Boston Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: EXIT THE KING: Desperate Despot BWW Review: EXIT THE KING: Desperate Despot
by Nancy Grossman - 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 N... (more...)
BWW Review: New England Premiere of THE ROYALE: Boxing for Dignity BWW Review: New England Premiere of THE ROYALE: Boxing for Dignity
by Nancy Grossman - 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 a... (more...)
BWW Review: Boston Premiere MEN ON BOATS BWW Review: Boston Premiere MEN ON BOATS
by Nancy Grossman - 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-identifyin... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere of FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH at Gloucester Stage Company BWW Review: World Premiere of FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH at Gloucester Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - September 13, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company presents the world premiere of playwright Jim Frangione's FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH following an overwhelming audience response to a reading last fall. Managing Director Jeff Zinn is at the controls, with a fine pair of collaborators in Nancy E. Carroll and J. Tucker Smith as a... (more...)
BWW Review: DAMES AT SEA: Bon Voyage! BWW Review: DAMES AT SEA: Bon Voyage!
by Nancy Grossman - September 11, 2017

DAMES AT SEA is a welcome escape from the upheaval of the moment, if only for a couple of hours. The six-member cast shines with an abundance of smiles, vocal belts, and tap routines that they make look easy. Ephie Aardema, who has previously made a few splashes on this stage (HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSI... (more...)
BWW Review: IDEATION: Is It Only a Test? BWW Review: IDEATION: Is It Only a Test?
by Nancy Grossman - September 08, 2017

New Repertory Theatre opens its season with IDEATION, the Boston-area premiere of Aaron Loeb's play that is equally thrilling and disturbing as we try to adapt to the rapidly changing normal in America. With an unpredictable neophyte at the helm of our ship of state, a legislative body in a perilous... (more...)
BWW Review: GYPSY Takes Off at Lyric Stage BWW Review: GYPSY Takes Off at Lyric Stage
by Nancy Grossman - September 07, 2017

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has hit the trifecta with their season opener GYPSY, directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone, music directed by Dan Rodriguez, and raised to the rafters by Leigh Barrett's forceful Mama Rose. This is one for the ages.... (more...)
Photo Coverage: Joe Iconis and Family Take Over The Mainstage at Barrington Stage Co. Photo Coverage: Joe Iconis and Family Take Over The Mainstage at Barrington Stage Co.
by Stephen Sorokoff - September 05, 2017

Stephen Sondheim was in the audience at Barrington Stage Company's production of COMPANY the night before, but last night it was all about Joe Iconis and family appearing on the dark Mainstage for a one night concert as COMPANY rested for the evening.  Mr. Sondheim was  highly enthusiastic for the J... (more...)
Photo Coverage: Diana Ross Brings IN THE NAME OF LOVE to Tanglewood Photo Coverage: Diana Ross Brings IN THE NAME OF LOVE to Tanglewood
by Stephen Sorokoff - August 31, 2017

Standing Room Only took on a whole other meaning during the Diana Ross performance at Tanglewood last night.  Yes, there was a seat or patch of grass grass for all who attended her concert, but sitting while being thrilled by Ms. Ross wasn't an option. ... (more...)
BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Israel Horovitz Comedy, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Israel Horovitz Comedy, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES
by Nancy Grossman - August 14, 2017

Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage Company returns to direct the New England premiere of his latest comedy, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES. Paula Plum, Sarah Hickler, Obehi Janice, and Debra Wise play four diverse women who meet in a spacious Paris apartment to remember and memorialize the r... (more...)
BWW Review: Fortune Wags Its Tail at Element Theatre Company's SYLVIA BWW Review: Fortune Wags Its Tail at Element Theatre Company's SYLVIA
by Kristen Morale - August 13, 2017

With time spent on Broadway, off-Broadway and on stages from France to China, A.R. Gurney's Sylvia is now in performances at Elements Theatre Company at Rock Harbor. It is the epitome of taking something that is seemingly normal and turning it into a drama-filled, heartfelt tale of what it means to ... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour Comes Home BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour Comes Home
by Nancy Grossman - August 11, 2017

FINDING NEVERLAND was born across the river in Cambridge at the American Repertory Theater three years ago, but has settled in for a fortnight in the downtown Boston Theater district. Under the direction of Diane Paulus, with choreography by Mia Michaels, the original design team remains intact, and... (more...)
BWW Review: The “Hart” of Theater Beats for Peregrine's CHICAGO BWW Review: The “Hart” of Theater Beats for Peregrine's CHICAGO
by Kristen Morale - August 10, 2017

When the unconquerable Billy Flynn and the ensemble sing of that "old razzle dazzle," they sing of corruption and deceit - of wicked things turned into truth when presented in just the right light. Under the pretense of being decent in a world of easy exploitation and unremorseful women, Billy's smi... (more...)
BWW Review: RANDY RAINBOW LIVE! IN BOSTON BWW Review: RANDY RAINBOW LIVE! IN BOSTON
by Nancy Grossman - August 07, 2017

