Tag Archives: Theater

Join me at The Donkey Show on Saturday

TheaterThis 90-minute show that takes the audience on “the ultimate disco experience” is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show occurs every Saturday night at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square, but I want you to join me this Saturday because I’ll be attending my very first Donkey Show.

Thanks to The Welcoming Committee who has worked a deal via the gay mafia, you too can score a wicked awesome discount and get tickets for as little as $20.   Enter code “TWCpineapples” and you will get a $15.00 discount (they’ll even waive the service fees).

Join me at my very first Donkey Show and Get Your Tickets Here.

Here’s a little something to get you in the mood.

SpeakEasy Stage: TRIBES

Tribes

photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

Erica Spyres and James Caverly in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of TRIBES, at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.

The SpeakEasy Stage Co. first play of their 2013-2014 season, TRIBES, opened last week, and  I had the opportunity to see a performance this past weekend. I was genuinely surprised by how touched I was and would encourage you to put this on your calendar.

British playwright and director, Nina Raine, who wrote this play is obviously incredibly talented but The SpeakEasy Stage Co. deserves credit for their production.  The staging is great and creates an intimate connection with the audience.  The cast works well together, and at different moments each of them shine without stealing the other’s spotlight.

The show centers around Billy (played by James Caverly), a deaf son born into a dysfunctional English family that certainly loves but mostly overlooks him.  I’ll admit that the story didn’t speak to me when I read about it but I’m so happy that I went to see this show and I’m confident you’ll feel the same way too.  Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the Box Office, by phone 617-933-8600 or online, SpeakEasyStage.com.

Pick ad date and order your tickets today.

Boston’s local theater scene

While there are many great national touring shows coming to Boston, there is a vibrant local theater scene too often overlooked.  I’d like to encourage you to check out one of the performances listed below.  Since tickets to these performances are much less than those national touring companies you can even afford to go out for  drinks after the show.

TheaterThe A.R.T. at The Oberon: The Donkey Show Every Saturday this show – inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream – takes audiences on what is described as the ultimate disco experienceCome party on the dance floor to  70s disco hits as the show unfolds around you.  The Oberon is located at 2 Arrow Street just outside Harvard Square.  Get Your Tickets Here

TheaterThe Lyric Stage Company: One Man, Two Guvnors This award-winning British comedy makes its New England premiere when it opens on Thursday, Sept. 6.  The production runs through October 12, but tickets will sell quickly.

The Lyric Stage Co. is located at 14o Clarendon Street in the Back Bay.  Get Your Tickets Here

The Huntington TheatreThe Huntington Theatre Company: The Jungle Book Still riding high after receiving the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, The Huntington opens their 2013-14 season with a world premiere on Sept. 7 that runs through Oct. 13.  Curious to find out more about the performance? Watch their promotional video.  The Huntington Theatre is located at 264 Huntington Ave in the Fenway. Get Your Tickets Here

New Rep TheatreNew Rep Theatre: Elephant Man The Tony award-winning drama opens on Saturday, Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 29.   The 2-hour and 15 minute play tells a deeply poignant story that addresses issues of faith, charity and asks what it means to live in a civilized society.  The New Rep is located at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Get Your Tickets Here

Bridge Repertory TheaterBridge Rep of Boston: The Libertine Boston’s newest theater company opens with their first full season on Saturday, Sept. 7 that runs for two-weeks through Sunday, Sept. 22.  The Bridge Rep performance will take place at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.  Get Your Tickets Here

TribesSpeakEasy Stage: Tribes The New England premiere of this play about a deaf man who struggles to assimilate into the hearing world until he meets a woman who introduces him to the deaf community opens on Sept. 13 and runs through Oct. 12.

Performances from the SpeakEasy Stage will take place at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.  Get Your Tickets Here

Free Shakespeare on The Common

BostonThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) free production of William Shakespeare’s play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, started this past weekend and runs through July 28th.

Free performances run from July 6 – 28

For details about performances: www.commshakes.org/performances

About The Two Gentlemen of Verona Believed to have been written in 1590 or 1591, this comedy is considered by some to be William Shakespeare’s first play. The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behavior of people in love.  More about the play may be read here.

