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.

Latest stories

Stage Review

For Zeitgeist Stage, a flawed finale with ‘Trigger Warning’

By , Globe Staff

David J. Miller wraps up an impressive two-decade run with a problematic production of a world-premiere play about the family of a school shooter.

Stage Review

Shifting gears and guises in an uneven ‘Twelfth Night’

By , Globe Staff

Richard Snee adds needed comic zest to a co-production by Lyric Stage Company and Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

Family entertainment

Family theater picks

By , Globe Staff

A guide to family-friendly theatrical productions, from KidStage Theater to “PJ Masks Live! Save the Day’’ to “The Perils of Mr. Punch: That’s What I Call Sweet Music!’’


At Wheelock, a fruitful connection to ‘James and the Giant Peach’

By , Globe Staff

To close out her first season as head of the family theater, Emily Ranii directs “James and the Giant Peach,’’ adapted from a book she loved as a child.