Category Archive: Reviews

‘The Illusionists’ aren’t your father’s magicians

BOSTON – This isn’t your father’s magic show. With the emergence of magic megastars such as David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine, the term magician – especially if you’re making buildings… Continue reading

At New Rep, a war-weary Golda Meir looks back

WATERTOWN – There was never a chance that Golda Meir was going to stay in the kitchen. After she left the United States to live in a kibbutz in Palestine in 1921, there actually… Continue reading

O’Neill’s ‘Sister Anonymous’ entertains and informs

BOSTON – The play “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey was presented at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown in 2006 and I was blown away by the… Continue reading

ASP’s ‘Edward II’: A page-turner of a production

  CHARLESTOWN – When Actors Shakespeare Project in the recent past has dipped outside the canon of The Bard, the results have been very, very good. A production of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”… Continue reading

ART’s ‘Iguana’ may be next on the road to NYC

CAMBRIDGE – Director Michael Wilson is a passionate advocate of the works of Tennessee Williams. As artistic director of Hartford Stage, he produced a marathon of Williams’ works from 1998 to 2011 that… Continue reading

Musical fable ‘Jonah’ both entertains and uplifts

STONEHAM – There’s no falling chandeliers, cats in costume or flying witches. But musicals come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and the Stoneham Theatre’s production of “Jonah and the Whale” is a… Continue reading

‘Exit Strategy’: Casualties in an educational war zone

BOSTON – If you know a teacher who has logged a considerable amount of time in inner-city schools, you might find they resemble a soldier returning from a long stint in a war… Continue reading

Sisterhood is tested in MRT’s ‘Women in Jeopardy!’

LOWELL – When the solidarity of the sisterhood is threatened by a possibly unhinged dentist, cue the laughter. Thankfully, it never really stops. The Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of “Women in Jeopardy!” is… Continue reading

Thanks for bringing brilliant ‘Beauty Queen’ here

  BOSTON – To David Dower, P. Carl, David C. Howse and all others at ArtsEmerson who brought the Druid Theatre Company’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” to Boston: Thanks. Playwright Martin McDonagh’s… Continue reading

‘Brecht on Brecht’: More context would have helped

WATERTOWN – Bertolt Brecht isn’t big box office anymore. But his thoughts and words were relevant in their time and many believe are even more relevant today. The New Repertory Theatre’s co- production… Continue reading