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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.


In the Count’s garage where he keeps the cars in tip-top shape, Figaro (Evan Hughes, r.) helps Susanna (Emily Birsan) imagine their upcoming nuptials in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro.” Photoraph by T. Charles Erickson.

In the Count’s garage where he keeps the cars in tip-top shape, Figaro (Evan Hughes, r.) helps Susanna (Emily Birsan) imagine their upcoming nuptials in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro.” Photograph by T. Charles Erickson.


Boston Lyric Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro at John Hancock Hall

In Boston’s venerable John Hancock Hall, a few steps down Berkeley Street and just off Copley Square, our own Boston Lyric Opera roars into town with an enduring classic, a smoking hot bedroom comedy that offended one emperor, Joseph 2nd of the Hapsburg Empire, and King Louis XVI. Threats of censorship loomed, then dissipated.


Tom Rakewell (Ben Bliss) falls captive to Mother Goose’s ladies (Photography by T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography).

Tom Rakewell (Ben Bliss) falls captive to Mother Goose’s ladies (Photography by T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography).


Boston Lyric Opera presents The Rake’s Progress

A new production by director Allegra Libonati illuminates the Cutler Majestic’s historic stage and house with a tale at once simple and profound.


Boston Opera House, decked out for The Nutcracker

Boston Opera House, decked out for The Nutcracker


Boston Ballet Presents Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker Boston Opera House, November 25, 2016

The play opens on Christmas Eve in 1820s Germany. The atmosphere on stage is both whimsical and elegant. Large mice in full furry costumes scamper about the stage with an energetic flair. One of the most memorable scenes, for this writer, comes as the clock strikes midnight. The audience looks on in delight as the set background expands to uncover a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, soaring at over 42 feet tall.


Alejandro Simoes & Sarah deLima in Marjorie Prime (Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography.)

Alejandro Simoes & Sarah deLima in Marjorie Prime (Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography.)


Marjorie Prime at Central Square Theatre

By James Fortiano Cambridge, MA – Looking at my ticket for an opening week performance by the Nora Theatre Company of Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime, I’m wondering whether I was more entertained or simply mildly intrigued. I’d choose intrigued. I’ll be up front — I’m a good times guy. I like to be entertained, or […]


Montpelier State House

Vermont State House in Montpelier


Vermont’s Capitol District

by Meghan Richter Montpelier, Vermont, is unlike the capital of any other state. The buildings and population are spread out, and the classic brownstone look is offset by their newly born public art initiative. The town is quite walkable, and contains preserved historical buildings. The businesses are all local, and during my visit, I did […]


Seo Hye Han in Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew by Liza Voll, courtesy of Boston Ballet; Costume by Peter Speliopoulos.

Seo Hye Han in Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew by Liza Voll, courtesy of Boston Ballet; Costume by Peter Speliopoulos.


The Boston Ballet’s Mirrors at the Boston Opera House

In their final production of the season, “Mirrors,” the Boston Ballet has indeed seasoned its repertory with more than a whiff of modernity, a crackle of contemporary challenge and even a soupcon of angst.


The Merry Widow BLO 4-16 164 THE MERRY WIDOW Music by Franz Lehár Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein Boston Lyric Opera 4/27/16 Conductor: Alexander Joel Stage Director: Lillian Groag Set Designer: John Conklin Costume Designer: Gail Buckley Lighting Designer: Robert Wierzel Choreographer: Kyle Lang Wig And Makeup Designer: Jason Allen Surtitle Designer: John Conklin © T Charles Erickson Photography tcepix@comcast.net


Boston Lyric Opera Presents: The Merry Widow

There is an inspired moment, one could hardly call it a scene, in the Boston Lyric Opera’s current production on the Shubert Theater’s Stage, when an official messenger at the Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris describes with his full body, accompanied by lush sound effects, his interpretation of a submarine rising, raising its periscope, launching a torpedo and diving.


Remo Airaldi and Benjamin Evett in Mistero Buffo. Photo by Aria Lynn Sergany.


Mistero Buffo at The Modern Theater

Back in that famously conformist era of the 1950s, the infamously nonconformist actor and teen heart-throb James Dean was asked, “What are you rebelling against?” Forever defining what it meant to be cool, the rebel without a cause responded: “What have you got?” solidifying himself and “The Wild Ones” as timeless benchmarks of youth rebellion.