Category Archives: Theater

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

Bad Jews opens Friday, Oct. 24th

Bad Jews SpeakEasy Stage Company BostonSpeakEasy 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.

Bad Jews October 24 – November 29

Learn more about the play and buy your tickets here.

Boston invests in cultural planning process

LGBT Boston, gay life bostonI’ll be the first to admit that I did not follow nor did I even vote for Mayor in the last election, but Mayor Walsh has really impressed me with his zeal and energy.  As much as I love Mayor Menino, Marty Walsh’s vision for Boston really excites me.  I agree with his call to invest in a long-term cultural planning process for the city of Boston and hiring a chief of arts and culture to help make that happen.

This past Sunday The Boston Globe had an excellent article Sketching an arts-centric future for Boston by Joel Brown, detailing some of the plans and investment the city of Boston is making to elevate and champion a cultural strategy intended to make our city stand out with major cities.  A 15-member steering committee is currently working to help make this happen.  For all you cultcha vultchas out there, this is exciting news.

Peaches Christ “Hocus Pocus” in Castro tonight

Peaches Christ, Castro Theater I normally focus my content on Boston, Ptown and Ogunquit but tonight I wish I was in San Francisco to see Peaches Christ theatrical production and latest stage play, Coven: Return of the Manderson Sisters.

The show is at the Castro Theatre and looks to be a blast.  Are you in San Francisco? Do you have plans to check out this production? Do tell. I’d love to be there to see it.

Ticket Info Here!

TWC does the Donkey Show this Saturday

TheaterTWC is hosting what looks to be an annual take over of the Oberon’s Donkey Show  on Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 pm.  Have you never been before or are you looking to do something different to do?  This might be the perfect option. TWC has scored some deeply discounted tickets so it is only $19 for you to attend this glitter-induced Shakespearean inspired disco dance party.

Only $19 with the TWC code

To learn more about the show and how to score those cheap tickets link here:  TWC does the Donkey Show.

Last year Sergio and I attended this and had a blast. Donkey Show at Oberon Theater

SpeakEasy Stage Co. presents Far from Heaven

Photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

Photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

Set in Hartford, CT in the 1950s, this musical from the SpeakEasy Stage Company made me wonder if I was going to be able to relate to the storyline, but any apprehension I may have had was dispelled immediately.

I promise that this musical will resonate and entertain you.  Sex, gossip, and keeping up appearances run through this two hour and twenty minute performance with some surprising twists. A personal favorite was the “Wandering Eyes” scene shown below when the seemingly perfect couple is out dancing on vacation in Miami.

BCA ResCo - SpeakEasy Stage Company - Far From Heaven

Photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

The story is compelling and the cast does a great job.  I was drawn in from the moment the lights dimmed until it was time to go. This show would make for either a great date night or evening out with friends. The subject matter addressed remains as relevant as ever but is not heavy-handed or preachy making it great fodder for discussion after leaving the show.

Performances run through October 11 and I would encourage you to get tickets today.  More information about the musical and to purchase tickets are available here.

Lyric Stage Company: Sweeney Todd

Sweeney ToddThe Lyric Stage Company of Boston has opened their 41st season with the musical thriller, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

The nearly three hour production is an ambitious venture that includes one of the more elaborate stagings and costume designs I’ve seen by the Lyric Stage as well as one of the largest casts with seventeen actors (I counted).

Set in Victorian England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who secretly returns to London after being exiled to Australia as a criminal on trumped-up charge from a jealous judge. Not long after returning to London he plans his revenge but is thwarted.  His need for revenge or madness (which is how I interpreted it) entirely consumes him.  While the operatic nature of many of the songs made it hard to sometimes understand, I enjoyed the cast and admired their talent. They seemed at their best with their large group numbers but all gave solid performances.

Lyric Stage Co. Producing Artistic Director said this show cannot be extended and will conclude on Saturday, October 11th so get your tickets today.

Get Your Tickets Here