Category Archives: Theater

SpeakEasy Stage presents Choir Boy

Boston Theater, BosArtsThe SpeakEasy Stage Company is opening their 2019 – 2020 season with a powerful coming-of-age story filled with soaring harmonies of live gospel, spiritual, and R&B performances that was written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Moonlight. 

choir boy extended to run thru oct 19

About Choir Boy: For fifty years, the elite Charles R. Drew Prep School has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men; its legendary gospel choir an emblem of all it holds true. But for Pharus Young, the opportunity to take his rightful place as the leader of these talented vocalists comes at a price. Can he still earn his place in these hallowed halls and sing in his own key?

CHOIR BOY
Sept. 13 thru Oct. 19
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Tickets start at $25 so make plans today!

Make plans with friends or for a night out with someone special to enjoy this production. Sergio and I will be seeing the show next Wednesday but Choir Boy opens on Friday, September 13th and will run through Saturday, October 12th.

Boston theater productions not to miss this fall

American Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Huntington Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Nora Roberts Theater, The NewRep TheatreSeptember brings back more than students. Most of Boston’s local theater companies also return with new productions and this fall local theater companies have an impressive line up with some productions already underway.

It is great to see traveling Broadway shows and 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. Tickets are affordable and an evening out makes for a great date or night out with friends.

THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER
SIX || August 21 – September 29, 2019
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. All this time, the six wives of Henry VIII have been reduced to a single rhyme—so they picked up a pen and a microphone. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the wives take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. More Info Here.

THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE (at the Calderwood Pavilion)
The Purists || August 30 – September 29, 2019
A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) to the Huntington to direct this soaring new play by Dan McCabe. More Info Here.

THE LYRIC STAGE CO.
Little Shop of Horrors || August 30 – October 6, 2019
This award-winning sci-fi pulp musical about Seymour who haplessly pines after his coworker Audrey. Watch what happens when opportunity falls into his lap in the form of a mysterious, carnivorous, conniving – not to mention singing – plant that promises to fulfill Seymour’s every wish. More Info Here.

CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER
The Crucible || September 12 –  October 13, 2019

1692. Salem, Massachusetts. Mass hysteria has consumed the town after Reverend Samuel Parris’ daughter and other girls have been discovered dancing naked in the woods with whispers of witchcraft running wild. Arthur Miller’s American classic asks the question “in a culture in which power resides in the hands of men – who do you believe?” More Info Here.

SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY
Choir Boy || September 13 – October 12, 2019
For fifty years, the elite Charles R. Drew Prep School has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men; its legendary gospel choir an emblem of all it holds true. But for Pharus Young, the opportunity to take his rightful place as the leader of these talented vocalists comes at a price. Can he still earn his place in these hallowed halls and sing in his own key? More Info Here. 

NEWREP THEATRE
Nixon’s Nixon|| September 14 – October 6, 2019
The night before Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the Presidency, he summoned Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to meet with him in the White House. What happened behind those closed doors will never be known, but playwright Russell Lees takes us on a journey through his own interpretation. Reflecting on political events that are strikingly similar to those faced today, Nixon’s Nixon questions whether the American Presidency is truly an office for leadership, or simply an opportunity to hold power. More Info Here.

Donkey Show closes September 7th

Oberon Theater Donkey Show

Donkey Show at the Oberon closes forever on September 7

Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus’ celebrated hit The Donkey Show, has been performed each Saturday night at the Oberon theater for more than a decade but that run will end in a little less than a month on Saturday, September 7th.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Donkey Show,  it is an immersive experience filled with disco music, mirror balls, feathered divas, roller skaters and hustle queens. Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the audience plays the role of party-goers dancing to 70s disco hits at the storied Studio 54 while the cast of actors play out this classic story and after each show attendees are encouraged to continue dancing at the theater / club.

If you’ve never seen this award winning show, get your tickets before it closes forever on Saturday, September 7th.

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Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common

Shakespeare in loveThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is currently hosting their annual production of a free William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. The first show started on Wednesday evening. This year’s production of Cymbeline will run 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.

Be sure to make plans so you can and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare under the stars. on the Boston Common. I’m happy to provide suggestions on where to get bites and beverages to bring with you so you needn’t carry them from home. This makes for a fun night out with friends or a great date with someone special.

Free Shakespeare on the Common

Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM & Sundays at 7PM
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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
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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