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Ed Siegel

ARTery Editor, 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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Bob Dylan’s CD Set, ‘The Cutting Edge’ — A New Look At How He Rocked The World

November 09, 2015
Bob Dylan and Mike Bloomfield. (Courtesy Don Hunstein/Sony Music Archives)

“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.

‘Spotlight’ — A Morality Tale For Our Cynical Times

November 06, 2015
Michael Rezendes, Ben Bradlee Jr., Sacha Pfeiffer, Walter Robinson, Marty Baron and Matt Carroll at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. (Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Open Road Films/AP)

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.

As City Wraps Up Cultural Forums, We Ask What Bostonians Wish For The Arts

November 01, 2015
Shea square

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.

Abdullah Ibrahim And Ekaya: Reliving A Magical Moment

October 16, 2015
Abdullah Ibrahim (left) and Ekaya. (Victor Diamini/Flickr)

Legendary South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim reunites with his seven-piece band, Ekaya, at the Berklee Performance Center.

Harold Pinter And F. Scott Fitzgerald Take In Autumn Leaves Of The Berkshires

October 16, 2015
Joey Collins and Tara Franklin in "The Homecoming" at Berkshire Theatre Group's Unicorn Stage. (Courtesy Michelle McGrady/Berkshire Theatre Group)

Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” in Stockbridge and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited” in Lenox add to the fall splendor of Western Mass.

The Cultural Roadmap Needs To Head Downtown

October 15, 2015
The BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue. (BU Today)

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.

Hilarious Tracheotomies, No Bedside Manner — ‘Doc Martin’ Is Back In Business

October 12, 2015
Caroline Catz as Louisa and Martin Clunes as Doc Martin. (Acorn TV)

The new Series Seven of “Doc Martin” is streaming on Acorn TV, before its DVD release in December.

Company One’s Superb Production of ‘Dry Land’ Makes A Splash

October 07, 2015

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.

Jeff Zinn, New Gloucester Stage Managing Director, Joins Forces With Robert Walsh

October 05, 2015

Gloucester Stage Company has added Jeff Zinn, former artistic director at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, to its management roster.

Israel Horovitz’s ‘Gloucester Blue’ Is Extended Through Oct. 11 At Gloucester Stage

September 25, 2015
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“Gloucester Blue” has a dark laugh at the 1 percent — and at everyone else.

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

February 25, 2013
Hilary Hahn (Peter Miller)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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}

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)

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)

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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