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Friday, May 19, 2017

A.R.T. U.S. Premiere of "Arrabal" by Nancy Grossman

... a gorgeous, sensual show that tells its complicated political story through the media of music and dance.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

"An American in Paris" Launched in Boston by Nancy Grossman

There is no shortage of superlatives to describe the touring production of An American in Paris, but most of them are overused. Rather than label it as sublime, or stunning, or as must see, …

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Eve Ensler's "In the Body of the World" at A.R.T. by Nancy Grossman

Ensler's performance is engaging and without a shred of artifice as she obliterates the fourth wall and addresses the audience in an intimate, conversational style.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"An Octoroon" New England Premiere by Nancy Grossman

One of Jacobs-Jenkins' great achievements in An Octoroon is his ability to make us feel that we are simultaneously experiencing a theatrical event from 150 years in the past and something th…

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

"Nice Fish" at A.R.T. with Mark Rylance by Nancy Grossman

To craft the play composed of the prose poems of Louis Jenkins, two-time Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance collaborated with Minnesota-based poet and director/composer Claire van Kampen.…

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812" by Nancy Grossman

Dave Malloy's book and libretto extract the heart of the story, making it both accessible and contemporary, and director Rachel Chavkin's thrilling staging offers a non-stop sensory feast.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Huntington World Premiere of "A Confederacy of Dunces" by Nancy Grossman

Expectations have been running high in two camps for the opening of the Huntington Theatre Company world premiere of A Confederacy of Dunces: fans of Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in NBC's "P…

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Huntington Theatre Company Premier's Holzman's "Choice" by Nancy Grossman

... ne side tickles your ribs with its rapier wit, while the other side incisively provokes your heart and mind with questions about the consequences of the choices we make.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

"Saving Kitty" in Cambridge by Nancy Grossman

... Marisa Smith's play is consistently funny and outrageous, and Jennifer Coolidge gives a knockout performance as the manipulative matriarch of a liberal, atheist Manhattan family coming f…

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Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

A.R.T. World Premiere of "The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville" by Nancy Grossman

... pairing Broadway and television star Mandy Patinkin (A.R.T. debut) with playwright/performance artist Taylor Mac (The Lily's Revenge at A.R.T.), with direction and choreography by five-…

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Friday, March 20, 2015

New Adaptation of "Big Fish" at SpeakEasy Stage by Nancy Grossman

... this smaller, more intimate iteration by bookwriter John August and composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa reduces the size and scope of the Broadway production, directed by Susan Stroman, which…

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nick Gandiellos' "Oceanside" Premiere Production by Nancy Grossman

Beyond the finely tuned performances, attentive direction, and crisp writing, Oceanside works because it is realistic and relevant.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

New Rep World Premiere "The King of Second Avenue" by Nancy Grossman

Pitting antagonistic Jewish sects against each other, it might be subtitled "East Side Story," only with a comedic foundation.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Huntington World Premier of Ronan None's "The Second Girl" by Nancy Grossman

... play that imagines the lives of those who serve the fictional Tyrone family.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A.R.T. "Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)" by Nancy Grossman

The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' new trilogy, Father…

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SpeakEasy World Premiere of Ken Urban's "A Future Perfect" by Nancy Grossman

A Future Perfect is marked by strong writing and three-dimensional, flawed characters, authentically portrayed by the four actors.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

"Muckrakers" at New Repertory in Boston by Nancy Grossman

With intelligent, balanced direction by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary, it is impossible to find a seam where actors Esme Allen and Lewis D. Wheeler end and their characters begin.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Huntington "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Nancy Grossman

Vanya (Martin Moran) and Sonia (Marcia DeBonis) live in the family's Bucks County, Pennsylvania, bucolic fieldstone house (beautifully conceived by scenic designer David Korins) where they c…

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" at Lyric Stage by Nancy Grossman

MacDonald inhabits rather than impersonates the late, great Texas columnist whose folksy intellect provides a wellspring of witticisms and anecdotes that entertain and enlighten.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Meet Me in St. Louis" in Stoneham, Mass. by Nancy Grossman

It's at its best during the many musical numbers and whenever [Sirena] Abalian is center stage; but, while she is soaring on a higher plane, much of the show is struggling to achieve altitud…

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Monday, December 15, 2014

"Necessary Monsters" World Premiere at SpeakEasy Stage Co by Nancy Grossman

... the latest entertainment to spill from the labyrinthian mind of the local playwright. Directed by frequent collaborator David R. Gammons, who likens the structure of Kuntz's play to that…

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

A.R.T. World Premiere of Eve Ensler's "O.P.C." by Nancy Grossman

... is as much a giant wave in a cultural tsunami as it is a play.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Penny Fuller in "13 Things About Ed Carpolotti" by Nancy Grossman

. It was inspired for Fuller and Kleinbort to find the dramatic justification to turn the play into a musical. That isn't always the case, but this duo found the way to make this story sing …

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Repertory "The Little Prince" by Nancy Grossman

The 1943 novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupry, the most-read and most-translated book in French language history, has been adapted into a musical by John Scoullar (book and lyrics) and Rick C…

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

"The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" in Boston by Nancy Grossman

Director Larry Coen, who previously staged Busch's The Divine Sister (SpeakEasy Stage 2011), has done his homework to capture the sensibility and sentiments of the playwright.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cicely Tyson in "The Trip to Bountiful" by Nancy Grossman

Reprising her 2013 Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated performance as Carrie Watts, Tyson is joined by Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood to round out the conflicted family triangl…

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Monday, November 3, 2014

SpeakEasy "Bad Jews" by Nancy Grossman

If Bad Jews happened to be a person, rather than a play, its Jewish parents would be kvelling over its achievements.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Lyric Stage "Dear Elizabeth" by Nancy Grossman

Renowned 20th century poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell exchanged more than 400 letters during their thirty-year friendship, and from them playwright Sarah Ruhl has culled a represent…

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