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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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Assimilation And Ethnicity: From Clifford Odets To ‘Bad Jews’ — And Larry David

November 21, 2014

BOSTON — “Bad Jews” at SpeakEasy Stage Company picks up the debate about Jewish assimilation begun by Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing!” at the Huntington Theatre Company.

‘The Old Man And The Old Moon’ Casts A Charming Glow On Everyone

November 17, 2014
Ryan Melia plays the title character in "The Old Man and the Old Moon." (Liz Lauren)

The PigPen Theatre Company comes to ArtsEmerson with a charming, family-appropriate production, “The Old Man and the Old Moon.” It’s about a fellow who’s charged with keeping the moon aglow with liquid light who goes in search of his wife.

The Huntington Carries Clifford Odets’ Tune Deftly In ‘Awake And Sing’

November 14, 2014

BOSTON — The Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Awake and Sing!” captures the full flavor of Clifford Odets’ 1930’s script, says Ed Siegel.

Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes,’ Take Two — Loving The Music, Missing The Wonder

November 13, 2014

Ed Siegel loves having Bob Dylan’s “The Basement Tapes Complete,” so why does he want to go down to his basement and dig out the original bootleg version?

What Would It Take For You To Kill A Demon, Real Or Imaginary?

November 10, 2014
Demons square

Ruth Rendell’s “The Girl Next Door” and Dave Zeltserman’s “The Boy Who Killed Demons” deal with lethal intentions at any age.

For A Good Time, Try Hanging With ‘Bad Jews’ — At SpeakEasy Stage

October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews” pits a religious Jewish woman against her secular cousin. Ed Siegel thinks the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of “Bad Jews” is all good.

10 Boston Book Festival Talks We’d Love To Hear

October 20, 2014

The Boston Book Festival has keynote speeches Thursday and Friday before its all-day panels on Saturday.

King Lear Is In The House — Let’s Pahtay, People!

October 18, 2014

BOSTON — Joseph Marcell plays the title role in the Shakespeare’s Globe production of “King Lear” at the Paramount Center. Ed Siegel found it entertaining, though not soul-stirring.

How Does It Feel To Be One Of The Beautiful, Horrible People?

October 16, 2014
pool no water

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — One Year Lease Theater Company brings its energetic production of Mark Ravenhill’s “pool (no water)” to Oberon. Ed Siegel takes a dip.

New Repertory Theatre Finds A New Path To The Heart Of Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’

October 10, 2014
The cast of "Assassins." (Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures)

WATERTOWN, Mass. — The New Repertory Theatre’s “Assassins” is another strong addition to the season’s musical-theater scene locally, says Ed Siegel.

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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