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 firstname.lastname@example.org and can be followed on Twitter @siegeled.
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 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.
BOSTON — The Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Awake and Sing!” captures the full flavor of Clifford Odets’ 1930’s script, says Ed Siegel.
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?
Ruth Rendell’s “The Girl Next Door” and Dave Zeltserman’s “The Boy Who Killed Demons” deal with lethal intentions at any age.
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.
The Boston Book Festival has keynote speeches Thursday and Friday before its all-day panels on Saturday.
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.
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.
WATERTOWN, Mass. — The New Repertory Theatre’s “Assassins” is another strong addition to the season’s musical-theater scene locally, says Ed Siegel.
BOSTON — Hilary Hahn and Jeremy Denk perform under the Celebrity Series umbrella.
BOSTON — Robert Brustein ends his trilogy of Shakespeare plays with a Lear-like ending.
BOSTON — Mike Daisey looks at three “American Utopias.” And then (yawn) he looks at them again.
The American Repertory Theater unveils an extraordinary “Glass Menagerie.”
BOSTON — The Steve Miller Band and “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” join the Tanglewood lineup.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — The Museum of Fine Arts is showing all of Stanley Kubrick’s films in February.
WELLFLEET, Mass. — The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater announces its season.
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.