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

A first-rate ‘Merrily’ rolls into the Huntington

By , Globe Staff

This outstanding production captures the (broken) heart of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about frayed friendships and the hidden price of success.

Stage review

SpeakEasy’s ‘Men on Boats’ proves to be a leaky vessel

By , Globe Staff

It’s neither clever enough to be a first-rate comedy nor incisive enough to shed new light on the issues of historical representation.


‘Fun Home,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ and more stage highlights

By , Globe Staff

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to fall productions in Boston and beyond.

Stage Review

Motion and emotion lift ‘Reversible’ to hypnotic heights

By , Globe Staff

Family history as a shaper of identity is the theme of this production by circus troupe The 7 Fingers, directed and choreographed by Gypsy Snider.