fringe theater


Hub Theater’s “Lebensraum”

April 10, 2013

I usually don’t get that excited about new groups appearing on the Boston fringe scene. There’s a part of me that fears too many people (or egos) trying to do their own thing only strains a finite number a resources and pits companies against each other for what is a limited audience. But I walked […]


All Strung Up: Imaginary Beasts’ “The Death of Tintagiles”

November 16, 2012

You have until Saturday night to see Imaginary Beast’s latest installment of their heady and truly unparallelled brand of theater. I didn’t have enough good things to say about their last BCA production, a darkly comic and heavily stylized double feature, and this current production of Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Death of Tintagiles will only further […]


Wilde on Trial: Bad Habit’s “Gross Indecency”

August 21, 2012

As Boston’s larger theaters ramp up for their season openers next month, there’s a fantastic fringe gem to be seen on a backstage in the round setup at the BCA. And the word is out on Bad Habit Productions’, whose output just seems to be getting better & better, production of Gross Indecency: The Three […]


In the Garden of the Imaginary Beasts

June 20, 2012

There are just a few more days to catch one of the most original productions I’ve seen from the fringe scene in a long time. For their show Cruel Botany, Imaginary Beasts (known for their winter pantos) has paired two short and imaginative one acts that meditate on love and magic into a wonderfully unique […]


“Recent Tragic Events” at the Factory Theatre

March 16, 2012

Whistler in the Dark brings us a blind date on 9/12 that’s crashed by Joyce Carol Oates and a debate on the nature of free will.


Whistler in the Dark on Caryl Churchill

February 2, 2012

Whistler in the Dark productions of Caryl Churchill’s challenging plays “Fen” and “A Number” show once again that the Whistlers are the smartest company in Boston.


Shakespeare Interrupted: Whistler in the Dark’s Stoppard Double Feature

November 7, 2011

Whistler gives us accessible and intellectual theater with a hilarious “Dogg’s Hamlet” and a spooky and riveting “Cahoot’s Macbeth.”


Bad Habit’s “Arcadia”

August 20, 2011

Bad Habit Productions has a winner with Tom Stoppard’s play on chaos theory with bad literary scholarship.


The Independent Drama Society’s Farewell Production: “The Good Doctor”

July 22, 2011

The Independent Drama Society waves goodbye to the fringe scene with a production of Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor.”


There’s Something About Mary: Holland Productions’ “Hideous Progeny”

July 21, 2011

Lake Geneva, 1816. Lord Byron, John Polidori, Percy Shelley and his 18 year old mistress Mary, their baby, and Mary’s stepsister (already pregnant with Byron’s child) are stuck inside during perhaps one of the worst vacation seasons of the past 200 years.


Audio Slideshow: Liars & Believers’ “Song of Songs”

June 5, 2011

A conversation with Jason Slavick, Artistic Director of Liars & Believers on his latest show, “Song of Songs.”


Independent Drama Society’s “Glengarry Glenn Ross”

January 21, 2011

The Independent Drama Society brings another contemporary classic to the fringe scene.


Prove It: Independent Drama Society’s “Proof”

August 26, 2010

Math and theater in the same sentence.


Sadism at the YMCA: Bad Habit’s “Quills”

August 3, 2010

Victoria Petrosino takes in some libertinism, courtesy of Bad Habit Productions.


Harold Pinter’s Twisted Love Story: Another Country’s “Betrayal”

June 1, 2010

Bryce Lambert reviews a local fringe production of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.”


Hollywood in Split Screen: The Longwood Players’ “City of Angels”

April 26, 2010

Victoria Petrosino reviews The Longwood Players’ production of “City of Angels,” a Hollywood noir musical.


Punk Fairy Tales: “Le Cabaret Grimm”

April 23, 2010

Bryce Lambert hits up a punk fairy tale cabaret.


Apollinaire Theatre Company’s “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom”

March 3, 2010

Deborah Finkelstein reviews Apollinaire Theatre Company’s “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom.” A new play on suburbia, video games, wormholes, and zombies.


Watching “Dracula”

February 21, 2010

I generally do not like adaptations of any kind, book-to-movie or movie-to-theater to name only two (the list could go on for another paragraph), but Dracula is different. The Bram Stoker novel is a collection of letters and diary entries. Its power is in the effect it has on the reader, the ambiguity of the […]


In on Fringe: Whistler in the Dark’s In On It

November 23, 2009

Whistler in the Dark‘s In On It is a sparkly little fringe gem if your tastes (or wallets) don’t lean towards the current holiday shows of the larger Boston companies. Actually, it’s worthwhile either way. Tidily produced in the intimate Factory Theatre, Daniel MacIvor‘s two-man-show, starring Joe Lanza and Scott Sweatt and directed by Meg […]