Category Archive: Reviews

Off the Grid’s ‘The Weird’ is a bumpy but fun ride

BOSTON – The theater troupe Off The Grid takes pride in its non-traditional form of making theater – hence both its name and its mission statement, which Artistic Director Alexis Scheer described as… Continue reading

In the end, ART’s ‘Burn All Night’ doesn’t deliver

CAMBRIDGE – “Burn All Night” never catches fire. At a recent performance, I kept waiting and hoping THAT SONG or THAT MOMENT might come along and light up the new musical now being… Continue reading

NSMT’s fast, funny ‘Frankenstein’: ‘It’s ‘alive!’

BEVERLY – Those who thought Mel Brooks couldn’t write and stage a complete musical weren’t wrong once – when “The Producers” won a record 12 Tonys” in 2001 – they were thankfully wrong… Continue reading

At GSC, Horovitz’s ‘final exam’ for wives, lovers

GLOUCESTER – They are a quartet of women with something in common: A man. They come together in a Parisian apartment to – mourn? – the passing of the professor they were all… Continue reading

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