Review roundup

Lyric Opera of the North’s production of “Don Pasquale” is set in modern times and opens today at Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium. Photo by Todd Higgins.

Here are the reviews from Thursday’s theater openings:

Lyric Opera of the North’s production of “Don Pasquale” is laugh-out-loud funny with lots of physical comedy and recognizable caricatures. One great moment that didn’t make my review is a quick-hit character played by Eric Meyer (who spends the rest of the opera as part of the chorus). Meyer’s take on the notary looks like a “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”-era Sean Penn on casual Friday: board shorts, suit coat and tie sans shirt and did he just put a banana peel in his pocket?

Here is the full review.

Lawrance Bernabo said of “Ring of Fire,” which plays at The Underground:

“‘Ring of Fire’ is neither a musical, where characters suddenly burst into song, or a concert, when the band comes up with an introduction for each song. Instead, I was reminded of how they used to stage musical numbers on comedy variety shows like “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” or “The Sonny and Cher Show,” with a sense of what the song was about.”

His full review is here.