Big River: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Jordan Ahnquist as Huckleberry Finn and De’Lon Grant as Jim. Photo by Mark S. Howard

A Journey of Human Nature

Big River, Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller, Book by William Hauptman, Lyric Stage, 9/2/11-10/8/11. Family Friendly.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

(Boston, MA) Lyric Stage’s production of Big River celebrates the imagination of Mark Twain. Based on the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the show explores the American landscape of the 1800’s. The production shines a light on the various forms of humanity that Twain observed in his own travels. His words come alive through a rousing score, talented cast, and innovative staging. Read more “Big River: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”

T: An MBTA Musical: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Emily Hecht as Alice and Brett Johnson as Charlie in T: An MBTA Musical. Plays June 30-July 9 at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect Street in Cambridge. Tix/Info: 617-576-1253 or Photo by Ben Snitkoff

Charlie Takes A Wicked Funny Ride

T: An MBTA Musical, music and lyrics by Melissa Carubia, book by John Michael Manship, ImprovBoston, 6/30/11-7/9/11. Mature Themes. **Warning: should not be viewed by kids, pets, bikes, and particularly tourists and freshmen (we need people to keep coming to Boston, and they don’t need to know the truth until it’s too late!)

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

Most people have been there at one time or another: the T (translation for non-Bostonians–the subway). For those who know it is a frustrating experience that makes you want to hop in your car and drive to the country or Rhode Island. Delays, fires, sports fans, and vomit are all familiar sights on that are highlighted in the hilarious new musical at ImprovBoston–T: An MBTA Musical. If interactive/improvisational theatre scares you, don’t worry: this is a scripted show. This show makes you laugh until it hurts; then, you are not so angry at the train on the way back–until the train stands still for twenty minutes because of a fire on the rail. Read more “T: An MBTA Musical: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”

The Blue Flower: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Meghan McGeary as Hannah. Photo by Marcus Stern.

End. Begin. End. Begin Again.

The Blue Flower. Music, Lyrics, Script, and Videography by Jim Bauer; Artwork, Story and Videography by Ruth Bauer.

American Repertory Theatre, 12/1/10-1/8/11.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

The moment the audience enters the doors (actual scenery), they are invited to join Max Beckmann’s collage of memories. An accordion player crosses the stage and roams the audience prior to the start of the show. The stage is in a state of ordered disorder—the perfect working space for creating art. All of the elements (the music, lighting, acting, scenery, and film) swirl around to form a story of love, loss, sorrow and hope. Read more “The Blue Flower: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”