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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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"The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On" - Majestic Theater (West Springfield, MA.) - REVIEW

"The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On" - Majestic Theater (West Springfield, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: September 9 – October 17, 2021 (CONTACT BOX OFFICE FOR EXACT TIMES)

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Huntington's "Hurricane Diane" a cautionary comedy with wet and wild laughs!

Huntington's "Hurricane Diane" a cautionary comedy with wet and wild laughs!

Performances: August 27 – September 26, 2021 (CONTACT BOX OFFICE FOR TIMES)

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“Over the River and Through the Woods” - By Joe DiPietro - Square One Players - REVIEW

“Over the River and Through the Woods” - By Joe DiPietro - Square One Players - REVIEW

Performances: July 31, 2021 at 7:30pm; August 1 and 8, 2021 at 2:00pm August 6 & 7, 2021 at 7:30pm

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"The Niceties" by Eleanor Burgess - Worcester County Light Opera Company WCLOC - REVIEW

"The Niceties" by Eleanor Burgess - Worcester County Light Opera Company WCLOC - REVIEW

Performances: Available to stream through Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 11:59 pm EST.

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“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" - Greater Worcester Opera - REVIEW

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" - Greater Worcester Opera - REVIEW

Performances: May 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 7:30pm; May 9 & 16 at 2:00pm

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Upcoming Shows


Psych Drama Company 10th Anniversary International Season

Psych Drama Company 10th Anniversary International Season

Performances: "Macbeth" September 10th through 24th, 2021 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" September 11th through 25th, 2021

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"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" by John Bishop - Theatre at the Mount (Gardner, MA.)

"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" by John Bishop - Theatre at the Mount (Gardner, MA.)

Performances: September 17, 18, 24, 25, 2021 at 7:30pm; September 19 and 26, 2021 at 2:00pm.

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

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

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

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"The 39 Steps" - Adapted by Patrick Barlow - Greater Boston Stage Company (Stoneham, MA.)

"The 39 Steps" - Adapted by Patrick Barlow - Greater Boston Stage Company (Stoneham, MA.)

Performances: September 23 - October 10, 2021 (CONTACT BOX OFFICE FOR TIMES)

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John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt" returns to Studio Theatre Worcester (Worcester, MA.)

John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt" returns to Studio Theatre Worcester (Worcester, MA.)

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

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"Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling - New Players Theatre Guild (Fitchburg, MA.)

"Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling - New Players Theatre Guild (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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"Be Here Now" by Deborah Laufer - Lyric Stage Company (Boston, MA.)

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

Performances: September 24-October 17, 2021 (TIMES TBA)

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

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

Performances: September 24 - October 16, 2021 (TIMES TBA)

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

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

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

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Featured Stories


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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"Hurricane Diane" kicks off live in-person theatre at Huntington (Boston, MA.)

Performance Dates: Aug. 27 through Sept. 26, 2021 Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8:00pm; Sun. at 7:00pm Matinees: Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2:00pm Days and times vary; see complete schedule.

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Auditions


"A Comedy of Tenors" By Ken Ludwig - Worcester County Light Opera Company (WCLOC) (Worcester, MA.)

"A Comedy of Tenors" By Ken Ludwig - Worcester County Light Opera Company (WCLOC) (Worcester, MA.)

Audition Dates: Sunday, September 26, 2021 / Audition slots starting at 2:00pm Monday, September 27, 2021 / Audition slots starting at 7:00pm Possible call-backs: Monday, October 4, 2021

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Auditions for the musical "BABY" - New Players Theatre Guild (Fitchburg, MA.)

Auditions for the musical "BABY" - New Players Theatre Guild (Fitchburg, MA.)

AUDITION DATES: Monday October 4, 2021 from 7:00pm-9:30pm. Tuesday October 5, 2021 from 7:00pm-9:30pm. Callbacks (if needed) will be held Thursday October 7, 2021 from 7:00pm-9:30pm.

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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).

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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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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

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