Former Boston Globe theater and television critic Ed Siegel began his 35-year career on Morrissey Boulevard in the Globe Sports Department. He has also filled in as Living and Arts editor. Since leaving the Globe in 2006 he has been an associate editor at Berkshire Living magazine; contributed book reviews to Newsday, the New York Times and the Globe; and is critic at large for WBUR-FM and The ARTery. He can be reached at email@example.com and can be followed on Twitter @siegeled.
“The Cutting Edge,” the latest in “The Bootleg Series” of Bob Dylan, shows the singer-songwriter at the height of his creative powers, smartly improving his songs with each new take. It’s available in a two-CD set, a six-CD set and, hold on to your wallets, a 19-CD set. Critic at large Ed Siegel is enthralled with the six-CD version.
Critic at large Ed Siegel says that the small things that “Spotlight” gets right, like the character’s tics, are emblematic of how they captured the big story as well.
We ask arts folks for their ideas for a better Boston in advance of the Boston’s Office of Arts and Culture’s Nov. 2 town hall meeting to share initial findings from its “Boston Creates” cultural planning project.
Legendary South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim reunites with his seven-piece band, Ekaya, at the Berklee Performance Center.
Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” in Stockbridge and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited” in Lenox add to the fall splendor of Western Mass.
ARTery editor and critic at large Ed Siegel argues that the mayor needs to step in to address the chaos in the downtown arts scene, particularly with the Colonial Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company.
The new Series Seven of “Doc Martin” is streaming on Acorn TV, before its DVD release in December.
Ruby Rae Spiegel’s play centers on a high-schooler’s attempt at a self-induced abortion, but it’s about much more than that.
Gloucester Stage Company has added Jeff Zinn, former artistic director at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, to its management roster.
“Gloucester Blue” has a dark laugh at the 1 percent — and at everyone else.
Hilary Hahn and Jeremy Denk perform under the Celebrity Series umbrella.
Robert Brustein ends his trilogy of Shakespeare plays with a Lear-like ending.
Mike Daisey looks at three “American Utopias.” And then (yawn) he looks at them again.
The American Repertory Theater unveils an extraordinary “Glass Menagerie.”
The Steve Miller Band and “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” join the Tanglewood lineup.
ArtsEmerson brings the Yale Repertory Theatre production of “The Servant of Two Masters” to the Paramount Theatre.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts three works by the French composer, Henri Dutilleux.
The Museum of Fine Arts is showing all of Stanley Kubrick’s films in February.
The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater announces its season.
Amid all the highly anticipated theater events in January, the Lyric Stage does right by Moisés Kaufman’s “33 Variations,” about Beethoven and a contemporary musicologist.