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

At Williamstown, Uma Thurman overcomes the challenges of a role — and the production she’s in

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Known for film acting, she excels in problematic revival of Ibsen’s “Ghosts.’’

Stage Review

In ‘The Children,’ wrestling with responsibility in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster

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Questions arise about one generation’s obligations to younger generations in Lucy Kirkwood’s first-rate play, directed by James Warwick at Shakespeare & Company.

Stage Review

Subject and style are at war in flawed ‘Ben Butler’

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Comic tone coexists uneasily with drama as a Civil War general ponders whether to grant sanctuary to a fugitive slave in Gloucester Stage production of Richard Strand’s play.

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