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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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A Look At The Musical Productions Now Showing At Boston Theaters

January 28, 2016
Alison McCartan in the title role of "Violet." (Courtesy Glenn Perry Photography/SpeakEasy Stage Company)

Have Boston’s mid-sized theaters become a mecca of musical production?

Boston Arts Study: Individuals Are Generous; Corporations And Institutions Are Not

January 20, 2016
Appeal to the Great Spirit, a 1909 equestrian statue by Cyrus Dallin in front of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Individual donors and audience members rate highly in the survey, but foundation, corporate and government support is quite weak.

Arts Organizations Unite For #HuntingtonOnHuntington

January 20, 2016
The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston is seen on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MassCreative, ArtsBoston, StageSource and the Fenway Alliance are behind a campaign to keep the Huntington Theatre Company mainstage on Huntington Ave.

The Lyric Stage Company Is On Point With ‘Sondheim On Sondheim’

January 20, 2016
Leigh Barrett sings "Send in the Clowns" in "Sondheim on Sondheim." (Courtesy Mark S. Howard/Lyric Stage Company of Boston)

Not all musical revues of Stephen Sondheim’s songs work, but Ed Siegel says there’s much to like, even love, about “Sondheim on Sondheim” at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

SpeakEasy’s ‘Violet’ Takes A Ride To Somewhere Special

January 13, 2016
Alison McCartan in the title role of "Violet." (Courtesy Glenn Perry Photography/SpeakEasy Stage Company)

SpeakEasy Stage Company revisits Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s “Violet.” Ed Siegel thinks it’s well worth another ride.

French Composer-Conductor Pierre Boulez Dies At 90

January 06, 2016
\ French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez conducts the Paris Orchestra at the Louvre museum in Paris. (AP/Christophe Ena)

Pierre Boulez, the celebrated and once controversial composer and conductor, died Tuesday at the age of 90.

Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’ — Somebody Finally Gets Patricia Highsmith Right

January 06, 2016
Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' "Carol." (Courtesy The Weinstein Company)

Patricia Highsmith had a unique literary sensibility that doesn’t often directly translate to the screen. At least, says Ed Siegel, until Todd Haynes made “Carol” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Seamus Heaney’s ‘Beowulf’ Goes Dragon-Slaying In Cambridge

December 17, 2015

The Poets’ Theatre stages Seamus Heaney’s adaptation of “Beowulf.” Ed Siegel wishes it were as emotionally gripping as it is intellectually engaging.

Crime Fiction Didn’t Get Any Better Than In The Work Of Ruth Rendell

November 30, 2015
Rendell square

A review of the great crime writer’s last novel, “Dark Corners,” and a guide to some of her best work.

The Awesome Photos Of MASS MoCA; ‘Smart’ Art At Williams; New(ish) Work At The Clark

November 27, 2015

The three great museums of the Northern Berkshires make for a fine fall and winter getaway, says Ed Siegel.

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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