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BWW REVIEW: 'AMADEUS' BORDERS ON DIVINE AT NEW REP
May 11, 2013
Virtuosic performances, perfectly orchestrated direction and exquisite period detail render the decadence and divinity beautifully in Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning 'Amadeus' at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Mass.
BWW INTERVIEW: STAGE AND SCREEN STAR STEFANIE POWERS DRAWS ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE FOR 'LOOPED'
May 2, 2013
Beloved actress best known for television's 'Hart to Hart' steps into 'Looped' tour as the legendary stage and screen diva Tallulah Bankhead. Powers co-starred with Bankhead in the 1965 cult thriller 'Die! Die! My Darling!' which serves as inspiration for this Matthew Lombardo comedy.
BWW Interviews: Cathy Rigby Takes Final Flight as 'PETER PAN'
April 23, 2013
The high-flying actress, and former award-winning gymnast, Cathy Rigby ends her decades-spanning reign as 'Peter Pan' in one final run in Boston April 23-28. She brings her relationship with the boy who won't grow up full circle by ending her national tour in the city where it all began in 1990 to rave reviews.
NEW REP ADDS FINAL 'MASTER CLASS' PERFORMANCE TONIGHT AT 7:30
April 21, 2013
Patrons have one last chance to see Amelia Broome's masterful performance as opera diva Maria Callas in 'Master Class' this Sunday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Mass.
BWW REVIEW: BOOK OF MORMON IS GOD AWFUL
April 11, 2013
'The Book of Mormon' may be outrageous, irreverent, and puerile in the extreme, but the most offensive thing about this insipid show is its insulting lack of wit.
BWW REVIEW: 'Raisin,' 'Clybourne Park' End Runs in Boston
April 6, 2013
Boston audiences have one last chance to see both the Huntington Theatre Company's knockout production of Lorraine Hansberry's landmark 1959 drama 'A Raisin in the Sun' and its modern-day follow-up, 'Clybourne Park,' running coincidentally in tandem at SpeakEasy Stage in the Boston Center for the Arts.
BWW REVIEW: A.R.T.'s 'GLASS MENAGERIE' IS A DELICATE BALANCE OF POWER AND POETRY
February 21, 2013
Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany blends the strength and delicacy of Tennessee Williams' haunting memory play The Glass Menagerie into a heart-breaking metaphor for the fragility of dreams
BWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Comes of Age in A.R.T. Revival
January 8, 2013
Dazzling acrobatics, insightful direction, shrewd performances, and rich new orchestrations make this creaky 1970s pop musical a timely and timeless exploration of personal fulfillment and existential angst
EXCLUSIVE: Circus Gypsy Takes PIPPIN to New Heights at A.R.T.
January 2, 2013
Director Diane Paulus' bold new staging of the beloved 1970s pop musical 'Pippin' incorporates daring circus acrobatics with the original Bob Fosse choreography in order to push the theatrical envelope when it comes to being 'extraordinary'
BWW REVIEW: AN 'OUR TOWN' FOR OUR TIME
December 17, 2012
David Cromer's stunning reimagining of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama 'Our Town' reverberates with life and longing in the Huntington Theatre Company production now at the Boston Center for the Arts
BWW REVIEW: 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' IS A TIMELESS TRADITION AT NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE
December 11, 2012
North Shore Music Theatre's 22nd edition of Jon Kimbell's delightful musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is as vibrant and moving as ever thanks to gorgeous visuals, stunning special effects, beautiful music, and a perfect cast led by the inimitable David Coffee as Ebeneezer Scrooge
BWW REVIEW: Pain Runs Deep in Huntington's BETRAYAL
November 26, 2012
Boston's Huntington Theatre Company presents a penetrating look beneath the surface of sex, lies and loneliness in its taut revival of Harold Pinter's 1978 memory play 'Betrayal' now through December 9 at the B.U. Theatre
BWW REVIEW: WAR HORSE Is a Simple Story Spectacularly Told
October 17, 2012
The horror and humanity of WWI are brought vividly to life in the national tour of 'War Horse,' the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Play featuring the remarkable life-size, and life-like, horses of Handspring Puppet Company.
