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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.

Recent stories

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.

11 TV Shows That Had Us Lusting For The Next Episode

December 30, 2014
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in "Fargo." (Matthias Clamer)

TV dramas kept Ed Siegel riveted this year, but he broke away to watch “The Roosevelts” and the World Cup.

Company One Goes To Town In 2014; ArtsEmerson Is A Great Host

December 29, 2014
Alex Pollock, Peter Andersen and Brenna Fitzgerald in "The Flick." (Courtesy, Company One)

Company One and ArtsEmerson were on top of their game in 2014, even collaborating in one production. Ed Siegel reviews the year in theater.

From Medford High To UVA — Why Football Still Matters To Scholar Mark Edmundson

December 23, 2014
Cover of "Why Football Matters" by Mark Edmundson. (Courtesy, Penguin)

University of Virginia English Professor, and former Medford Mustang, Mark Edmundson has a spirited but nuanced defense of “Why Football Matters” in his latest book.

Lesley Professor Danielle Legros Georges Is Boston’s New Poet Laureate

December 15, 2014
Danielle Legros Georges (Courtesy of Philip McAlary/Massachusetts Cultural Council)

BOSTON — Danielle Legros Georges, a professor at Lesley University, has been named Boston’s new poet laureate.

Jump For Joy — It’s The ARTery’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 11, 2014
A detail of Michaela DePrince at Jacob's Pillow, from Jordan Matter's "Dancers Among Us" calendar.

A membership in a museum? A mammoth collection of CDs? Or how about a donation to a worthwhile arts endeavor? The ARTery writers have an assortment of gift ideas.

An HD ‘Peter Pan,’ A CG Tinker Bell — And A LOL Captain Hook

December 04, 2014
Hook-Square

Last night’s “Peter Pan Live!” wasn’t terribly memorable, but Christopher Walken’s Captain Hook certainly gave Twitter feeds something to tweet about, says Ed Siegel.

Andris Nelsons And The BSO: The Beginning Of A Beautiful Relationship?

November 25, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons’ first subscription concerts as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra hold out hope for the future, says Ed Siegel.

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.

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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