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SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Could a top-secret Ameri­can corporate project meeting produce a 21st century ‘Final Solution’? In video game designer Aaron Loeb’s striking 2013 corporate office-set thriller “Ideation,” high-level consultants actually speak directly about such potentially questionable considerations as ID’s, containment, liquidation and disposal in dealing with a mysterious unnamed project. More disturbing still Read More

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Spoiler alert: The musical playing at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Theater consists of spoilers, one right after another. It is also funny, sad, and fiercely entertaining. “Merrily We Roll Along” is Stephen Sondheim’s biggest flop reanimated as a stunning success. The musical, inspired by a George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play Read More

On September 26, the popular JCCNS Jewish Book Month Speaker Series will commence. The series kicks off with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes and Marcia Clark, renowned criminal lawyer. This year’s schedule is filled with highly acclaimed authors including Swampscott’s own award-winning journalist Lesley Stahl (Becoming Grandma), bestselling author and well-known criminal lawyer Marcia Clark Read More

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 – Just months after the attacks of 9/11 in 2001, Tony Kushner’s “Homebody/Kabul” debuted as if he had a crystal ball vision of the crisis that enveloped the world. “I didn’t imagine, when I was working on the play, that by the time we produced it, the United States would be at Read More

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 - Over the course of the 20th century, it was difficult to swing a musical number without bumping into a hit by either Stephen Sondheim or Leonard Bernstein. From “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” to “Into the Woods” to “Merrily We Roll Along” (which will have its Read More

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 - From his earliest days, Jon Fisch was a fan of comedy. “I loved the feeling of getting a laugh,” he explains, recalling living room stand-up routines with his father in Newton, and rushing home to see who was making people laugh on TV that night. On September 8, the New York Read More

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 - From an early age, some hear a clarion call and embark on life’s journey with an unswerving sense of direction. The rest of us meander, weaving our way past obstacles and opportunities, unguided by cosmic GPS and without evident heroes to light the way forward.   Broadway producer and director Lonny Read More

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 – For Matt Stamell, it’s always been about the music. He first strummed a guitar as a teen growing up in Swampscott, and started writing songs that reflected the changing times of the ’60s and ’70s. After college in upstate New York, he was drawn to the source of the notes, and Read More

AUGUST 24, 2017 - Why am I so upset when a Jewish person does something terribly wrong? Why am I afraid that each negative act reflects badly on all Jews? I can’t tell you how many times I find myself thinking, “Why does he [or she] have to be Jewish?” I’ve verbalized that thought to Read More

AUGUST 24, 2017 – Israel Horovitz is a playwright in love with the mysteries at the heart of people’s lives. That was true of the revelations about Jewish apartment heir Mathias Gold and 94-year-old tenant Mathilde in his intriguing 1999 play set in Paris, “My Old Lady.” So it goes for his 2016 Off-Broadway hit Read More