Mary Poppins has flown into Wheelock Family Theatre, and it has been delighting audiences for weeks. My review of the opening night performance is just that: an opening night performance review. Exhausted from rehearsals, rattled by the whir of technical demands, and effected by everyone sinking into his or her roles, the production did not dazzle the way that it has over the past few weeks. For once, I wanted to see this production again to notice the splendor and magic of this talented ensemble and star-studded cast bring the “practically perfect” Nanny to our Boston stage. As I saw it, Wheelock’s Mary Poppins was merely “a spoonful of sugar;” the recipe for success was there, but it needed more fine-tuning and time for the production to really soar.Read More
Fiddlehead Theatre Company brings a vibrant reimagining of the timeless fairy tale Disney’s The Little Mermaid to the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Massachusetts for the holidays. The company, under the expert team and tutelage of Founding Producing Artistic Director Meg Fofonoff and Associate Producing Artistic Director Stacey Stephens, succeeds in producing this demanding musical because they embrace the roots of the story, allowing their actors to explore their own journeys of love, courage, and sacrifice under the sea and on dry land. The moving story of Ariel’s struggle towards self-discovery and maturity resonates as clear as the original fairy tale, and the cast and crew accentuate Hans Christian Anderson’s original story in their acting and designs. This is a musical and production that I am proud to support because of the risks taken by the exceptionally talented cast, the informed production team, and the collaboration to create a seamless and engrossing story for this beautiful space.