Julius Caesar

For a history geek like me, there are few greater joys than a Julius Caesar production. The play is a picture postcard from that stunning moment when reasonable men thought drastic acts could save the Roman Republic. This year’s  ...

Much Ado About Nothing

Benedick and Beatrice hate each other until they love each other. Claudio and Hero love each other until they hate each other. Don Pedro seems to love everyone. His brother, Don John, seems to hate everyone – particularly himself.  ...

Barefoot in the Park

Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park is an amusing time capsule from the early 1960s – the clothing, the technology, the barely restrained longing for martinis and whiskey. Don Draper could walk in at any moment. In the wrong hands,  ...

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a poignant tale about how women have suffered in Afghanistan under a patriarchal culture and a series of repressive regimes. It’s an important story, but in this case, it’s weighed down by the sheer  ...

American Mariachi

What do you know about mariachi music? If you’re like me, not a lot. Up to now, it’s been the background music while consuming margaritas, chips and queso. Not anymore. Set in a U.S. Latino community in the  ...

The Importance of Being Earnest

The trouble with drawing room comedies is that drawing rooms are intrinsically boring. This is part of the problem with the Old Globe's The Importance of Being Earnest - even Oscar Wilde's spirited dialogue can't quite overcome the production's inherent  ...

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, a one-man show featuring James Lecesne as multiple characters, has an intriguing setup. Fourteen-year-old Leonard Pelkey has been reported missing, and detective Chuck DeSantis must figure out what happened to him. The  ...

Benny & Joon

Mental illness is tough to depict in any medium, let alone a jaunty musical. Yet, the Globe’s world premiere of Benny & Joon makes it work. They don’t really get the illness part right, but in the end, it doesn’t  ...

Hamlet

Hamlet is so iconic it’s easy to forget how iconic it is. You can barely get through a scene without hearing a well-worn line, and feeling that renewed sense of discovery, or hearing the title of a book you read  ...

King Richard II

If you accept divine right of kings, then loyalty should be absolute. Betraying the king would be tantamount to betraying God. But then there are the tricky realities of governance. Is the king still divine if he cannot rule? And  ...