Nancy Grossman

Nancy Grossman From producing and starring in family holiday pageants as a child, to avid member of Broadway Across America and Show of the Month Club, Nancy has cultivated her love of the art and respect for the craft of theatre. She fulfilled a dream when she became an adult-onset tap dancer in the early 90's ("Gotta dance!"); she fulfills another by providing reviews for BroadwayWorld.com and serving on the Executive Board of the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). Nancy is an alumna of Syracuse University and a retired Probation Officer-in-Charge in the Massachusetts Trial Court system.


MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calder?n's Syrian Soap OperaBWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calder?n's Syrian Soap Opera
Posted: Oct. 30, 2017


BWW Review: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK: A Haunting World PremiereBWW Review: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK: A Haunting World Premiere
Posted: Oct. 24, 2017


BWW Review: SOUVENIR Redux: A Joyful NoiseBWW Review: SOUVENIR Redux: A Joyful Noise
Posted: Oct. 25, 2017


BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS: Make Art, Not WarBWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS: Make Art, Not War
Posted: Oct. 26, 2017


BWW Review: ELEMENO PEA: Life's a BeachBWW Review: ELEMENO PEA: Life's a Beach
Posted: Nov. 8, 2017


BWW Review: THE HEARING: American Premiere at Israeli StageBWW Review: THE HEARING: American Premiere at Israeli Stage
Posted: Nov. 13, 2017


BWW Review: TARTUFFE: Satiric VersesBWW Review: TARTUFFE: Satiric Verses
Posted: Nov. 17, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calder?n's Syrian Soap OperaBWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calder?n's Syrian Soap Opera
Posted: Oct. 30, 2017


BWW Review: IDEATION: Is It Only a Test?BWW Review: IDEATION: Is It Only a Test?
Posted: Sep. 8, 2017


BWW Review: Reagle Music Theatre's 42nd STREET: The Show Must Go On!BWW Review: Reagle Music Theatre's 42nd STREET: The Show Must Go On!
Posted: Aug. 7, 2017


BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Go GreekBWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Go Greek
Posted: May. 9, 2017


BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Love or Marriage?BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Love or Marriage?
Posted: May. 13, 2017


BWW Review: GYPSY Takes Off at Lyric StageBWW Review: GYPSY Takes Off at Lyric Stage
Posted: Sep. 7, 2017


BWW Review: Moonbox Ascends THE 39 STEPSBWW Review: Moonbox Ascends THE 39 STEPS
November 21, 2017

Moonbox Productions requires you to use your imagination, but you will be duly rewarded thanks to the talents of Director Allison Olivia Choat, her crew, and the four-person cast of THE 39 STEPS. Kevin Cirone, Sarah Gazdowicz, Bob Mussett, and Matthew Zahnzinger are all top-notch, and the designers pull out all the stops to take you on a wild ride.

BWW Review: TARTUFFE: Satiric VersesBWW Review: TARTUFFE: Satiric Verses
November 17, 2017

Moli re's TARTUFFE, as translated by Ranjit Bolt, is directed by Huntington Theatre Company's Artistic Director Peter DuBois and features an accomplished cast, led by Frank Wood and Brett Gelman. The story of a charlatan getting the better of a fool, despite the misgivings and warnings of his family, the dialogue is delivered in rhyming couplets, or what I refer to as satiric verses.

BWW Review: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Starry Reading of Brecht's Anti-Nazi PlayBWW Review: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Starry Reading of Brecht's Anti-Nazi Play
November 15, 2017

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Steven Maler directed an accomplished cast in Bertolt Brecht's FEAR AND MISERY IN THE THIRD REICH, in a staged reading at Babson College, headlined by notable stage and screen actors Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams.

BWW Review: THE HEARING: American Premiere at Israeli StageBWW Review: THE HEARING: American Premiere at Israeli Stage
November 13, 2017

In celebration of its seventh anniversary, Israeli Stage presents the American premiere of Renana Raz's theatrical event. The staged reading by Nael Nacer, Maureen Keiller, Melinda Lopez, and Lonnie Farmer explores the basic question of freedom of speech as it pertains to an educational setting. Co-translated by Natalie Fainstein and Guy Ben-Aharon, THE HEARING is both thought-provoking and timely.

