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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, Ed 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.

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Marissa Chibas Executes A Quiet Cuban Revolution At ArtsEmerson

April 28, 2016
Marissa Chibas in "Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary." (Courtesy Miranda Wright/ArtsEmerson)

“Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary” continues the ArtsEmerson Latino trilogy through Sunday. Ed Siegel reviews the one-woman show.

Does Grigory Sokolov, ‘The Greatest Living Pianist,’ Speak To A Higher Power?

April 18, 2016
Pianist Grigory Sokolov. (Copyright Klaus Rudolph/Deutsche Grammophon)

Grigory Sokolov’s new DVD shows why so many classical music fans and writers think he’s the greatest pianist alive.

Writer James McBride Says It Loud: The Proud But Tragic Story Of James Brown

April 05, 2016
James Brown performing in China in 2006. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

The author of “The Good Lord Bird” describes the artistry, and the human failings, of James Brown while telling a tragic story of American venality and racism.

‘Curious Incident Of The Dog’ Coming Next Season, ‘Hamilton’ The Season After

March 21, 2016
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." (Courtesy Alexander Sharp)

“Something Rotten,” “Finding Neverland” and “The King and I” are also on the roster.

Take The Performing Arts Facilities Assessment Survey

March 15, 2016
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaking at the WBUR studios October 14, 2015 (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Mayor Marty Walsh announces the release of an online survey soliciting community response to cultural facilities in Boston.

Banville Unleashes Benjamin Black And Quirke For Another Dublin Delight

March 14, 2016
Cover of Benjamin Black's (John Banville's) "Even the Dead." (Courtesy Studio MPM/Getty Images/Henry Holt and Company)

John Banville’s Benjamin Black crime novels keep getting better, says Ed Siegel.

Bud Collins Remembered — The World Beyond The Tennis Court

March 07, 2016
Boston Globe sports writer, Bud Collins (center) and Edwin Pope, assistant sports editor of the Miami Herald (right) insist on checking a road map at the start of the trek to Boston of the Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) entourage in Miami , Florida on April 30, 1965. Clay said he just drives from big town to big town, never mind the map. (AP Photo)

Bud Collins has been remembered as a champion of tennis, but Ed Siegel remembers him as a writer who integrated his passion for politics — and for life — into his columns.

The Colonial Will Remain A Theater; Emerson Finds An Alternative

March 03, 2016
Patrons exiting the Colonial Theatre after a show. (Jeremy D. Goodwin for WBUR)

Emerson College will renovate other buildings on Boylston Street while assessing programming options for the Colonial Theatre.

#Oscars2016 — ‘Spotlight’ Is The Picture Of The Year

February 28, 2016
Nicole Rocklin, from left, Michael Sugar, Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, and cast and crew of ìSpotlightî accept the award for best picture for ìSpotlightî at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Chris Rock’s monologue at Sunday night’s Oscar awards did the trick of honoring the #OscarsSoWhite boycott while not driving anyone out of the room.

#OscarsSoStupid — But We’re Going To Watch Anyway

February 27, 2016
From left: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara and Aksel Hennie portray the crewmembers of the fateful mission to Mars in "The Martian." (Courtesy 20th Century Fox)

Why do we invest so much in the Oscar Awards when their record for rewarding excellence is suspect? Ed Siegel has some ideas.

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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