I’m a big fan of Antony Raymond whom I consider one of the city’s rising star playwrights. He creates rich unique characters with clear voices. As tensions and emotions inevitably build throughout his plays, the characters are primed to clash with each other. That said, the plot of his latest play, Apartment 301, feels undeveloped […]

  Kelly Bedard

Somewhere at the intersection of a contemporary art piece and a classical narrative ballet lives the National Ballet of Canada’s new production, the world premiere of the first full-length work from homegrown company star Guillaume Côté. This is a big deal. A bigger deal than is being made, I think. The National is no stranger […]

  Kelly Bedard

You Will Remember Me (Tarragon Theatre/Studio 180 Theatre) The Toronto premiere of François Archambault’s play (translated by Bobby Theodore) about a man with encroaching memory loss …

  Lisa McKeown

After finding my way through the thick black curtain that marked the entrance to the Array Space theatre, I found myself in a beautiful, intimate world. A long dining table covered in academic books stood at the center of the candle-lit room. Smaller chairs and tables peppered the walls. A small bar stood in the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Flashpoint star Sergio di Zio made a massive splash on stage in 2014 in the first major production at the new Coal Mine Theatre on the Danforth, the Canadian premiere of The Motherfucker with the Hat. As […]

  Thea Fitz-James

John Patrick Shanley’s A Woman is A Secret opened at the Theatre Centre last Friday to an enthusiastic audience. Though what brought audiences to their feet at the end of the show is not clear to me. For while A Woman is a Secret was beautifully staged, actors were bogged down by Shanley’s overly poetic […]

  Kelly Bedard

I woke up on November 27th 2014 at the age of 25. Now, as I sit drinking a Stella at a jazz bar in Kensington Market (Shafton Thomas Group, Thursday Nights at Poetry– you should go!) , I’m back somewhere near where I started. But for a few hours there in the middle- between 1 […]

  Brian Boruta

There’s something special about seeing a local premiere. Whether the show has previously played out of town or not, seeing it for the first time here in Boston always feels special. Of course, the catch 22 is that it also sets a very high bar of the production, being the first for its audiences in […]

  Theresa Perkins

After years of development and some very high-profile public try-outs (including a Prime Time showcase on the Tony Awards and a PBS special in February), Sting’s new musical The Last Ship has sailed onto the Great White Way. The wait was worth it. Sting’s lyrics are vivid and compelling and his melodies are rich and […]

  Tim Collins

Utopia is easily the most anticipated new reality series of the fall season. As a multi-day series, Fox was gambling on this non-competition based show and they gave it three episodes during the premiere week. The premise is somewhat simple: a group of 14 Utopians arrive in a secluded land and are given limited funds […]

  Saiya Floyd

The premiere of Doctor Who’s eighth season was aptly named ‘Deep Breath’, because you will have to take multiple in order to calm down and not be annoyed at the bizarre plot, tired repetitions and frankly squandered opportunity. Peter Capaldi’s debut as the Twelfth Doctor should have been an absolute triumph, and he deserved a […]

  Brian Boruta

Upon arriving at the Zack Box Theatre at The Boston Conservatory, we were told that the house would not be opening until about 5 minutes prior to the performance time. When the doors finally did open, we were asked to remove our shoes, place them on a shoe rack, and only then enter the performance […]

  Kelly Bedard

There are two sides to assessing pretty much any contemporary theatre piece- there’s the play, and there’s this production of it. With the current Canadian Stage production of Nina Raine’s Tribes, this line becomes quite blurry. This is the Canadian premiere of a fairly young and wildly lauded text so one gets the sense that […]

  Saiya Floyd

Starz has had a problem of late, where they announce shows that sound absolutely amazing, but when they actually premiere, they fall miserably flat. It happened last fall with The White Queen, and it happened again this week with Black Sails. It should have been brilliant: a pirate show starring Toby Stephens? Yes please. Stephens […]

  Robin Lempel

Girls’ third season premiered with two episodes on Sunday and everything is different, but also the same. Marnie is still defining herself by Charlie, Shoshanna is exploring herself in her senior year, Jessa is wreaking havoc in rehab. Things are good for Hannah, though. Hannah is happily with Adam and writing her book, but we […]

  Brian Balduzzi

We’re in October, and while our list is relatively short, we have some gems on our calendar. We’re noticing a lack of fringe theatre; are we just ignorantly unaware of the masterpiece works in our greater Boston community or does Boston lack quality fringe theatre? Email me press releases! Email me links of new, emerging […]

  Saiya Floyd

Doctor Who’s midseason opener, ‘The Bells of Saint John’ was a fantastic starting point for new companion Clara, but ultimately was weighed down by problems stemming from the past. The concept behind the episode was clever- something is in the WiFi. In our digital age, the idea that something could be lurking in the Internet, […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

For much of Game of Thrones‘ first season, I lived in an HBO-less cave where I could only read about episodes and critical reaction days after on the internet. It was a tough time, winter-like, if you will. But now, in a curious inverse of the narrative on Game of Thrones, an HBO-fueled spring has […]