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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. He can be reached at esiegel122@comcast.net and can be followed on Twitter @siegeled.

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Andris Nelsons Brings A More Contemporary Look To Tanglewood

July 21, 2014
Nelsons square

Andris Nelsons mixes Brahms and Beethoven with Christopher Rouse and Rolf Martinsson. Ed Siegel likes the shuffle.

Bad Boys And Girls At Their Best — ‘You’re The Worst’ On FX

July 17, 2014
Aya Cash as Gretchen meets Chris Geere as Jimmy in "You're the Worst." (Byron Cohen/FX)

Jimmy and Gretchen are made for each other. They hate just about everybody else on “You’re the Worst,” which begins tonight on FX.

Factory Theatre Ordered To Shut Down By Building’s Owners

July 10, 2014
The Piano Craft Guild. (Flickr/Dale Cruse)

The Piano Craft Guild, managers of the Piano Factory, told the Factory Theatre yesterday that its lease is not being renewed and has to close at the end of October.

Vampires, Zombies, Beheadings — Man, 'The Strain' Is Fun

July 10, 2014
Corey Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather examines one of the victims on a "dead" plane in "The Strain." (Michael Gibson/FX)

“The Strain,” Guillermo del Toro’s and Chuck Hogan’s adaptation of their horror trilogy, begins Sunday night on FX.

TV And ESPN: Making Soccer Sexy, Making Fútbol Festive

July 03, 2014
Adriana Lima and friends in one of Kia Sorento's World Cup ads. (Courtesy, David&Goliath)

The technology of today’s TVs, ESPN’s packaging of soccer, and Madison Avenue have all contributed to the great success of this year’s World Cup.

‘Here Lies Love’ — David Byrne Makes Beautiful Music With Imelda Marcos

July 01, 2014
Ruthie Ann Miles and the cast of "Here Lies Love." (Joan Marcus)

David Byrne is burning down the house at New York’s Public Theater in “Here Lies Love,” an immersive “musical” about Imelda Marcos.

Greta Gerwig And ‘The Village Bike’ — More Than A Sex Comedy

June 30, 2014
Greta Gerwig stars in "The Village Bike." (Matthew Murphy)

Greta Gerwig plays a married woman, frustrated by her husband’s lack of sexual appetite, in “The Village Bike.” The village is a British village, though the play is at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village.

HBO Makes A Tasty Meal Out Of Tom Perrotta’s ‘The Leftovers’

June 26, 2014

Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta reshape his 2011 novel, “The Leftovers,” for an HBO series beginning Sunday night.

Gloucester Stage Reanimates Jacques Brel — Less Magic, But Still Fine Music

June 20, 2014
Jennifer Ellis sings "My Death" in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." (Gary Ng)

The Gloucester Stage Company does another laudable job with “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” says Ed Siegel.

New Rep Unveils Drone Strikes’ ‘Pattern Of Life’ — And Death

June 19, 2014
Lewis Wheeler (left) and Nael Nacer in "Pattern of Life" by Walt McGough. The New Repertory Theatre is producing it at Studio 210. (Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures)

The New Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of Walt McGough’s “Pattern of Life” at Studio 210, a play about drone strikes and their victims.

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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