Auditions for Ryan Landry’s next production are this weekend. Needless to say, I’m definitely going to see this show.
Details about the auditions are here.
The SpeakEasy Stage is offering a one day only sale for the first six performances of THE WHALE and CARRIE the musical by offering tickets regularly priced $55 – $60 for only $30.
Don’t miss this opportunity and take advantage of this great savings. Plan a fun night out with friends or someone special and help support a great local performing arts company all at the same time. Here are the details on how you can get your hands on tickets to these shows: Online tickets are available 9:00 a.m. thru Midnight at speakeasystage.com; alternatively you call the box office from Noon thru 7:00 p.m. at (617) 933-8600; or walk up to the box office from Noon thru 7:00 p.m. at 527 Tremont Street in the South End.
Friday, February 21st at 8PM
The Welcoming Committee has arranged a take over of the Hasty Pudding Theater near Harvard Square and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to check out this program with tickets only $35 (while they last). I’ve never been to see a production from this hallowed theatrical group. Care to join Sergio and Me as we crash The Welcoming Committee Take Over? More details about the production and buy your ticket(s) here.
A few details about the evening:
+ Showtime is 8pm at The Hasty Pudding Theater (Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge) near Harvard Square.
+ Tickets are general seating so you can sit with friends but if you’re on your own let me know and we can watch it together.
+ You may pick up your ticket at the box office.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to see SpeakEasy Stage’s production of The Color Purple. This musical is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the acclaimed film by Steven Spielberg.
While watching a musical about a poor African-American woman living in the South in the 1930s may not be the first thing you think of when planning a night out, trust me – you are going to love this show. The SpeakEasy Stage has assembled a large, talented cast that belt out amazing music and draw you in, making the time fly. As you might expect, the show runs the emotional gamut and provides ample fodder for conversation later. For my more shallow readers, the incredibly handsome Jared Nixon (shown below) might be sufficient motivation.
Jared Dixon and Valerie Houston in The Color Purple. Photo by Glenn Perry Photography.
I’ve included a video of one of my favorite songs from The Color Purple courtesy of Mercury Theater Chicago. The local production here at The SpeakEasy Stage runs through February 8th so get your tickets today.
Tickets to The Color Purple
January can be a brutal month, fortunately several local theater companies are introducing new shows that can help you forget about the winter and enjoy an evening out. Tickets to these shows are more affordable than you might imagine.
Support the local performing arts companies by attending a show this month.
SpeakEasy Stage opens the new year with a bold drama, The Color Purple, based on the Alice Walker novel. Buy Tickets Here.
The Lyric Stage Co. is performing the musical, Working, which is about the hopes, dreams, joys and worries of the average worker. Buy Tickets Here.
The NewRep Theatre presents Imagining Madoff. A play that imagines a jailtime conversation between Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff and a poet. Buy Tickets Here.
Support Boston’s local theater scene and reserve a couple of tickets to a show this month. I promise, you will enjoy yourself.
Boston’s creative genius, Ryan Landry, is back this holiday season with a new show that is certain to have you laughing out loud. Tonight Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans open with their new show, It’s a Horrible Life.
The show will run through December 29th, playing every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 8pm and every Sunday afternoon at 5pm. Tickets cost $35 for general admission and $45 V.I.P. seating and can be purchased online HERE.
I may be out of town vacationing in South America but I wanted to give The Lyric Stage of Boston a shout out for their new play that opened this past week.
Becky’s New Car is a comedy about a woman who is bored with her life until she happens upon a wealthy suitor who presumes she is a widow. Before Becky realizes it, she finds herself leading a double life that spirals out of her control.
Unfortunately I’ll miss this performance which opened on the 29th and will run through December 22nd.
Purchase Tickets to Becky’s New Car Here
Looks like I need to book a trip to New York City this spring when Neil Patrick Harris stars in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I LOVE this movie and can only imagine how fantastic it will be when it opens on Broadway in April. Not familiar with the 2001 film starring John Cameron Mitchell? Check out the movie trailer I’ve included.
