Photo by: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo
Verbal sparring dark comedy, Bad Jews, will leave you speechless
Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon and directed by Rebecca Bradshaw is currently running at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End. Set in March in a studio on the Upper West Side of NYC, this dark comedy includes four characters but really centers on two equally unlovable and selfish cousins who manipulate conversations and relationships to get their way. Don Aucoin from The Boston Globe sums it up best, “this is a dark comedy that cuts deep and draws blood.”
The key to this storyline is the amazing dialog and the speed at which it is delivered. The 110 minute play unfolds at the speed of light and leaves you gasping at the verbal spars and emotional vulnerability; manufactured or real it doesn’t seem to matter because the tension on the stage is palpable. This is one of those plays that you want to go grab a drink to discuss after you see it.
While this production must have added angst for those raised in the Jewish faith, one needn’t be Jewish to be touched (and horrified). The play is impossible to turn away from and will suck you in from the first moment to the touching final scene between Jonah and Daphna.
Bad Jews runs until Saturday, Nov. 29th – Get Your Tickets Here
SpeakEasy Stage Company’s latest production, Bad Jews, opens this weekend. Described as a seriously smart comedy about family, faith and legacy, this play has caught my attention. Tickets are already on sale and performances start this Friday, October 24th.
Learn more about the play and buy your tickets here.
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.
Elizabeth Erardi in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL.
Photo by Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to see CARRIE the musical by SpeakEasy Stage Company. I’ll admit that I didn’t know quite what to expect of a classic Stephen King novel that had been adapted into musical theater, but the cast made me a believer, and I think you’d enjoy this show as well.
Paul Melone does a fantastic job directing this New England premiere and it is definitely a worthy consideration for a date night or fun night out with friends. The cast does an impressive job and includes a number of good voices.
Do you have tickets to the show which runs through Saturday, June 7th? If not, you can purchase them here.
The SpeakEasy Stage Company’s next production, CARRIE The Musical opens this Saturday and Friday, May 16th is SpeakEasy Stage Co’s Out & About performance where you can join the cast following for a special post-show party.
Get your tickets here.
SpeakEasy Stage: THE WHALE. Photo credit: Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo
The SpeakEasy Stage Company latest production, The Whale, is an emotional two act play that runs for nearly two hours and centers around the final weeks of Charlie, a morbidly obese, gay man who lives in rural Idaho.
The struggles Charlie face in this touching play written by Samuel D. Hunter and produced at The SpeakEasy Stage Co. by David R. Gammons made me uncomfortable at times. While his fate was never in doubt, I couldn’t help but wonder what would become of the motley cast of supporting characters: Liz, his co-dependent and enabling friend; Ellie, his angry teenage daughter; Elder Thomas, the persistent Mormon missionary; and even his ex-wife, Mary.
The Whale runs through Saturday, April 5th. Get your tickets here.
The SpeakEasy Stage is offering a one day only sale for the first six performances of THE WHALE and CARRIE the musical by offering tickets regularly priced $55 – $60 for only $30.
Don’t miss this opportunity and take advantage of this great savings. Plan a fun night out with friends or someone special and help support a great local performing arts company all at the same time. Here are the details on how you can get your hands on tickets to these shows: Online tickets are available 9:00 a.m. thru Midnight at speakeasystage.com; alternatively you call the box office from Noon thru 7:00 p.m. at (617) 933-8600; or walk up to the box office from Noon thru 7:00 p.m. at 527 Tremont Street in the South End.