Boston Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Reagle Music Theatre's ANYTHING GOES: Seaworthy and 'See-worthy' BWW Review: Reagle Music Theatre's ANYTHING GOES: Seaworthy and 'See-worthy'
by Nancy Grossman - July 10, 2018

An energetic cast of nearly 40 performers and a 16-piece orchestra give the incomparable Cole Porter score of ANYTHING GOES its due. Leigh Barrett headlines as Reno Sweeney, and multiple IRNE Award-winners Elaine Grace and Dan Rodriguez direct/choreograph and music direct/conduct, respectively. The ... (more...)
BWW Review: Cape Cod Theatre Company's Triumphant BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Is A Fable For Our Time BWW Review: Cape Cod Theatre Company's Triumphant BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Is A Fable For Our Time
by Michele Clarke - July 07, 2018

Director Jane Staab's Beauty & the Beast is a fable for our time, emphasizing the humanity of its enchanted castle's "objects" (and even its titular beast) through costume and demeanor, while stressing the power of kindness and the promise of change. The themes run throughout this show - from its wi... (more...)
BWW Review: SHE DID ALL THAT - BETTY FORD: SPEAKING OUT, SAVING LIVES Premieres at Boston Playwrights' Theatre BWW Review: SHE DID ALL THAT - BETTY FORD: SPEAKING OUT, SAVING LIVES Premieres at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - June 29, 2018

Premiere of documentary play about the former First Lady takes us back to those saner days of yesteryear, when a Republican forced from office in ignominy was replaced by a decent man who tried to heal the nation. Betty Ford may have been her husband's greatest asset in the two short years they resi... (more...)
BWW Review: BORN FOR THIS - A NEW MUSICAL: Awake and Sing! BWW Review: BORN FOR THIS - A NEW MUSICAL: Awake and Sing!
by Nancy Grossman - June 27, 2018

ArtsEmerson presents the New England premiere of BORN FOR THIS - A NEW MUSICAL, based on the life story of Bebe Winans and his sister Cece Winans, offspring of a spiritual, musical Detroit family, who made a huge splash as teenagers on the Praise the Lord network of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in the ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY at Barrington Stage Company BWW Review: THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY at Barrington Stage Company
by David Tompkins - June 14, 2018

Barrington Theatre Company's (BSC) 2018 Season opening production 'The Royal Family of Broadway', is a wacky, wonderful, and highly entertaining 1920's era madcap musical romp.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Boston Pops Orchestra Celebrates Bernstein and HAMILTON BWW Review: The Boston Pops Orchestra Celebrates Bernstein and HAMILTON
by Nancy Grossman - June 14, 2018

The 133rd spring season of The Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall is winding down, but the final week is a whirlwind of activity, culminating in three performances of WEST SIDE STORY: In Concert, and an appearance by two of the stars of the groundbreaking HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL. Tony Awar... (more...)
BWW Review: CALENDAR GIRLS: Make a Date With Some of Boston's Best BWW Review: CALENDAR GIRLS: Make a Date With Some of Boston's Best
by Nancy Grossman - June 11, 2018

Greater Boston Stage Company has lined up a dream ensemble for their season finale, CALENDAR GIRLS, based on the 2003 Miramax motion picture. Under the direction of Nancy E. Carroll, a formidable actor in her own right, Maureen Brennan, Sarah deLima, Mary Potts Dennis, Kerry A. Dowling, Karen MacDo... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE High Kicks Reagle Music Theatre's 50th Season BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE High Kicks Reagle Music Theatre's 50th Season
by Nancy Grossman - June 10, 2018

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, celebrating its 50th Anniversary Summer Season, was still in its first decade when A CHORUS LINE opened on Broadway in 1975, kicking off its run of 6,137 performances. The groundbreaking musical was nominated for twelve Tony Awards, winning nine, and took home... (more...)
BWW Review: MAME at North Shore Music Theatre BWW Review: MAME at North Shore Music Theatre
by David Tompkins - June 07, 2018

The classic Musical 'Mame' opened the 2018 season last night at NSMT. The Musical by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, with Lyrics by Jerry Herman, and based on the book by Patrick Dennis, is a 1966 Musical Theatre warhorse that has starred such luminaries as, Rosalind Russell, Angela Landsbury, an... (more...)
BWW Review: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES: Bring on the Men BWW Review: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES: Bring on the Men
by Nancy Grossman - June 05, 2018

Artistic Director Lee Mikeska Gardner embraces the mission of The Nora Theatre Company to "promote the feminine voice" with an all-male production of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, Christopher Hampton's 1985 adaptation from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos. Perhaps best known from the 1988 film DANGEROUS... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD IN CONCERT: Theater UnCorked Pops! BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD IN CONCERT: Theater UnCorked Pops!
by Nancy Grossman - June 04, 2018

