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"Admissions" By Joshua Harmon - Worcester County Light Opera Company (Worcester, MA.) - REVIEW

"Admissions" By Joshua Harmon - Worcester County Light Opera Company (Worcester, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: October 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 7:30pm and October 17 & 24 at 02:00pm

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"RENT - 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour" - Boch Center Shubert Theatre - REVIEW

"RENT - 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour" - Boch Center Shubert Theatre - REVIEW

Performances: October 14, 2021 at 7:30pm October 15, 2021 at 7:30pm October 16, 2021 at 2:00pm October 16, 2021 at 7:30pm October 17, 2021 at 1:00pm October 17, 2021 at 6:30pm

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"Love, Loss, and What I Wore" by Nora and Delia Ephron - Calliope Productions (Boylston, MA.) - REVIEW

"Love, Loss, and What I Wore" by Nora and Delia Ephron - Calliope Productions (Boylston, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: October 7, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2021 at 7:30pm October 10 & 17, 2021 at 2:00pm

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"Be Here Now" By Deborah Laufer - Lyric Stage Company (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

"Be Here Now" By Deborah Laufer - Lyric Stage Company (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2021 at 8:00pm October 6, 7, 13 & 1, 2021 at 7:30pm October 2, 3, 10*, 16 & 17, 2021 at 3:00pm and October 13, 2021 at 2:00pm * Q&A after the performance

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"The Sound Inside" by Adam Rapp - SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

"The Sound Inside" by Adam Rapp - SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: September 24 through October 16, 2021 (Contact Box Office for Times)

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"STEEL MAGNOLIAS" by Robert Harling - New Players Theatre Guild (Fitchburg, MA.) - REVIEW

"STEEL MAGNOLIAS" by Robert Harling - New Players Theatre Guild (Fitchburg, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: October 1 & 2, 2021 at 7:30pm and September 26 & October 1, 2021 at 2:00pm

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"Doubt: A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley - Studio Theatre Worcester (Worcester, MA.) - REVIEW

"Doubt: A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley - Studio Theatre Worcester (Worcester, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: September 24* & 25, October 1 & 2*, 2021 at 7:30pm September 26*, 2021 & October 3, 2021 at 2:00pm *post-show conversation

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"The Viewing Room" by Mark Smith - Ashland Community Theater (Ashland, MA.) - REVIEW

"The Viewing Room" by Mark Smith - Ashland Community Theater (Ashland, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: September 23, 24 & 25 at 7:30pm October 1 & 2 at 7:30pm

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"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" – Streaming Audio Drama - Psych Drama Company - REVIEW

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" – Streaming Audio Drama - Psych Drama Company - REVIEW

Performances: Available "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" September 11th through September 25th, 2021

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"Macbeth" - Streaming Audio Drama - Psych Drama Company - REVIEW

"Macbeth" - Streaming Audio Drama - Psych Drama Company - REVIEW

Performances: Available "Macbeth" September 10th through 24th, 2021

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Upcoming Shows


"Witch" - By Jen Silverman - Huntington Theatre Company (Boston, MA.)

"Witch" - By Jen Silverman - Huntington Theatre Company (Boston, MA.)

Performances: October 15 through November 14, 2021 (TIMES TBA)

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"Admissions" By Joshua Harmon - Worcester County Light Opera Company (Worcester, MA.)

"Admissions" By Joshua Harmon - Worcester County Light Opera Company (Worcester, MA.)

Performances: October 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 7:30pm and October 17 & 24 at 02:00pm

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"Night of the Living Dead: A Play in Three Acts" - Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse (Putnam, CT.)

"Night of the Living Dead: A Play in Three Acts" - Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse (Putnam, CT.)

Performances: October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2021 at 7:30pm and October 17, 24 and 31, 2021 at 2:00pm

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"Escape to Margaritaville" - Hanover Theatre (Worcester, MA.)

"Escape to Margaritaville" - Hanover Theatre (Worcester, MA.)

Performances: October 21, 2021 at 7:30pm October 22 & 23, 2021 at 8:00pm October 23, 2021 at 2:00pm October 24, 2021 at 1:00pm October 24, 2021 at 6:30pm

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"LIFTED" By Charlie Thurston - Wilbury Theatre Group (Providence, R.I.)

"LIFTED" By Charlie Thurston - Wilbury Theatre Group (Providence, R.I.)

Performances: October 21 through November 13 (Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm)

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The Who's musical "TOMMY" - Exit 7 Players (Ludlow, MA.)

The Who's musical "TOMMY" - Exit 7 Players (Ludlow, MA.)

Performances: October 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30, 2021 at 8:00pm October 24 & 31 at 2:00pm

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"The Addams Family Musical" - Dramatically Incorrect Theater Group and Dance Company (Tyngsboro, MA.)

"The Addams Family Musical" - Dramatically Incorrect Theater Group and Dance Company (Tyngsboro, MA.)

Performances: October 22 & 23, 2021 at 7:30pm and October 24, 2021 at 1:30pm

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"Don't Dress For Dinner" By Marc Camoletti - The Majestic Theater (West Springfield, MA.)

"Don't Dress For Dinner" By Marc Camoletti - The Majestic Theater (West Springfield, MA.)

Performances: October 28 through December 5, 2021 (CONTACT BOX OFFICE FOR TIMES)

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"BLKS" By Aziza Barnes - SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA.)