BWW REVIEWS: It's a Hard Knock Life on Boston Stages
October 13, 2012
It's your last chance to catch scintillating Boston area premieres of two recent Broadway hits about hope in the midst of hardscrabble lives - 'The Motherf**ker with the Hat' at SpeakEasy Stage and 'Good People' at the Huntington. Both end this weekend.
BWW REVIEW: Cast, Direction Keep KITE RUNNER Aloft
October 2, 2012
'The Kite Runner' at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown provides uplift and hope by charting the very personal - and painful - journey of an imperfect but redeemable hero.
BWW INTERVIEW: Debra Jo Rupp Does Dr. Ruth
September 29, 2012
Debra Jo Rupp is currently back at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield for a limited return engagement (through October 7) of Mark St. Germain's 'Dr. Ruth, All the Way' which enjoyed a sold-out 36-performance world premiere run this summer.
BWW REVIEW: MARIE ANTOINETTE Sheds Light on Royal Pain
September 18, 2012
A.R.T.'s world premiere of David Adjmi's dark comedy 'Marie Antoinette' explores the complex woman beneath the myth while drawing parallels between the infamously over-privileged French monarchy and America's 1%
Sally Struthers Punches into Ogunquit's '9 to 5'
September 10, 2012
Veteran television comedienne Sally Struthers is working overtime to bring much needed laughs to an otherwise hit or miss production of Dolly Parton's '9 to 5: The Musical' at Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine
BILLY ELLIOT Rises and Shines in Boston
August 17, 2012
National tour of Broadway's Tony Award-winning 'Billy Elliot' retains all the power and punch of the original
Love and War Take on New Meaning in Ogunquit’s SOUTH PACIFIC
July 9, 2012
Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse presents a magnificent production of this classic musical masterpiece based on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival
PRIVATE LIVES Sparkles at the Huntington
June 22, 2012
Drink in this effervescent Noel Coward champagne cocktail during its final weekend at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston
XANADU Ends SpeakEasy Stage Season on a Roll
June 6, 2012
SpeakEasy Stage Company of Boston puts its own twisted spin on Douglas Carter Beane musical spoof of disastrous 1980 roller disco film XANADU
Summer Stages: Top 5 Picks for Boston and New England
May 30, 2012
Great theater is less than a tankful away from Boston this summer.
Boston Benefits from THE LUCK OF THE IRISH
May 4, 2012
The Huntington Theatre Company of Boston presents the world premiere of a haunting new play by Kirsten Greenidge which illuminates subtle but lingering racial issues involving opportunity, belonging, and the American Dream
Photo Coverage: SpeakEasy Stage Company Honors Broadway's Alice Ripley and Boston's Paula Plum
March 30, 2012
In its 21st Anniversary Gala, SpeakEasy Stage Company of Boston pays tribute to Alice Ripley, the Tony Award-winning star of 'Next to Normal,' the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical currently performing at SpeakEasy Stage in an extended run through April 22.
SpeakEasy's NEXT TO NORMAL Struggles with the Highs and Lows of Mental Illness
March 26, 2012
SpeakEasy Stage Company of Boston mounts a stirring, if not completely satisfying, production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that explores an average family's attempts to deal with the shattering effects of mental illness
TIME STANDS STILL: Lives Out of Focus and Frozen by War
February 27, 2012
Lyric Stage in Boston sharpens the focus on Donald Margulies' meandering play about a photo journalist and foreign correspondent damaged by life and the ravages of the Iraq War
THE ADDAMS FAMILY: More Mediocre Than Macabre
February 11, 2012
National tour of revamped Broadway musical based on the darkly humorous comics of Charles Addams is more sweetly traditional than deliciously cutting edge
'SUPERIOR DONUTS' HAS TOUGH GLAZE, SOFT CENTER
February 2, 2012
Boston's Lyric Stage production of Tracy Letts' kinder, gentler follow-up to 'August: Osage County' boasts a superb cast of vivid characters grappling with a changing neighborhood and changing times