Tag Archives: Theater

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.

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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they mesmerized me with their show, Green Eyes, a Tennessee Williams erotic drama originally written in the 1970s and unpublished for nearly 40 years that they staged in a suite at the Ames Hotel.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.

Wicked cool: Boston’s very own phantom opera house

Phantom Opera House in Boston

Source: Greig Lamont (c) Project of Ruins

Did you know that Boston has its own phantom of the opera; 120 year old concert theater that is 40 feet below street level? This concert hall below the iconic Steinert & Sons storefront on Boylston Street has been closed for nearly three-quarters of a century.

The “acoustically perfect” theater built by Alexander Steinert seated 650 people.  Apparently world-renowned pianists and opera singers performed here up through 1942 when nearly 500 died in Boston at the notorious Cocoanut Grove. Following that tragedy subterranean spaces like Steinert Hall became subject to strict fire regulations and was forced to close.

Read more about this fascinating space and check out The Boston Globe video, here.

 

 

Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig at Tonys 2014

If you missed the Tonys this past Sunday, you missed a great show. Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig singing ‘Sugar Daddy’ just might have been my absolute favorite moment.  Check out the clip.

Tony Awards tonight at 8PM

Broadway, Tony's, I’m not a fan of most award shows.  Once the red carpet is over, I find them tedious and fraught with actors inexperienced performing in front of a live audience and / or musicians incapable of singing live.  With the exception of seeing a gaffe – John Travolta introducing “Adeem Azel” at the Oscars or Kendall Jenner’s pathetic attempt to read from her cue card at the Billboard Music Awards – I find them a bore.

However, I always LOVE the Tony’s. I know it is a cliche to have a gay man raving about Broadway, but this show entertains every year because Broadway stars have impeccable comedic timing, they are comfortable performing in front of a live audience, and most of them can sing and dance so be sure not to miss The Tony’s tonight – I promise that you’ll love it.

Mr. Teddy opens at Club Cafe

Mr Teddy Play

Source: Smartguy Productions Inc.

Mr. Teddy is a full length play produced by a new LGBTQ theater company in Boston called Smartguy Productions Inc.  Sergio and I are going to attend Friday’s show at Club Cafe, but tonight is opening night.  Mr. Teddy will run through June 13th at Club Cafe. Tickets are available for shows on June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 at 8PM and June 15 matinee show at 3PM.

Get Your Tickets Here

About Mr. Teddy: Alec, Mark and Teddy found true love two years ago when Alec brought Teddy home for a three way and Teddy never left.  Like everyone, Teddy comes with some baggage, namely a Teddy Bear and a desire to call Marc and Alec his “Daddies”.  All is bliss until Alec’s friend, Allison, insists that Teddy is suffering delayed development and he must be pushed to grow up and leave his Daddies behind if he is ever to find true happiness.  Patrick, a friend of all three men, finally sees his chance to steal Teddy away for himself. The resulting confrontations have explosive consequences for everyone involved.

Broadway in Provincetown

Broadway ProvincetownAre you planning a trip to Provincetown this summer and do you love Broadway musicals?  You may want to mark your calendars and call while tickets remain to this Broadway Series that includes names like Liza Minnelli (sorry that show has sold out), Carol Channing, Linda Eder as well as Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie and Faith Prince.

Check out The Crown & Anchor’s 2014 Summer line up and purchase your tickets to one of these amazing shows HERE.

Tickets to Mr. Teddy on sale now

Smartguy ProductionsMr. Teddy is a full length play being produced by a new LGBTQ theater company in Boston called Smartguy Productions Inc.  This is their first full length play. It explores the dynamics of three gay men who have decided to make a family with each other.

Tickets are available for shows on June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 at 8PM and June 15 matinee show at 3PM.

Get Your Tickets Here

About Mr. Teddy: Alec, Mark and Teddy found true love two years ago when Alec brought Teddy home for a three way and Teddy never left.  Like everyone, Teddy comes with some baggage, namely a Teddy Bear and a desire to call Marc and Alec his “Daddies”.  All is bliss until Alec’s friend, Allison, insists that Teddy is suffering delayed development and he must be pushed to grow up and leave his Daddies behind if he is ever to find true happiness.  Patrick, a friend of all three men, finally sees his chance to steal Teddy away for himself. The resulting confrontations have explosive consequences for everyone involved.

climACTS! Bold – May 19th

Theater Offensive BostonI’ve been writing about The Theater Offensive’s fundraiser, climACTS! BOLD, and now the event is practically here.

Will you be attending this fantastic party to benefit The Theater Offensive? Say hello if you see me (and thank you in advance for posing for a photo).  This year’s special guest is musician and Broadway star, Billy Porter, currently playing the Kinky Boots role of Lola on Broadway.

VIP and General Admission tickets remain available.

Tickets to climACTS! BOLD
Monday, May 19 at the Wilbur Theater
6:00 PM VIP/Sponsor Reception 7:00 PM General Admission

Beary Poppins at The Crown in Ptown

Bear Week ProvincetownBear Week 2014 is going to be a very fun place to be.  Will you be going? You may want to check out this brand new show during Bear Week, featuring Peter C. Bisuito at The Crown. Tickets (with service fee) are a very reasonable $22.

Get Yer Tickets Here

 

Theater Offensive: climACTS! BOLD

The Theater OffensiveEarlier this month I wrote about The Theater Offensive’s fundraiser, climACTS! BOLD. The event now takes place in less than a month at the Wilbur Theater on May 19th, and I wanted to encourage supporters of this great organization to mark the date and consider attending.  This year’s special guest is musician and Broadway star, Billy Porter, currently playing the Kinky Boots role of Lola on Broadway.

Tickets to climACTS! BOLD
Monday, May 19 at the Wilbur Theater
6:00 PM VIP/Sponsor Reception 7:00 PM General Admission

Last year The Theater Offensive’s party theme “Unbound” featured gay rapper/singer, Cazwell, and drag sensation, Sherry Vine.  Check out all the fun from last year’s event.

Theater Offensive: climACTS! BOLD

The Theater OffensiveThe Theater Offensive’s big fundraiser, climACTS! BOLD, will take place at the Wilbur Theater on May 19th. This year’s special guest is musician and Broadway star, Billy Porter, currently playing the Kinky Boots role of Lola on Broadway.

Get your tickets to climACTS! BOLD HERE!
Monday, May 19 at the Wilbur Theater
6:00 PM VIP/Sponsor Reception 7:00 PM General Admission

Each spring The Theater Offensive hosts their annual “climACTS!” event.  Last year the party theme “Unbound” featured gay rapper/singer, Cazwell, and drag sensation, Sherry Vine.  Check out the video from last year’s event. The Theater Offensive’s mission is to present the diversity of the LGBT community through art to help break through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and help build a more thriving community. If you cannot attend this year’s event but would like to support the organization make a donation here.