Kiss Me, Kate is a tough piece. It requires actors not only to pull off Shakespearean text, but also to dance with expert skill and stretch their range with Cole Porter’s operatic score. It’s not beginner’s musical theatre. Therefore, The Longwood Players’ choice to present this classic is a bold choice. While Director Anna Waldron […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Bill Hanney’s North Shore Music Theatre is known in the Greater Boston area for bringing professional and Broadway-quality work to the North Shore of Boston during the lazy summer months and into the fall season. Moreover, they impress with their ability to stage full musical productions in the round, especially New England premieres. Disney’s The […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Singin’ in the Rain was a star vehicle movie musical for the unmatchable Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, the Golden Globes Best Supporting Actor-winning Donald O’Connor as Cosmo Brown, and the Oscar Best Supporting Actress Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont. However, the glorious feeling comes when the rising star Debbie Reynolds gained critical success as […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Hub Theatre features an impressive ensemble of male actors to perform and excel in a laugh-out-loud, hold-your-sides, bring-your-Shakespeare-philes production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] at Club Café. This production works in ways that their prior performances have not. First, the small cast is a tight ensemble unit featured fluidly throughout the evening […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Brian Friel’s Translations is a tough code to crack. The 1980 three-act play by the Irish playwright is a piece about language, and while it has many other themes and ideas, it’s ultimately about how we communicate. However, Friel communicates in such heavy-handed tones that you can’t help feeling like you’re a child listening to […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Me and My Girl at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston in Waltham is a whimsical look at the by-gone days of lords and ladies, titles and toddies, coats of arms and family crests. Underneath the silliness of the plot, Reagle Music Theatre’s impressive cast finds heart in loyalty, love, and lots of laughter. While […]

I’ve become a dog person. There, I said it, and I joined the millions of Americans (as well as others around the world) who worship their dogs. My boyfriend has an agreeable and adorable Cava-Poo (a King Charles Cavalier and Poodle mix) that is impossible not to love. But like looking at a newborn-adopted baby […]

  Brian Balduzzi

August is a slow month for theatre in Boston; many thespians decide to escape on a last-minute vacation before the fall season begins, and many theatre companies busily try to complete their seasons (we’re still waiting on a few companies to release their entire slate of production titles). However, surprisingly, we have more than enough […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Productions are organized by Date of Opening. If your production is not listed, send information (performance dates; link to production information; link to company website; and link to online ticket site, if available). Send information for September productions by August 22, 2014.  July 9 – Aug. 2, 2014 MACBETH Bay Colony Shakespeare Tickets July 10 […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Many patrons lament that Boston lacks theatre in the summer months; earlier this season, we would have agreed. But as we constructed our July Must See, we found a plethora of new works, ambitious projects, and familiar favorites for the whole family to enjoy during the warm summer evenings. As always, we offer variety: straight […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Productions are organized by Date of Opening. If your production is not listed, send information (performance dates; link to production information; link to company website; and link to online ticket site, if available). Send information for August productions by July 26, 2014. June 12 – July 6, 2014 JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Into the Woods may be one of my favorite Sondheim musicals, if not one of my favorite musicals. I have seen and participated in countless productions of this show, so I come to The Lyric’s production with a wealth of knowledge and experience. For any other production, this burden would be insurmountable; I would be […]

  Brian Balduzzi

This month’s selections can only be described as tackling the smart and difficult topics left untouched by most of society. Too often, it is easier to ignore our problems and issues rather than facing them. These productions offer the touch discussions, from race to living life without regret to questioning the safety of our youth. […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Legally Blonde: The Musical (music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and book by Heather Hach) is an outstanding piece to feature young, strong female musical theatre performers. Following the novel by Amanda Brown and popular movie by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Pictures, Legally Blonde tells the story of pretty SoCal “It” girl, Elle Woods […]

  Brian Balduzzi

It’s hard to articulate exactly what I saw when I witnessed Maureen Keiller’s remarkable performance in the emerging hit White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour. The one-man (or woman) play, produced as limited one-night engagements featuring other popular Boston actors such as Victor Shopov and John Kuntz, is a treat for anyone interested in […]

Angels in America: Part 1 – Millennium Approaches is an ambitious piece of theatre. The play demands outstanding performers, technical innovation and precision, and a strong directorial concept and eye for detail. The Umbrella (formerly the Emerson Umbrella) in Concord, Massachusetts astounds and surprises with its professional delivery of Tony Kushner’s epic play. This performance […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Shakespeare’s As You Like It offers one of his most accessible comedies. Featuring one of the Bard’s best female characters, the play is a wonderful exploration of sexual and romantic liberation and education, as personified in the diverse relationships in this classic play. The Actors’ Shakespeare Project delights in this energetic production, featuring some impressive […]

Full disclosure: I am not a Tempest fan. One of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest is heralded as a farewell to the stage, a commentary on art and life, and a post-colonial exploration (though this last lens may be a later addition to the play’s analyses). The American Repertory Theater, in association with The Smith […]

The “Coming Soon” feature is the newest addition to the Boston My Theatre Branch to satisfy your theatre cravings during the long summer months. While we have plenty of New England summer stock (which we’ll highlight with vigor and delight), it’s no surprise that Boston theatres virtually shut down for the summer months, focusing on […]

  Brian Balduzzi

On a Saturday night, I had the pleasure to see MetroWest Opera’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Why do I say that I had the pleasure? Because it was good. Like sickeningly sweet with gumdrops good. MetroWest Opera was founded in 2007, and it has produced at least one opera every year since then; […]

  Brian Balduzzi

The Boston Teen Acting Troupe is something special for the Greater Boston area. Boasting impressive teenage leadership with a compelling mission to bring “enriching, engaging and edgy theatre to teens” and to provide “an outlet for Boston teenagers who are serious about their craft, whether that is acting, directing or design.” However, the company does […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Many people underestimate how difficult Christopher Durang is to perform. With a snarky and dark sense of humor, bordering on the macabre, Durang leaves nothing uncommented in his plays. Happy Medium Theatre’s Baby with the Bathwater performs the play with a sensitivity and awareness of the biting ultra-realism of one of Durang’s most famous and […]

  Brian Balduzzi

I am in awe over the amount of diverse, interesting, and, dare I say, exceptional theatre in Boston for the lusty month of May. We have finally put away our winter coats and we’re ready for summer (maybe?). Before we go into our summer theatre slump (seriously, Greater Boston, what’s up with that?!), the Greater […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Ever have one of those college English papers which you can’t seem to write because you’re worried that the professor will judge you for your crazy ideas? What if you just wrote your ideas to him or her in a musical adaptation of the most accessible Shakespeare plays and called it a night? Midsummer Night: […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia is a simple story of morality and virtue that is drawn out to epic proportions. While The Boston Conservatory performs each role with gusto, the opera seemed tired, expiring long before the final note. With such high quality at the school, I suspect the source material is to blame with […]

  Brian Balduzzi

The A.R.T.’s and the OBERON’s The Donkey Show is old news; while a refreshing and imaginative retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when it premiered in Boston in 2009, and though the appeal has not worn-off completely, the production is on its way out the door. In its place, the Boston theatre scene demands something […]