Workshopping An (Almost) All-Female "The Winter’s Tale"

Technically, I can’t review Boston University Shakespeare Society’s Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. Former My Theatre (Boston) writer Elizabeth Ramirez directed, and Junior Editor Fabiana Cabral played King Leontes. I have to create boundaries for conflict of interests, and this is one of them. However, read on to hear a bit more about this rarely-produced Shakespearean fairy tale in an exclusive feature.

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Magic En El Amazonas

Florencia en el Amazonas is a relatively unknown opera; it’s modern, it’s Spanish, it’s artsy. However, the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre (wow, that’s a mouthful!) show that the production is reminiscent and in every way equal to the classics from which composer Daniel Catán and librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain derive their opera, expertly conducted by William Lumpkin. Florenciais inspired by the famous Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, but the opera is itself a gorgeous vehicle of love which transcends its source material.

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Assassins Misses the Mark, but Gets the Job Done

Timing is everything. The Boston University College of Fine Arts showcased some astounding talent in their recent production of Assassins by musical genius Stephen Sondheim. Concluding their year-long “Keyword: Violence” festival, the CFA program explores America’s famous (and not so famous) assassins through their stories and motives, but, more importantly, the show offers a compelling conversation in the election year about our responses to American life. This production struggles under some mediocre casting, but overall, the show shines with brilliance and thought-provoking discourse.

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BU On Broadway Spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S

Sometimes you need a night of just fun theatre, and last weekend Boston University On Broadway presented The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to excite and thrill its college-aged audiences. Directed by Stacey Yesenosky, On Broadway’s production was charming, in every sense of the word. Her Director’s Note quickly told me that she had approached the show with a keen purpose that was, in fact, unexpected. Spelling Bee is a silly show. It might be William Finn’s silliest, and it is unapologetically so. Yet, Yesenosky and her cast managed to extract some human goodness from the hour-and-a-half hilarity. 

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BU’s "Bug" Shocks and Stuns for Less Gruesome Reasons

On a particularly stormy night, I ventured out to Boston University Stage Troupe’s production of Bug by Tracy Letts, directed by veteran Chris Hamilton, hoping for a night of horror and suspense.

Unfortunately, I was less than smitten with the results. Billed as “the play that gets under your skin,” I was not moved by the production or many of the performances in it. Thankfully, some secondary characters were compelling and spot-on, but too few, too late.

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