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    Blue Man Group

    Blue Man Group


    Event Name: Blue Man Group
    4 out of 5 stars rating "Entertaining, Creative, Fabulous"
    Review posted by: Kathy from Boston, MA, Oct 19, 2009

    Great show, non-stop entertainment, it was the best party we've been to all year! A must see. We look forward to a repeat performance!

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    Great show, non-stop entertainment, it was the best party we've been to all year! A must see. We look forward to a repeat performance!

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    The Donkey Show

    American Repertory Theater


    Event Name: The Donkey Show
    4 out of 5 stars rating "ch-ch-ch-ch-changes"
    Review posted by: Andrew Broussard from Chestnut Hill, MA USA, Sep 16, 2009

    I've been hoping for years that the A.R.T. would finally live up to its innate promise... but I've never fully enjoyed a production there. Things were either too strange-for-the-sake-of-strange... Expand

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    I've been hoping for years that the A.R.T. would finally live up to its innate promise... but I've never fully enjoyed a production there. Things were either too strange-for-the-sake-of-strange (bobrauschenbergamerica) or just poorly executed (Donnie Darko, The Communist Dracula Pageant, The Seagull). Diane Paulus was brought in to shake things up and right off the bat, she's done it. The Donkey Show is NOT typical A.R.T. fare - the blue hairs who previously made up the bulk of the subscription base are no longer their target. Instead, the idea is to get a new generation of theater-goers interested in the various promises of "theater" and that's what this show does. Its debauched, its hilarious, its a lot of fun, and its wildly different from a "normal" show. Divisive? Absolutely. But if you have an open mind, you'll probably find it to be a lot of fun! Collapse

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    Shear Madness

    Shear Madness


    Event Name: Shear Madness
    4 out of 5 stars rating "great show for any audience"
    Review posted by: b from Boston, MA, Apr 08, 2009

    Great show. I loved the audience-performer interaction, energy, and venue. I would certainly participate in another show (if tix were less expensive). The only part of the evening I found "weak"... Expand

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    Great show. I loved the audience-performer interaction, energy, and venue. I would certainly participate in another show (if tix were less expensive). The only part of the evening I found "weak" was the ending: It was arguably abrupt and disrupted the overall fluidity of the show. Collapse

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    The Donkey Show

    American Repertory Theater


    Event Name: The Donkey Show
    3.5 out of 5 stars rating "Whatever it was, I had a great time!"
    Review posted by: kmacjp from kristin.macdougall@gmail.com, Sep 24, 2009

    I love Theater with a capital T as much as the next gal, and this wasn't it... but it was a ton of fun! Lots of sexy actors go-going around in cool costumes, fully-committed comic improv interaction,... Expand

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    I love Theater with a capital T as much as the next gal, and this wasn't it... but it was a ton of fun! Lots of sexy actors go-going around in cool costumes, fully-committed comic improv interaction, every disco hit you can think of - what's wrong with that? Even my date, who breathes the classics and and hates (in his own words) "disco, dancing, night clubs, karaoke, crowds and fun in general" admitted that he had a good time. I loved how people my age (over 40) got right back into the scene and shook their groove things one more time. And, the cute youn'uns in the audience just had a blast. The vibe reminded me of a 70s Blue Man Group, and I'd highly recommend this as fun girls/boys night out event. Collapse

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    Blue Man Group

    Blue Man Group


    Event Name: Blue Man Group
    3 out of 5 stars rating "Some slow spots"
    Review posted by: deebee from Easton, MA, Aug 23, 2011

    Overall it is a great show. There were several slow periods of miming during the performance that lasted too long. I expected to be entertained the entire show and was disappointed that I felt bored... Expand

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    Overall it is a great show. There were several slow periods of miming during the performance that lasted too long. I expected to be entertained the entire show and was disappointed that I felt bored at times. Collapse

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    Blue Man Group

    Blue Man Group


    Event Name: Blue Man Group
    3 out of 5 stars rating "Snore Man Group"
    Review posted by: NG from Cambridge, MA, Aug 12, 2011

    Years ago, I saw BMG and loved them. They were really original and very edgy. This year, they were just ho-hum. My family from out of town loved them. But I thought their schtick went on too long... Expand

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    Years ago, I saw BMG and loved them. They were really original and very edgy. This year, they were just ho-hum. My family from out of town loved them. But I thought their schtick went on too long without enough variety. The IPOD thing was boring and there was too much gross "throwing up." If it were a bit more variety, with more of their trademark interesting music/instrumentation, I'd go again, in a second. But for now, they left a bad taste in my mouth. And a big dent in my wallet. Collapse

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    Blue Man Group

    Blue Man Group


    Event Name: Blue Man Group
    1.5 out of 5 stars rating "past its prime"
    Review posted by: Susan from Boston, Ma, Nov 27, 2009

    This was an innovative show 20 years ago. It is now a franchise, the same basic show with some innovations here and there playing simultaneously over and over again in several major cities in the... Expand

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    This was an innovative show 20 years ago. It is now a franchise, the same basic show with some innovations here and there playing simultaneously over and over again in several major cities in the US, as well as major cities in Europe and Asia. it is still great fun for kids. And moderately amusing for adults. Collapse

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    The Donkey Show

    American Repertory Theater


    Event Name: The Donkey Show
    1.5 out of 5 stars rating "Not impressed."
    Review posted by: Ladee Y from Boston, MA, Oct 13, 2009

