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"Fiddler on the Roof" By Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick & Joseph Stein - Emerson Colonial Theatre (Boston, MA.)  - REVIEW

"Fiddler on the Roof" By Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick & Joseph Stein - Emerson Colonial Theatre (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: December 21, 22 & 23, 2021 at 7:30pm December 23, 24 & 26, 2021 at 2:00pm

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"A Christmas Story: The Musical" - Boch Center Wang Theatre (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

"A Christmas Story: The Musical" - Boch Center Wang Theatre (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: December 10, 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2021 at 7:00pm December 11 & 18, 2021 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm December 12 & 19, 2021 at 1:00pm and 6:30pm

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"Teenage Dick" By Mike Lew - Huntington Theatre Company (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

"Teenage Dick" By Mike Lew - Huntington Theatre Company (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: December 10, 17, 31, 2021 at 8:00pm December 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23 & 29, 2021 at 2:00pm December 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28, 29 & 30, 2021 at 7:30pm December 10, 2021 at 10:00am January 1 & 2, 2022 at 2:00pm

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Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" - The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse (Putnam, CT.) - REVIEW

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" - The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse (Putnam, CT.) - REVIEW

Performances: December 3 through 19, 2021 Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm Sundays at 2:00pm

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

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

Performances: December 3, 4, 9, 11 & 11, 2021 at 7:30pm December 5 & 12, 2021 at 2:00pm

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Monty Python's "SPAMALOT" - Calliope Productions (Boylston, MA.) - REVIEW

Monty Python's "SPAMALOT" - Calliope Productions (Boylston, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2021 at 7:30pm December 5 & 12, 2021 at 2:00pm

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"All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914" by Peter Rothstein - Greater Boston Stage Company (Stoneham, MA.) - REVIEW

"All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914" by Peter Rothstein - Greater Boston Stage Company (Stoneham, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: November 26, 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2021 at 8:00pm November 27, December , 11 & 18, 2021 at 3:00pm December 2, 9, 16, 22 & 23, 2021 at 7:30pm November 28, December 1, 5, 8, 12, 15 & 19, 2021 at 2:00pm

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"Winter Wonderettes" By Roger Bean - Theatre at the Mount (Gardner, MA.) - REVIEW

"Winter Wonderettes" By Roger Bean - Theatre at the Mount (Gardner, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: November 26, 27, December 3, 4, 2021 at 7:30pm November 28, December 5, 2021 at 2:00pm

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"The Last Five Years" By Jason Robert Brown - Lyric Stage Company (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

"The Last Five Years" By Jason Robert Brown - Lyric Stage Company (Boston, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: November 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27, December 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2021 at 8:00pm November 13, 14, 29, 21, 27 & 28, December 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2021 at 3:00pm November 17, 24, 2021 at 2:00pm November 17, 18, 23, December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2021 at 7:30pm

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"The Gift of the Magi"  by Michael Walker - Studio Theatre Worcester (Worcester, MA.) - REVIEW

"The Gift of the Magi" by Michael Walker - Studio Theatre Worcester (Worcester, MA.) - REVIEW

Performances: November 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20, 2021 at 7:30pm November 14 & 21, 2021 at 2:00pm.

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2021 - Providence, R.I. - REVIEW

Rhode Island Comic Con 2021 - Providence, R.I. - REVIEW

November 5, 6 & 7, 2021 Buy Tickets Here: https://www.ricomiccon.com/fall-edition-tickets

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“WITNESS” - Arlekin Players Theatre and Zero Gravity (zero-G) Lab (VIRTUAL)

“WITNESS” - Arlekin Players Theatre and Zero Gravity (zero-G) Lab (VIRTUAL)

Preview Performances: December 10 & 12, 2021 at 7:30pm ET World Premiere December 13, 2021 at 7:30pm ET Performances December 10, 2021 through January 23, 2022 Hosted on zerogravity.art

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"Jesus Christ Superstar!" By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - Emerson Colonial Theatre (Boston, MA.)

