Image: Dan Whelton (Valmont) and Eddie Shields (Tourvel). Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography.


Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Central Square Theater

By James Foritano   “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” by Christopher Hampton currently playing at the Central Square Theater is based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, an army officer and aristocrat who saw action both on and off the battlefield in the heated days of the late 18th century, just before the French Revolution. […]


The Women Who Mapped the Stars production

Sarah Oakes Muirhead (Henrietta Swan Leavitt) in The Women Who Mapped the Stars at Central Square Theater. Photograph by A.R. Sinclair Photography.


The Women Who Mapped the Stars at Central Square Theater

By James Foritano There are times when a reviewer comes home after a late night to look at his theater ticket and feel like kissing it for the scintillating drama its admission provided. That’s how I felt, in spades, as I looked at author Joyce Van Dyke’s light blue ticket to her play, “The Women […]


IMAGE: Christie Lee Gibson (seated), Brian Church, in The Rosenburgs. Photograph by Kalman Zabarsky.

IMAGE: Christie Lee Gibson (seated), Brian Church, in The Rosenburgs. Photograph by Kalman Zabarsky.


The Rosenbergs (An Opera)

Presented by the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) and produced by Boston University and Brandeis University, The Rosenbergs (An Opera) is moving to its Brandeis University venue this Thursday, April 26, to run through its final matinee performance on April 29.


IMAGE: documenta 14 exhibition poster (Mevis & Van Deursen) © documenta archiv.


THE BUSINESS OF ART: ART FREE FOR ALL

By Nancy Nesvet Okay, so now we acknowledge that the world of art is tied to economics. Only the Venice Biennale and other recent exhibitions after that model survive to showcase the best of new art not for sale or created with economic appreciation in mind, only the other kind. There is no shame in […]


Scott Ballantine and Rebecca Krouner during rehearsal for “As One” (Photography by Megan Bisceglia).


THEATER PREVIEW: BOSTON OPERA COLLABORATIVE PRESENTS “AS ONE” AT PICKMAN HALL

The two male vocalists sitting at our conference table are young, intense, and talented. They are bursting with information about what it’s like to represent with their resonant baritones the existential struggles of a young man, a boy really, transitioning to a mature woman.


Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse


Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse

For those of us that have loved and lost and reflect back nostalgically on the possibilities of what could have been, Mamma Mia has a special relevance. The rest of us can just sit back and revel in the color and exuberance of musical pop puffery.
Mamma Mia is the ideal beach musical, a fact well played by the Ogunquit Playhouse in the kick-off of their 85th season, which opened on May 19th and continues through the first of July. Though the setting is a remote Greek Isle on the Aegean coast, the steamy swim suited cast could easily be imagined on the scenic sands of Ogunquit beach.


A Midsummer Night's Dream by Actors' Shakespeare Project.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Actors' Shakespeare Project.


Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Multicultural Arts Center

Actors’ Shakespeare Project is presenting Shakespeare’s masterpiece through early June in a production directed by Patrick Swanson. In this classic favorite of the season, Theseus, the duke of Athens, in Shakespeare’s parable of his own life and times, is also in a hurry to wed his intended, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Recent antagonists on the battlefield though they’ve been, Theseus is impatient to leave all that behind them by tying the cord of amity in a royal marriage.


Caroline Worra (l.) and Amanda Crider (r.) comprise a two-headed Sphinx that torments Eddy (Marcus Farnsworth) who has set out to defeat them and stop their plague on his city in the Boston Lyric Opera production of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek. (Photograph by Liza Voll.)

Caroline Worra (l.) and Amanda Crider (r.) comprise a two-headed Sphinx that torments Eddy (Marcus Farnsworth) who has set out to defeat them and stop their plague on his city in the Boston Lyric Opera production of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek. (Photograph by Liza Voll.)


Boston Lyric Opera Annex presents Greek; Opera 101 at Boston Public Library Dec. 8

Boston Lyric Opera Annex presents Greek; Opera 101 at Boston Public Library Dec. 8 By James Foritano Boston, MA – “Greek,” which was performed as part of the Boston Lyric Opera’s “Opera Annex” series from Nov. 16-20 at Washington Street’s Emerson Paramount Theater, while bold and daring, bit off more than it, and we, can […]


Alexander Platt (Laertes) and Poornima Kirby (Ophelia) by Nile Scott Shott

Alexander Platt (Laertes) and Poornima Kirby (Ophelia) by Nile Scott Shott


Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents Hamlet at Boston’s Historic Church of the Covenant

Over all this brilliantly plotted, brilliantly acted tragic-comedy presides the vaulting majesty of Church of the Covenant. This setting underlines the question posed by the play: Is it God the father whose stern justice we mete out, or, as fallible human beings, should we better keep the son’s promise of justice with an admixture of mercy?


Fixed/Fluxed

Fixed/Fluxed Installation by Thu Kim Vu


Far from Foolish: Family Fun at the Festival of Fools

By Meghan Richter Image: “Festival Host BCA’s Current Exhibition: Thu Kim Vu’s Fixed/Fluxed” Driving through the green mountains of Vermont is always a treat, especially in the summer when the city of Burlington is vibrant with engaging activity. This past weekend’s temperatures were about 75 degrees on average, sunny and breezy — the perfect escape […]