BWW Review: ELEMENO PEA: Life's a BeachBWW Review: ELEMENO PEA: Life's a Beach
November 8, 2017

Boston Playwrights' Theatre presents the Boston premiere of Molly Smith Metzler's own revision of her charming, funny 2011 play ELEMENO PEA. Set at the end of the summer on Martha's Vineyard, a couple of blue collar siblings from Buffalo try to reconnect with each other while caught up in the world of pink pants and new money. Metzler also writes for film and television (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SHAMELESS), and this production is ready for prime time.

BWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calderón's Syrian Soap Opera
October 30, 2017

ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage presents Chilean-born playwright Guillermo Calder n's KISS, a play-within-a-play that delivers a message about cultural ignorance, the danger of living within a comfortable remove, and the potential of artists to change the world. Directed by Co-Artistic Director David Dower and featuring a talented ensemble of protagonists played by Emerson College undergrads, KISS is an unusual and discomfiting piece of theater that is part Syrian soap opera, part improv, and totally worth your time.

BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS: Make Art, Not WarBWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS: Make Art, Not War
October 26, 2017

The Nora Theatre Company presents Lauren Gunderson's THE REVOLUTIONISTS, a play which loudly and proudly shows the contribution of four badass women to the story of the French Revolution. The play is set in 1793, but these themes echo too loudly in 2017, reminding us that women must persist to resist, to claim their due.

BWW Review: SOUVENIR Redux: A Joyful NoiseBWW Review: SOUVENIR Redux: A Joyful Noise
October 25, 2017

What matters most is the music you hear in your head, according to Florence Foster Jenkins, a passionate music lover who never met a tune she could actually carry. Lyric Stage Company Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos celebrates his 20th season in his post by revisiting one of his favorite productions from a decade ago. Leigh Barrett and Will McGarrahan reprise their roles as the diva and her accompanist, bringing warmth and intimacy to their relationship, while capturing all of the humor and joyful noise as written by playwright Stephen Temperley.

BWW Review: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK: A Haunting World PremiereBWW Review: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK: A Haunting World Premiere
October 24, 2017

Playwright Ken Urban was commissioned by Epic Theatre Ensemble to write a play about international aid workers, and his interviews with volunteers for Doctors Without Borders inform his new thought-provoking drama, A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK, now receiving its world premiere by the Huntington Theatre Company at the Boston Center for the Arts. Flawlessly directed by Colman Domingo, the two-hander features a pair of remarkable, synchronized performances by McKinley Belcher III and Samuel H. Levine.

BWW Review: OLEANNA: Still Controversial After All These YearsBWW Review: OLEANNA: Still Controversial After All These Years
October 19, 2017

Twenty-five years after first being produced, David Mamet's OLEANNA remains controversial as an intense drama driven by themes of political correctness, sexual harassment, power, and perception. Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice, two of Boston's finest actors, give fiery performances in this timely and searing enactment at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown.

BWW Review: ALLIGATOR ROAD: More Bark Than BiteBWW Review: ALLIGATOR ROAD: More Bark Than Bite
October 16, 2017

Greater Boston Stage Company has a commitment to produce a world premiere play each year, a mission now underwritten by the largesse of a long-time audience member and supporter. The 18th season at the Stoneham theater continues with ALLIGATOR ROAD, the inaugural offering of the Don Fulton New Play Project, by Maine playwright Callie Kimball. Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes is at the helm of this quirky, slice-of-life-you-don't-see-everyday comedy. Scenic designer Katheryn Monthei steals the spotlight and, thanks to props master Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, there's lots of eye candy to draw your attention throughout the play.

BWW Review: Gloucester Stage Season Closes Strong with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRDBWW Review: Gloucester Stage Season Closes Strong with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
October 12, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company concludes its 38th season with a thoughtful and thought-provoking production of Harper Lee's American classic, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel. Directed by Judy Braha, this affecting production is buoyed by guileless child actors and strong performances from a bevy of adult stage veterans.

