Category Archive: Reviews

O’Neill’s ‘Sister Anonymous’ entertains and informs

BOSTON – The play “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey was presented at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown in 2006 and I was blown away by the… Continue reading

ASP’s ‘Edward II’: A page-turner of a production

  CHARLESTOWN – When Actors Shakespeare Project in the recent past has dipped outside the canon of The Bard, the results have been very, very good. A production of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”… Continue reading

ART’s ‘Iguana’ may be next on the road to NYC

CAMBRIDGE – Director Michael Wilson is a passionate advocate of the works of Tennessee Williams. As artistic director of Hartford Stage, he produced a marathon of Williams’ works from 1998 to 2011 that… Continue reading

Musical fable ‘Jonah’ both entertains and uplifts

STONEHAM – There’s no falling chandeliers, cats in costume or flying witches. But musicals come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and the Stoneham Theatre’s production of “Jonah and the Whale” is a… Continue reading

‘Exit Strategy’: Casualties in an educational war zone

BOSTON – If you know a teacher who has logged a considerable amount of time in inner-city schools, you might find they resemble a soldier returning from a long stint in a war… Continue reading

Sisterhood is tested in MRT’s ‘Women in Jeopardy!’

LOWELL – When the solidarity of the sisterhood is threatened by a possibly unhinged dentist, cue the laughter. Thankfully, it never really stops. The Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of “Women in Jeopardy!” is… Continue reading

Thanks for bringing brilliant ‘Beauty Queen’ here

  BOSTON – To David Dower, P. Carl, David C. Howse and all others at ArtsEmerson who brought the Druid Theatre Company’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” to Boston: Thanks. Playwright Martin McDonagh’s… Continue reading

‘Brecht on Brecht’: More context would have helped

WATERTOWN – Bertolt Brecht isn’t big box office anymore. But his thoughts and words were relevant in their time and many believe are even more relevant today. The New Repertory Theatre’s co- production… Continue reading

Fifty years after debut, ‘Cabaret’ is still stunning

BOSTON – This is where it all began. The brilliant careers of composer John Kander and the late lyricist Fred Ebb really took off in 1966 when their second musical – “Cabaret” –… Continue reading

Lyric Stage’s ‘Virginia Woolf’: A battle for the ages

BOSTON – Playwright Edward Albee was not all about making theater-goers feel comfortable. In his classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, now being presented by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, there is… Continue reading