"Jesus Christ Superstar!" By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - Emerson Colonial Theatre (Boston, MA.)

Performances: January 4, 6, 11, 12 & 13, 2022 at 7:30pm January 5, 2022 at 7:00pm January 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2022 at 8:00pm January 8 & 15, 2022 at 2:00pm January 9 & 16, 2022 at 1:00pm & 6:30pm

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"Mr. Parent" - by Melinda Lopez - Lyric Stage Company (Boston, MA.)

"Mr. Parent" - by Melinda Lopez - Lyric Stage Company (Boston, MA.)

Performances: Through February 6, 2022 NOTE: In acknowledgement of the latest surge of the Coronavirus, we are canceling our performances of Mr. Parent from January 7 - 9, and reducing capacity of our performances from January 12 - January 16. We hope this pause helps our artists and audiences as they return from holiday travel.

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"People, Places & Things" By Duncan MacMillan - SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA.)

"People, Places & Things" By Duncan MacMillan - SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA.)

Performances: NOTE: Due to the recent surge in COVID cases, and out of deep concern for our community, SpeakEasy Stage Company has decided to delay the opening of People, Places & Things. The show, originally set to run Jan. 7 - Feb. 5, will now run from Feb. 11 - Mar. 5, 2022.

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"Texts For Nothing" Samuel Beckett - Nervous Theatre, Boston Conservatory Theater (Boston, MA.)

"Texts For Nothing" Samuel Beckett - Nervous Theatre, Boston Conservatory Theater (Boston, MA.)

Performances: January 20 through February 6, 2022 The performance will be presented three times each night with start times at 8:00pm, 9:00pm and 10:00pm.

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Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" - Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse (Putnam, CT.)

Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" - Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse (Putnam, CT.)

Performances: January 21 through February 5, 2022* Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm Sundays at 2:00pm * (2) Performances on Feb. 5 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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METRMAG Spotlight On: "Fiddler on the Roof" Interview with Ali Arian Molaei (“The Fiddler”)

Performances: December 21, 22 & 23, 2021 at 7:30pm December 23, 24 & 26, 2021 at 2:00pm

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METRMAG Spotlight On: "A Christmas Story - The Musical" Interview with Chris Carsten (“Jean Shepherd”)

Performances: December 10, 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2021 at 7:00pm December 11 & 18, 2021 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm December 12 & 19, 2021 at 1:00pm and 6:30pm

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Stephen Joshua Sondheim - 1930-2021 - A Legacy

Stephen Sondheim. Born March 22, 1930. Died November 26, 2021.

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"The Nutcracker" brings the joy of the holidays once again to the Hanover Theatre (Worcester, MA.)

Performances: November 26 & 27, 2021 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm November 28, 2021 at 1:00pm

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Bradley Playhouse ushers in the holiday season with Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas, The Musical" (Putnam, CT.)

Performances: December 3 through 19, 2021 Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm Sundays at 2:00pm

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METRMAG Spotlight On: "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" Interview with Hana Bible (“Clara”)

Performances: December 10, 2021 at 7:30pm December 11, 2021 at 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:30pm December 12, 2021 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

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METRMAG Spotlight On: "Teenage Dick" Interview with Zurin Villanueva

Performances: December 3, , 10, 17, 31, 2021 at 8:00pm December 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23 & 29, 2021 at 2:00pm December 5 & 6, 2021 at 7:00pm December 7, 9, 1, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28, 29 & 30, 2021 at 7:30pm December 10, 2021 at 10:00am January 1 & 2, 2022 at 2:00pm

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"Beauty and the Beast" - Weston Friendly Society (Weston, MA.) - VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

"Beauty and the Beast" - Weston Friendly Society (Weston, MA.) - VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: January 17, 2022 at 3:00pm.

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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.



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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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