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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More valleys than peaks in ‘Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol’

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Musical adaptation of Dickens’s tale stumbles in transit to 1930s Tennessee


A spirited ‘Oliver!’ at New Rep

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Michael J. Bobbitt, making his directorial and choreographic debut at the theater he now leads, infuses “Oliver!’’ with enough brio to almost justify that exclamation point in the title.

Her Majesty is a bore

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For an actress with such a brilliant track record, Olivia Colman is curiously one-dimensional in “The Crown.’’


Uncertain tone derails Lyric Stage’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

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The Lyric production stars the inimitable Remo Airaldi as Hercule Poirot, but even that bit of dream casting is not enough to rescue Ken Ludwig’s limp stage adaptation.