"BLKS" By Aziza Barnes - SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA.)

Performances: October 29 – November 20, 2021 (TIMES TBA)

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"Million Dollar Quartet" at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre (Boston, MA.)

"Million Dollar Quartet" at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre (Boston, MA.)

Performances: October 29, 2021 at 8:00pm October 30, 2021 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.

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"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim - Longwood Players (Chelsea, MA.)

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim - Longwood Players (Chelsea, MA.)

Performances: November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 2021 at 8:00pm November 11 & 18, 2021 at 7:00pm November 7 & 14, 2021 at 3:00pm November 20, 2021 at 2:00pm

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"Lovers and Other Strangers" By Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor - Theatre III (Acton, MA.)

"Lovers and Other Strangers" By Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor - Theatre III (Acton, MA.)

Performances: November 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2021 at 8:00pm November 7, 2021 at 2:00pm

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Featured Stories


METRMAG Spotlight On: "Million Dollar Quartet" Interview with Taylor Kraft ("Dyanne")

Performances: October 29, 2021 at 8:00pm October 30, 2021 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.

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METRMAG Spotlight On: "Escape to Margaritaville" Interview with Sarah Hinrichsen ("Rachel")

Performances: October 21, 2021 at 7:30pm October 22 & 23, 2021 at 8:00pm October 23, 2021 at 2:00pm October 24, 2021 at 1:00pm October 24, 2021 at 6:30pm

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They're baaack - "Night of the Living Dead: A Play in Three Acts" - TNECT at the Bradley Playhouse (Putnam, CT.)

Performances: October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2021 at 7:30pm and October 17, 24 and 31, 2021 at 2:00pm

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Sterling Community Theatre Returns with the Witty “Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike”

Performances: September 17 & 18, 2021 7:30pm September 19th, 2021 at 2:00pm

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NPTG Returns to Live Theatre with Classic "Steel Magnolias" (Fitchburg, MA.)

Performances: September 24, 25 & October 1 & 2, 2021 at 7:30pm and September 26 & October 1, 2021 at 2:00pm

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The Psych Drama Company Announces Creative/Production Teams for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Macbeth”! - PREVIEW

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Audio Streaming Performances: September 11 through September 25, 2021. "MacBeth" Audio Streaming Performances: September 10 through September 24, 2021.

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Shanley's "DOUBT, A Parable" returns to Studio Theatre Worcester - PREVIEW

Performances: September 24* & 25, October 1 & 2, 2021 at 7:30pm September 26*, 2021 & October 3*, 2021 at 2:00pm

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Auditions


Auditions for "Exit Laughing" By Paul Elliott - Square One Players (Shrewsbury, MA.)

Auditions for "Exit Laughing" By Paul Elliott - Square One Players (Shrewsbury, MA.)

Audition Dates: Sunday Dec 5th, 2021 6:30pm - 9:00pm and Monday Dec 6th, 2021 6:30pm - 9:00pm Callbacks: Wednesday Dec 8th, 2021 6:30pm-9:00pm

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METR® is a professional web-based magazine for Massachusetts theatrical and entertainment reviews.

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There are NO fees involved for any basic review services.

Features and Reviews will remain on the METRMAG site until such time as they may be required to be archived. Standard feature articles, awards event coverage, and theatrical reviews will ALWAYS be free.



If you have a production coming up within the next 90 days, you may send us your information and we will be happy to list your show for FREE in “UPCOMING SHOWS”. All posted UPCOMING SHOWS will be deleted after production dates have passed.

If you have a production coming up beyond that 90 day window, perhaps going up well into next season but still needing to receive the added exposure, we do offer the PAID option to place a “ready to post” or “camera ready” advertisement on this page. Right now, we are only accepting payments via Paypal.

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Our primary goal is to have reviews posted in a timely fashion, usually within 24 to 48 hours, depending on the level of activity during the course of a weekend (when most shows take place).

Graded reviews are provided. These are subjective but, generally, we will use a "four-star scale" with four stars (****) being best.

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A major difference between METR® and other standard print publications is that we try to cover one weekend performances which tend to be overlooked due to time/print restrictions. But if you have an event that is only one weekend and do still want a review, we will make ourselves available. Stipends may be requested for any specialized event coverage. Contact us directly for details and to schedule.

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We also provide links to some primary theatre companies in Massachusetts, mostly central but also including other companies, as well. Links to Facebook posts/pages and other social media where our METR Readers in the theatre community are most active. Most content here is also available on our FACEBOOK page.

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METR’s publisher and primary reviewer is Kevin T. Baldwin, member of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) and the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC-AICT). Since 2007 Kevin has been correspondent for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Record, Auburn Times Magazine and Community Newspapers. Since 2011 he has been a major contributor of theatre reviews for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Kevin has over 35 years of theatre experience as writer, actor, producer and director.

From 2005 to 2008 he served as adjunct theatre professor at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. and has directed shows at Clark University, Bentley College and WPI. For 20 years he ran the theatre company “K & K Productions, Inc.” in Worcester, MA. For 12 years he directed the middle school musicals at West Boylston Middle High School. He has directed shows all over Massachusetts.

Also a published playwright, Kevin's extensive catalog of plays is available at either www.millboroughstories.com or at Amazon.com

Contact Kevin at Reviews@METRMag.com

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