Category Archives: Theater

God hates musicals: A musical parody of the Westboro Baptist Church

Ministry of theaterA 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.

Olive Another new show at The Grotta Bar

Olive AnotherOlive Another is a talented performer who you may recognize from past Ryan Landry and The Gold Dust Orphans shows.  Starting tomorrow night she will be performing her own one woman show, OLIVE ANOTHER—SHAKEN…NOT STIRRED.

Joined by the talented Billy Hough on the piano, Olive will be entertaining audiences at The Grotta Bar every Wednesday in August.  Tomorrow night is opening night for Olive. If you are in Provincetown, check out this new show and let me know what you think. I think Olive is very funny.

Doors open at The Grotta Bar at 9:45. Tickets are $15 (cash only).

Golden Gals at Art House in Ptown

The golden gals at the Art HouseEarlier this spring I mentioned that Varla Jean Merman and Ryan Landry would be teaming up this summer in Provincetown for a new show at The Art House called The Golden Gals. 

Running thru August 30th performances happen each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM.  Yours truly along with a dozen friends are going to tonight’s performance.

If you happen to be in Ptown and are heading to the show, say hello.

Get Your Tickets Here

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.