LOST IN YONKERS New England Repertory Company, Sinai Stage

 

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

 

New England Repertory Company’s current show is “Lost in Yonkers”, Neil Simon’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize winning play. New England Rep’s new performing space is at Sinai Stage. This show is set in 1942 and it examines the relationships of the emotionally crippled Kurnitz family. It is the coming of age story that focuses on two brothers, Artie and Jay, left in the care of their Grandmother Kurnitz and their Aunt Bella in Yonkers, NY.

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“THE LITTLE MERMAID” Company Theatre

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

 

Company Theatre’s summer musical is “The Little Mermaid”, based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. It is also based on the 1989 Disney movie of the same name. It tells the story of Ariel, a beautiful mermaid who wants to become human after rescuing a handsome prince from drowning. This goes against her father, King Triton and his advisor, Sebastian’s warnings that contact between merpeople and humans is strictly forbidden.

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WHAT’s “The Empaths” Zings Millennial Culture, Dating

 

by Mike Hoban

 

‘The Empaths’ – Written by John Markus and Rebecca Bazell; Directed by Jeffry George. Scenic and Lighting Design by Christopher Ostrom; Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley; Sound Design & Original Music by Nathan Leigh. Presented by the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater at 2357 Route 6 in Wellfleet through August 19th.

 

The ritual of dating has come a long way from the “have I got a girl/guy for you!” era of the blind date, to the point where everything you need to know about a romantic prospect is (theoretically) available on your I-phone. But for Celine (Kate Margalite), an attractive 30-something Daddy’s girl searching for true – and extreme vetted – love, that’s not good enough, as we see in “Empaths”, the consistently funny new comedy now making its world premiere at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

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“Blood on the Snow” a Surefire Hit

 

By Michele Markarian

 

“Blood on the Snow” – Written by Patrick Gabridge.  Directed by Courtney O’Connor.  Presented by The Bostonian Society at the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, through August 20.

 

Through a side entrance in the Old State House, you make your way up a winding, wooden staircase to be ushered into The Council Chamber. Two sets of chair rows face each other, flanking a long, elegant table. Dr. Nathaniel Sheidley, Executive Director of the Bostonian Society enters – he’s modern day, by the way – and explains to us that the real-life drama that “Blood on the Snow” is based on took place in this very room, the violence having taken place outside the actual window. Wow. This adds a level of authenticity to what we are about to witness that makes this not just a play, but an experience.

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ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (Renaissance City Theatre, Westerly, RI)

“ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS”

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

 

Renaissance City Theatre Inc., the producing entity at the Granite Theatre’s current production is “One Man, Two Guvnors” by Richard Bean. It is an English adaptation of “Servant of Two Master’s”, a 1743 Commedia dell’arte style comedy play by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni. This version changes the locale from Italy to Brighton in 1963. The man, Francis finds himself having to pick up an second job to just scrape together enough money to buy himself a pint of beer. But he soon finds out having two bosses is more trouble than it is worth.

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“Beauty and the Beast” at Theatre by the Sea

 

By Richard Pacheco

 

“Beauty and the Beast”, now playing at Theatre by the Sea, is a musical extravaganza, a treat for eyes and ears, and a sheer delight for all ages. This spectacular production is marked by stunning sets, glorious costumes and propelled by an extremely talented and flashy cast. The choreography is standout too – vibrant, daring and dazzling.

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NSMT’s “Beauty & the Beast” A Musical Gem

 

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

 

The second musical of North Shore Music Theatre’s 62nd season is Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” which first opened on Broadway on April 19, 1994. It closed on July 29, 2007 and ran 5,461 performances. Based on the 1991 animated Disney movie, the show tells the story of a spell cast on a Prince which transforms him into a ferocious beast. He must love and be loved before the last petal falls from the rose or he will be a beast forever.

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We Ain’t Waiting – For a Laugh – in Hub Theatre’s Stellar “Waiting For Waiting For Godot”

 

CJ Williams

 

“Waiting For Waiting For Godot”. Written by Dave Hanson; Directed by Paula Plum; Produced by Lauren Elias; Lighting Design by Mike Wonson; Set Design by Megan Kinneen; Costume Design by Chelsea Kerl; Sound Design by Kyle Lampe; Production Management by George Page. Presented by Hub Theatre at the Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave through July 29

 

 

What  a spin! Hub Theatre’s “Waiting For Waiting For Godot” takes the classic existential tragicomedy by Sam Beckett and tips it upside down – or maybe inside out – to generate some serious belly laughs. But don’t think because this play by Dave Hanson goes for comedy that it skips over its inspiration’s serious depth.  It manages what humor does best (and what takes artistic craft and subtlety to achieve): slips insight in on the sly, and catches you with moments of profundity mid-laugh.

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Reagle Delivers Terrific “Showboat”

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The second show of Reagle Music Theatre’s 49th summer season is the Goodspeed Musicals version of “Showboat” which combined the talents of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. The original version opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 27, 1927 and ran for 572 performances. Kern and Hammerstein felt that the Broadway musical theatre was suffering from a lack of depth and wanted to steer away from the fluffy musical comedies and melodramatic operettas it was accustomed to.

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