Category Archives: Theater

Tea at Five (pre-Broadway run final weeks)

bosarts, boston theaterHead over to the Huntington Theatre to see Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway portray an aging Katharine Hepburn in the pre-Broadway premiere of the acclaimed play Tea at Five!

Ensconced in her Fenwick home, Dunaway depicts a now retired Hepburn reflecting on her turbulent childhood, unlikely rise to stardom and heart-breaking 27 year affair with Spencer Tracy. Don’t miss this legendary actress in an unforgettable performance in Boston.

The show, which opened last month is in its final weeks but a few seats remain. I’ll be checking out this show with the Hollywood icon portraying one of my all-time favorite actresses, Katharine Hepburn later tonight. Have you seen the show? Let me know your thoughts. If not, learn more about the show below.

Tea at Five (pre-Broadway premiere)
Playing now through July 14th
More information & tickets here

Shakespeare on the Common presents Cymbeline

Commonwealth Shakespeare CompanyThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will return in less than a month with their annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. This year’s production of Cymbeline will start in approximately three weeks opening on Wednesday, July 17th and running through Sunday, August 4th with performances taking place Tuesday–Saturday at 8PM, Sundays at 7PM with the exception of hosting  a 3PM matinee on Saturday, August 3rd.

Free Shakespeare on the CommonPerformances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM & Sundays at 7PM
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About Cymbeline: Shakespeare’s mystical dramedy Cymbeline chronicles the fates of King Cymbeline and his family through a journey of deception, intrigue and separation. The king’s daughter Imogen (one of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines) is swept into a nearly mythic realm of mistaken identities, twists and turns in the all-consuming quest for true love. According to Wikipedia, the play deals with the themes of innocence and jealousy. While the precise date of composition remains unknown, the play was certainly produced as early as 1611. You can read more about the play and this year’s production here.

Ryan Landry and Gold Dust Orphans holiday show announced: Christmas on Uranus

fringe theater, boston theater, bosarts, Gold Dust OrphansIt appears that the Gold Dust Orphans shall make one last run at Boston’s notorious Ramrod Performing Arts Theatre later this year.

While details about the holiday musical are slim, a website has been set up for ticket sales to see, Christmas on Uranus. The holiday musical will open on Friday, November 29th and will run through Sunday, December 22nd. Stay tuned for more details later this fall.

Christmas on Uranus
Ramrod Performing Arts Theatre
November 29 – December 22, 2019

SpeakEasy Stage presents The View Upstairs

bosarts, boston theaterSpeakEasy Stage Company is closing out their 2018 – 2019 season with the musical, The View Upstairs, which opened on Thursday, May 31 and will run through June 22 at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.

The musical, which coincides with Boston Pride and Pride Month, is based on the real-life events of the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans. The musical centers on Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, who buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter and finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of gay history. Featuring a gritty, glam rock score and a tight-knit ensemble of unforgettable characters, The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide us through an uncertain future.

The View Upstairs
click here to Purchase Tickets

Want to know more? Read The Boston Globe’s review of The SpeakEasy production and it’s impact on us today in Byrne’s article, In revisiting a tragedy, ‘The View UpStairs’ opens a window to ’70s gay culture.

Gay Shorts 3 returns to Club Cafe

Open Theatre Project’s  GAY SHORTS is back for its third, featuring an evening of short plays by, for, and with LGTBQ artists from all walks of life.

This year’s  7 short plays explore the in’s and out’s of the LGTBQ experience brought to you by diverse & talented directors, actors, playwrights & crew. who share funny, relevant and irreverent short stories you won’t want to miss.

gay bostonOpen Theatre Project presents Gay Shorts
3rd Annual LGBTQ Play Festival (One Week Only)
May 30 – June 1 at Club Cafe
Purchase Your Tickets Here

Ryan Landry presents The Ebonic Woman

Gold Dust Orphans, fringe theater

Photo by Michael von Redlich

Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans are back for their final run at the Ramrod Performing Arts Centre with The Ebonic Woman, which opens next month. The new musical is a blistering take on race in America and the walls we build around ourselves to keep the status quo.

Tickets for The Ebonic Woman

Be sure to get your tickets for the brief run in Boston from May 2 – 26. For those who don’t live in the area, note that the spring productions typically return and run through the summer in Provincetown so like the Gold Dust Orphan Facebook page to stay up to date on details about this must see musical here in Boston and later this summer in Ptown.

Ryan Landry and The Gold Dust Orphans may have a new theater

As I alluded to in my post last week, Development plans to replace Boston’s Ramrod Machine will include a LGBTQ theaterthe developers (SCAPE) are working with Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans to ensure that once Machine / Ramrod closes there remains theater space so this troupe of misfits can “continue their important and educational work”. Isn’t that how Ryan describes their work?

Show your support for the Orphans by coming to this public hearing

Before that can happen, much needs to be done but the first hurdle is making sure that the public supports this project and the addition of the theater. To that end, Ryan and the Orphans ask you to show up for the first public meeting to voice your support of the new theater. Drinks will be provided after the public meeting at where else but Machine. The public meeting is at 6PM on Monday, April 22nd – details about the location are shared below.

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Scape Boylston Public Meeting – 6pm
Simmons University
Main College Building, Room C101
300 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115