It is opening night at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) for the Tennessee Williams play, The Night of the Iguana. The stage play premiered on Broadway in 1961 and was an Academy Award winning film in 1964 directed by John Huston, starring Richard Burton, Ava Garnder and Deborah Kerr.
For this production the A.R.T. has pulled out some big name actors. The show is directed by Michael Wilson and the cast includes: James Earl Jones, Bill Heck, Dana Delany, Amanda Plummer, Elizabeth Ashley and Remo Airaldi.
Williams drama shows us how far people are willing to go to outrun their demons. The 1961 drama takes place on the edge of the Mexican jungle with a group of troubled travelers seeking shelter from a storm. It revolves around a hotel proprietress and a scandal-soaked Southern preacher, a Nantucket portrait artist traveling with her grandfather, a bus full of fuming Texan college administrators, and vacationers. I can’t wait to see this show.
The Night of The Iguana
at the A.R.T. in Harvard Square
Runs from: February 18 – March 18, 2017
Photo Source: Colonial Theatre Facebook Page
Earlier this month Boston Magazine had an encouraging article for Boston Theater lovers. To quote the article, “Soon, Emerson’s Colonial Theatre will be dark no longer.”
London’s Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), which oversees theaters around the world, has partnered with Emerson College and has plans to begin hosting productions in 2018. ATG will work with Emerson to also incorporate student programming and youth programs and they told The Boston Globe they envision the possibility of running Broadway tryouts of shows at The Colonial much like it did in the past. However, first the theater will first be refurbished.
All of this is probably music to the ears of theater organizations, that have been clamoring for more space. For established theater companies like the Boston Lyric Opera, which lost their home at the Shubert last year this could be very significant. Recognizing the need, ATG’s Chief Executive told The Boston Globe, “We are going to make every effort that we possibly can to support the Boston Lyric Opera’s search for a new home.”
Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women January 19 – February 5, 2017
Trans Scripts Part I: The Women opens Thursday, January 19th for a two and a half week run at the A.R.T. in Cambridge.
Drawn from dozens of interviews conducted around the world, Trans Scripts, U.S. premiere uses the real words of women to shed light on the rich and diverse experiences within the transgender community. This show received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets
The reviews are in for The SpeakEasy Stage production of the Tony nominated play Hand To God, and everyone (including me) loves it, but don’t take my word for it, The Boston Globe describes the show as “Good Nasty Fun!” and WBUR says it is “Flat-out hilarious”.
Described as “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist” by the New Yorker, the play tells the story of an awkward Texas teen named Jason, who spends afternoons practicing for the Christian Puppet Ministry run by his widowed mother. When Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality things take a much darker turn. This is unlike any play I can recall seeing with shocking scenes that will leave you laughing out loud one minute and the next recoiling. Hand puppets have never been so devilishly entertaining.
Get tickets to see Hand To God while they last. The two hour show with one intermission opened earlier this month and runs through Saturday, Febraury 4th at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.
Dario Ladani Sanchez and Eliott Purcell in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of HAND TO GOD. Photo by Glenn Perry Photography
Click here to purchase tickets to see Hand to God
Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans have already announced their Spring show in Boston will be Greece: A High School Musical.
The website promises chariot races, vengeful gods and plenty of teenage angst as well as a stellar cast of Grecian Greasers ready to dance and slay you with laughter. What happens when Zeus’ only daughter is caught obsessing on the petty goings on of mere mortals? He sends her to a public school. No sooner does she arrive on Earth when she meets a gorgeous Trojan and all Hades breaks loose. Add a tangled web of love stories that rivals A Midsummer Nights Dream and you get the picture.
While the Gold Dust Orphan’s spring production won’t open until early May, tickets are now available for sale.
GREECE: A High School Musical
Thursday, May 4 – Sunday, June 4
At The Ramrod Performing Arts Centre
“A Great Hymn to Christmas and Sexuality” – John Waters
The Slutcracker is Boston’s groundbreaking holiday smash-hit that is returning for its ninth season at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, the Slutcracker provides a scene-by-scene retelling of The Nutcracker with a naughty twist.
Performances start Friday, December 2nd and will run through December 31st but tickets to this show sell quickly so do not delay.
I’m unsure if you have heard, but The SpeakEasy Stage production of The Scottsboro Boys has been extended and will run from January 1-22, 2017. SpeakEasy is waving any handling fees if you purchase tickets to these shows by phone or online through Monday, November 28th.
Get Your Tickets Here
About The Scottsboro Boys: Songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) bring to light one of the most infamous events in American history: the shocking true story of nine African American boys jailed in Alabama in 1931 for a crime they did not commit. The musical features a mix of gospel, jazz, and vaudeville, and uses the construct of a minstrel show to tell the harrowing true story that provoked a national outrage and helped launch the American civil rights movement.