Raisin in the Sun at the Huntington

March 28, 2013

A Raisin in the Sun takes on a complex subject matter that’s not easy to discuss, unless you lace your discussion of it with generic, PC statements on race and oppression. I think this is why so much focus is put on the segregation issue that comes up late in the play, when our protagonists, […]


David Cromer Comes to Town

December 22, 2012

There’s been a lot of chatter on how David Cromer’s production of Our Town at the Huntington is somehow hard–a vacuum of the nostalgic hokeyness typically painted over Thornton Wilder’s text by high school drama teachers. And perhaps that’s true. If we get an extra coat of anything here, it’s irony and acerbity and metaness, […]


A Cambridge Story: The Huntington’s “Before I Leave You”

November 1, 2011

A study of aging and adultery in our own backyard.


How to put on a succesful show (besides making it good)

October 14, 2011

What made the Huntington’s “Candide” so successful, besides it being really really good.


My Husband Burnt My Homework: The Huntington’s “Educating Rita”

March 27, 2011

Adult education in America is usually the pursuit of employable skills, those that relate directly to a better job, a bigger salary, and a higher standard of living. Maybe first a high school diploma, then a degree or certification in something provident like accounting, web design, or human resources. There’s a side to it that’s […]


The Best Little Whorehouse in the Congo: The Huntington’s “Ruined”

January 27, 2011

Ruined begins with a comic, romantically-hued scene between grey-market merchant Christian (Oberon K.A. Adjepong) and Mama Nadi (Tonye Patano) at her ramshackle bar deep in the Congolese jungle. Christian makes friendly passes at Nadi, teases her by withholding some lipstick she ordered, and prefers orange Fanta over beer. When it’s time to get down to […]


Baker in Boston: The Huntington’s “Circle Mirror Transformation” and SpeakEasy’s “Body Awareness”

November 2, 2010

Two plays of a three-play festival set in the quirky town of Shirley, VT, where nobody talks like characters in a play.


Love on the Route: The Huntington’s “Bus Stop”

September 28, 2010

The Huntington opens its season with a wholesome, technically perfect production of William Inge’s “Bust Stop.”


A Really Freaky Friday: The Huntington’s “Prelude to a Kiss”

May 23, 2010

Victoria Petrosino reviews the latest Huntington production “Prelude to a Kiss.”


The Huntington’s “Becky Shaw”

March 15, 2010

Deborah Finkelstein reviews the Huntington’s production of “Becky Shaw.”


All My Sons at the Huntington

January 16, 2010

We’re seeing a lot of plays this year that echo our current economic turmoil or our interminable ventures in the Middle East. Gatz and the upcoming production Paradise Lost at the A.R.T and now, at the Huntington through Feb. 7, Arthur Miller’s classic All My Sons. All My Sons might be set around a war […]


The Holidays at the Huntington: “A Civil War Christmas”

November 21, 2009

Like the Christmas movie, the holiday show exists within its own genre. A Christmas play seeks to satisfy the criteria set by its genre even before it even tries to be a good play, because what’s a Christmas play if it’s not sentimental, accessible, family-oriented, overtly American, and evocative of the values we all tend […]