Category Archives: Theater

Loot by Joe Orton opens Friday, March 27

Hub Theatre Company of Boston, performing artsTheater doesn’t get anymore affordable than “pay-what-you-can” so no excuses for not checking out this production of Loot by the Hub Theatre Company of Boston which will run from Friday, March 27th through Sunday, April 12th at the Fist Church in Boston located at 66 Marlborough Street in the Back Bay.

Loot is an amoral, dark farce described as a tour de force of bad taste and taboos that satires the Roman Catholic Church, social attitudes towards death, police brutality and pretty much everything in between according to the media release.

The Hub Theatre Company of Boston is one of the city’s newest production companies (founded in 2012) and they focus on helping to foster creativity among Boston’s emerging theatre artists.  All tickets are pay-what-you-can and may be purchased online via

climACTS! Wet is Thursday, March 26th

Photo Credit: Joel Benjamin

The Theater Offensive (TTO) annual FUNdraiser, climACTS! is this Thursday. Join Sergio, Me and a very fun crowd at Royale in the Theater District.  The party is being emceed by David Brown,  DJ Brent Covington will be on hand and Cuban-American performance artist Octavio Campos will impress.

climACTS! Wet is Thursday, March 26th. Get your tickets today

This year’s OUT on the Edge Award will be given to Transparent actress, Alexandra Billings.  And by attending  you will help TTO raise much needed money to continue their programming for the coming year. I guarantee that if you attend you will all but forget this winter and leave flush from all the excitement.

Get Your climACTS! 2015 Tickets Here

Big Fish from the SpeakEasy Stage opens

SpeakEasy Company, Boston, TheaterLast week The SpeakEasy Stage Company opened with their latest musical, Big Fish.  The title may sound familiar because Tim Burton made a film based on the story that starred Ewan McGregor in 2003.  The SpeakEasy Stage Company musical focuses on the relationship between a father (Edward Bloom) and his son (Will Bloom) which has become strained in recent years.  Both look to make peace with each other after the father’s health declines but will they reconcile in time?

Big Fish March 13 – April 11 – Get Your Tickets Here

The 2.5 hour musical has two acts with an intermission.  While the second act is much more emotional, it was my favorite part of the show and more than a little touching.  The final scenes had both Sergio and I silently groping for the tissues I had in my coat pocket.

Big Fish runs through April 11th at the Calderwood Theater in the South End.  For more information or to purchase tickets click on the link above.

Join me at TTO’s climACTS! on March 26th

Joel BenjaminPhoto Credit: Joel Benjamin

The Theater Offensive (TTO) annual FUNdraiser, climACT! is in two weeks.  This may be one of the edgiest fundraisers you can attend in Boston.  TTO celebrates the rich diversity of queer lives through provocative themes and performances each year at their climACT! fundraiser.

Last year’s climACTS! included a male acrobat, the very handsome Ricardo Rodriguez in nothing more than suspenders and a cake (watch the video below) and a Maverick Men auction unlike any other you’ve seen in Boston before.  Help TTO raise much needed money and join me at this year’s program. I can guarantee that you will all but forget this winter and will leave flush from all the excitement.

Get Your climACTS! 2015 Tickets Here

Funds raised will support The Theater Offensive’s programming. Click here for more information about The Theater Offensive.

Thoroughly Muslim Millie opens April 9th

Ryan Landry, Gold Dust Orphans, Boston TheaterRyan Landry and his cohorts of Theater Misfits A.K.A. Gold Dust Orphans will perform their spring production of Thoroughly Muslim Millie. In just four weeks time, April 9th, is opening night at the Ramrod Performing Arts Center on Boylston Street in Fenway.

About Thoroughly Muslim Millie: A young girl from a Canadian convent is thrust across the border into the Middle East and straight into the arms of the Prince of Persia!  Watch this musical parody explode across the stage with big splashy songs, tap dancing Talibans, and bawdy “Burqa Ladies”.  Thoroughly Muslim Millie features all your Orphan favorites, including: Ryan Landry, Penny Champayne, Olive Another, Liza Lott and Delta Miles.

Thoroughly Muslim Millie runs from April 9th – May 10th get your tickets here.

SpeakEasy Stage presents Big Fish

SpeakEasy Stage, theater, boston theater, boston artsLater this week Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage will present Big Fish at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.   The 2.5 hour musical is based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the 2003 Tim Burton film that starred Ewan McGregor.

Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman whose larger-than-life stories of epic adventures delight those around him; except for his pragmatic son, Will.  As Edward’s health begins to fail and Will learns that he is about to become a father, Will sets out to discover his family’s real story by seeking the truth behind his Dad’s tall tales.

Big Fish March 13 – April 11 – Get Your Tickets Here

I look forward to seeing the show and hearing from those of you who see Big Fish. Support Boston’s local theater and arts scene by attending one or more cultural / arts events each month.  If it has been a while since attending a local theater company production or visiting one of Boston’s many cultural venues, consider seeing Big Fish or feel free to reach out to me for suggestions for ideas.

Support Boston’s local theater scene

Contemplating what to do this weekend?  Check out Boston’s local theater scene. There are so many great shows and they are a fraction of the cost of the national productions that come on tour to Boston for a few weeks.  Here is a partial list of local theater company productions you may want to check out.

Zeitgeist Stage CompanyThe Big Meal – Zeitgeist Stage Company
BCA Plaza Black Box Theater in Boston’s South End
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Set in a quintessential American restaurant, entire lives whiz by for a modern family whose life and loves are short-order fare. From birth to that inevitable last course a multi-generational potluck of characters live life’s major and minor moments around the dinner table.  NoteThe Big Meal closes on Saturday, March 7.

Lyric Stage Company, Boston theaterIntimate Apparel – Lyric Stage Company
Lyric Stage Theater on Clarendon Street in Back Bay
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A loving and evocative portrait of Esther, an independent but lonely African American seamstress in early 20th-century Manhattan who earns a living sewing exquisite lingerie for wealthy socialites uptown, and women of ill repute downtown.  When Esther receives a letter from a stranger who is laboring on the Panama Canal, she begins a long-distance courtship with him, only to discover that he is not all that he seems.  Disillusioned but unbroken, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing machine to refashion her dreams from the cloth of her life’s experiences.  Note: Intimate Apparel closes on Saturday, March 14.

Nora Theatre CompanyGrounded – The Nora Theatre Company
Central Square Theater
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A hot-shot fighter pilot’s career in the skies, “alone in the blue,” is ended by an unexpected pregnancy. Reassigned to a windowless trailer in the desert outside Las Vegas, by day, she hunts down terrorists, her face lit by the dull grey glow of a drone’s monitor. At night, she returns to her domestic life with husband and daughter. As she tracks a high-profile target half a world away, the pressure mounts. Note: Grounded closes on Saturday, March 22.

Support Boston’s local theater scene by attending a performance.  These shows are just a sampling of local theater company productions currently underway.