Category Archive: Reviews

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

Bab Habit serves up a parade of presidents

BOSTON — It’s the presidential season, and I’ll wager by the time the campaign ended this week you knew more than you needed to know about President Obama and Mitt Romney. But how… Continue reading

Brinkley’s Roxie sinks in Citi Center’s ‘Chicago’

BOSTON — Christie Brinkley has been perhaps the most successful model in history. She came late to musical theater, and gets points for courage for even taking on the role of Roxie Hart,… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘old school’ ‘Guys and Dolls’ is pure escapism

BEVERLY — “Guys and Dolls” is an “old-school” musical, and that’s meant in the best possible way. The current production at the North Shore Music Theatre is most appealing, and that’s because all… Continue reading