Category Archives: Theater

Shakespeare on the Common starts Wednesday

Commonwealth Shakespeare CompanyThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company returns to the Boston Common for their 19th season, bringing free performances of William Shakespeare to the public.

This year the CSC presents Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  The play has a romantic bent and centers on twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated by a shipwreck.

Performance Schedule for 2014:  July 23 – August 10, 2014 by the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common; Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM / Sunday at 7 PM with a matinee show at 3PM on Saturday July 26th.  Details here.

The Welcoming Committee:  TWC is encouraging the LGBT community to join them on Thursday, July 24th.  While the event is free, they are asking anyone planning to join and watch with them to RSVP here so they know how much space to save.

Company One presents Astro Boy

Company OneCompany One is an unconventional local theater company.  Back in January 2012 they mesmerized me with their show, Green Eyes, a Tennessee Williams erotic drama originally written in the 1970s and unpublished for nearly 40 years that they staged in a suite at the Ames Hotel.

This summer they present a New England premiere, Astro Boy & The God of Comics. The show opens on Friday, July 18 and runs through Saturday, August 16th.

Buy Tickets To: Astro Boy,  July 18 thru August 16

The Company One website says the show “serves up live animation, interactive video and a 1960s dream of the future, Astro Boy – a crime fighting, sweet faced robot – and his creator, Osamu Tezuka – the real-life Father of Manga and “Walt Disney of Japan” – explore the intersection of science, art and family.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. presents Twelfth Night

Commonwealth Shakespeare CompanyThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. (CSC) will host their19th season of Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common, starting later this month on July 23rd. This year CSC will perform one of Shakespeare’s more popular comedies, Twelfth Night. The comedy follows the journey of Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, as they encounter loss and love in their new homeland – the mythical and magical land of Illyria.

The CSC will host free performances by the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common July 23 – August 10.  Performances run from Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM and Sundays at 7PM with a matinee performance at 3PM on July 26th.

Lyric Stage Co: Into the Woods

Into the Woods Lyric Stage CoThe Lyric Stage Company has been showing Into the Woods since early May and the production has received solid reviews. The Boston Globe called it “captivating”. You can read their review here.

I wanted to give the Lyric Stage Co. a shout out and encourage you to consider checking out this musical before it closes next Sunday, June 29th.  For more information about the show and to purchase tickets link here.

Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig at Tonys 2014

If you missed the Tonys this past Sunday, you missed a great show. Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig singing ‘Sugar Daddy’ just might have been my absolute favorite moment.  Check out the clip.

Tony Awards tonight at 8PM

Broadway, Tony's, I’m not a fan of most award shows.  Once the red carpet is over, I find them tedious and fraught with actors inexperienced performing in front of a live audience and / or musicians incapable of singing live.  With the exception of seeing a gaffe – John Travolta introducing “Adeem Azel” at the Oscars or Kendall Jenner’s pathetic attempt to read from her cue card at the Billboard Music Awards – I find them a bore.

However, I always LOVE the Tony’s. I know it is a cliche to have a gay man raving about Broadway, but this show entertains every year because Broadway stars have impeccable comedic timing, they are comfortable performing in front of a live audience, and most of them can sing and dance so be sure not to miss The Tony’s tonight – I promise that you’ll love it.

Mr. Teddy opens at Club Cafe

Mr Teddy Play

Source: Smartguy Productions Inc.

Mr. Teddy is a full length play produced by a new LGBTQ theater company in Boston called Smartguy Productions Inc.  Sergio and I are going to attend Friday’s show at Club Cafe, but tonight is opening night.  Mr. Teddy will run through June 13th at Club Cafe. Tickets are available for shows on June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 at 8PM and June 15 matinee show at 3PM.

Get Your Tickets Here

About Mr. Teddy: Alec, Mark and Teddy found true love two years ago when Alec brought Teddy home for a three way and Teddy never left.  Like everyone, Teddy comes with some baggage, namely a Teddy Bear and a desire to call Marc and Alec his “Daddies”.  All is bliss until Alec’s friend, Allison, insists that Teddy is suffering delayed development and he must be pushed to grow up and leave his Daddies behind if he is ever to find true happiness.  Patrick, a friend of all three men, finally sees his chance to steal Teddy away for himself. The resulting confrontations have explosive consequences for everyone involved.

