Category Archives: Theater

Shakespeare on the Boston Common

Shakespeare on the Common King Lear 2015The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 20th season of free Shakespeare on the Boston Common, presents one of the bard’s most famous tragedies, King Lear.

King Lear – July 22 – August 9
All performances are free and open to the public

This tragedy tells the journey of an aging king, faced with his own mortality and mental decline, who tries to secure the legacy of his kingdom by dividing it amongst his three daughters. Only through loss—of status, love and loyalty—does King Lear learn what is truly resonant at the end of a life. Mark the dates in your calendar and plan on spending an evening on the Common to catch a performance.

Jennifer Coolidge returns to Boston

Nora Theatre CompanyNext month Boston-native, Jennifer Coolidge, who I first fell in love with when Reese Witherspoon taught her the Bend and Snap in Legally Blond will be coming to Boston (well Cambridge to be exact) to take to the Nora Theatre Company’s stage in Central Square to play a liberal atheist who’s meeting her daughter’s evangelical boyfriend in the play, Saving Kitty. 

Saving Kitty opens on Thursday, July 9th and runs through Tuesday, August 2nd. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets link here.

Salem Theatre presents: The Normal Heart, June 11-27th

The Normal Heart Salem TheatreFor those of you living on the North Shore be sure to check out Salem Theatre’s latest production The Normal Heart which opens tomorrow, June 11th and runs through the 27th of this month; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20 will be a special Pride performance at 5 p.m.

Last year H.B.O. brought Larry Kramer’s ground breaking (and heart tugging) play to life with amazing performances from Mark Ruffalo, Jonathon Groff, Julia Roberts and others.  I would think this would be a powerful story to see unfold on a stage so bring your tissues and get your tickets ($25.00 / $10.00 for students).

For More information and tickets

2015 Provincetown live entertainment and shows

I love ProvincetownProvincetown has amassed an amazing collection of nightly live performances for the summer of 2015.  Tried and true talents like Varla Jean Merman and Well Strung are back with new shows at the Art House on Commercial Street, while Ryan Landry and The Gold Dust Orphans are back with one of their funniest productions ever and of course Ms. Richfield 1981 is at The Crown & Anchor.

In addition to Ptown regulars, big names are coming to perform so if you have plans to visit, try to order tickets ahead of time to see a show while you are there. Tickets to most shows sell quickly since venues are tiny. Here is a partial list of just some of the special performances and 2015 summer shows you can expect to find when you arrive in Provincetown this year.

Limited Engagements and Special Performances
July 5-7 – Jennifer Holiday at Paramount
July 11-12 – Leah Delaria at Art House
July 19 – Bernadette Peters at Town Hall
July 20 – Adam Pascal at Provincetown Theater
July 20-21 Pam Ann at Paramount
July 27-28 – Jeremy Jordan at Paramount

August 3-4 – Linda Lavin at Paramount 
August 3-8 – Sex Tips For Straight Women from Gay Men
August 10 – Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
August 16-18 Billy Porter at Paramount
August 17 – Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
August 19 – Kathy Najimy
August 20-22 – Bruce Vilanch at Provincetown Theater
August 23 – Kathy Griffin

August 31 – Sept 7 – Miss Coco Peru at Paramount
September 6 – Vanessa Williams at Town Hall

2015 Summer Performances (Check for Dates)
Bianca del Rio at Art House
Courtney Act at Art House
Designing Women meets Golden Gals at Art House
Dina Martina at Crown and Anchor
Gold Dust Orphans (Sundays only) at Provincetown Theater
Illusions Drag Revue at Crown and Anchor
Jinkx Monsoon at Art House
Kate Clinton at Crown and Anchor
Miss Richfield 1981 at Crown and Anchor
Return to Grey Gardens at Art House
Varla Jean Merman Big Black Hole at Art House
Well Strung “Summer Lovin'” at Art House

Varla Jean Merman returns to Ptown with new show: Big Black Hole!

Big Black Hole, Jeffery Roberson, Ptown, theater, drag queens, drag performers One of my favorite Provincetown performers, Varla Jean Merman, is back with a new show that starts later this month at the Art House in Ptown.

Big Black Hole!
June 28 – September 7, 2015

Boldly go where thousands of men have gone before in this hilarious new space odyssey cabaret.  Written by Jeffery Roberson & Jacques Lamarre.

Get your tickets here!

Abandoned Steinert Theater may be renovated

steinert theaterLast June I wrote the post Wicked Cool: Boston’s very own phantom opera houseThe post was about a 650 person theater called Steinert Theater, which first opened in 1896 and was famous for its impeccable acoustics, but was forced to close after Boston’s tragic Coconut Grove fire in 1942.

Last week Boston Globe writer Steve Annear wrote an article indicating that the new owners of the building that houses Steinert Hall is contemplating renovating this theater which sits 35 feet below ground at 162 Boylston Street.

Developers say the project is complicated and could take 2-3 years to renovate. Long time Boston residents will remember the same rumblings back when the Boston Opera House and Modern Theatre – both on Washington Street – were first rumored to be renovated and reopened to the public. Let’s cross our fingers and hope this can happen.  If Steinert Theatre returns to its former glory it would join 9 other Theater houses in Boston’s Theater District including:

Boston Opera House
Colonial Theater 
Charles Playhouse
Cutler Majestic Theatre
Modern Theatre at Suffolk
Paramount Theater
Shubert Theatre
Wang Center of Performing Arts
Wilbur Theatre

Golden Girls Live opens at Club Cafe June 5th

Golden Girls Live Drag Parody at Club CafeStarting next Friday, Golden Girls Live comes to Club Cafe Boston.  The 65-minute performance runs thru August 29th with two shows each week (Fridays at 8PM and Saturdays at 3PM).

The original cast from NYC in their 13th year in an All Male Drag Parody stars Peter Mac, John Mac, Peter Murphy and Jackson Phillips. Together they will entertain you with their new episode that never was “The Lost Reunion Episode” in which the girls reunite for the funeral of Dorothy’s second husband.

What a bargain: Use coupon code “moonshine” at checkout for a $20 discount!