Category Archive: Reviews

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

In Quincy, Adams, Jefferson came alive again on 4th

  QUINCY – Like the holiday, it only happens once a year. For the 12th straight year, the National Park Service celebrated July 4th at the Adams National Historic Site by staging Howard… Continue reading

GSC’s ‘The Effect’: Is love real, or is it Memorex?

GLOUCESTER – Is that the alcohol talking, or do you really love me? You only have to spend a short amount of time at the nearest dating bar to know that when drugs… Continue reading

Flat Earth’s ‘Fat Pig’ packs a powerful punch

WATERTOWN – It all starts with the title. “Fat Pig” is a smack to the face, a punch to the gut, a strong signal about what playwright Neil LaBute has in store for… Continue reading

Fine voices lift Reagle’s family-friendly ‘Joseph’

WALTHAM –Before there was the “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,”a cantata premiered in 1970 by the very young duo of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. It was… Continue reading

Little things done right propel NSMT’s ‘Music Man’

BEVERLY – On its way to becoming one of the most popular musicals in theatrical history, “The Music Man” – celebrating its 60th anniversary – had a lot to say. Meredith Willson’s work… Continue reading

Great cast, direction give ‘Midvale High’ wings

CAMBRIDGE – The Nora Theatre Company’s world premiere of “The Midvale High School Fiftieth Reunion” at the Central Square Theater came with a sense of anticipation. Playwright Alan Brody’s award-winning drama “Operation Epsilon”… Continue reading

Well-done drama ‘Blood on the Snow’ rings true

BOSTON – Once again this summer, history will come alive – in the very spot it actually happened 247 years ago. The Bostonian Society and the National Park Service are again presenting Patrick… Continue reading

Huntington’s raucous ‘Ripcord’ has humor, heart

BOSTON – As the weather finally, hopefully, turns warmer and brighter, the “Virginia Woolf”’s of the world – as wonderful as they are – give way to works such as “Ripcord,” the Huntington… Continue reading

ART’s ‘Arrabal’: An unlikely pairing, but it works

CAMBRIDGE – It is an unlikely alliance, but somehow it works. “Arrabal” marries the tango, the Argentinian national dance, with the harrowing tale of a low point in the country’s history, and the… Continue reading