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Let it rain

19Jul17

‘The Rainmaker’ at Gloucester Stage By MARK SARDELLA GLOUCESTER – I almost didn’t go to see The Rainmaker when it opened at Gloucester Stage last weekend. But I’m very glad I changed my mind and went to see this classic American play by N. Richard Nash. Written in the early 1950s, The Rainmaker is easily […]


By MARK SARDELLA Bank robbery isn’t as easy as it looks, especially when things don’t go as planned. That’s the lesson that two brothers learn early on in John Kolvenbach’s comedy The Bank Job, currently at Gloucester Stage. Fourteen million dollars is a nice haul, but it won’t do you much good if your escape […]


By MARK SARDELLA What do you give the Wakefield resident who has everything? The perfect, outside-the-box Christmas gift idea might just be something available from the unlikeliest of shopping venues – Town Hall. The 2016 Town of Wakefield Annual Street List is available while supplies last at the Town Clerk’s Office for the low price […]


By MARK SARDELLA GLOUCESTER — Imagine, if you can, an oligarchic takeover of a state led by a “Palinesque” Manchurian candidate with only a hapless, dying, Occupy-style activist standing in the way of her establishing a totalitarian regime. Forget trying to imagine it. It’s been done for you! Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s over-the-top, absurdist, dark […]


War is hell, and in Bill Cain’s “9 Circles,” Iraq War veteran Private Daniel Reeves must descend through his own inferno in order to arrive at his only shot at redemption. But are all of the demons he encounters in this hell of his own making? That’s the question that he – and the audience […]


Several hundred aging hipsters, baby boomers and a few relative youngsters packed the First Parish Church in Harvard Square on Friday, December 2, 2011 to see San Francisco Bay area legends, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. The Cambridge concert was the Boston area stop on the band’s “Holidaze in Hicksville” tour. A few minutes […]


The Cutting, at Stoneham Theatre Each act opens with the sounds of sea gulls, although their full significance will not be realized until much later. Currently at Stoneham Theatre, The Cutting is part mystery, part psychological study and part exploration of the honesty of silence – as it draws you into the mind of a […]