September brings back more than tens of thousands of students to Boston. Most of Boston’s local theater companies return with new productions and this year local theater companies have an impressive line up with some productions already underway.
It is great to see traveling Broadway shows and other national tours that come to Boston, but it is the local theater companies that are the lifeblood of Boston’s theater scene. These companies are so worthy of your patronage so consider attending one or more of these productions this fall.
THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER
The Black Clown || August 31 – September 23
This is a world premiere musical theater experience that fuses vaudeville, gospel, opera and jazz to bring Langston Hughes’ verse to life onstage and animate a Black man’s resilience against a legacy of oppression. More Info Here.
THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE (at the Calderwood Pavilion)
The Niceties || August 31 – October 6
A black student and white professor meet to discuss a paper about slavery’s role in the American Revolution. A polite conversation becomes a powder keg of race, history, and power, and neither woman will ever be the same. More Info Here.
THE LYRIC STAGE CO.
Kiss of the Spider Woman || August 31 – October 7
Cellmates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough Argentine revolutionary and Molina is an unapologetic homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina escapes from the terrifying reality of prison life by sharing his fantasies about a mysterious 1940s movie star who takes on the role of a Spider Woman who can kill with a kiss. More Info Here.
CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER
Truth Values || September 12 – 23
A humorous exploration of the world of elite mathematics, Truth Values speaks to the challenges women face in math and science at a time when, finally, people are listening. More Info Here.
Vicuña || September 14 – October 6
A tailor to the wealthy, powerful, and famous struggles to serve a very unusual client: a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star who—to everyone’s surprise—becomes a major party’s nominee for President. As the election spins out of control, the tailor and his apprentice are forced to examine their roles as confidants and image-makers for the candidate. More Info Here.
SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY
Between Riverside and Crazy || September 14 – October 13
A dark urban comedy that explores the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to move on. In an effort to hang on to one of Manhattan’s last great rent-stabilized apartments, ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington does battle with a dazzling array of outlandish characters, each one a celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature. More Info Here.
Hamnet || September 20 – October 7
William Shakespeare had one son, Hamnet, who died at the age of 11 without ever really knowing his famous father. This tour-de-force performance confronts what it means (and costs)to be great, and how living in the shadow of that greatness can keep one in the dark. More Info Here.
THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE (at the Avenue of the Arts)
Sherlock’s Last Case || September 28 – October 28
Take a trip to Baker Street with the legendary Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to solve the seemingly perfect crime. When a threat is made against Holmes’ life by the son of his longtime nemesis, Moriarty, not everything is as it appears. The game’s afoot with equal parts hilarity and intrigue in the long-overdue Boston premiere of this murderously funny comedy-thriller. More Info Here.
These are just a sampling of locally produced shows underway or soon to open. Support the local arts scene. You’ll be impressed by the caliber of talent, variety of shows and how affordable the tickets are.