Category Archive: Reviews

Ogunquit’s ‘Ragtime’ helps restore that missing Tony

OGUNQUIT, ME. – Timing is everything in life. When the producers of the musical “Ragtime” debuted their show on Broadway on Jan. 18, 1998, it ran headlong into a Walt Disney phenomenon called… Continue reading

‘Neverland’ is great fun, but score holds it back

BOSTON – “Finding Neverland” could have been – maybe should have been – a great musical. After all, the work that is at the heart of the piece – J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter… Continue reading

Given lemons, ’42nd Street’ makes sweet lemonade

WALTHAM – When life hands you lemons, make lemonade Instead of the “Blue Skies” that Irving Berlin described, storm clouds gathered in Waltham last week when Tom Wopat, who was set to co-star… Continue reading

CSC’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a tale for our times

BOSTON – Is Willy Shakespeare – who celebrated his 453rd birthday earlier this year – getting older and wiser? Why is it that so many of the themes – especially the blood feud… Continue reading

Prepare to be engaged in Cobb’s ‘American Moor’

BOSTON – Keith Hamilton Cobb was an English major at NYU when he fell in love with the work of a man who had died more than four centuries before. Cobb’s relationship with… Continue reading

Bates is luminous in GSC’s powerful ‘Rainmaker’

GLOUCESTER – It is the Dust Bowl in the midst of the Depression in the 1930’s, and both hope – and rain – are in short supply. In the Gloucester Stage Company’s powerful… Continue reading

This ‘Godot’ honors those actors who sit and wait

BOSTON – How best to satirize or parody a work of art ? Well, in this case it’s be like Sam – aka Samuel Beckett, the author of “Waiting for Godot,” the 1953… Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Beast’ makes a joyous return to NSMT

  BEVERLY – When the Walt Disney Company decided to re-purpose its successful animated features for the stage, it was the theatrical equivalent of a baseball player starting his at-bat with a 3-0… Continue reading

‘Bullets over Broadway’: Perfect summer fun

OGUNQUIT, Maine – It’s the theatrical equivalent of a day at the beach, an overflowing lobster roll, and your favorite ice cream cone. The Ogunquit Playhouse production of the musical “Bullets over Broadway”… Continue reading

Reagle’s ‘Show Boat’: A worthy re-telling of a classic

WALTHAM – The Cotton Blossom has been steaming along the American theatrical scene since 1927. The musical “Show Boat,” with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II, based… Continue reading