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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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"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" - Longwood Players of Chelsea (Chelsea, MA.) - REVIEW

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" - Longwood Players of Chelsea (Chelsea, MA.) - REVIEW

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

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

Performances: October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 27, 28, December 4 & 5, 2021 at 2:00pm November 3, 10, 14, 17, 21, 23, December 1, 2021 at 7:00pm November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 2021 at 7:30pm October 29, 30, November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, December 3 & 4, 2021 at 8:00pm

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

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

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

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"Escape to Margaritaville" - Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts (Worcester, MA.) - REVIEW

"Escape to Margaritaville" - Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts (Worcester, MA.) - REVIEW

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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"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, 2021 at 7:30pm and October 17 & 24, 2021 at 02:00pm

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Upcoming Shows


"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 31, November 7, 14, 21, 27, 28, December 4 & 5, 2021 at 2:00pm November 3, 10, 14, 17, 21, 23, December 1, 2021 at 7:00pm November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 2021 at 7:30pm October 29, 30, November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, December 3 & 4, 2021 at 8:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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"A Christmas Carol" The Company Theatre (Norwell, MA.)

"A Christmas Carol" The Company Theatre (Norwell, MA.)

Performances: November 26 through December 19, 2021 (Contact Box Office for Specific Times)

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

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

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

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

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

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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"Bethlehem's Inn" By Joshua Powell - Gateway Players (Southbridge, MA.)

"Bethlehem's Inn" By Joshua Powell - Gateway Players (Southbridge, MA.)

Performances: December 3, 4 & 5, 2021 (CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE FOR TIMES)

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

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

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

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"My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays!” By Steve Solomon - Regent Theatre (Arlington, MA.)

"My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays!” By Steve Solomon - Regent Theatre (Arlington, MA.)

Performances: December 8 through December 19, 2021 Wednesday performances are at 2:00pm and 7:00pm Thursdays at 7:00pm; Fridays at 8:00pm Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm Sundays at 2:00pm (Contact Box Office for Specific Times)

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

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

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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Featured Stories


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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The Wait is Over! Rhode Island Comic Con Returns!

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

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Company Theatre of Norwell celebrates late co-founder Jordie Saucerman with benefit November 5th & 6th, 2021

When: November 5 & 6, 2021 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 with proceeds going towards The Jordie Saucerman Forever Fund.

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METRMAG Spotlight On: "The Last Five Years" Interview with Lyric Stage Director Leigh Barrett and stars Kira Troilo and Jared Troilo

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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Auditions


"An Act of God" By David Javerbaum - Worcester County Light Opera Company (WCLOC) (Worcester, MA.) - AUDITIONS

"An Act of God" By David Javerbaum - Worcester County Light Opera Company (WCLOC) (Worcester, MA.) - AUDITIONS

Audition Dates: Sunday, November 14, 2021 / Audition slots starting at 6:00 pm Monday, November 15, 2021 / Audition slots starting at 7:00 pm Callbacks TBD.

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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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"Little Shop of Horrors" Theatre at the Mount (Gardner, MA.) - AUDITIONS

"Little Shop of Horrors" Theatre at the Mount (Gardner, MA.) - AUDITIONS

Audition Dates: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Tuesday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 8, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm (To schedule an appointment, email box-office@mwcc.mass.edu no later than December 1, 2021)

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Massachusetts Entertainment & Theatre Review (aka “METR”) Magazine®

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

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To provide fair and balanced online reviews of performances taking place in the Central Massachusetts area. These reviews may be shared online via social media or printed as needed.

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.

We are not restricted by service area, as with most print publications. So, if you are seeking a review for an event that is within an accessible distance for us to travel, we will certainly make the attempt to get there. Contact us directly to schedule.

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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