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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.

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A.R.T.’s Diane Paulus On Time’s 100 Most Influential People List

April 24, 2014

Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, is named to Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize, The Marathon Bombing And A Secret Whisper

April 16, 2014
Donna Tartt. (Beowulf Sheehan)

Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” recalls the Marathon terror, but also tells a Dickensian story about the place of art in our lives.

Susan Misner And Her Dancers Whip Oberon Into ‘Shape’

April 15, 2014
Seán Martin Hingston, and Susan Misner in "The Shape She Makes." (GretjenHelene.com)

The world premiere of “The Shape She Makes” weds dance and theater at Oberon.

Annie Baker Wins Pulitzer Prize For ‘The Flick’

April 14, 2014
Annie Baker. (Courtesy)

Playwright Annie Baker is the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama for her play, “The Flick,” which focused on three young people who work in a Central Massachusetts independent movie house. The 34-year-old Amherst native was also the subject of a 2010 festival in which three local theaters collaborated on her Shirley, Vt. plays. According […]

Billy Bob Thornton Is The Devil You Don’t Know On ‘Fargo’

April 14, 2014
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in "Fargo." (Matthias Clamer/FX)

Ed Siegel says “Fargo,” the TV series is better than the movie — though he’s no Coen Brothers’ fan.

Melinda Lopez’s ‘Becoming Cuba’ — Which Side Are You On?

April 11, 2014
Christina Pumariega as Adela and Juan Javier Cardenas as her half-brother in "Becoming Cuba" at the Huntington Theatre Company. (T. Charles Erickson)

Melinda Lopez, the Huntington Theatre Company’s playwright in residence, tackles the question of the historical occupation of Cuba amid personal stories in 1897 Havana.

Take A Bow, Don Draper. It’s The Beginning Of The End For ‘Mad Men.’

April 10, 2014
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men." (AMC/YouTube)

The seventh and final season of “Mad Men” begins Sunday night.

‘Lebensraum’ — ‘A Charlie Chaplin Skit Penned By Harold Pinter’

April 07, 2014
"Lebensraum." (Stephanvan Hesterenz)

ArtsEmerson brings Dutch director Jakop Ahlbom’s “live action movie” to the Paramount Center Mainstage Wednesday through Sunday.

Israel’s Deaf-Blind Ensemble Lives ‘Not By Bread Alone’

April 04, 2014
Shoshana Segal and Yuri Osherov in "Not By Bread Alone." (Avshalow Ahraron)

Israel’s Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble’s “Not By Bread Alone” paints a sympathetic portrait but could use more theatricality says Ed Siegel.

John Banville On Marlowe, Quirke — And George Clooney

April 03, 2014
"The Black-Eyed Blonde" cover. (Courtesy, Henry Holt)

John Banville has written mysteries under the name, Benjamin Black. His latest features Raymond Chandler’s “Knight of the Round Table,” Philip Marlowe.

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