Provincetown live performances

Well Strung will perform at the Art House in Provincetown June 30 - Sept 7

Well Strung will perform at the Art House in Provincetown June 30 – Sept 7th

One of the things I love about Provincetown is this little seaside village offers more nightly live performances than some major cities in the United States. Should you plan a trip to Ptown do yourself a favor and check out one of the many live performances that takes place every night.

What makes this all the more special is that these are not traveling productions of Broadway Shows you can see when they come through your hometown.  These are shows that are geared to the overwhelmingly gay audience that comes to support the local arts scene ranging from drag queens like Varla Jean Merman to cabaret at the Post Office.

Some shows are performed only one night a week, like The Gold Dust Orphans, Pornocchio, performed every Tuesday at 8PM at The Provincetown Theatre.  Others have shows multiple nights a week like Miss Richfield 1981 who performs at The Crown & Anchor. Then there are those special performances that take place just a couple nights in the summer like Tony Award Winner, Sutton Foster, who will perform at the Art House, for three shows only during 4th of July Week.

If you have any questions about performers or shows in Provincetown, feel free to shoot me an email. I’ll do my best to provide you with suggestions.

SpeakEasy Stage: In The Heights

speakeasy stage bostonIn The Heights, the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards, is the current production from The SpeakEasy Stage Company that opened May 10th and runs through June 16th.  The musical will grab your attention with large dance numbers set to rap and hip hop rhapsodies all set in NYC’s Latino neighborhood, Washington Heights, in the summer of 2003.  The story centers around members of this closely knit neighborhood and how their lives are entwined with the neighborhood they all call home.

Boston TheaterIf you require a bit more incentive to purchase tickets to this show, I’ll give you three reasons: Diego Klock-Perez (Usnavi) and Jorge Barranco (Sonny) who’s lives center around their barrio bodega.  Their rap and dance scenes are among the best in the show.  However, I was distracted every time the incredibly handsome actor, Jared Dixon (Benny), stepped on stage and his shirtless scene on the balcony at the opening of the second act alone makes this show worth its money, but fortunately there is more to offer than these three men and the entire cast really does deserve credit for pulling off some intricate dance and musical numbers.  This is a great date option or night out with friends.

You may purchase tickets at The Calderwood Pavilion box office on Tremont Street in the South End or by phone, 617-933-8600 or online at SpeakEasyStage.com.

Boston’s theater scene

Looking for something different to do? Make a date to check out one of the many great local theater productions currently or about to open.  Boston’s performing arts scene has a little something for everyone right now including musicals, modern classics and even a twisted childhood classic.

Gold Dust Orphans

Photo by Michael von Redlich

Pornocchio – Gold Dust Orphans (April 26 – May 26)  Sent through The Gold Dust Orphans’ glitter filled parody machine, this is a twisted take on a classic children’s fable.  Get Tickets Here

Pirates of Penzance – A.R.T. (May 10 – June 2)  Come away and enjoy this 80-minute excursion that features bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts.  Get Tickets Here.

SpeakEasy StageIn the Heights – SpeakEasy Stage (May 10 – June 8) This four-time Tony Award winning musical is set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood and uses hip hop, salsa and rap to help tell the stories of this close-knit Latin community.  Get Tickets Here.

3 Sailors – On The Town – Lyric Stage Co. (May 10 – June 8)   This musical also takes place in New York, but includes three American sailors with one day to see the sights, meet a special someone, and have the time of their lives. Get Tickets Here.

New Rep TheaterAmadeus – Amadeus -New Rep (April 28 – May 19)  Takes place in 18th-Century Europe and focuses on the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.  Get Tickets Here.

Pornocchio

Gold Dust Orphans

Photo by Michael von Redlich

Ryan Landry’s Gold Dust Orphans are back with their latest production, a musical called, Pornocchio, that opens this Friday, April 26th and runs through Sunday, May 26th before packing up and moving to Provincetown for the summer. Tickets start at $35.00 and can be reserved online here

Beowulf at the OBERON Theater

BeowulfThe OBERON Theater has been temporarily transformed into a 21st century mead hall so they may share their version of the Old English epic poem, Beowulf. For more information about this new show which opened on Tuesday and runs for the next three weeks, check out the video about the program.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased here.

