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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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"Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - The Hanover Theatre - REVIEW

"Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - The Hanover Theatre - REVIEW

Performances: March 4 & 5 at 7:30pm, March 6 & 7 at 8:00pm, March 7 at 2:00pm, March 8 at 1:00pm.

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"The Treasurer" by Max Posner - Lyric Stage Company (Boston) - REVIEW

"The Treasurer" by Max Posner - Lyric Stage Company (Boston) - REVIEW

Performances: Feb. 21 through March 22. Wednesdays, Thursdays at 7:30pm; Wednesday matinees at 2:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm. Post-show Q&A with the artists: March 8, after the 3:00pm performance.

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"Calendar Girls' by Tim Firth - Community Players (Pawtucket)- REVIEW

"Calendar Girls' by Tim Firth - Community Players (Pawtucket)- REVIEW

Performances: Feb. 28 & 29 at 7:30pm; Feb. 23 and March 1 at 2:00pm.

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Upcoming Shows


"Over the River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro - Square One Players (Shrewsbury)

"Over the River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro - Square One Players (Shrewsbury)

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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"Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare - Hanover Theatre Repertory (Worcester, MA.)

"Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare - Hanover Theatre Repertory (Worcester, MA.)

Performances: August 04, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 & 22, 2021 all at 8:00pm

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"Rock of Ages" kicks off new season at The Company Theatre (Norwell, MA.)

"Rock of Ages" kicks off new season at The Company Theatre (Norwell, MA.)

Performance Dates: August 7 through August 21, 2021 (TIMES TBA)

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"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang - Sterling Community Theatre (Sterling, MA.)

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang - Sterling Community Theatre (Sterling, MA.)

Performances: September 17th, 2021 7:30pm September 18th, 2021 7:30pm September 19th, 2021 (Matinee, TIME TBA)

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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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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, 26, 2021 October 1, 2, 3, 2021 (TIMES TBA)

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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, 26, 2021 and October 1, 2, 3, 2021 (TIMES TBA)

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Featured Stories


"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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Square One Players premiere in Shrewsbury with "Over The River and Through the Woods" - PREVIEW

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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Auditions


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

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

Audition Dates: July 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm July 25, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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"Pirates of Penzance" - Valley Light Opera (Amherst, MA.)

"Pirates of Penzance" - Valley Light Opera (Amherst, MA.)

Audition Dates: July 29, 2021 4:00pm - 9:30pm July 30, 2021 4:00pm - 9:00pm July 31, 2021 9:00am - 4:00pm

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

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

Audition Dates*: August 1, 2021 - audition slots starting at 6:00pm August 2, 2021 - audition slots starting at 6:00pm *Callbacks, if necessary, will be scheduled for the week of August 1st.

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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

Contact Kevin at Reviews@METRMag.com

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