerson ColonialBWW REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE Spins Wildly At Boston's Restored Emerson Colonial
Posted: Aug. 5, 2018


BWW REVIEW: ALADDIN Is a Manic Ride on Disney's Magic CarpetBWW REVIEW: ALADDIN Is a Manic Ride on Disney's Magic Carpet
Posted: Jul. 21, 2018


BWW REVIEW: BRIGHT STAR Flickers at Hanover Theatre in WorcesterBWW REVIEW: BRIGHT STAR Flickers at Hanover Theatre in Worcester
Posted: Apr. 16, 2018


BWW REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE Spins Wildly At Boston's Restored Emerson ColonialBWW REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE Spins Wildly At Boston's Restored Emerson Colonial
August 5, 2018

The opulent, newly restored Emerson Colonial, the historic crown jewel among Boston's glittering theatrical houses, is the perfect setting for the equally opulent but imperfect stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's anachronistic 2001 movie musical MOULIN ROUGE. Originally opened in 1900, the ornately adorned gilt and red velvet theater is now celebrating its grand re-opening with a glitzy, gaudy pre-Broadway tryout of a mash-up of 1900 Bohemian Paris and a contemporary jukebox of pop rock, techno, disco and punk music. The result is a whirling dervish of sights and sounds designed more for effect than affect. The audience, obviously familiar with and adoring of the original movie, rapturously cheers on cue. But for those seeking a more nostalgic emotional connection to the material, this MOULIN ROUGE may seem more rock concert than musical theater.

BWW REVIEW: ALADDIN Is a Manic Ride on Disney's Magic CarpetBWW REVIEW: ALADDIN Is a Manic Ride on Disney's Magic Carpet
July 21, 2018

The mania with which the late Robin Williams brilliantly voiced the Genie in the 1992 Disney animated film ALADDIN infuses every inch of Casey Nicholaw's high-octane Broadway musical production. Now on tour at the Boston Opera House through August 5, ALADDIN is a gilt-edged treasure chest of sensory overload that unabashedly begs for cheers - and gets them - throughout its two-and-a-half hour running time.

BWW REVIEW: JAGGED LITTLE PILL Is a Lot to Swallow at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: JAGGED LITTLE PILL Is a Lot to Swallow at A.R.T.
May 26, 2018

There's a lot to digest in the American Repertory Theater (ART) premiere of the new musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL, billed as a story of 'pain, healing, and empowerment' based on Alanis Morissette's landmark rock album of the same name. Directed and choreographed - sometimes too aggressively - by Diane Paulus and Sidi Larbi, this exploration of a suburban Connecticut family's extensive sturm und drang packs a checklist of contemporary issues into one explosive package.

BWW REVIEW: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Hot, Hot, Hot in Ogunquit's Off-Broadway PreviewBWW REVIEW: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Hot, Hot, Hot in Ogunquit's Off-Broadway Preview
May 25, 2018

An unequivocal hit is currently heating up the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine in preparation for its transfer Off-Broadway to Stage 42 in NYC July 6. Featuring a veritable goldmine of 40, count 'em, rock 'n' roll, blues, and R&B classics, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller is a stunning revival of the landmark musical revue that makes all other juke box musicals pale by comparison.

BWW REVIEW: ALLEGIANCE Is an Earnest Celebration of Resilience and RedemptionBWW REVIEW: ALLEGIANCE Is an Earnest Celebration of Resilience and Redemption
May 25, 2018

FDR called the attack on Pearl Harbor "a day that will live in infamy." Equally ignominious, though, was his knee-jerk response: the decision to authorize the incarceration of 110,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps - without cause, trials, or hearings - for close to the duration of WWII. The Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE, championed by actor/activist George Takei and based on his true life experiences, attempts to shed light on that particularly ugly chapter in American history precisely at a time when a new generation of immigrants is being persecuted, detained and deported. In its New England regional premiere at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, that mission is only partially achieved.

BWW REVIEW: Women Rule THE KING AND I Tour Now in WorcesterBWW REVIEW: Women Rule THE KING AND I Tour Now in Worcester
May 18, 2018

The national tour of the 2015 Tony Award-winning revival of THE KING AND I, now brightening the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, is a perfectly respectable production. The timeless and soaring Rodgers and Hammerstein score is beautifully sung and impeccably played by the 16-piece orchestra, and design elements (especially Catherine Zuber's elegant period costumes) effectively juxtapose the traditions of 1860s Siam against the encroaching modernization of the. But something is off balance in this Bartlett Sher directed re-visioning. The women, not the King, rule.

BWW REVIEW: BRIGHT STAR Flickers at Hanover Theatre in WorcesterBWW REVIEW: BRIGHT STAR Flickers at Hanover Theatre in Worcester
April 16, 2018

In a brief engagement at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Mass. (which ended this Sunday), the national tour of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's southern musical BRIGHT STAR flickers between down-home country charm and maudlin storytelling. Strong performances and a kickin' on-stage bluegrass band, though, manage to knock off the tarnish of this tepid tale of hope and redemption to deliver an uplifting message in the end.

BWW REVIEW: FUN HOME Tour Is Sharply DrawnBWW REVIEW: FUN HOME Tour Is Sharply Drawn
October 24, 2017

The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical FUN HOME has landed in Boston and it's as sharply drawn and richly performed as its highly acclaimed Broadway predecessor. Once again mounted on a proscenium stage (it played in the round at Circle in the Square following its original Off-Broadway run at the Public Theatre), FUN HOME loses none of its laser focus as it shines a loving but bittersweet light on the family of a lesbian cartoonist whose memories spring to life from the pages of her latest graphic novel.

