Gold Dust Orphans perform “Jesus Christ, it’s Christmas” at Ramrod nightclub December 4-21, 2014
Last week’s Boston Sunday Globe Ideas section had a large editorial piece entitled Arts everywhere. It included articles praising and supporting the city’s commitment to further invest in the arts scene. It also included some novel concepts including a great piece by Peter DuBois, artistic director for Huntington Theatre Co who calls for more theater space for what he refers to as “fringe theaters” and I couldn’t agree with him more.
Boston’s local theater scene is in the midst of a Renaissance. The quality of performances, the variety of shows and the depth of talent is better now than I can ever recall. However, that ingenuity and the audacity that these ‘fringe’ theater companies provide needs to be nurtured. DuBois suggestion that the city needs to streamline permitting to create short-term ‘pop-up’ theaters and to provide tax incentives to landlords to open up under-utilized space for makeshift art venues is spot on. The closure of The Factory Theater (in the Piano Factory) earlier this year only highlights the plight of these smaller, edgier theater companies.
One month from today Richard Winchester, producer and co-founder of Artfull Circle Theatre in San Francisco will return to New York City with an hilarious holiday musical comedy hit, Christmas With the Crawfords.
The show, which opens on December 11th, stars Joey Arias as Joan Crawford and Chris March as her darling daughter Christina. Connie Champagne returns as Judy Garland — a role in which she has garnered international acclaim. Sherry Vine (Keith Levy) will take on the dual role of Hedda Hopper and Baby Jane Hudson in her first appearance in the show.
The production is based on the actual Christmas Eve live radio broadcast of the Crawford family from their Brentwood mansion in the late 1940s, “Christmas With the Crawfords” is a loving homage to and parody of Hollywood’s Golden Age and is filled with appearances of major Tinsel Town icons, such as Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda, Gloria Swanson and the Andrews Sisters.
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Christmass with the Crawfords runs Tuesday – Thursday on December 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, & at 7:30pm. Friday & Saturday shows on the 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 begin at 8:00pm. Sunday performances on December 14 & 21 begin at 7:00pm.
All performances take place at Abrons Art Center – 477 Grand Street – NYC 10002. Tickets are $45 for general admission. Get your tickets here.
Ryan Landry and his troupe, The Gold Dust Orphans, are back with a new Christmas special that opens Thursday, December 4th and runs through Sunday December 21st (a 3 week limited engagement!) Tickets are currently on sale with general admission pricing approximately $43 and reserved seating approximately $53.
Get Your Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas! Tickets Here
Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas! is based on the 1947 classic, “The Bishop’s Wife”, “Jesus Christ” features all new songs and dances, plenty of fabulous costumes and positively gorgeous sets! As is always the case with The Gold Dust shows, this is not a kid-friendly program and those easily offended should probably go elsewhere, but for everyone else, come down to the Ramrod Performing Arts Center to see this soon to be classic, Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas!
Broadway artists Andrea McArdle, Faith Prince, Donna McKechnie and Maureen McGovern will perform one show only in Boston at The Wilbur Theatre on Tuesday, December 2nd. Get your tickets here.
The Hub Theatre Company of Boston will close its second season next month with playwright Israel Horovitz for the Boston premiere of 6 Hotels. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:00. The shows will run from Friday, November 7th through Saturday, November 22nd at Club Cafe at 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston.
All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and may be purchased here.
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
SpeakEasy Stage Company’s latest production, Bad Jews, opens this weekend. Described as a seriously smart comedy about family, faith and legacy, this play has caught my attention. Tickets are already on sale and performances start this Friday, October 24th.
Learn more about the play and buy your tickets here.