Martin Copenhaver

Theater Review: The A.R.T.’s Not-So-Great “Gatsby”

June 17, 2024
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The creators of “Gatsby” have fashioned some inventive ways to make the story seem more contemporary. None of that, however, seems enough to justify the enormous amount of energy and talent that was expended in this production.

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Theater Review: “Toni Stone” — Winning Season

June 4, 2024
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The excellent ensemble of Huntington Theatre Company actors, fittingly, work well as a team.

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Jazz Feature: Saxophonist Gregory Groover Jr. — At the Intersection of Spirituals and Jazz

May 7, 2024
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Saxophonist Gregory Groover Jr, was not initially drawn to spirituals. In fact, as a young person, he found them frightening.

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Theater Review: “Cost of Living” — A Powerful Drama About Our Longing to Connect

March 24, 2024
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Critical to the success of “Cost of Living” is playwright Martyna Majok’s refusal to resort to tropes about people with disabilities and those who care for them.

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Theater Review: “John Proctor Is the Villain ” — Critiquing a Classic

March 6, 2024
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The energizing force of this production comes from the students and, more specifically, the cohort of young women in the cast, each of whom is excellent.

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Theater Review: “Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight” — You Have to be There to See for Yourself

February 4, 2024
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This is one of the more engaging pieces of theatre I have experienced in some time.

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Theater Review: Stephen Sondheim’s “Here We Are” — The Canon Is Complete

December 16, 2023
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As satisfying as this incomplete work is — much like Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” — we can still regret not being able to experience the completed work.

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Theater Review: “The Game’s Afoot” — Ploddingly

November 28, 2023
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Murder mystery and farce can coexist in the same play… for a time, at least. Eventually, the two will pull apart, however, as they do in this production.

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Theater Review: Moonbox Productions’ “Sweeney Todd” — An Ambition that Demands Attention

October 24, 2023
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Even before the lights come up on the remarkable new production by Moonbox Productions, it is clear that this is a “Sweeney Todd” of a different order.

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Theater Review: An On-Target “Assassins”

October 6, 2023
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Assassinations may be so-last-generation, but gun violence, and what it reflects about American culture and human depravity, defines our own era as much as any.

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