Earlier this week Sergio and I attended the SpeakEasy Stage production of Casa Valentina at the Calderwood Pavilion on Tremont Street in the South End.
The play is set in 1962 at a Catskills resort that has seen better days and centers around a group of heterosexual men who secretly gather to dress and behave like women. The funny play – and it is really very funny – gets a bit serious when they are challenged to publicly reveal their female alter-egos in the pursuit of greater political acceptance. Harvey Fierstein wrote this play and his wit is evident throughout. The SpeakEasy Stage cast does a good job delivering his sometimes caustic comments and many hilarious Oscar Wilde quotes. Sergio and I found ourselves laughing along with the audience regularly and thought this was one of the funnier performances we’ve seen this year. Tickets remain available and will run through Saturday, November 28th.
Photo by Glenn Perry
Casa Valentina Tickets and Show Information
The Welcoming Committee is hosting a takeover on Thursday, November 12th and tickets are discounted! Get them while they last here.
Casa Valentina runs for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with an intermission and is based on actual events. Tickets start at $25.
Did you miss the world premiere of the musical, Waitress, that opened at the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.)? Waitress joins a growing list of musicals opening at the A.R.T. before heading to Broadway.
Waitress opens on Broadway in March 2016 and the A.R.T. sent an email to friends and supporters last week with the chance to purchase advance tickets via Ticketmaster, but the deal closes Monday, November 2 at 9:59PM. To purchase tickets visit the fan pre-sale site for Waitress and use the fan code: SBFAN.
Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans announced their Christmas production last week and will be bringing the new musical, A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMAS, to the Ramrod Performing Arts Center in the Fenway for a limited engagement running from December 3rd through the 20th.
Featuring all new songs and dances, plenty of fabulous costumes and positively gorgeous sets, “TRANNY” is ready to fly high this December. For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website, A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMAS.
Based on actual events, Casa Valentina takes place in 1962 at a Catskills resort where a group of heterosexual men secretly gather to dress and behave like women. But when challenged to publicly reveal their female alter-egos in the pursuit of political acceptance, each must decide whether freedom is worth the risk of ruin.
Written by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), Casa Valentina is a provocative, hilarious, and touching new play about gender identity, self-acceptance, and the struggle to find the right pumps.
Casa Valentina opens this weekend and runs from October 24th – November 28th. You can read more about the production and purchase tickets from the SpeakEasy Stage Company’s website. Note that The Welcoming Committee is hosting a takeover on Thursday, November 12th and tickets are discounted! Get them while they last here.
Saturday Night / Sunday Morning cast
Opening this Friday on October 23rd, Boston’s Lyric Stage Co. presents Saturday Night / Sunday Morning, which brings together seven African-American women in a Memphis, TN beauty parlor / boarding house during the waning days of WWII. The play centers around their lives and the uncertainty they feel for their future, wondering if their men will return home safely.
Saturday Night / Sunday Morning runs from Friday, October 23rd – Saturday, November 21st. You can read more about the production and purchase tickets from the Lyric Stage Co.’s website.
Saturday Night / Sunday Morning
Actor: Christipher Hanke
Photo Credit: James Leynse
Are you heading to New York City this fall? You may want to check out a new play that takes place in 1950 called, Perfect Arrangement. The production includes Broadway and TV actor, Christopher J. Hanke and was written by Topher Payne.
Initially produced in Atlanta last year, Payne has brought his show to New York City to share with a larger audience. The biting comedy revolves around two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, who have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. The twist is that both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Perfect Arrangement is in previews but formally opens later this week, October 15th at The Duke on 42nd Street.
When asked if Payne thought the show would appeal to all audiences (not just the LGBT community) he responded in an interview in HuffingtonPost ,“Everybody knows what it is like to have a secret.”
You can find our more about this production by visiting the website, here.
The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary later this week with Year TENN: A Decade of Tennessee Williams in Provincetown, Sept. 24-27. The Festival features a collection of landmark productions and brand new plays that honor the Festival’s past and the legacy of Tennessee Williams.
For more information about the annual festival visit their website at twptown.org.