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Boston’s local theater scene: Check out one of these shows

Local theater companies have some excellent plays and musicals opening over the next few weeks, starting with Lyric Stage Company’s latest production, VIRGINIA WOOLF’S ORLANDO, which opens this Friday.

For those looking for a modern day gay-themed show, be sure to check out the  Zeitgeist Stage Company’s new show, STEVE, which is about two longtime partners raising their son with a surrogate.

Boston’s local theater scene continues to enjoy a Renaissance of sorts so take advantage of the talent (and much more affordable prices at these local theater companies). Make a date night with that significant other or encourage a group of friends to start the night by catching a show before heading out for drinks.

lyric stage company, bosarts, theaterRunning February 23 – March 25th: Lyric Stage Company’s latest production, VIRGINIA WOOLF’S ORLANDO, is a joyful romance of gender roles. Orlando the man wakes up, after a particularly wild night in 17th-century Constantinople, to find himself a woman! She abandons herself to three centuries of navigating love, desire, and the world from an entirely different perspective.

Central Square Theater, bosarts, theaterRunning March 1 – April 1st: The Central Square Theater next production, GUARDS AT THE TAJ is set in India in 1648. For two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn’s first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship, and duty. The dark comedy examines two average men who get swept up in the beauty, carnage, and zealotry surrounding one of the wonders of the world.

zeitgeist theatre, bosarts, theaterRunning March 2 – 24th: Zeitgeist Stage Company’s new show, STEVE, is about two longtime partners raising their son with a surrogate. The couple are doing their best not to feel confined by their newfound domesticity, but a casual case of sexting sets off a series of questions and recriminations. The play holds up a clear but compassionate mirror to anyone who’s been part of a post-passion long-term relationship and started to question what now?

SpeakEasy Stage, bosarts, theaterRunning March 2 – 31st: SpeakEasy Stage Company’s latest production, EVERY BRILLIANT THING, is a one-woman show, that starts with a young girl’s focus on things that make life worth living to try and ease her mother’s depression. As she ages the list grows and she learns the deep significance the list has on her own life, as she goes to college, falls in love, and builds a home.

NewRep Theatre, bosarts, theaterRunning March 17 – April 8th: NewRep Theatre in Watertown latest production THE BAKELITE MASTERPIECE opens a the end of WWII with artist Han van Meegeren sitting in a prison cell accused of selling a long-lost Vermeer to the Nazis. A crime tantamount to treason, van Meegeren contends that the painting was a forgery, which he skillfully produced and aged with a special treatment of the plastic known as Bakelite. Now he must create another masterpiece in front of his jailer, art historian Geert Piller, to save his life. The Bakelite Masterpiece is a dynamic and compelling Boston-area premiere from playwright Kate Cayley.

NewRep Theatre presents Lonely Planet

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NewRep Theatre: Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

The NewRep Theater located in Watertown currently has a show getting a lot of attention called, Lonely Planet, which tells the story of two friends during the height of the AIDS epidemic in America. The play has been revived as part of the NewRep’s 2017-2018 season, which is focused on the theme of resilience.

While AIDS is no longer a death sentence the stigma remains and the virus continues to impact gay men and communities of color disproportionately. Lonely Planet asks the audience to look beyond the virus, that has killed more than 35 million people, and focus on community and compassion. The two-hour play  centered on the friendship between Carl and Jody provides an interesting and sometimes humorous contrast between the two as they struggle to make sense of a virus that is ravaging their community.

The play opened on February 3rd and runs through March 4th. Tickets remain for most shows.

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Moulin Rouge opens at The Colonial in June

bosarts, Emerson Colonial, Colonial TheaterA world-premiere musical stage adaptation of the film “Moulin Rouge”, opens in  Boston this summer before heading to Broadway. Tickets went on sale to the general public this past weekend is certain to sell out if it hasn’t already so if you’re interested in seeing the show, don’t dally and order your tickets today.

The long dormant Colonial Theater, which closed in October 2015 will reopen after undergoing a spectacular renovation, bringig the 100+ year theater back to its former glory thanks to a significant investment from Emerson College. BosArts, boston theaterShown above is a rendering from London-based Ambassador Theatre Group & Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects of what the remodeled 1,700 seat theater will look like when it opens to the public this June. With the reopening of The Colonial Boston’s historic theater district will once again have nine theaters hosting performances.

