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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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‘Shockheaded Peter’ — Company One And Walter Sickert Make Merry Together

March 10, 2015
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Company One goes downtown to the Modern Theatre with a high-spirited production of “Shockheaded Peter,” featuring Walter Sickert and The Army of Broken Toys. Ed Siegel likes the ride.

Hey, Wagner, Get Up And Dance To ‘Tristan Y Yseult’ At ArtsEmerson

March 08, 2015
Hannah Vassallo (Yseult), Kirsty Woodward (Whitehands), Dominic Marsh (Tristan) and Damon Daunno (Frocin) in Kneehigh's "Tristan y Yseult" at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. (Richard Termine)

Kneehigh has an earthier, more contemporary take on the ancient myth.

NEC Student’s Piece Closed Down By New York Youth Symphony

March 06, 2015
Composer Jonas Tarm. (Elena Snow)

Jonas Tarm and National Coalition Against Censorship cry foul. New York group claims he didn’t explain why he was using a Nazi anthem in his piece.

Lea DeLaria To Be Guest Of Honor At Elliot Norton Awards

March 05, 2015
Lea Delaria (Courtesy)

Lea DeLaria will be the guest of honor at the Elliot Norton Awards Monday, May 11.

Have They Got A Schnorr For You — Brustein’s ‘King Of Second Avenue’ At New Rep

February 12, 2015
Will LeBow and Jeremiah Kissel in "The King of Second Avenue" at the New Repertory Theatre. (Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures)

American Repertory Theater founder Robert Brustein moves to the New Repertory Theatre to mount “The King of Second Avenue.” The klezmer musical features several artists from the old A.R.T.

A Matter Of Trust: Brian Williams’ Conflate-Gate And Jon Stewart’s Departure

February 11, 2015
Brian Williams, Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart is leaving “The Daily Show” with his trust intact; not so Brian Williams as NBC suspends him for six months.

ARTery Notebook: Of Saint Joan, Saint Peggy And Saintly Detectives

February 06, 2015
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ARTery editor Ed Siegel salutes “Justified,” “Foyle’s War,” “Saint Joan” and the late Peggy Charren.

He-e-e-r-e’s Stanley: The Kubrick Odyssey Returns To The M.F.A.

January 29, 2015

The Stanley Kubrick film festival returns to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Feb. 4-28.

It’s Great To Say It, But Are We Really Charlie Hebdo?

January 12, 2015

We say “Je Suis Charlie,” but do we really mean it, asks ARTery critic at large Ed Siegel.

CDs In 2014: The Past, Present And Future (?) Of Classical Music

December 31, 2014
Leonard Bernstein and Pierre Boulez. (Christian Steiner/New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital)

Big-box historical CD sets were something to celebrate this year, but new classical sounds define where classical music might be going.

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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