Kinky Boots the musical

TheaterWhen I write about performing arts, I often intentionally overlook Broadway shows and national tours, because I want to help promote Boston’s theater scene.

However, every once in a while a new show does catch my eye and Kinky Boots the Musical, which recently opened on Broadway is one of those exceptions.  Have you heard about this new musical that has music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper?  For those who live in and visit NYC regularly, I’m curious if you have tickets and plan on seeing this show?

Hilton Als review in the New Yorker is quite positive. Als writes, “Kinky Boots”, a musical based on a 2005 movie comedy…pretty much follows the film script while emphasizing those themes that made the author’s work on 1983’s “La Cage Aux Folles,” so effective: tolerance and bravery win out over bigotry and smallness. But that was in 1983, when the conversation around queerness was less a conversation than a shouting match. Fierstein is still shouting. Not so much shouting as insisting on the hurt that comes with being different—and how life outside the status quo amounts to an act of defiance. Read the full review here.

Shakespeare on the Common

Commonwealth Shakespeare CompanySince 1996 the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) has been performing the works of Shakespeare on the Boston Common for free.  This year the CSC has announced they will perform The Bard’s comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Dates have not been confirmed but performances traditionally start the end of July.

About The Two Gentlemen of Verona:  Believed to have been written in 1590 or 1591, this comedy is considered by some to be William Shakespeare’s first play. The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behavior of people in love.  More about the play may be read here.

Ryan Landry stars in M at the Calderwood Pavilion

Ryan LandryRyan Landry is a creative tour-de-force who winters in Boston and summers in Ptown but no matter where he resides, he produces plays. But these are not your run of the mill plays. Landry’s shows are always a bit twisted, very whimsical and incredibly funny.  He recently finished a successful run with a musical staring Varla Jean Merman called Mildred Fierce and last spring and summer in Boston and Provincetown his show Mary Poppers received rave reviews.

“M” runs from March 29th – April 27th

Starting later this week, Ryan’s latest adaptation, “M” opens in the South End at the Calderwood Pavilion.  Inspired by the film by Fritz Lang, this gender-bending show takes on a new (and rather unique – I’m sure) adaptation of the film noir classic.  You may purchase tickets at the Calderwood Pavilion ticket booth during business hours, or you may buy them online here.

Theater Offensive: climACTS! Unbound 2013

Theater OffensiveEarlier this week several hundred supporters of the Theater Offensive in Boston showed up to celebrate their annual fund raiser, climACTS! at Rumor Boston. The party included entertainers, Sherry Vine, Cazwell, and Marga Gomez as well as a brief auction. Theater Offensive is reporting that the 2013 event raised more than $100,000 to support the expansion of their youth theater program True Colors: Out Youth Theater!

You can learn more about The Theater Offensive and the work they do in Boston’s performing arts community by visiting www.thetheateroffensive.org.

Improper Bostonian: Unsung heroes

theaterPick up the current issue of The Improper Bostonian’s “Spring Arts Preview”. Starting on p. 49 is Jonathan Soroff’s article, Unsung Heroesthat spotlights Boston’s local performing arts scene.

The article opens “Bostonians are spoiled. A world-class orchestra playing in one of only three acoustically perfect concert halls in the world. An equally excellent ballet. Then there are the New England and Boston conservatories, the A.R.T. and the Huntington, free Shakespeare on the Common, the Celebrity Series and pre-Broadway runs at the Shubert, the Colonial, the Cutler Majestic…”

I like his boasts, but even like his article more.  It provides glimpses into ten of Boston’s performing arts organizations that are often overlooked but very worth checking out.

climACTS! Unbound this Wednesday

ClimACTSThe Theater Offensive’s annual fundraiser ClimACTS! Unbound is later this week on Wednesday, March 20th.  This year’s fundraiser includes an incredible line up including, drag performer, Sherry Vine, as emcee and performances by New England native, Cazwell and comedienne Marga Gomez.

Purchase Your Tickets Here

More about the Theater Offensive: The Theater Offensive’s mission is to form and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community.