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.
While there are many great national touring shows coming to Boston, there is a vibrant local theater scene too often overlooked. I’d like to encourage you to check out one of the performances listed below. Since tickets to these performances are much less than those national touring companies you can even afford to go out for drinks after the show.
The A.R.T. at The Oberon: The Donkey Show Every Saturday this show – inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream – takes audiences on what is described as the ultimate disco experience. Come party on the dance floor to 70s disco hits as the show unfolds around you. The Oberon is located at 2 Arrow Street just outside Harvard Square. Get Your Tickets Here
The Lyric Stage Company: One Man, Two Guvnors This award-winning British comedy makes its New England premiere when it opens on Thursday, Sept. 6. The production runs through October 12, but tickets will sell quickly.
The Lyric Stage Co. is located at 14o Clarendon Street in the Back Bay. Get Your Tickets Here
The Huntington Theatre Company: The Jungle Book Still riding high after receiving the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, The Huntington opens their 2013-14 season with a world premiere on Sept. 7 that runs through Oct. 13. Curious to find out more about the performance? Watch their promotional video. The Huntington Theatre is located at 264 Huntington Ave in the Fenway. Get Your Tickets Here
New Rep Theatre: Elephant Man The Tony award-winning drama opens on Saturday, Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 29. The 2-hour and 15 minute play tells a deeply poignant story that addresses issues of faith, charity and asks what it means to live in a civilized society. The New Rep is located at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Get Your Tickets Here
Bridge Rep of Boston: The Libertine Boston’s newest theater company opens with their first full season on Saturday, Sept. 7 that runs for two-weeks through Sunday, Sept. 22. The Bridge Rep performance will take place at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End. Get Your Tickets Here
SpeakEasy Stage: Tribes The New England premiere of this play about a deaf man who struggles to assimilate into the hearing world until he meets a woman who introduces him to the deaf community opens on Sept. 13 and runs through Oct. 12.
Performances from the SpeakEasy Stage will take place at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End. Get Your Tickets Here
The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) free production of William Shakespeare’s play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, started this past weekend and runs through July 28th.
Free performances run from July 6 – 28
For details about performances: www.commshakes.org/performances
About The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Believed to have been written in 1590 or 1591, this comedy is considered by some to be William Shakespeare’s first play. The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behavior of people in love. More about the play may be read here.
Well Strung will perform at the Art House in Provincetown June 30 – Sept 7th
One of the things I love about Provincetown is this little seaside village offers more nightly live performances than some major cities in the United States. Should you plan a trip to Ptown do yourself a favor and check out one of the many live performances that takes place every night.
What makes this all the more special is that these are not traveling productions of Broadway Shows you can see when they come through your hometown. These are shows that are geared to the overwhelmingly gay audience that comes to support the local arts scene ranging from drag queens like Varla Jean Merman to cabaret at the Post Office.
Some shows are performed only one night a week, like The Gold Dust Orphans, Pornocchio, performed every Tuesday at 8PM at The Provincetown Theatre. Others have shows multiple nights a week like Miss Richfield 1981 who performs at The Crown & Anchor. Then there are those special performances that take place just a couple nights in the summer like Tony Award Winner, Sutton Foster, who will perform at the Art House, for three shows only during 4th of July Week.
If you have any questions about performers or shows in Provincetown, feel free to shoot me an email. I’ll do my best to provide you with suggestions.
In The Heights, the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards, is the current production from The SpeakEasy Stage Company that opened May 10th and runs through June 16th. The musical will grab your attention with large dance numbers set to rap and hip hop rhapsodies all set in NYC’s Latino neighborhood, Washington Heights, in the summer of 2003. The story centers around members of this closely knit neighborhood and how their lives are entwined with the neighborhood they all call home.
If you require a bit more incentive to purchase tickets to this show, I’ll give you three reasons: Diego Klock-Perez (Usnavi) and Jorge Barranco (Sonny) who’s lives center around their barrio bodega. Their rap and dance scenes are among the best in the show. However, I was distracted every time the incredibly handsome actor, Jared Dixon (Benny), stepped on stage and his shirtless scene on the balcony at the opening of the second act alone makes this show worth its money, but fortunately there is more to offer than these three men and the entire cast really does deserve credit for pulling off some intricate dance and musical numbers. This is a great date option or night out with friends.
You may purchase tickets at The Calderwood Pavilion box office on Tremont Street in the South End or by phone, 617-933-8600 or online at SpeakEasyStage.com.
Looking for something different to do? Make a date to check out one of the many great local theater productions currently or about to open. Boston’s performing arts scene has a little something for everyone right now including musicals, modern classics and even a twisted childhood classic.
Photo by Michael von Redlich
Pornocchio – Gold Dust Orphans (April 26 – May 26) Sent through The Gold Dust Orphans’ glitter filled parody machine, this is a twisted take on a classic children’s fable. Get Tickets Here.
Pirates of Penzance – A.R.T. (May 10 – June 2) Come away and enjoy this 80-minute excursion that features bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts. Get Tickets Here.
In the Heights – SpeakEasy Stage (May 10 – June 8) This four-time Tony Award winning musical is set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood and uses hip hop, salsa and rap to help tell the stories of this close-knit Latin community. Get Tickets Here.
3 Sailors – On The Town – Lyric Stage Co. (May 10 – June 8) This musical also takes place in New York, but includes three American sailors with one day to see the sights, meet a special someone, and have the time of their lives. Get Tickets Here.
Amadeus – Amadeus -New Rep (April 28 – May 19) Takes place in 18th-Century Europe and focuses on the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Get Tickets Here.