Lyric Stage Co’s, Road Show

Stephen SondheimLooking for a date night suggestion for a friend who loves musicals? Perhaps you’d like to check out The Lyric Stage Company’s latest production, Road Show.  The Sondheim musical made its New England debut when it opened at the Lyric Stage Co. earlier this month and it runs through February 11th.

Road Show was inspired by a New Yorker article Stephen Sondheim read about the real-life Mizner brothers, Addison and Wilson, who were born in California in the late 1800s. Beginning at the deathbed of their father who encourages them to go out and mold the new nation, the musical spans the globe from the Klondike gold rush to India, Hawaii, Guatemala, New York, and eventually the real-estate boom of Boca Raton, Florida. Over 40 years, the brothers seek out the amorphous and elusive American Dream through the booms and busts of the early 20th century, with bouts of brotherly love and hate. The musical travelogue takes a close look at the optimism and opportunism of the time through the lens of two ambitious, eccentric, and charming individuals.

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Shakespeare In Love will make you smile and laugh

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Shakespeare in Love || Photo by Nile Hawver / Nile Scott Shots

Set in the larger and more comfortable Wimberly Theater at the Calderwood Pavilion, SpeakEasy uses the stage brilliantly to recreate a 16th Century theater in London that effectively transitions from playhouse to bar to bedroom with the same ease as the co-leads who portray their parts. Lead roles are played by the handsome Netwon native George Olesky and the beautiful Jennifer Ellis who I loved in SpeakEasy’s spring 2017 production of The Bridges of Madison County.

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Shakespeare in Love || Photo by Nile Hawver / Nile Scott Shots

The play is rife with witty lines that reference Shakespeare plays and funny scenarios; like in the beginning of the play depicting the Bard as suffering from writer’s bloc and incapable of writing even a sonnet until he unwittingly meets his Juliet. One needn’t be a fan of Shakespeare to appreciate the humor anymore than one needed to know it to enjoy the movie, but it certainly did make me laugh hearing famous lines turned on their head like using one of Lady MacBeth’s most guilt-ridden lines as a humorous punch line for a dog.

Tickets to see Shakespeare In Love are reasonably priced with tickets starting at $25.00. Performances run Wednesday thru Sunday until February 10th.

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Sound like a great show but don’t live in Boston? The SpeakEasy Stage joins fourteen other theater companies in the United States, that have productions of this comedy in their 2017 / 2018 season, making Shakespeare In Love the most produced show in the country so check your local theater companies – who knows? Perhaps a production of this comedy is taking place nearby.

Lyric Stage Co. presents Stephen Sondheim’s, Road Show

boston theater, bosartsLater this week The Lyric Stage Co. returns with their first production of 2018, Road Show. The show is inspired by a New Yorker article Stephen Sondheim read about the Mizner brothers, Addison and Wilson, who were born in California in the late 1800s. The show opens at the deathbed of their father who encourages the brothers to go out and mold the new nation. The musical spans the globe as the brothers seek out the amorphous and elusive American Dream through the booms and busts of the early 20th century.

Road Show
January 12 – February 11, 2018
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Menopausal Mermaid opens Thursday at Club Cafe

gay boston, boston drag theaterLooking for something different? Later this week a new show opens at Club Cafe’s Moonshine Room called, The Menopausal Mermaid: A drag parody reimagined! The show is described as a kaleidoscope of fantastic drag, sexy sailors and outrageous costumes.

The show opens with a slightly wiser (and peeved) version of Ariel than the Disney production presents. Feeling betrayed by Eric and cursed by Ursula, Ariel is ready to kick ass in this 90-minute musical parody that picks up where the Disney fairy tale left off.  Tired of playing by the rules, Ariel reinvents herself, and along the way she takes on love, fame and Walt Disney.

gay boston, fringe theater, bosartsThe Menopausal Mermaid: A drag parody reimagined!
Thursday thru Sunday || January 11 – March 25, 2018
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Tell your friends and get tickets while they last. Tickets to this show (including service fees are just $32 and change.