Reviews

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy – “Mockingjay” picks up where “Catching Fire” left off. The Games are finished and the battle begins. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the reluctant warrior and symbolic Mockingjay of District 12 after inspiring the nation during the first two games. This film is all about Jennifer Lawrence and the…

Review – Dumb and Dumber To

Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –     Dumb and Dumber To is set 20 years after the first film. Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) are still the same buffoons but a lot older.   If you recall from the first film, Harry and Lloyd mention a woman named Fraida Felcher. The…

Review – Annie the Musical

Leapin’ Lizards! America’s best-loved orphan is back. This production of Annie is a brand new embodiment of the original 1977 production. Annie includes all of your favorite songs, “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and Annie’s anthem, “Tomorrow.” 9 year-old Issie Swickle who plays Annie was simply a delight to watch. She seemed comfortable…

Review – Les Misérables

Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy – NSMT’s production of Les Misérables has all the elements of a megamusical: A great cast, soaring voices, and outstanding songs. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen…

Review – Get kooky with the creepy Addams Family

at the Stoneham Theatre Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –     Based on the Charles Addams’ beloved and bizarre family, The Addams Family: Musical, is light and sitcom-like.     When Gomez’ (Steve Gagliastro) delightfully sinister daughter Wednesday (Sarah Pothier) falls in love, she confides in her father that she and Lucas (Jordan…

Film review – The Best of Me

Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy – Based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, star-crossed lovers who are reunited after 20 years apart, when they are summoned to their small home town for the reading of Dawson’s surrogate father, Tuck’s (Gerald McRaney) will.…

Review – Chicago at the North Shore Music Theatre

Get away with murder at the North Shore Music Theatre! Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy   Chicago is inspired by the 1926 play of the same name, and based on court reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins’ correspondence of the high-profile trials of murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gareter for the Chicago Tribune.   Told through…

Review – “Doubt, a Parable” at Stoneham Theatre

Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –     Stoneham theatre opened its 15th season with “Doubt, a Parable”, an engaging production of gossip and accusations.     The four-person drama is based on John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The show takes place in the Bronx at St. Nicholas School in 1964. Sister Aloysius…

Curious who won the Pizza Bake-off Aug. 18th?

Here’s the official results from the Downtown Lynn Cultural District:* “Enzo’s Pizzeria took first place in the best overall slice during the 2nd Annual Great Lynn Pizza Bake-Off. Tony Lena’s and Primo Pizza and Roast Beef took second and third place respectively. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey, and a huge thank…