Nick Dussault

Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal reunite for one more love story

One-time onscreen "it" couple Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw became major stars when they played ill-fated young lovers in the 1970 film "Love Story." But while they had the entire country sobbing to the infamous line “Love means never having to say you’re sorry," they haven't worked together since....

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 2:33 AM

'Once' brings Allston actress and her violin to the stage

Erica Spyres, 33, had limited acting experience when she moved to Boston eight years ago from the Ozarks. The Allston-based actress has since taken home the 2014 Elliot Norton Award for her role in SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of “Tribes," and landed the part of Ex-Girlfriend/Reza in the...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 10:29 PM

Nick Offerman brings 'Dunces' to life at Huntington Theatre

“A Confederacy of Dunces” is a blisteringly funny novel with legions of fans who never believed it was possible to adapt John Kennedy Toole'squirky Pulitzer winnerfor the stage.Butnaysayers behold --the Huntington Theatre Company’s latest is beyond your wildest expectations.While playwright Jeffrey...

Monday, December 7, 2015, 11:07 PM

Theater review: 'Saturday Night/Sunday Morning'

The Lyric Stage Company’s latest, “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning,” is rife with caustic barbs and hilarious bickering. But just beneath the surface of the riotous dialogue lies insight into the lives of women brushed aside by mainstream society.Related: What to do in Boston this weekend: Nov. 12 -...

Friday, November 13, 2015, 5:30 PM

Huntington's 'A Little Night Music' has the talent to match the Sondheim classic

Love, lust and other assorted human foibles take center stage in The Huntington Theatre Company’s fun season opener, “A Little Night Music.”Director Peter DuBois smartly steers the classic Stephen Sondheim musical towards humor in order to finds its poignancy. The result is an incredibly playful...

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:00 AM

'My Fair Lady' fills a small space with a big show at Lyric Stage Company

“My Fair Lady” is a big, old-fashioned musical director Scott Edmiston has somehow fit perfectly into the intimate confines of the Lyric Stage.The tale of a lowly street flower seller who becomes the subject of a bet between a pompous phonetics professor and a famous linguist is based on George...

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:00 AM

'Book of Mormon' is a can't-miss show at a last-chance theater

“The Book of Mormon” is not suitable for children or the faint of heart. The off-color, potentially offensive musical uses the Mormon religion as its launching pad for some of the most outrageous skewering in the history of show business.Imagine a musical comedy with story lines involving AIDS,...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:04 PM

Is Sara Bareilles the problem with 'Waitress'?

“Waitress,” the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of the 2007 indie film, is quite good. The problem is, it should be great.The story is perfect for a musical. A young woman stuck in small-town America in an abusive marriage finally sees a way out viaa pie-making contest with a big cash prize....

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 3:19 AM

Even a man in love with a goat can't save this dark comedy

Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” is supposed to make you uncomfortable. It’s a tale of a perfect American family that falls apart when infidelity strikes.In this case, the infidel is in love with a goat, named Sylvia. Despite outward appearances, this is not a play about bestiality; at...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 1:02 PM

'Colossal' has more cool elements than solid plot

If you’ve never believed there might be homoerotic underpinnings to football, Company One’s “Colossal” will certainly make a believer out of you.The tale of a college football team features chiseled men in various states of undress, frolicking, high-fiving and butt-slapping like the alpha men they...

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4:32 PM

Hershey Felder gets a bit too old-fashioned as Irving Berlin at the Cutler Majestic

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” is a delightful one-man show in which Felder portrays the legendary composer telling his life story from a piano in his living room.While Felder, who has done similar shows as Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, delivers an impressive musical turn, he earned...

Friday, July 17, 2015, 2:00 PM

Get up close and personal with the cast of 'Dying City' in the actors' home

When the Factory Theatre abruptly closed last fall, many of Boston’s fringe theater companies had to find new homes in a hurry. With no place to stage their summer production of “Dying City,” fringe stalwart Happy Medium opted for homegrown theater in the Jamaica Plain condo of the show’s two...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1:03 PM

'Edith' at Company One offers a utopian view of the teen years

“Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them” could easily end with an intervention by children’s services. A 12-year-old girl and her 17-year-old brother living alone in a remote farmhouse with almost no support or supervision from their absentee father couldn’t possibly end well.But playwright A. Rey...

Friday, June 19, 2015, 11:48 AM

'Terrible things' but not many exciting ones, in the Huntington's latest

“After all the terrible things I do” is a nearly two-hour, two person gabfest from the Huntington Theatre Company that could use a good editing and a bit of an edge.Playwright A. Ray Pamatmat tackles the subject of bullying seemingly gay kids from a couple of potentially interesting angles, but the...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:28 PM

Your guide to the Boston theater scene this summer

The Boston theater scene is typically light to non-existent during the dog days of summer. This year, however, there’s plenty to see and do. Whether it’s indoors or out, you’ll find something exciting for every theater lover and a few things that just might entice the non-fans to give it a try....

Friday, June 12, 2015, 8:21 PM

Where to get your Pride on this week in Boston

Feeling intimidated by all the options during Boston's Pride Week? Here's our guide to what you should check out.A Conversation with Pussy RiotFriday,7:30 p.m.The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston$37www.thewilbur.comFeminist punk rockers Pussy Riot became famous worldwide in 2012 for their anti-Putin...

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 8:59 PM

Lyric Stage promises to 'Light up the Sky'

Laughter abounds at the Lyric Stage where a bevy of Boston’s finest actors provide an inside look at the frenetic pre- and post-show activities of opening night in an engaging production of the classic Moss Hart comedy “Light Up the Sky”.Set at a time when opening night was an elegant affair and...

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 11:01 AM

Sail off into a vaudevillian apocalypse with Mandy Patinkin at A.R.T.

Climate change has caused the end of the world at the American Repertory Theater and the result is a delightful vaudevillian-style musical, “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville.”Born out of a love for the same songs by the show’s two stars, Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac’s story...

Friday, May 22, 2015, 9:19 PM

Zeitgeist's 'Submission' can't overcome a predictable plot

Zeitgeist Stage Company’s current production, “The Submission” contains some powerful, emotionally challenging moments that’ll make you squirm uncomfortably in your seat. Unfortunately, there are also moments that make you wish you had the ability to call for a rewrite or, at least, a fast forward...

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 3:13 AM

Review: You'll want to get 'faced with this Shakespeare adaptation

“Shit-faced Shakespeare” might be the Bard’s funniest comedy to date.The latest British import, currently playing at the Davis Square Theatre, delivers a version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” you won’t soon forget. The cast, on the other hand, may have a very different experience.Each night the...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:35 AM