SpeakEasy Stage presents Bad Jews

Photo by: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

Photo by: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

Verbal sparring dark comedy, Bad Jews, will leave you speechless

Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon and directed by Rebecca Bradshaw is currently running at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.   Set in March in a studio on the Upper West Side of NYC, this dark comedy includes four characters but really centers on two equally unlovable and selfish cousins who manipulate conversations and relationships to get their way.   Don Aucoin from The Boston Globe sums it up best, “this is a dark comedy that cuts deep and draws blood.”

The key to this storyline is the amazing dialog and the speed at which it is delivered.  The 110 minute play unfolds at the speed of light and leaves you gasping at the verbal spars and emotional vulnerability; manufactured or real it doesn’t seem to matter because the tension on the stage is palpable.  This is one of those plays that you want to go grab a drink to discuss after you see it.

While this production must have added angst for those raised in the Jewish faith, one needn’t be Jewish to be touched (and horrified). The play is impossible to turn away from and will suck you in from the first moment to the touching final scene between Jonah and Daphna.

Bad Jews runs until Saturday, Nov. 29th – Get Your Tickets Here

1990s Infomercial: Wunder Boner

Wonder BonerI’m not really sure if the Wunder Boner commercials from the early and mid 1990s ever played up in New England because I have no memory of them, but this product certainly caught my attention.  The fish de-boning product is really kind of gross to watch in the infomercial below but the lines are classic.  My favorite part is when one of the actors says, “The Wunder Boner… My wife would like that.”  No comment.

Boston’s longest serving mayor, Tom Menino, has died

Thomas MeninoMayor Menino’s battle with cancer ended today according to the Boston Globe. Mayor Tom Menino was Boston’s longest serving Mayor, first taking office back in 1993 and leaving office last year due to his illness.  Over that time he helped transform Boston into a more progressive and open city that welcomed everyone; including the LGBT community. He is missed.

More here on Boston.com.

WOW airlines comes to Boston

travel, icelandWOW air, an Icelandic discount carrier announced its first flights to the US earlier this week.  WOW air’s decision to fly to Boston starting March 27th means that Iceland Air which has owned this route for years now has competition.

WOW air will start with five weekly trips in the spring, and I’m itching to go. Iceland Air introduced Bostonians to this cool European destination years ago and I’ve never heard a bad word about the this tiny little (gay friendly) country.

Boston – Iceland fares start at less than $250

WOW air also has connections through Iceland to more than a dozen European cities including Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Warsaw – so look for more competitive fares to these and other cities once they start flying in the spring of 2015.  More details about WOW air here.


Apple CEO, Tim Cook, comes out

gay, coming out, closetThe gay community has known that Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is gay for a very long time.  Despite that fact news of Tim Cook coming out today is a HUGE deal.

Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.

You can read more about Tim Cook’s statement here.


Masquerade fundraiser: Foreplay tonight

The Theater Offensive, Masquerade, Manhunt, Maverick MenJoin  Cole and Hunter (a.k.a. The Maverick Men) and Manhunt as they throw a special Halloween party to help raise funds for The Theater Offensive at the Manhunt Mansion tonight.

Tickets to this party also include delicious food from Boston Chops / dBar as well as beer and wine and great music from my friend, DJ Jim “Gay Jim” Clerkin from KISS 108FM.

Buy Tickets Here


Boston Ballet’s Swan Lake opens Thursday

Boston BalletTomorrow (October 30th), The Boston Ballet will present the world premiere of Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, featuring magnificent new costumes and sets.

For fans of classic ballet, Swan Lake is a must see. Get your tickets and plan an evening out with a friend or someone special. If you need tips on where to grab a dinner or drinks after the performance, I’m happy to provide suggestions.

Get Your Tickets Here