Last week the Ogunquit Playhouse opened their 83rd summer season with the popular musical, Sister Act, which will run through Saturday, June 20th. The 2 hour and 30 minute show with one intermission has received strong reviews from local papers and feedback from friends who saw the show over the weekend has been positive. Should you be planning a trip to Ogunquit in the coming weeks, I’d suggest you check out the production. If you go, please let me know your thoughts as I won’t have the opportunity to see this production.
For more information about this show, to purchase tickets and to see what other shows will be coming to the Ogunquit Playhouse this summer link here.
Earlier this week Boston’s Lyric Stage Company opened with their final show of the season, an hilarious backstage comedy with an all-star cast of Boston’s brightest and best comedians. Set at the Ritz-Carlton Boston, Light Up the Sky is a backstage comedy about the colorful artists involved in breathing life into a Broadway-bound play and that moment of anticipation and terror just before an audience sees it for the very first time. You will meet the grand, charismatic leading lady, hopeful young playwright, high-strung director, boorish producer, and the leading lady’s eccentric mother. Light Up the Sky runs from May 15 — June 13, 2015. For more information about the show and to buy tickets, link here.
SpeakEasy Stage Company’s latest play is Terry McNally’s 2014 Tony Nominee for best play, Mothers & Sons. The 1oo minute perfomance is powerfully touching and may be my favorite play this season from a Boston theater company.
This play is going to speak directly to the LGBT community in a powerful way as the rapid fire dialog between Katharine Gerard and her late son’s partner, Cal, verbally spar as they walk down a painful memory lane. What separates this play from many that address AIDS is that it takes place in present day in Cal’s Manhattan apartment. While Katharine Gerard retains many of her prejudices about homosexuality, she is forced to face how life has changed as she meets Cal’s husband Will Ogden and their inquisitive son, Bud. The show is filled with hilarious quips most often delivered by Katharine Gerard (played by Nancy Carroll). My favorite is when she insists, “Andre wasn’t gay when he came to New York,” Lines like this are interspersed through out the show lightening moments and offering surprising chuckles.
Mothers & Sons opened last week and runs through June 6, 2015 – closing one week prior to Boston Pride. I’d strongly recommend making this a date night with your significant other or with a band of your friends. The play is touching and will evoke emotions for those enough to remember the AIDS Crisis and insight into that struggle for those born after it.
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Sh*t-faced Shakespeare, by Magnificent Bastard Productions, is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely sh*t-faced cast member.
Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show has entertained over 35,000 eager theatre goers across the UK. Having successfully completed multiple sell-out runs of the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, Sh*t-faced Shakespeare is now performing at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville.
The one hour performances run through June 28th. Don’t miss out.
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More big names keep announcing shows in Provincetown this summer. Earlier this week it was shared that on Monday (during Carnival Week), August 17th
Ferris Bueller Matthew Broderick and Cary Bradshaw Sarah Jessica Parker will perform two shows at 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host as part of his inaugural Broadway @ Town Hall series.
According to the release, Broderick and Parker have not appeared together on stage for nearly two decades since the Broadway revival of “How To Succeed…” For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006.
Thursday, May 8th is opening night for SpeakEasy Stage Company’s latest play, Mothers & Sons, a timely and touching new play about love, loss, and family, written by Terrence McNally. This 2014 Tony Nominee for Best Play, follows Dallas matriarch Katharine Gerard on a sudden trip to New York to meet with her late son’s former partner Cal, who is now married to another man and raising a young son. Katherine Gerard who is still coping with the loss and of her son is challenged by Cal to consider the life her son might have led and how society has changed around her.
I have been waiting for this show all season since SpeakEasy Stage Co. first announced this in their 2014-15 line up. I fully expect I’ll need to bring Kleenex to get through some scenes but will power through all the same and I hope you will too. This is the New England premiere from one of Boston’s best theater companies.
Get your tickets today. Mothers & Sons runs from May 8 – June 6, 2015.
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Earlier this week ArtsEmerson announced they would host an open house 2015-2016 Season Preview event on Thursday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Emerson / Paramount Center (located at 559 Washington Street). The event is free and open to the public with reservation by calling 617.824.8400 or by clicking here.
Guests will be able to tour the Emerson / Paramount Center facilities, hear from ArtsEmerson’s new leaders, and enjoy performances by some of next season’s artists. For more information visit www.artsemerson.org.