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By MARK SARDELLA Laura Hunt is dead. It was a shotgun blast to the face as she answered the door of her posh New York City Apartment. The only question was who killed the beautiful and successful advertising executive – and why? In Stoneham Theatre’s production of Laura, answering that question falls to NYC Police […]


By MARK SARDELLA It all started when he purchased nine Pleasure Island postcards at a local church antiques show. Since then, Wakefield’s Robert McLaughlin has written five books and turned himself into one of the country’s leading experts on American theme parks. His latest book, Magic Mountain was published last week and tells the story […]


by MARK SARDELLA For nearly two hours, Anthony Amore entertained the packed audience at The Savings Bank Theater with tales of art theft and the sometimes colorful but often inept characters that perpetrate such crimes. Amore was the opening speaker in the 2016 Sweetser Lecture Series in Wakefield, Massachusetts. As head of security and chief […]


Hunger games

04Mar16

It’s Restaurant Week in Wakefield, as proclaimed by the Chamber of Commerce. My Facebook friends would tell you that based on my check-ins, every week is restaurant week for me. Hey, at least I’m supporting the local economy.


“Sorry” continues the Apple family saga at Stoneham Theatre Memory, like family, is about connections. And Sorry, currently on stage at Stoneham Theatre, is about both. Sorry is part 3 of Richard Nelson’s series, “The Apple Family Plays.” (The first in the cycle, “That Hopey Changey Thing,” was produced by Stoneham Theatre last year. Gloucester […]


by Mark Sardella (Wakefield Daily Item) “It’s not often a community theater gets the opportunity to produce the New England premier production of a Broadway musical,” says former longtime Wakefield resident Nancy Curran Willis. She is directing the New England premier of Bonnie and Clyde at The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, Mass. The […]


by Mark Sardella (Wakefield Daily Item) If there’s one thing that A Measure of Normalcy, the relentlessly manic 90-minute play by Lucas Baisch could use it might be a measure of normalcy. The play runs through Nov. 1 at Gloucester Stage, and it was written by Baisch, the theater’s 2015 Playwriting Apprentice. Normalcy follows an […]



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