Tag Archive for Theatre

Normal Stories

Arts After Hours will bring the Tony and Pulitzer-Prize winning family drama Next to Normal to the LynnArts Black Box Theatre June 1st through June 17th. In advance of the show, Arts After Hours is collecting stories about mental illness and its impacts on daily family life to share on a blog they’re calling, Normal…

Reviews: RENT’s 20th Anniversary Tour / The King and I

Two Theatre reviews this week by Steve Duffy – RENT 20th Anniversary Tour A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of…

Alter Boyz

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national ‘Raise the Praise’ tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham. With their tight harmonies, tight pants, and spectacular choreography,…

Did you die of dysentery on the Lynnway?

If you’re of a certain age, seeing this sign on the Lynnway likely brought back memories of elementary or middle school computer labs, and teachers who thought spending all that time playing Oregon Trail would either teach us something about history or qualify us as computer whizzes. This is mainly because we knew how to put the…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Boston Opera House through March 19, 2017. Theatre Review by Steve Duffy – Based on the 2003 novel by British writer Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident tells the story of fifteen-year-old Christopher. He is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  When …

Arts After Hours’ Season 7, and Photos of their Snow Ball

2.14.17 Lynn’s downtown-based theatre company, Arts After Hours, is now in its 7th season. On February 11th, they held a pro/anti Valentine’s party at the Lynn Museum with live music from the Free Downloads, food and drink. Photo evidence below, but first, here’s what to expect from season 7: “This season we look at characters…

Something Rotten!

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Something Rotten! is set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam…

Arts After Hours Celebrates Season with Christmas Cabaret

12.21.16 On Thursday, December 15th in the black box theatre that hosts the majority of their performances, Arts After Hours threw a Christmas Charcuterie Cabaret fundraiser for their upcoming season of shows, complete with food and entertainment. Arts After Hours will announce their 7th season of shows in the near future. A few things are…

Mame

12.2.16 Theatre review by Steve Duffy – “Life’s a banquet, but most poor fools are starving to death!” This unforgettable Tony Award-winning classic Broadway musical centers on the irrepressibly eccentric Mame Dennis, who lives a carefree life in 1920s New York until she unexpectedly becomes the guardian to her 10-year-old nephew, Patrick. Rather than change…

West Side Story

11.11.16 Theatre Review by Steve Duffy – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the ‘American’ Jets and the ‘Puerto Rican’ Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world filled with hate, violence, and prejudice is one of this…