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Friday, March 23, 2018

Plays, musicals spring to colorful life by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Spring has spru — well, OK, it still feels like the depths of winter. But eventually spring will arrive, and with it an amazing calendar of theater.From classics to new works, musicals bot…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Theatergoers will warm to splendid lineup of shows by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

It’s going to be a long, cold winter. Art will keep your spirit warm.Oh, you’ll still need to spend a fortune on your heating bills of course. But experimental theater and tried-and-true…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

‘Sense & Sensibility’ a high-spirited affair at A.R.T. by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Thanks to artistic director Diane Paulus, Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater has become a pipeline to Broadway. With original shows and revivals, superstars (Bryan Cranston! Audra McDo…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Musical brings holiday laughter to audiences by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

It almost takes a miracle to transform a modern piece of art into a Christmas standard. Between “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Have …

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Plays, musicals fill local stages by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Great job waiting for “Hamilton” to come to Boston. The good news is you only have another year: The storied show arrives in our city in September 2018.But no need to while away the time…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

‘Neverland’ soars when Hook springs into action by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Pirates improve any adventure tale, especially when the dastardly Capt. Hook commands the crew of buccaneers. Unfortunately it takes the creative team of “Finding Neverland” a whole act …

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer stages bursting with enchanting tales by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

This summer’s theater season has range. Not “from Stephen Sondheim to Andrew Lloyd Webber” range, but epic jumps from Chekhov to trouble in River City, Peter Pan to robot battle nuns.O…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Broadway hits, original productions to light up Hub theaters by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Rejoice! “Hamilton” is coming … in September … of 2018.While we wait for the greatest theater sensation since Hamlet pondered “To be, or not to be,” let’s enjoy a few other mas…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Boston theaters to queue up spectacular shows by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

A big thumbs-up to thea­ter. From “Hamilton” to “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” (straight from Cambridge to Broadway), theater has returned as a major art form. It c…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday fun to fill Boston stages by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

When you say you are going to “The Nutcracker” this season, you will need to be a smidge more specific. The Boston Ballet or Jose Mateo production? Or maybe you mean the touring Russian …

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mayhem rules in Filter’s twisted Shakespeare by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

When the Sal’s delivery guy walked on stage with five large pizzas, I understood why Filter Theatre artistic director Ferdy Roberts described “Twelfth Night” as “anarchic.”In an in…

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Filter Theatre launches 
anarchic 
version of ‘Twelfth Night’ by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” has often been described as whimsical — madcap even. But anarchic?It’s a word Filter Theatre artistic director Ferdy Roberts uses over and over again …

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Theater Review: Nick Offerman leads a mad, mad wonderful ‘Confederacy’ by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Ron Swanson’s personality resembled a hundred-year-old oak growing out of the grave of Ernest Hemingway. But don’t conflate the muted emotional range of Nick Offerman’s “Parks and Re…

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Songs strike a chord in ‘Beautiful’ by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

The Shirelles turned “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” into a two-and-a-half minute opera of longing, hope and pop glory (those strings!). Smokey Robinson transformed the tune into a slow-bur…

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Stage struck: The curtain rises on an exciting theater season by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to check out the fall theater lineup.What? You expected Muppets?While we’re all excited about the Muppets’ ret…

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Boots’ is a high-strutting delight by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

“Kinky Boots” is the best based-on-a-movie modern musical about an unlikely band of misfits who pull together just in time to save the day.Oh wait, what about “Newsies?” And what abo…

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Lauper’s Tony-winning ‘Kinky Boots’ was made for watching by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Writer Harvey Fierstein and director Jerry Mitchell know plenty of song experts. They needed an authority on songs and shoes to pen the music for the Broadway adaptation of “Kinky Boots.…

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Boston native scores big with ‘Newsies’ by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Think Broadway audiences are tough?Try doing song and dance numbers for couples in cabana-wear killing time ahead of the midnight buffet.Before Michael Ryan landed a spot in the national tou…

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kick up your heels: Musicals and comedies abound on summer stages by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to put away those brainy novels and dark TV shows and go to see a musical — “Mad Men” is over, go see “Guy…

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Patinkin and Mac deliver entertaining ‘Apocalyptic Vaudeville’ by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

“The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville” examines how love and patience can overcome trauma.Or maybe the two-man show starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac reflects on …

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eleanor Bergstein brings ‘Dancing’ to Boston stage by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

If you had the time of your life, you owe it to Eleanor Bergstein. The woman who wrote “Dirty Dancing” created a piece of mythology as rich and beloved as any sci-fi epic — “Nobody p…

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Somerville native croons as Smokey Robinson in ‘Motown’ by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

The Motown sound changed music as profoundly as Bob Dylan or the Beatles did. Jesse Nager knew this almost innately as a 5-year-old bopping around his house in Somerville listening to the Ja…

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Stages come alive with the 
sounds and visions of the season by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

‘The Nutcracker” 
or “A Christmas Carol”? I generally side with anything that casts Jiminy Cricket as the Ghost of Christmas Past.Whatever your preference this holiday season — b…

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Young ‘Lion King’ star comes from 
rich musical bloodlines by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Nia Holloway comes from a musical family.Wait, strike that, it doesn’t capture the astonishing legacy of the young star of “The Lion King” (tomorrow through Oct. 12 at the Boston Opera…

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Curtain rises on fall 
theater scene by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Time to go back to school. No, not just the kids. After a summer of robots and monsters and turtles kung fu fighting, the time has come for some culture. Here are seven fall theater producti…

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Amaluna is artsy entertainment by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Popcorn and champagne.Walking into the big top set up for Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna” — now to July 6 at Marine Industrial Park — the smell of circus popcorn hits you hard. Then, …

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Local venues 
offer full 
lineup of plays and musicals by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Anything goes in this summer’s theater lineup.There are a few brainy, emotionally raw offerings to keep your mind and soul challenged. But they’re outnumbered by witty Shakespeare comedi…

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Diane Paulus stages ‘Amaluna’ 
for Cirque du Soleil by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Diane Paulus likes story and spectacle. And the artistic director of Harvard’s American Repertory Theater has had a lot of luck combining the two — Paulus’ revivals “Pippin” and …

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

ART’s offbeat ‘Tempest’ succeeds thanks to illusionist Teller by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Teller aims for a grand trick with “The Tempest,” now through June 15 at the American Repertory Theater. The legendary illusionist and half of Penn & Teller seeks to bind his populis…

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

The magic of 
Shakespeare by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

There’s magic in Shakespeare.Not just literary wizardry. The Bard populated his works with witches, ghosts and the mighty sorcerer Prospero.The lead character in Shakespeare’s “The Tem…

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Friday, May 2, 2014

‘Seinfeld’ star Jason Alexander shows off his Broadway chops by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Jason Alexander’s role as stocky bald man George Costanza tops his resume. But just below his “Seinfeld” work, musical theater fills Alexander’s CV.The actor has appeared in a dozen …

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