The 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.
Next 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.
For 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
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!
Last June I wrote the post Wicked Cool: Boston’s very own phantom opera house. The 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
Cutler Majestic Theatre
Modern Theatre at Suffolk
Wang Center of Performing Arts
Starting 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!