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 Byrne can 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 harrowing 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 really was his last tour or not, the godfather of punk proved he’s still got what it takes.

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November 13, 2015

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

PMJ dials the clock back on contemporary pop, bringing the best out of their source material with their vibrant old-school interpretations.

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November 7, 2015

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Bluesman Buddy Guy at 79 — Born to Play the Blues

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

Keeping their soapboxing excesses at bay, the band delivered an uplifting and effective mix of new material and bona-fide classics without losing focus.

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April 1, 2015

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Belle and Sebastian — The Masters of Pop Whimsy

The pop play 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

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Kids In The Hall Reunite — And They Are Still Alright

I love SNL as much as the next guy, but as far as I’m concerned Kids In The Hall did much more with much less.

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May 17, 2014

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

Having glittery, Bettie Page-y young women clad in leather and thongs undulate to a live band covering Tom Waits’ masterpiece Rain Dogs matches up perfectly

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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.