Boston's newest small theater company christened its inaugural season with a one-night only, pop-up musical benefit performance of SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET IN CONCERT on Saturday, June 2nd, at First Church Cambridge. The brain-child and labor of love of Producing Artistic Direc... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere of FALL: Arthur Miller's Sad Secret BWW Review: World Premiere of FALL: Arthur Miller's Sad Secret
by Nancy Grossman - June 01, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller was renowned and celebrated for his masterpiece DEATH OF A SALESMAN, as well as ALL MY SONS and THE CRUCIBLE, plays in which issues of morality took center stage. He refused to name names when called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, s... (more...)
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.
by Jan Nargi - 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 ... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Hot, Hot, Hot in Ogunquit's Off-Broadway Preview BWW REVIEW: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Hot, Hot, Hot in Ogunquit's Off-Broadway Preview
by Jan Nargi - 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 ... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: ALLEGIANCE Is an Earnest Celebration of Resilience and Redemption BWW REVIEW: ALLEGIANCE Is an Earnest Celebration of Resilience and Redemption
by Jan Nargi - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Everybody Rejoice! The Lyric Stage Company's THE WIZ Is a Whirlwind BWW Review: Everybody Rejoice! The Lyric Stage Company's THE WIZ Is a Whirlwind
by Nancy Grossman - May 24, 2018

Colorful and imaginative costumes, other-worldly lighting and sound effects, and a scenic design that combines magic with urban details, serve as the playground for the Lyric Stage Company's production of the 1975 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, THE WIZ, under the direction of Dawn M. Simmons. Help... (more...)
BWW Review: The 36th Annual Elliot Norton Awards BWW Review: The 36th Annual Elliot Norton Awards
by Nancy Grossman - May 22, 2018

The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) celebrated more than two dozen outstanding actors, directors, designers, and ensembles at The 36th Annual Elliot Norton Awards ceremony at the Huntington Avenue Theatre last night. The coveted Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence was presented to... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST ACT: World Premiere at Israeli Stage BWW Review: THE LAST ACT: World Premiere at Israeli Stage
by Nancy Grossman - May 21, 2018

Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol, unable to find a theater in his home country, stages the world premiere production of THE LAST ACT at Boston's Israeli Stage Company. Producing Artistic Director Guy Ben-Aharon asserts the importance of engaging with the audience to spark thought and conversation, re... (more...)
BWW Review: STILL, NOW: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words BWW Review: STILL, NOW: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
by Nancy Grossman - May 11, 2018

Heart & Dagger Productions concludes its 8th season with Katie Bender's STILL, NOW, a mind-bending, non-linear play directed by Amy Meyer and providing a showcase for the talents of Kiki Samko. A young woman navigating the trials and tribulations of a stage four cancer diagnosis falls back on her ex... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE: Drag Queens in Suburbia BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE: Drag Queens in Suburbia
by Nancy Grossman - May 08, 2018

Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham presents the Boston premiere of THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE, a play with music about a not-so-great Elvis impersonator who finds success with a new calling involving lipstick, sequins, high heels, and specially-padded undergarments. If you subscribe to the ... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! Captures the Zeitgeist BWW Review: LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! Captures the Zeitgeist
by Nancy Grossman - May 04, 2018

LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! by Terrence McNally won the 1995 Tony Award for Best Play and, although much has changed in the ensuing twenty-four years since it opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club, as a slice of gay life, it withstands the test of time. On each of the three major summer weekends, eight... (more...)
BWW Review: BROKELAHOMO! Gold Dust Orphans Go Western BWW Review: BROKELAHOMO! Gold Dust Orphans Go Western
by Nancy Grossman - May 01, 2018

Ryan Landry mines the Old West and Old Hollywood for his new Gold Dust Orphans springtime musical. It's a fast ride on a runaway train with more kicks than a buckin' bronco. Old Orphans and new rally around Director Robin JaVonne Smith, stepping into the big boots of the late, beloved Larry Coen, an... (more...)
BWW Review: Liesl Tommy Returns to Huntington Theatre With Churchill's TOP GIRLS BWW Review: Liesl Tommy Returns to Huntington Theatre With Churchill's TOP GIRLS
by Nancy Grossman - April 27, 2018

Tony Award-nominated director Liesl Tommy (A RAISIN IN THE SUN, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, RUINED) returns to the Huntington Theatre Company to lead a stellar, diverse cast in prolific British playwright Caryl Churchill's TOP GIRLS. Written in 1982 as a diatribe against Prime Minister Margaret Thatch... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ROSENBERGS (AN OPERA) at Brandeis University Next Weekend BWW Review: THE ROSENBERGS (AN OPERA) at Brandeis University Next Weekend
by Nancy Grossman - April 23, 2018

Boston Playwrights' Theatre hosted the North American premiere of THE ROSENBERGS (AN OPERA) the past two weekends. It moves to Spingold Theater Center at Brandeis University for three performances next weekend. A co-production of Boston University and Brandeis, the opera features music by Joachim Ho... (more...)
BWW Review: Moonbox Productions' CABARET Sizzles and Dazzles BWW Review: Moonbox Productions' CABARET Sizzles and Dazzles
by Nancy Grossman - April 19, 2018

CABARET has stood the test of time and Moonbox Productions puts a time stamp on the 1966 musical that brings it into the here and now. Director/choreographer Rachel Bertone and Music Director Dan Rodriguez whip a kick-ass kick line of high steppers into a precision machine to evoke the seedy Kit Kat... (more...)