Boston’s local theater scene

While there are many great shows coming to Boston from theater companies touring the United States, there is a vibrant local theater scene too often overlooked.  While I can’t list all that Boston offers, I’ve listed five productions that have caught my attention and hope to see.

Boston TheaterOther Desert Cities at Lyric Stage Company,  Jan. 4th thru Feb. 2nd Tickets Here

33 Variations is about a mother coming to terms with her daughter and a composer coming to terms with his genius.  Separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that transcends the boundaries of time.  The play takes place both in present day and in Beethoven’s time, switching back and forth between New York City to Bonn, Germany and Vienna, Austria.

Boston TheaterInvisible Man at The Huntington Theatre Jan. 4th thru Feb. 3rd   Tickets Here

The Invisible Man is a play based on the 1952 novel by Ralph Ellison. The production addresses many of the social issues facing African-Americans in the first part of the 20th century.  The Huntington’s Artistic Director, Peter DuBois, shares more about the production here.

Marry Me a LittleMarry Me A Little at The New Repertory Theatre  Jan. 6th thru Jan. 27th   Tickets Here

Marry Me A Little  from the NewRep is an updated take on Sondheim’s charming musical revue—and on modern-day marriage.Through spoken word and song, lonely New York singles fantasize romantic adventures, join in emotional conflict, and question the commitment of marriage.

Boston TheaterOther Desert Cities at The SpeakEasy Stage  Jan. 11th thru Feb. 9th          Tickets Here

Other Desert Cities tells the story of a family where secrets are currency and everyone is rich. Brooke Wyeth, a once promising young novelist, comes home after a 6-year absence for Christmas in Palm Springs, but festivities are short-lived, when Brooke announces she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a tragic event in the family’s history.

Boston theaterMildred Fierce by The Gold Dust Orphans Feb. 7th thru Mar. 17    Tickets Here

Mildred Fierce is Ryan Landry’s latest musical, inspired by the Joan Crawford film, Mildred Pierce.  This production will star Varla Jean Merman as Mildred and will be performed at the Ramrod Performing Arts Center as Ryan likes to call it but is probably better known as downstairs at Machine Nightclub.

Want to see what other shows are opening in Boston later this month? Check out The Phoenix which has a more complete listing here.


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