Category Archives: Theater

A.R.T. presents Gloria: A Life

While Broadway has seen a number of shows about pop stars in recent years, I’m pleased to see The American Repertory Theater will bring a new play about Gloria Steinem to the stage called Gloria: A Life.

The show (initially proposed by Steinem’s good friend, Kathy Najimy) centers on Gloria and the women she has partnered with in a decades-long fight for equality with a dynamic ensemble of performers. I hope you’ll share this with your friends and encourage younger men and women who may not be familiar with the work Gloria Steinem has done to come to see this show.

Gloria: A Life
January 24 – March 1, 2020
Click here for more information and to buy tickets

The Cake: I ate up this play and so will you

Last week I wrote a post about Boston Lyric Stage latest production, The Cake, and after seeing the show, I wanted to encourage you to get tickets to see if for yourself, but if you need further reason, read The Boston Globe’s review, Humor and humanity are the icing on The Cake.

The Cake uses humor to address a subject that has been grabbing headlines for years. Despite the fact that we’ve all heard more than we probably care about individuals using religion as an excuse to deny service to LGBTQ community, to watch the drama unfold on stage is more compelling than you might think and thanks to the excellent script and solid cast quite funny to watch as well.

I found it very hard to dislike Della, a traditional Southern baker who has a crisis of conscience when her deceased best friend’s daughter, Jen asks her to make her dream wedding cake for her and her future wife. Della is not unlike many millions of Americans who fail to see the hypocrisy in their selective interpretations of The Bible which on one hand condemn homosexuality and in the next condemn people who eat shellfish, pork, etc…  But her love for Jen (or Jenny as she calls her) compels her to reexamine some of her long held beliefs.

Make plans with a friend or another couple and get tickets before it closes on February 9th. Like me, I’m sure that after you see the show, you’ll never look at a pile of mashed potatoes quite the same way again.

The Cake
January 10 – February 9, 2020
Click here for more information or to buy tickets

Pre-Broadway run for Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite opens in Boston this February

boston theaterMatthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker: Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite

Two-time Tony Award winner, Matthew Broderick, and two-time Emmy Award winner, Sarah Jessica Parker, perform next month in the pre-Broadway engagement at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston.

The famous couple have not performed together on stage in more than 20 years but the Neil Simon comedy, Plaza Suite, seems like a great show to bring them together and Boston is lucky enough to get a first glimpse at how their real life chemistry might translate on stage in this hilarious play about love and marriage. Little known fact that was shared in the release says that the Simon play made its world premiere at The Colonial more than fifty years ago in 1968.

Plaza Suite at the Emerson Colonial
February 5 – 22, 2020
More Information Here

Boston’s Lyric Stage Company presents, The Cake

Boston Lyric Stage is a great local theater company located on Clarendon Street on the Back Bay / South End line and later this week they will open with, The Cake, their first production of the calendar year.

Using humor, the play addresses religious-based discrimination and the crisis of conscience some have when it comes to participating or contributing to same sex marriages. The play opens with Della, a traditional Southern baker, who learns she will be cast on her favorite television baking competition just as she is reunited with her deceased best friend’s daughter, Jen.  The sparks fly when Della is forced to question her strongly-held beliefs after Jen asks her to make her dream wedding cake for her and her future wife. Della must re-examine her deeply held beliefs, as questions of morals, judgment and family swirl around them all in this heartfelt and deliciously funny play.

The production opens this week on Friday, January 10 and runs through Sunday, February 9. Sergio and I will be checking it out this weekend and I hope you will see it as well. With tickets starting at $25 and special discounts for seniors and students this is a great option and worth checking out.

The Cake
January 10 – February 9, 2020
Click here for more information or to buy tickets

SpeakEasy Stage presents, Pass Over

SpeakEasy Stage opens the New Year with a powerful new play called Pass Over.  The play which centers around two young black men, crafts everyday profanity into poetic and humorous riffs, as Moses and Kitch share their dreams of deliverance, until an ominous stranger changes their world forever.

The play opens tonight in the South End and will run through January 25th. Tickets are incredibly affordable, starting at just $25, but it only runs for a few weeks. Make plans with friends to see this production and get your tickets today.

Pass Over
January 3 – 25, 2020
Click here for more information and to buy tickets

Tickets on sale for Landry’s ‘Christmas on Uranus’

boston fringe theater, gay theaterThe Gold Dust Orphans annual holiday show will take place at The Lithuanian Hall Theater at 368 West Broadway in Southie, starting Friday, November 29th and running through Sunday, December 22nd. Ticket prices for General Admission seating start at $49.99 + a $3.49 service charge.

While details about the holiday musical are slim, a website has been set up for ticket sales to see, Christmas on Uranus. Unfortunately, Sergio and I will have to miss this year’s production because we will be traveling but I’d like to encourage others to go check out this show.

Christmas on Uranus
Lithuanian Hall Theater
November 29 – December 22, 2019

The Judy & Varla Show comes to the Calderwood

Judy Gold, Varla Jean Merman, gay bostonPrepare yourself for a night of laughter and vulgarity when Judy Gold and Varla Jean Merman step on stage with Gerald Goode at the piano for two shows on one night later this month. The show will include an unforgettable evening of music and stand-up when Judy & Varla come to the South End on Saturday, October 19th for two performances at 6PM and 9PM.

Sergio and I will be at the 9PM show. Tickets remain available for both performances but they will sell fast so tell your friends and make plans now.

Judy Gold & Varla Jean Merman – One Night Only!
Saturday, October 19th (at 6PM and 9PM)
at the Calderwood Pavilion, South End
click here for more info and to purchase tickets