Boston Onstage: “Hype Man” Is an Impressive Look at Black Culture

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Review by Kitty Drexel, American Theatre Critics Association member Photo by Paul Fox/Company One (Boston, MA) The prep work done for Hype Man is intensely impressive. From the dramaturgy work by Baxter and Gil, beat making staging/choreography performed in chorus with the sound engineering by Debra Marcus, the combined efforts of the cast and crew […]

Marriott’s “Ragtime” Is Sheer Perfection

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member Photos by Liz Lauren When Ragtime premiered in the late 90s, the Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens musical about pre-World War One prejudices about black people and immigrants seemed a timely reminder to America about how far we had come. Twenty years further on, it’s shocking to watch it and […]

“Hatfield & McCoy”: a Powerful “Romeo and Juliet” in the Appalachians

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member All photos by Michael Brosilow What American is unfamiliar with the long-lasting Capulet and Montague-like feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys? They were two proud families whose shared enmity resulted in constant fighting and bloodshed in the late 1800s. Their very names are now synonymous with […]