The Theater Offensive presents, Jomama Jones, the 1970s soul-singing, stiletto-strutting, sequin-studded superstar, for a comeback concert filled with stories and songs. Jomama will take you on a journey of self-discovery using original pop, R&B, and rock music. Act quickly because there are only four shows in Boston at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, starting this Thursday.
Jomama Jones Radiate
Thu. 7:30pm - Fri. 8pm - Sat. 2pm & 8pm
Hibernian Hall, Roxbury
Earlier this week, Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orpans announced that this year’s Holiday show will be a new production, It’s a Horrible Life.
The show opens on December 5th and runs through December 29th; playing every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 8pm and every Sunday afternoon at 5pm.
Tickets cost $35 for general admission and $45 V.I.P. seating and can be purchased online HERE.
This past week I was able to see The SpeakEasy Stage Company world premiere of a the new comedy, KURT VONNEGUT’S MAKE UP YOUR MIND. The play was assembled by Broadway playwright Nicky Silver from eleven different versions of the script penned by Mr. Vonnegut before his passing in 2007.
The show opens in New York City in 1986. The 90-minute performance without intermission is filled with fast paced, witty dialog interspersed by occasional breaks where Richard Snee pulls double duty, also playing the role of Kurt Vonnegut talking to the audience. I preferred the powerful drama TRIBES that opened the SpeakEasy Stage Company 2013 / 2014 season, but fans of Mr. Vonnegut’s cutting wit will like this performance and enjoy the repartee.
KURT VONNEGUT’S MAKE UP YOUR MIND runs thru Nov-30. You may purchase tickets at the Calderwood Pavilion box office or online here.
Last Saturday Sergio and I joined those crazy kids over at The Welcoming Committee (TWC) at The Donkey Show at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square. How would I describe this show? An absolute blast. The 90-minute show flew by so fast I couldn’t believe it was over and we stayed a bit longer to keep dancing to the porn-stached DJ who continued to play one disco classic after another.
Donkey Show at The Oberon
I will admit going with TWC probably added an energy to our show that may be lacking on a random Saturday night (The Donkey Show takes place every Saturday), but it was still an absolute blast and something I’d encourage people to check out.
Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans have packed their bags and bid Provincetown and Boston a fond adieu for the time being while they shack up with Varla Jean Merman for a four week run at Theatre 80 St. Marks.
If you find yourself in NYC and would like to watch a hilarious melodrama starring one of my all-time favorite drag queens, Varla Jean Merman, then make note of this adult-themed parody. Mildred Fierce opens this Saturday on October 5th and runs through October 27th on Saturdays and Sundays only. Ticket prices are $25 for general seating or $35 for VIP.
Order Your Tickets Here
This 90-minute show that takes the audience on “the ultimate disco experience” is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show occurs every Saturday night at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square, but I want you to join me this Saturday because I’ll be attending my very first Donkey Show.
Thanks to The Welcoming Committee who has worked a deal via the gay mafia, you too can score a wicked awesome discount and get tickets for as little as $20. Enter code “TWCpineapples” and you will get a $15.00 discount (they’ll even waive the service fees).
Join me at my very first Donkey Show and Get Your Tickets Here.
Here’s a little something to get you in the mood.
photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo
Erica Spyres and James Caverly in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of TRIBES, at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.
The SpeakEasy Stage Co. first play of their 2013-2014 season, TRIBES, opened last week, and I had the opportunity to see a performance this past weekend. I was genuinely surprised by how touched I was and would encourage you to put this on your calendar.
British playwright and director, Nina Raine, who wrote this play is obviously incredibly talented but The SpeakEasy Stage Co. deserves credit for their production. The staging is great and creates an intimate connection with the audience. The cast works well together, and at different moments each of them shine without stealing the other’s spotlight.
The show centers around Billy (played by James Caverly), a deaf son born into a dysfunctional English family that certainly loves but mostly overlooks him. I’ll admit that the story didn’t speak to me when I read about it but I’m so happy that I went to see this show and I’m confident you’ll feel the same way too. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the Box Office, by phone 617-933-8600 or online, SpeakEasyStage.com.
Pick ad date and order your tickets today.