Theater Critic

Don Aucoin

Don Aucoin is the Globe’s theater critic. He reviews and reports on theater in the Boston area, and periodically writes about television.

Aucoin covered city and state government and several political campaigns for the Globe, wrote for the Boston Globe Magazine, was a TV critic for several years, and worked as a feature writer for the paper’s Living section, specializing in profiles and trend pieces. He is a coauthor of “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy’’ (Simon & Schuster). His story on race relations in Boston was included in “Best Newspaper Writing 2006-2007.’’ He is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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Stage Review

With Billy Porter at the helm, ‘The Purists’ is an unalloyed delight

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Dan McCabe’s trenchant and funny play about hip-hop, friendship, authenticity, and identity is getting its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Stage Review

Switching lanes undermines ‘Last Night at Bowl-Mor Lanes’

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A comedy by Weylin Symes stars Paula Plum and Nancy E. Carroll as longtime friends and bowling rivals, battling for bragging rights.


Lyric Stage’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a garden of grisly delights

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In a hugely enjoyable musical production directed by Rachel Bertone, a flower-shop employee cultivates a plant that turns out to have an insatiable appetite for human blood and flesh.

Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas Carol’ adaptation to premiere in Boston

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The singer composed the score for her version of the Dickens tale set in a 1930s Tennessee mining town.