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BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS: Past is Prologue BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS: Past is Prologue
by Nancy Grossman - December 08, 2017

HOLD THESE TRUTHS blends historical fact with fiction to tell Gordon Hirabayashi's compelling story of standing up for his constitutional rights when he was ordered to report to an internment camp only months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The events of the past echo loudly today and the... (more...)
BWW Review: New Rep's Season of Resilience: MAN OF LA MANCHA BWW Review: New Rep's Season of Resilience: MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Nancy Grossman - December 07, 2017

New Repertory Theatre's 2017-2018 season is labeled Resilience, and it doubles down on the theme with its current production of MAN OF LA MANCHA. The 1965 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which was based on the play I, DON QUIXOTE, ran for 2,328 performances, has been revived on Broadway four times,... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Recited by the Author BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Recited by the Author
by Nancy Grossman - December 05, 2017

Merrimack Repertory Theatre's production of Tony Brown's adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL has Joel Colodner as the author performing his own work in front of an audience. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, this inventive version is enhanced and enriched by the musical accompaniment of Rebecca White a... (more...)
BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Ask the Musical Question: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS? BWW Review: Gold Dust Orphans Ask the Musical Question: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS?
by Nancy Grossman - December 05, 2017

As sure as Christmas rolls around every December 25th, Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans return to the stage at the Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts at Machine Night Club with a Christmas-themed musical mystery, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS? The inventive mash-up is unlike any other holi... (more...)
BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL: Spiritual Revival BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL: Spiritual Revival
by Nancy Grossman - December 02, 2017

ELF THE MUSICAL is a fun family favorite for all ages. Based on the 2003 film which starred Will Ferrell, the show debuted on Broadway in 2010 with George Wendt as Santa Claus. He reprises the role in the touring production at the Wang Theatre, leading an ensemble of singing and dancing elves, and ... (more...)
BWW Review: Lots to Love in SHE LOVES ME at Greater Boston Stage Company BWW Review: Lots to Love in SHE LOVES ME at Greater Boston Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - November 30, 2017

Ilyse Robbins leads a team of champions in Greater Boston Stage Company's SHE LOVES ME, a delightful musical for the holiday season - or any season, for that matter. Music Director Matthew Stern brings out the best in the Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick score with the voices of Jennifer Ellis, Sam Simahk... (more...)
BWW Review: Moonbox Ascends THE 39 STEPS BWW Review: Moonbox Ascends THE 39 STEPS
by Nancy Grossman - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: TARTUFFE: Satiric Verses BWW Review: TARTUFFE: Satiric Verses
by Nancy Grossman - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Starry Reading of Brecht's Anti-Nazi Play BWW Review: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Starry Reading of Brecht's Anti-Nazi Play
by Nancy Grossman - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HEARING: American Premiere at Israeli Stage BWW Review: THE HEARING: American Premiere at Israeli Stage
by Nancy Grossman - 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-... (more...)
BWW Review: ELEMENO PEA: Life's a Beach BWW Review: ELEMENO PEA: Life's a Beach
by Nancy Grossman - November 08, 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calderón's Syrian Soap Opera BWW Review: KISS: Emerson Undergrads Excel in Calderón's Syrian Soap Opera
by Nancy Grossman - 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 Davi... (more...)
BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS: Make Art, Not War BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS: Make Art, Not War
by Nancy Grossman - 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 res... (more...)
BWW Review: SOUVENIR Redux: A Joyful Noise BWW Review: SOUVENIR Redux: A Joyful Noise
by Nancy Grossman - 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 favorit... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: FUN HOME Tour Is Sharply Drawn BWW REVIEW: FUN HOME Tour Is Sharply Drawn
by Jan Nargi - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK: A Haunting World Premiere BWW Review: A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK: A Haunting World Premiere
by Nancy Grossman - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: OLEANNA: Still Controversial After All These Years BWW Review: OLEANNA: Still Controversial After All These Years
by Nancy Grossman - 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 tim... (more...)
BWW Review: ALLIGATOR ROAD: More Bark Than Bite BWW Review: ALLIGATOR ROAD: More Bark Than Bite
by Nancy Grossman - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: Gloucester Stage Season Closes Strong with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BWW Review: Gloucester Stage Season Closes Strong with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Nancy Grossman - 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 be... (more...)
BWW Review: Cliff Odle's LOST TEMPO: Ode to Jazz and Rhythm of Life BWW Review: Cliff Odle's LOST TEMPO: Ode to Jazz and Rhythm of Life
by Nancy Grossman - October 09, 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 flo... (more...)
BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS BWW Review: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS
by Nancy Grossman - October 08, 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 D... (more...)
BWW Review: A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY: A Call to Dissent From Flat Earth Theatre BWW Review: A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY: A Call to Dissent From Flat Earth Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - October 06, 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 waters... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Huntington's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Has a Good Thing Going BWW REVIEW: Huntington's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Has a Good Thing Going
by Jan Nargi - October 04, 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 MERRI... (more...)
BWW Review: WARHOLCAPOTE: Soup or Art? BWW Review: WARHOLCAPOTE: Soup or Art?
by Nancy Grossman - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: Powerful, Thought-provoking FACELESS at Zeitgeist Stage Company BWW Review: Powerful, Thought-provoking FACELESS at Zeitgeist Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - 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 tau... (more...)