Broadway in Provincetown

Broadway ProvincetownAre you planning a trip to Provincetown this summer and do you love Broadway musicals?  You may want to mark your calendars and call while tickets remain to this Broadway Series that includes names like Liza Minnelli (sorry that show has sold out), Carol Channing, Linda Eder as well as Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie and Faith Prince.

Check out The Crown & Anchor’s 2014 Summer line up and purchase your tickets to one of these amazing shows HERE.

Tickets to Mr. Teddy on sale now

Smartguy ProductionsMr. Teddy is a full length play being produced by a new LGBTQ theater company in Boston called Smartguy Productions Inc.  This is their first full length play. It explores the dynamics of three gay men who have decided to make a family with each other.

Tickets are available for shows on June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 at 8PM and June 15 matinee show at 3PM.

Get Your Tickets Here

About Mr. Teddy: Alec, Mark and Teddy found true love two years ago when Alec brought Teddy home for a three way and Teddy never left.  Like everyone, Teddy comes with some baggage, namely a Teddy Bear and a desire to call Marc and Alec his “Daddies”.  All is bliss until Alec’s friend, Allison, insists that Teddy is suffering delayed development and he must be pushed to grow up and leave his Daddies behind if he is ever to find true happiness.  Patrick, a friend of all three men, finally sees his chance to steal Teddy away for himself. The resulting confrontations have explosive consequences for everyone involved.

CARRIE the musical is a scream

SpeakEasy Stage Company

Elizabeth Erardi in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL.
Photo by Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo.

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to see CARRIE the musical by SpeakEasy Stage Company.  I’ll admit that I didn’t know quite what to expect of a classic Stephen King novel that had been adapted into musical theater, but the cast made me a believer, and I think you’d enjoy this show as well.

Paul Melone does a fantastic job directing this New England premiere and it is definitely a worthy consideration for a date night or fun night out with friends. The cast does an impressive job and includes a number of good voices.

Do you have tickets to the show which runs through Saturday, June 7th? If not, you can purchase them here.

SpeakEasy Stage presents Carrie The Musical

CARRIE the musicalThe SpeakEasy Stage Company’s next production, CARRIE The Musical opens this Saturday and Friday, May 16th is SpeakEasy Stage Co’s Out & About performance where you can join the cast following for a special post-show party.

Get your tickets here.

 

Live on stage at Admirals Inn Resort in Ogunquit

Admirals Landing OgunquitDo you have summer plans that include spending time in Ogunquit, Maine? Last month the Admiral’s Inn Resort shared their summer / fall 2014 line up.  Personal favorites include Varla Jean Merman who will perform May 22 – 25 and Dame Edna who will be there August 28 – 31.

Snow White and the 7 Bottoms opens tomorrow

Ryan Landry and Gold Dust Orphans

Photo by: Michael von Redlich

Tomorrow night Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans will open with their latest production, “Snow White and the 7 Bottoms”.  This fairy tale, takes you on a twisted trip that features new songs, dances, fabulous costumes and gorgeous sets. The show which opens tomorrow, Friday, April 18th will run through Sunday, May 18th before it closes and presumably reopens this summer in Provincetown so get your tickets while they last because this will definitely sell out.

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Boston Conservatory presents: HAIR April 25-27

Hair Boston ConservatoryFor those of you unfamiliar with this groundbreaking musical, Hair tells the story of a group of politically active, bohemians in New York City fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. The musical broke new ground in the theater world by defining the genre of “Rock Musical.”

Get your tickets today before the musical sells out.  Tickets are an unbelievably affordable $30 for Premium Seating making this an affordable “date night” option.

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Just to whet your appetite here is one of the musical’s more famous songs 

The Lyric Stage presents Rich Girl

Rich Girl Lyric Stage Co BostonTomorrow night Boston’s Lyric Stage Co. presents, Rich Girl.  The two hour play is about a sheltered rich girl named Claudine who falls in love with Henry, a down on his luck artist and a tough-talking mother who has her doubts about Henry’s motives. Does he really love Claudine or her wealth?

Rich Girl is a clever new comedy about women, men, mothers, and money.  The show opens on Friday, March 28th and runs through Saturday, April 26th.

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