Randy Rainbow kicked off his first New England tour in Boston last night with two shows at the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. On his maiden trip to the Hub, Rainbow was greeted with a rousing ovation by a decidedly liberal audience primed to yuck it up at the expense of th... (more...)
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!
by Nancy Grossman - August 07, 2017

In a bizarre and unfortunate case of life imitating art, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston found itself without its leading man only hours before the curtain going up on their season-ending production of 42nd STREET. Producing Artistic Director Robert J. Eagle announced that the understudy woul... (more...)
BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at Cotuit Center For The Arts BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at Cotuit Center For The Arts
by Heather Roberts - July 17, 2017

Sunday in the Park with George is a musical about the "art of making art" and two artists' journeys of filling in a blank canvas. It tells the story of George, a fictionalized version of the real George Seurat, and the creation of his famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande J... (more...)
BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: Woody Allen's Roaring Twenties BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: Woody Allen's Roaring Twenties
by Nancy Grossman - July 11, 2017

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY brings Woody Allen's New Yorker sensibility to the seaside community of Ogunquit, Maine, along with a coterie of thugs, hoofers, show people, and one adorable pug. Based on Allen's and co-writer Douglas McGrath's 1994 film of the same name, the musical incorporates old songs fr... (more...)
BWW Review: New England Premiere of THE EFFECT at Gloucester Stage Company BWW Review: New England Premiere of THE EFFECT at Gloucester Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - June 19, 2017

It is a simple premise: Two candidates in a pharmaceutical drug trial fall in love, but is their chemistry real, or induced? This scientific debate is the subject of Lucy Prebble's THE EFFECT, now in its New England Premiere at Gloucester Stage Company. Under the direction of Sam Weisman, the play s... (more...)
BWW Review: RIPCORD: Nancy and Annie's Excellent Adventure BWW Review: RIPCORD: Nancy and Annie's Excellent Adventure
by Nancy Grossman - June 13, 2017

Laughs in abundance are in free fall in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's RIPCORD, a bejeweled vehicle for a pair of women of a certain age that is polished to a shine by the brilliant performances of Nancy E. Carroll and Annie Golden. Under ... (more...)
BWW Review: Rah Rah for THE MIDVALE HIGH SCHOOL FIFTIETH REUNION BWW Review: Rah Rah for THE MIDVALE HIGH SCHOOL FIFTIETH REUNION
by Nancy Grossman - June 07, 2017

The Nora Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Alan Brody's THE MIDVALE HIGH SCHOOL FIFTIETH REUNION, a light-hearted, evocative trip down Memory Lane with the Class of 1954. Directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner, Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp and Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director D... (more...)
BWW Review: DAYS OF ATONEMENT: The Strength of Sisterhood BWW Review: DAYS OF ATONEMENT: The Strength of Sisterhood
by Nancy Grossman - June 06, 2017

Israeli Stage presents the North American premiere production of Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari's DAYS OF ATONEMENT, a dramatic exploration of the Moroccan-Israeli immigrant experience through the eyes of four estranged sisters who reunite when their mother goes missing on the eve of Yom Kippur. Producing Ar... (more...)
BWW Review: BANK JOB: For Want of an Exit Strategy BWW Review: BANK JOB: For Want of an Exit Strategy
by Nancy Grossman - June 02, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company opens it 38th season with the New England premiere of John Kolvenbach's play about a pair of brothers who decide to try robbing a bank in an unwise career move. Taking the money turns out to be much easier than finding a way out of the executive washroom. A sympathetic bank ... (more...)
BWW Review: 4000 MILES at Shakespeare & Company: Definitely Worth the Trip BWW Review: 4000 MILES at Shakespeare & Company: Definitely Worth the Trip
by Nancy Grossman - May 30, 2017

Amy Herzog's 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2012 Obie Award-winner for Best New Play opens the 40th Anniversary Season in Lenox under new Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. Annette Miller gives an incredible performance as the widowed nonagenarian Vera Joseph who is visited by her 21-year-old, untet... (more...)
BWW Review: CAMELOT: Feeling Nostalgic for JFK BWW Review: CAMELOT: Feeling Nostalgic for JFK
by Nancy Grossman - May 23, 2017

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston closes out the season with David Lee's adaptation of Lerner and Loewe's CAMELOT, a revision that hones in on the relationships among the three principals and retains the glorious score, while jettisoning considerable weight from the historically burdensome book. Pro... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Love or Marriage? BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Love or Marriage?
by Nancy Grossman - May 13, 2017

SpeakEasy Stage Company's Boston premiere of Marsha Norman's (Book) and Jason Robert Brown's (Music and Lyrics) adaptation of Robert James Waller's novel is elevated by the luminescent Jennifer Ellis and hunky Christiaan Smith. The libretto wobbles, but the leads and ensemble warble Brown's soaring ... (more...)