BWW REVIEW: Huntington's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Has a Good Thing GoingBWW REVIEW: Huntington's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Has a Good Thing Going
October 4, 2017

Director Maria Friedman's Olivier Award-winning London revival of Stephen Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG lives up to its acclaim in this Huntington Theatre Company production continuing now through October 15. Both Sondheim and Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois have called Friedman's MERRILY the best they have ever seen. Those declarations prove not to be hyperbole.

BWW REVIEW: CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME Shines in BostonBWW REVIEW: CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME Shines in Boston
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 body. Through the heightened use of sights, sounds, and technically stylized staging, this Tony Award-winning play creates a world of frightening sensory overload that enables the viewer to empathize viscerally with a boy who can't empathize with others.

BWW REVIEW: A.R.T.'s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA Marks Life on the EdgeBWW REVIEW: A.R.T.'s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA Marks Life on the Edge
March 2, 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.

BWW REVIEW: National Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Launches in BostonBWW REVIEW: National Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Launches in Boston
October 31, 2016

Joie de vivre is in short supply in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the acclaimed Broadway musical now launching its first national tour in Boston through November 6. Inspired by the beloved 1951 MGM movie musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, this Broadway iteration looks and feels monochromatic compared to its opulent Technicolor predecessor, but that is mostly by design. This adaptation brings the story's post World War II setting front and center, revealing a city and its inhabitants still shell shocked as they try to rebuild in the aftermath of the Nazi occupation.

BWW REVIEW: Boston Gets Schooled in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDERBWW REVIEW: Boston Gets Schooled in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
October 22, 2016

Tight harmonies and an even tighter cast make the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER delicious fun. Now at Boston's Citi Center Shubert Theatre through October 23, this totally original musical comedy by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak crackles with snappy wit and endlessly clever songs.

BWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAMEBWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
August 1, 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 occasionally national, regional premieres. Its current musical, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, is the company's most ambitious venture yet. Adapted from the 1996 Disney animated film which was based on the classic Victor Hugo novel "Notre Dame de Paris," the Ogunquit production boasts a towering vaulted set design, a 21-member cast of Broadway veterans, and a tremendous 32-member choir. This HUNCHBACK delivers soaring vocals as big as its epic themes.

BWW REVIEW: Revolting Sound System Mars MATILDA TourBWW REVIEW: Revolting Sound System Mars MATILDA Tour
June 20, 2016

The talented, hard-working children of MATILDA THE MUSICAL NATIONAL TOUR spend much of their time on stage revolting against their horrible headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Off-stage they should revolt against the horrible sound system that renders their lyrics indecipherable.

BWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMTBWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMT
June 12, 2016

It's a lot to ask of a leading lady to make audiences forget Barbra Streisand in the role that catapulted her to stardom. That's one of the reasons why FUNNY GIRL, the musical that forever linked Streisand to the title character Fanny Brice, has never been revived on Broadway. Well, look no more, producers. If ever there was an actress who could fill Streisand's shoes and make FUNNY GIRL her own, it's the star who's currently electrifying audiences in the role at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly: Shoshnna Bean.

BWW REVIEW: Magic Is Missing from Lyric's PETER AND THE STARCATCHERBWW REVIEW: Magic Is Missing from Lyric's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
June 11, 2016

Currently performing at the Lyric Stage in Boston is PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Rick Elice's (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) theatrical prequel to Peter Pan based on the best-selling children's novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. On and Off-Broadway, this high-energy, whimsical back story, directed by Alex Timbers and the late Roger Rees, took riotous, magical flight. At the Lyric, Peter barely gets off the ground.

BWW REVIEW: Ensler Premieres IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD at A.R.T.BWW REVIEW: Ensler Premieres IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD at A.R.T.
May 24, 2016

At one point during her new one-woman play IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, based on her highly acclaimed 2013 memoir of the same name, Eve Ensler repeats a phrase over and over to one of her doctors: "You're going to radiate my vagina. Radiate. My vagina. Radiate. My vagina. Radiate. My. Vagina." A pause, and then: "Do you know who I am?"

BWW REVIEW: Kindness Grapples with Cruelty in SpeakEasy's Powerful DOGFIGHTBWW REVIEW: Kindness Grapples with Cruelty in SpeakEasy's Powerful DOGFIGHT
May 24, 2016

The coming of age of America during the tumultuous 1960s is brought vividly to life in DOGFIGHT, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's exquisite little musical now being presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company of Boston. Set in San Francisco on the eve of President Kennedy's assassination, DOGFIGHT pits the innocence of youth against the harsh realities of war as three young Marines dubbed 'the three bees' (for Birdlace, Boland and Bernstein) celebrate their last night at home with their buddies before shipping out to Vietnam.

BWW REVIEW: What's Scarier than George Orwell's 1984? Politics in 2016.BWW REVIEW: What's Scarier than George Orwell's 1984? Politics in 2016.
February 26, 2016

The horrific future depicted in George Orwell's cautionary tale '1984' feels that much more frightening in 2016 because so much of the oligarchical world predicted by the visionary author in his dystopian 1949 novel has come to fruition. The power gap between the haves and the have-nots is alarming. Politicians use doublethink to twist hypocrisies into mind-numbing (and brainwashing) campaign slogans. Three-second sound bites and 140-character tweets are the newspeak that distills thought into easily regurgitated propaganda.



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