Category Archives: Theater

Brokelahomo! returns to Boston for two shows

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Brokelahomo plays two shows in Boston before heading to New York City

Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans return to Boston this weekend for two shows of their musical, Brokelahomo. Following the shows, Ryan and his cast will pack up and head to Theatre 80 St. Marks for four shows in New York City.

THE STORY: Brokelahomo is a town in trouble. Overrun by dirty, outlaw gays, the few law abiding citizens left must spend their days dodging bullets, putting out church fires and fearing for their pets lives. That is until a heterosexual is sent for. Enter Dusty Rhodes, the unlikely hero of this far out fable set in the groovy 1880s! Will Dusty clean up the town? Or will the gay cattle rustlers and homo hoodlums head him off at the pass?

BOSTON SHOWS:  Saturday, October  13th at 7:30PM and Sunday, October 14th at 5:00PM at the Ramrod Performing Arts Centre. Buy Your Tickets Here.

NYC SHOWS: The Gold Dust Orphans are set to present four shows of their summer hit, BROKELAHOMO! at Theatre 80 St. Marks (80 St. Marks Place in the East Village of NYC), opening October 19th! Buy Your Tickets Here.

Two thumbs up for SpeakEasy Stage production of Between Riverside and Crazy

bosarts, boston theater, speakeasy stageEarlier this week Sergio and I were able to see the first play for the SpeakEasy Stage 2018/2019 season, Between Riverside and CrazyThe story centers on a retired NYC police cop, “Pops” who lives in a rent controlled apartment on Riverside Drive and has a cast of colorful personalities who bring more than a little drama and humor to the stage.

This play won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama, but I would  consider it more of a dark comedy. Issues like race, addiction and affordable housing are woven into the story, but the writer, Stephen Adly Guirgis, regularly made me laugh by lines delivered by Octavia Chavez-Richmond who plays the character “Lulu”.

Check out this contemporary play and let me know what you think. Performances run through Saturday, October 13th at the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston’s South End, and tickets remain available for shows this week.

Between Riverside and Crazy

SpeakEasy Stage presents Between Riverside and Crazy

bosarts, boston theater, speakeasy stageOn Friday, September 14th one of my favorite Boston theater companies, The SpeakEasy Stage, will open their 2018 / 2019 season with the play Between Riverside and Crazy. Tickets remain available for the opening weekend and the 2 hour and 10 minute play will run through Saturday, October 13th.

Between Riverside and Crazy
More Info & Tickets Here

The two hour and ten minute play is 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.

The SpeakEasy Stage has pulled together a seasoned cast led by Tyrees Allen who’s Broadway credits include Amonasro in the original Broadway Company of Aida, and Westmoreland in the revival of Henry IV at Lincoln Center. The cast also includes Alejandro Simoes, who I had a bit of a crush on when he joined the SpeakEasy Stage in their 2017 spring production of Grand Concourse.

Tickets to Between Riverside and Crazy start at $25, making it a great date option for someone special or just a special night with friends. Show your love for Boston’s arts scene and plan an evening to see this show. Sergio and I will be there Wednesday, September 19th but the production runs through Saturday, October 13th.

Boston theater companies new fall shows

BosArts, American Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage, Lyric Stage Company, Huntington Theater, Zeitgeist Stage, Central Square Theater, Emerson TheaterSeptember 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.

ZEITGEIST STAGE
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.

ARTS EMERSON
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.

Shakespeare on the Common opens with Richard III

bosarts, boston theater, shakespeareIt is opening night for The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. This year the CSC will present Richard III with performances running through Sunday, August 5th. Performances take place Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with a 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5th.

Richard III
July 18 – August 5, 2018
FREE and open to the public

csc, commonwealth shakespeare company, boston theater, bosartsThe image above shows the location of the theater production on the Boston Common. I suggest arriving early to ensure you can be within sight of the stage. When I attend, I like to make a quick stop at the Roche Bros in Downtown Crossing to stock up on snacks and drinks – food is available on the Common but options are somewhat limited.

Need a quick overview of this Machiavellian monarch Shakespeare dedicates an entire play to? Here is a quick recap of Richard III (as told by Shakespeare).

Shakespeare takes over the Boston Common

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Photo from OffWestEnd.com

One week from today The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) will once again host their annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. Opening night will be Wednesday, July 18th and performances will run through Sunday, August 5th. Performances take place Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with a 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5th.

Richard III
Directed by Steven Maler
July 18 – August 5, 2018
FREE and open to the public

csc, commonwealth shakespeare company, boston theater, bosartsThe image above shows the location of the theater production on the Boston Common. I suggest arriving early to ensure you can be within sight of the stage. When I attend, I like to make a quick stop at the Roche Bros in Downtown Crossing to stock up on snacks and drinks – food is available on the Common but options are somewhat limited.

Need a quick overview of this Machiavellian monarch Shakespeare dedicates an entire play to? Here is a quick recap of Richard III (as told by Shakespeare).

Hub Theatre Boston presents, The Taming

queer theater, fringe theater boston, hub theatre company, Laura GundersonWhat happens when a beauty queen, a right-wing politician and a liberal activist are locked in a hotel room on the eve of the Miss America pageant? The Taming by Lauren Gunderson, which is inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, provides audiences with a satirical skewering of modern American politics that will leave you laughing out loud.

Tickets for The Taming at Club Cafe

The production plays at Club Cafe, beginning on Friday, July 13th with performances Thursday through Sunday each week until it closes on Saturday, July 28th. Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $20.00.