BWW Review: Cliff Odle's LOST TEMPO: Ode to Jazz and Rhythm of LifeBWW Review: Cliff Odle's LOST TEMPO: Ode to Jazz and Rhythm of Life
October 9, 2017

Boston Playwrights' Theatre opens its 36th season with Cliff Odle's ode to jazz and its place in the transitional period of the late 1950s to early 1960s. Director Diego Arciniegas does a first-rate job of translating Odle's play with music into a living, breathing entity with a rhythmic ebb and flow. An ensemble of seven actors and three live musicians give the play a real-life, real time quality that makes us feel like we are in Mitzy's Jazz Kitchen in Harlem in 1959.

BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGSBWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS
October 8, 2017

In his touring show which stopped in at Sanders Theatre on Friday evening, Alan Cumming displays an eclectic array of entertaining abilities, including singing, movement, and story-telling, and proves to be a loquacious bon vivant. His personalized renditions of pop songs were accompanied by Music Director/pianist Lance Horne, cellist Eleanor Norton, and drummer Darcy Macrae.

BWW Review: A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY: A Call to Dissent From Flat Earth TheatreBWW Review: A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY: A Call to Dissent From Flat Earth Theatre
October 6, 2017

Flat Earth Theatre open its 12th season with Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner's 1987 play, a juxtaposition of the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany with the Reagan administration's neglect of the AIDS crisis in America. In 2017, there are lessons to heed from these watershed moments.

BWW Review: WARHOLCAPOTE: Soup or Art?BWW Review: WARHOLCAPOTE: Soup or Art?
September 30, 2017

The world premiere production of WARHOLCAPOTE: A Non-Fiction Invention at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge exposes us to never-before-heard conversations between these two icons, brought vividly to life by Stephen Spinella and Dan Butler. Adaptor Rob Roth used their own words to enlighten us about their connection and outline their commonalities.

BWW Review: Powerful, Thought-provoking FACELESS at Zeitgeist Stage CompanyBWW Review: Powerful, Thought-provoking FACELESS at Zeitgeist Stage Company
September 28, 2017

Zeitgeist Stage Company begins its 17th season with the East Coast premiere of Selina Fillinger's FACELESS, a play with a storyline that sits smack in the middle of the national zeitgeist. It pits a sheltered 18-year old white girl against a Harvard Law School graduate and practicing Muslim in a taut courtroom drama that is about much more than the charges being litigated. Terrorism and ISIS are on trial, but the face of a young American woman is symbolic of how the enemy is expanding its reach into our homeland via social media, and the attorney in the hijab is the unlikely government crusader chosen to fight back.

BWW Review: EXIT THE KING: Desperate DespotBWW Review: EXIT THE KING: Desperate Despot
September 25, 2017

Actors' Shakespeare Project opens its 14th season, The Downfall of Despots, with a comedy about a narcissistic despot who is having difficulty accepting his mortality. Director Dmitry Troyanovsky has the good fortune to work with a stellar ensemble, lead by the inimitable Richard Snee, and Sarah Newhouse and Jesse Hinson as his two dissimilar wives. Rounding out the cast are Dayenne Walters, Rachel Belleman, and Gunnar Manchester.

BWW Review: New England Premiere of THE ROYALE: Boxing for DignityBWW Review: New England Premiere of THE ROYALE: Boxing for Dignity
September 20, 2017

Merrimack Repertory Theatre rings the bell for the start of its 39th season with the New England premiere of Marco Ramirez's award-winning play inspired by the life of Jack Johnson, the first black man to fight for the title of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. THE ROYALE is a beautifully-written and acted story about a man's quest to get his due and make a difference, about the unforeseen consequences of his actions and the damage he leaves in his wake, and a stunning commentary on the rending of the American social fabric that continues to threaten our peace and tranquility.

BWW Review: Boston Premiere MEN ON BOATSBWW Review: Boston Premiere MEN ON BOATS
September 18, 2017

SpeakEasy Stage Company opens its 27th season with the Boston-area premiere of MEN ON BOATS, directed by Dawn Simmons, and featuring an all-female design team and a racially diverse, non-male cast. The playwright specifies in the script that the actors are to be female-identifying, trans-identifying, gender fluid, and/or non-gender-conforming, but no cisgender white males. Even as she bases the play on the known history and Major John Wesley Powell's own journal of the events on his 1869 expedition, Jaclyn Backhaus flips the narrative by altering the nature of the cast of characters.



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