Category Archive: Reviews

Hilarious holiday madness in ‘Fully Committed’

WATERTOWN — There are many kinds of madness during the holiday season. One kind is manning the reservations desk at a beyond-upscale Manhattan restaurant close to Christmas, as an actor named Sam does… Continue reading

New Rep brings Capote’s wistful ‘Memories’ to life

WATERTOWN — As we get older, our memories of holidays tend to get more bittersweet, tempered, perhaps, by the death of a loved one at holiday time. The New Repertory Theatre’s production of… Continue reading

Desperate men, desperate times in ‘Of Mice and Men’

BOSTON — John Steinbeck proved that he had a real feel for the plight of the working man in his masterworks “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men.” He wrote of… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Carol’ deserves to be a tradition

BEVERLY — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Maybe just tweak it a little. There’s many good reasons that, since it debuted in 1989, the North Shore Music Theatre’s adaptation of Dickens’… Continue reading

Laughter translates well in Lyric’s ‘Chinglish’

BOSTON — When it comes to translating English into Chinese and Chinese into English, there are many moments of “you can’t get there from here.” Barlow Adamson, playing businessman Daniel Cavanaugh in the… Continue reading

ArtsEmerson’s ‘Pianist’ is elegant, enthralling

BOSTON — The notes come right from the heart, transferred from mother down to daughter over many year of instructions. The stories have also come down from mother to daughter, a constant source… Continue reading

Off-stage, on-stage, ‘Half ‘n Half ‘n Half’ is a hoot

LOWELL — Theater people can be funny. On occasion, very funny. The classic musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” is the obvious example. The farce “Noises Off” and Ken Ludwig‘s comedy “Moon Over Buffalo” are… Continue reading

Lyman goes to the dogs in New Rep’s ‘Chesapeake’

WATERTOWN — When you come right down to it, there’s really nothing unusual about a performance artist channeling a dog. Even a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Lucky. Through Dec. 16, the New Repertory… Continue reading

From ending to beginning in Huntington’s ‘Betrayal’

BOSTON — Don’t arrive late for the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” You might miss the ending. The play begins with a man and a woman in a 1977 London… Continue reading

Linehan lifts Stoneham Theatre’s ‘Wonderful Life’

STONEHAM — It’s tricky business when you adopt an iconic movie for the stage. The source material of the Stoneham Theatre’s adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic holiday film “It’s A Wonderful Life” is… Continue reading