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Friday, June 7, 2019

Theater Review: “The Stone” — Nobody is Innocent by Erik Nikander

This marvelous production pulls off a tricky balance -- vibrant bursts of creative energy are put at the service of illuminating the thorny nature of memory and guilt. The post Theater Revie…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Theater Review: “Cry It Out” — The Power of Friendship by Erik Nikander

Cry It Out is a well-done dramedy that suggests that we try harder to let life’s sweet moments linger. The post Theater Review: “Cry It Out” — The Power of Friendship appeared first …

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Theater Review: “Trigger Warning” — Not Quite Explosive by Erik Nikander

As Zeitgeist Stage Company closes its doors, it’s hard not to wonder, with some bitterness, what our plucky local small-scale theater troupes would be able to accomplish if they had the re…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Theater Review: “The Clearing” — Timely Historical Drama by Erik Nikander

The Clearing pulls off an impressive challenge for a historical drama: it examines humanity’s weakness in the face of prejudice in a way that is not only faithful to the time period but un…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Theater Review: “Not Medea” — Blending the Mythical and the Mundane by Erik Nikander

Not Medea is a stirring character portrait, a detailed examination of the ruthless demands society makes -- and has always made -- on women. The post Theater Review: “Not Medea” — Blen…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Theater Review: HTC’s “Romeo and Juliet” — A Seamless Marriage between Old and New by Erik Nikander

The HTC's Romeo and Juliet may be dressed in modern trappings, but the play’s elemental heart and soul are left fully intact. The post Theater Review: HTC’s “Romeo and Juliet” — A …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Theater Review: “Who is Eartha Mae?” — Lady Sings the Sultry by Erik Nikander

Anchored by the assured direction of Cailin Doran and Jade Wheeler’s dazzling performance, Who is Eartha Mae? sings with truth. The post Theater Review: “Who is Eartha Mae?” &…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Theater Review: imaginary beasts’ Winter Panto 2019 — Joyful Nonsense by Erik Nikander

Imaginary Beasts’ Winter Panto 2019 proffers plenty of enthusiasm, wit, and panache. The post Theater Review: imaginary beasts’ Winter Panto 2019 — Joyful Nonsense appeared fi…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Theater Review: “Slow Food” — Could Use More Meat on its Bones by Erik Nikander

Qualms aside, Slow Food is an enjoyable show that taps into the uncertainties of middle-aged parents who must confront a strange, new life without the kids. The post Theater Review: “S…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Theater Review: “1776” — Retrograde History Lesson by Erik Nikander

While the push for diversity in casting is admirable, it’s not enough to resuscitate a script that feels dated, even regressive in its approach to historical storytelling.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Theater Review: “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” — Rabbit Transit by Erik Nikander

The company's staging is dynamic and vivacious, and the unconventional seating arrangements give audience members the chance to place themselves in the center of the action.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Theater Review: “Peter and the Starcatcher” — A Theatrical Adventure by Erik Nikander

Hub Theatre Company’s production bursts with energy, staged with a clear-minded sense of movement and a hand-made quality that generates ample charm and whimsy.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Theater Review: “We Will Not Be Silent” — A Vital Cautionary Tale by Erik Nikander

New Rep’s production of We Will Not Be Silent is an intelligent and profoundly moving work of theater.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Theater Review: “Murder for Two” — Homicide Made Hilarious by Erik Nikander

Driven by vibrant performances and exceptional design work, Murder for Two’s good-natured musical tale of murder makes it an ideal Halloween treat.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Theater Review: “Macbeth” — Shakespeare Re-vamped by Erik Nikander

Most of the time, Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Macbeth is compelling.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Theater Review: “Hamnet” — Lonely Beyond Words by Erik Nikander

Not all of the production's choices pay off, but Hamnet is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind play that strikes at a universal sense of longing.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Theater Review: “Straight White Men” — Going Their Wobbly Way by Erik Nikander

Straight White Men features plenty of conflict, but most of this wrangling comes in the form of tiresome, repetitive familial bickering.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Theater Review: “Native Gardens” — A Flowering Feud by Erik Nikander

The show’s attempt at satire comes off as blunt and lecture-heavy at times, but the production still manages to be an engaging comedy of manners.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Book Review: “The Chapo Guide to Revolution” — Laughing at Catastrophe by Erik Nikander

Too many cultural critics look at our past through a fuzzy filter of sentiment. Chapo Trap House tackles America’s past and present idiocies head-on in a refreshingly honest way.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Theater Review: CSC’s “Richard III” — Divine Devilry by Erik Nikander

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Richard III is a deft, gripping version of Shakespeare's vision of malevolence, staged with verve and vision.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Theater Review: “The Taming” — Entertaining Satire by Erik Nikander

Hub Theatre Company’s production of The Taming is engaging, thanks in no small part to the hilarious performances of its three lead actors.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Theater Review: “Calendar Girls” — A Warm Crowd-Pleaser by Erik Nikander

Apart from a few weak elements, GBS's Calendar Girls is a well-acted, well-staged comedic romp filled with wit, warmth, and genuine insight.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Theater Review: “Villains’ Supper Club” — The Adventures of a Supermom by Erik Nikander

The Villains’ Supper Club supplies an engaging and funny twist on the superhero mythos, a fun and fresh look at the tribulations of working mothers. The Villains’ Supper Club by Lil…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Theater Review: “True West” — American Anarchy by Erik Nikander

Hub Theatre Company’s True West is a joy to watch. True West by Sam Shepard. Directed by Daniel Bourque. Staged by the Hub Theatre Company of Boston at First Church Boston, 66 Marlboro…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Theater Review: Flat Earth’s “Antigone” — Inspired, But Flawed by Erik Nikander

Flat Earth Theatre’s staging of Antigone was filled with strong performances and provocative ideas.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Theater Review: “Little Orphan Danny” — Sweet and Raunchy by Erik Nikander

Little Orphan Danny is an engaging and satisfying musical, a fun journey through the life of an affable troublemaker.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Theater Review: “Lost Laughs” — The Rise and Fall of a Silent Star by Erik Nikander

Lost Laughs is an absorbing examination of the dark side of American celebrity.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Theater Review: “Hype Man” — Art Versus Politics by Erik Nikander

At a lean ninety minutes long, the play tackles too many big issues to do them justice.

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