Stage Reviews

December 10, 2018

The Arts Fuse

“Man in the Ring”- A Precipitous Fall

Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Michael Cristofer’s script is very open about portraying Emile Griffith’s sexuality.

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September  15, 2018

The Arts Fuse

David Byrne’s “American Utopia” — Live

Conceptual and abstract as David Byrne can often be, he’s one art schooler who isn’t afraid to get down.

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May 15, 2018

The Arts Fuse

Theater Review: “The Plague” — A Necessary Moral Parable

In a culture that seems hell-bent on distracting us from painful realities, the intimacy of this production comes off as redemptive and inspiring.

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April 13, 2016

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Iggy Pop Live at the Orpheum — Senescence Be Damned

Whether this was his last tour or not, Iggy proved he’s still got what it takes to play great rock and roll.

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November 13, 2015

The Arts Fuse

Postmodern Jukebox — Reverence for the Past, With a Dash of Irony

Postmodern Jukebox dials the clock back on contemporary pop, invigoratingly bringing the best out of their source material as well as their vibrant interpretations.

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November 7, 2015

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Bluesman Buddy Guy at 79 — Born to Play the Blues

Buddy Guy’s vocals are still fresh and project as strongly as on any of his classic recordings, which after several decades of touring and recording is a testament to the man’s sheer stamina as much as his skills

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July 17, 2015

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U2 in Concert – Soapboxing Kept To A Minimum

U2 kept their soapboxing excesses at bay and delivered an uplifting and effective mix of new material and bona-fide classics without losing focus on what they do best.

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April 1, 2015

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Belle and Sebastian — The Masters of Pop Whimsy

The pop magic that Belle and Sebastian excels at struggles to survive on the band’s new album because its dance-heavy vibe plays against their strengths.

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November 14, 2014

The Arts Fuse

Stevie Wonder at the TD Garden — A Thing of Beauty

Not all musical retrospectives are a guaranteed success, since time can put rust on many a talent, but Stevie Wonder was ebulliently up for the challenge.

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June 11, 2014

The Arts Fuse

Kids In The Hall Reunite — And They Are Still Alright

I love Saturday Night Live as much as the next guy, but as far as I’m concerned Kids In The Hall did much more with much less than Lorne Michaels’s comedy fiefdom.

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May 17, 2014

The Arts Fuse

Rain Dogs” — A Humdinger of a Tribute to the Music of Tom Waits

The idea of having glittery, Bettie Page-y young women clad in leather and thongs undulate to music by Tom Waits in any context is pretty much guaranteed to work.  Rain Dogs, performed by Peter Mulvey and The Crumbling Beauties with Babes in Boinkland

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March 15, 2014

The Arts Fuse

George Clinton — Still Delivering Up the Funk After All These Years

A case could very easily be made for George Clinton as an anarchistic innovator who has played a larger role than he gets credit for in shaping a genre of music which probably defines the mainstream now more than any other.