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Ed Siegel

WBUR Critic-At-Large, WBUR

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 esiegel122@comcast.net and can be followed on Twitter @siegeled.

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Where To Go? What To See? A Labor Day Weekend In The Arts

August 28, 2014

The fall season’s about to heat up in the arts, but this weekend offers one of the last chances to see many of the summer offerings on the North Shore, Cape Cod and in the Berkshires.

If You’re Traveling In The North Country: From Williamstown To MASS MoCA

August 14, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Finding the right combination of culture to mine in Williamstown and North Adams.

The Search For A Musical ‘Neverland’ Finds A Home At The A.R.T.

August 14, 2014
Laura Michelle Kelly, Jeremy Jordan and the children (and dog) of "Finding Neverland." (Evgenia Eliseeva)

The musical version of “Finding Neverland” is being produced at the American Repertory Theater. Ed Siegel likes what he sees, but has mixed emotions about what he hears.

Why Haruki Murakami Inspires Midnight Madness

August 11, 2014
Haruki Murakami. (Elena Seibert/Knopf/AP)

Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki” shows why he’s so popular, though it isn’t his best, says Ed Siegel.

‘Girls’ Meets ‘Golden Girls’ in ’4000 Miles’ At Gloucester Stage Company

August 08, 2014
4000-square

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Amy Herzog’s Obie-winning play, “4000 Miles,” doesn’t live up to the hype in a Gloucester production, says Ed Siegel.

A Muskrat’s History Of The United States, From John Kuntz

August 05, 2014

BOSTON — The young Circuit Theatre Company commissioned leading Boston playwright John Kuntz’s “The Annotated History of the American Muskrat.”

Shakespeare On The Common’s Madcap ‘Twelfth Night’

July 31, 2014
Twelfth-Night-Bassham-Sullivan

BOSTON — Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s annual free Shakespeare on Boston Common is “Twelfth Night.” Ed Siegel finds it broadly entertaining, though not fully satisfying.

Tom Stoppard Descends A Staircase In Wellfleet — Elegantly

July 31, 2014
Robin Bloodworth, Jason Lambert and Jonathan Fielding. (Joe Kenahan)

WELLFLEET, Mass. — The Harbor Stage Company brings Tom Stoppard’s 1973 radio play, “Artist Descending a Staircase” to life in Wellfleet.

‘Astro Boy’ And Company One Fly High Together

July 30, 2014

BOSTON — “Astro Boy & The God Of Comics” continues Company One’s tradition of entertaining and provocative summer plays, says Ed Siegel.

Art In The Berkshires: The New Clark In Williamstown, The Unexplored Hopper In Stockbridge

July 29, 2014
The Clark Art Institute's new entrance. (Tucker Bair)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new Clark Art Institute opens its doors to the Berkshires and the Norman Rockwell Museum welcomes in Edward Hopper.

Hahn And Denk Don’t Settle For The Same-Old

February 25, 2013
Hilary Hahn (Peter Miller)

BOSTON — Hilary Hahn and Jeremy Denk perform under the Celebrity Series umbrella.

Did Anne Hath A Way With Others Besides Will?

February 18, 2013
Brooke Adams as Anne and Allyn Burrows as Will in "The Last Will." (Photo by Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures)

BOSTON — Robert Brustein ends his trilogy of Shakespeare plays with a Lear-like ending.

Daisey, Daisey, Give Me Your Answer … No, On Second Thought, Don’t

February 16, 2013
Mike Daisey. (Photo courtesy of ArtsEmerson)

BOSTON — Mike Daisey looks at three “American Utopias.” And then (yawn) he looks at them again.

A ‘Glass Menagerie’ To Build A Dream On

February 07, 2013
Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura in "The Glass Menagerie." (Photo courtesy of American Repertory Theater / Thomas Lutch)

The American Repertory Theater unveils an extraordinary “Glass Menagerie.”

Wait Wait … Don’t Tangle Me

February 04, 2013
Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" (Photo courtesy of NPR / Tony Nagelmann)

BOSTON — The Steve Miller Band and “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” join the Tanglewood lineup.

‘Tis Better To Serve — Twice — At ArtsEmerson

January 31, 2013
The cast of "The Servant of Two Masters" at ArtsEmerson. (Photo, Richard Termine)

BOSTON — ArtsEmerson brings the Yale Repertory Theatre production of “The Servant of Two Masters” to the Paramount Theatre.

Salonen Finds The Dramatic In Dutilleux

January 30, 2013
Esa-Pekka Salonen. (Courtesy of AP and Los Angeles Philharmonic / Craig T. Mathew )

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts three works by the French composer, Henri Dutilleux.

2013: A Kubrick Odyssey At The M.F.A.

January 29, 2013
Keir Dullea in "2001: A Space Odyssey." (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./ The Stanley Kubrick Archive}

BOSTON — The Museum of Fine Arts is showing all of Stanley Kubrick’s films in February.

Here Comes Summer. W.H.A.T. Gets Catty

January 22, 2013
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. (Courtesy of W.H.A.T./Evan Farley)

WELLFLEET, Mass. — The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater announces its season.

Boston Theater: The Lyric Makes Beautiful Music

January 17, 2013
Paula Plum leads the cast of “33 Variations” in a minuet. (Photo courtesy of Lyric Stage Company of Boston/Mark S. Howard)

BOSTON — 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.

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