I’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.
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.
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TWC 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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I’d like to encourage you to treat yourself to a local theater production by one of our many local companies. Boston’s local theater scene is in the middle of a Renaissance – or hadn’t you noticed?
Local theaters like the A.R.T. have raised the bar with a handful of shows that recently had their pre-Broadway run here. Their current production, Finding Neverland, will do the same but sadly tickets for this show which ends on Sunday, Sept. 28th, are nearly impossible to come by. Here are a few other options worth considering that I would strongly recommend you check out.
Boston premiere, Far from Heaven, produced by the SpeakEasy Stage Company, runs from September 12 – October 11 at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.
The Lyric Stage Co. of Boston presents the musical thriller, Sweeney Todd. Performances start this weekend on September 5th and run through October 11th at their theater in the Back Bay.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner makes his Huntington debut later this week when the Huntington Theatre opens their 2014-15 season with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner which runs through October 5th.
The Forgetting Curve is presented by one of Boston’s newest theater companies, Bridge Repertory Theatre of Boston; running from September 4-27 at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston’s South End.
Zeitgeist Stage Company presents, Bent, a story of gay persecution in Nazi Germany that is sure to send chills down your back. It runs from September 19 through October 11 in the BCA Plaza Theatre in the South End.
These are just a sampling of locally produced shows underway or soon to open. Check them out and support the local arts scene. You’ll be impressed by the caliber of talent, the variety of shows and how much more affordable these tickets are as compared to the national traveling productions playing in the Theater District.
A new summer performance opens today for a brief run that concludes on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at BU’s TheaterLab@855, at 855 Commonwealth Ave.
Written and directed by Harvard University graduate, Joe Creedon, the performance spoofs the ideologies of the Westboro Baptist Church. The musical centers on David Phelps who is questioning the hate-fuled belief system of his fundamentalist family when an outsider shakes up his life. Can /will David trust Steve Drain – the newcomer with a plan to save David? Get tickets to this show to find out. Fortunately, tickets are very affordable at $25 a seat. For more information about the show and to buy tickets link here.