    The music was really good, the singing bad, not much acting, a bit confusing not easy to follow. There is a long line outside to get in the theatre. The dancers were entertaining and some of them... Expand

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    The music was really good, the singing bad, not much acting, a bit confusing not easy to follow. There is a long line outside to get in the theatre. The dancers were entertaining and some of them pretty funny. I had purchase the tickets with a code listed on the METRO, but the code didn't work so had to pay full price, the theatre forgot to activate the code and did not give refunds. Not worth $25, more like $10. Collapse

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    The Donkey Show

    American Repertory Theater


    Event Name: The Donkey Show
    1.5 out of 5 stars rating "this show was just plain lame"
    Review posted by: Katie Rodgers from Allston, MA, Sep 24, 2009

    Okay, at certain moments I had fun. Out in line with my friends, entering the space, dancing on a cube.... The rest? Lame!!!! If the singing and dancing had been impressive enough, I wouldn't even... Expand

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    Okay, at certain moments I had fun. Out in line with my friends, entering the space, dancing on a cube.... The rest? Lame!!!! If the singing and dancing had been impressive enough, I wouldn't even care about the fact that there was absolutely NO good text worth listening to. But the singing was TERRIBLE, (like they had to amp up the background music over the lead actress's voice every song. It sounded like a karaoke bar.) The dancing? There was not a step of difficult choreography to marvel at. If I'm gonna see fluff disco "shakespeare" I at least want something impressive to watch. The performers did have great energy, but aside from the off-key singing, they just weren't given anything difficult to flex their muscles for. I don't know, I buy that people writing some of these reviews had a good time... but "transformative"? Are you kidding? Yikes.... I pre-gamed by downing two vodka sodas before the show, was READY to get down... and left with a headache. Collapse

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    The Donkey Show

    American Repertory Theater


    Event Name: The Donkey Show
    1.5 out of 5 stars rating "The A.R.T. Shakes its Ass"
    Review posted by: Bill Marx at theartsfuse from Somerville, MA, Sep 21, 2009

    The impression left by Diane Paulus's fun (given your level of tolerance for disco, high-priced drinks, and Shakespearean kitsch) but vapid debut production/disco dance party suggests that theater may... Expand

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    The impression left by Diane Paulus's fun (given your level of tolerance for disco, high-priced drinks, and Shakespearean kitsch) but vapid debut production/disco dance party suggests that theater may not be at the center of her version of a theatrical event. At least this time around, drama turns out to be an attenuated side show at the circus. For rest of theartsfuse review go here: http://blog.theartsfuse.com/2009/09/18/theater-review-the-art-shakes-its-ass/ Collapse

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    The Donkey Show

    American Repertory Theater


    Event Name: The Donkey Show
    1 out of 5 stars rating "This is not"
    Review posted by: Samantha from Cambridge, MA, Sep 13, 2009

    They'll never get it right at the ART. Just when you thought they couldn't make it even more unbearable, you get the Donkey Show.

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    They'll never get it right at the ART. Just when you thought they couldn't make it even more unbearable, you get the Donkey Show.

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    The Donkey Show

    American Repertory Theater


    Event Name: The Donkey Show
    1 out of 5 stars rating "the marketing dept presents Shakespeare"
    Review posted by: Hapi Phace from Cambridge, MA USA, Sep 05, 2009

    They do not offer ZERO stars, so I had to give it one. When the marketing dept meets Shakespeare, why bother with all those words? Present stripped down plot outline, insert disco lyrics and booze.... Expand

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    They do not offer ZERO stars, so I had to give it one. When the marketing dept meets Shakespeare, why bother with all those words? Present stripped down plot outline, insert disco lyrics and booze. Why bother acting? Just go-go dance. SO telling that in the program the donkey show advertises "Hold your bachelorette party @ the donkey show." "Audience empowerment," is what the art director claims . . . well if dumbing down theater to 99.95% flash & .05 percent content is empowering the audience, she's successful. If you love the theater, drama, and Shakespeare stay away. If you love 20 year-old, loud, drunken, text-messaging, co-eds, this is the show for you. Collapse

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    2014 Festival of the Arts

    North River Arts Society


    Event Name: 2014 Festival of the Arts
    "This is a not-to-be-missed event, fun for the..."
    Comment posted by: Deborah Cornwall from USA, Feb 21, 2014

    This is a not-to-be-missed event, fun for the whole family. Each year is different, but never disappoints.

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    This is a not-to-be-missed event, fun for the whole family. Each year is different, but never disappoints.

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    ComedySportzBoston

    New England Fun


    Event Name: ComedySportzBoston
    "Great show, perfect for families!"
    Comment posted by: Fred Hutchinson from USA, Dec 11, 2013

    Great show, perfect for families!

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    Great show, perfect for families!

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    Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller

    Harvard Museum of Natural History


    Event Name: Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller
    "Thoreau's Maine Woods reviewed in Boston Globe"
    Comment posted by: MuseumGoer from Cambridge, MA, Nov 26, 2013

    Thoreau's Maine Woods was reviewed by Mark Feeney in the Boston... Expand

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    Thoreau's Maine Woods was reviewed by Mark Feeney in the Boston Globe http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater- art/2013/11/25/since-thoreau-didn-take-camera- maine-scot-miller- did/b6lyZdCx1gYc3DjUMdy50I/story.html Collapse

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