One month from today the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will open their nearly 3 week run of free Shakespeare on the Boston Common. This year’s production will feature one of the Bard’s comedies: Love’s Labour’s Lost. The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Directed by Steven Maler
July 20 – August 7, 2016
FREE and open to the public
I will write more about the free performances later this summer. Please plan on coming down to the Boston Common one night with friends or maybe a special friend to enjoy the production directed by Steven Maler and the excellent cast.
Are you looking for something fun to do next weekend? Join The Welcoming Committee when they head back to the Oberon Theater for a takeover of The Donkey Show.
Unfamiliar with The Donkey Show? It is a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and is a long-running glitter-filled show hosted at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square. The show is an absolute blast. Sergio and I joined TWC back in 2013 and I still smile when I think about all the fun we had. This annual TWC event always sells out so take advantage of their limited number of discounted tickets ($5 off the public price). For more information about the program and how to get your discounted tickets, visit TWC’s event page, Donkey Show Takeover.
The talented Todrick Hall is bringing his handsome, talented cast to Boston later this summer to perform his new show, Straight Outta Oz, at The Wilbur on Wednesday, August 3rd. Tickets went on sale earlier this month so if you are a fan, get tickets while they last: Todrick Hall – Straight Outta Oz.
There are plenty of entertainment options for you to consider in Ogunquit. However, the epicenter of performing arts is at the Ogunquit Playhouse, which has a fantastic season of scheduled plays and musicals. If you are planning a trip to Ogunquit, consider getting tickets to a play one night.
June 15 – July 9 Anything Goes is a saucy musical you’ll love.
July 13 – Aug 6 The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a classic love story.
Aug 10 – Sept 3 Priscilla Queen of the Dessert is a campy classic.
Mainestreet also hosts a series of shows that are worth seeing if spending an evening in a theater isn’t quite your thing and you would prefer a good laugh.
May 28 – 29 see Hedda Lettuce Live at Mainestreet.
June 17th see Varla Jean Merman perform Big Black Hole.
June 25 – 26 see Miss Richfield 1981 Red Lips to the White House.
More shows will be announced soon so be sure to check Mainestreet website.
I always encourage anyone visiting Provincetown to attend at least one show during their visit. The array of talent when you consider the size of the town is more than impressive and attending one of the many shows is a great way to pass a couple of hours with friends or someone special. The list below is a partial listing of some of the talent you can expect to find in Provincetown this summer.
I’ve added links to make it easier for you to get more information about these performances and to purchase tickets.
May 18 – June 5 The Importance of Being Ernest at Provincetown Theater
June 3 – Sept 3 Brown is the New Pink at the Art House
June 10 – July 10 The Maids at Provincetown Theater
June 20 – July 7 The Little Dog Laughed at Provincetown Theater
July 18 – Aug 18 The Full Monty at Provincetown Theater
MUSIC & COMEDY
Starting May 28 Kate Clinton (various dates) at The Crown & Anchor
May 29 Indigo Girls at Town Hall
June 25 Rita Moreno at The Crown & Anchor
June 30 – Sept 10 Well Strung at the Art House
July 6-8 Steve Grand at the Art House
July 9 Leslie Jordan at Town Hall
July 10 Armistead Maupin at The Crown & Anchor
July 13 Peter Bisuito at The Crown & Anchor
July 16 Alan Cummings at The Crown & Anchor
July 17 – 19 Megan Hilty at the Art House
August 16 Kristin Chenoweth at Town Hall
Sept 4 Patti Lupone at Town Hall
Starting May 21 Illusions Drag Review at Crown & Anchor
Starting May 28 Ms. Richfield 1981 at The Crown & Anchor
Starting June 3 Dina Martina at The Crown & Anchor
June 22 – Sept 3 Varla Jean Merman at the Art House
July 9 – Sept 17 Jinkx Monsoon at the Art House
July 11 – 12 Pam Ann at The Crown & Anchor
July 12 – Aug 25 Courtney Act at the Art House
July 18 Joe Posa as Joan Rivers at Crown & Anchor
August 15 Bianca Del Rio at Town Hall
The Huntington Theatre world premiere, I Was Most Alive with You, opens next week at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End. The new play centers on a gay, deaf man who undergoes a series of severe life reversals.
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Craig Lucas who wrote and is directing the production also wrote librettos to the current hit Broadway musical An American in Paris and to Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza; his list of plays includes Prelude to a Kiss, Blue Window and Reckless. Award-winning deaf actor Russell Harvard ( Spring Awakening on Broadway) will play the lead role of Knox.
Tickets can be ordered online (see the link above) by phone at (617) 266-0800 or in person at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office in the South End.
SpeakEasy Stage presents Dogfight at the Calderwood through June 4, 2016
SpeakEasy Stage is concluding their 25th season with the musical, Dogfight. The two act musical tells the story of three young Marines on their last night in San Francisco before they are shipped off to Vietnam.
The story centers around a contest the marine platoon hosts for each man to find and bring the homeliest girl to a party (shown above). The main character, Eddie Birdlace, unexpectedly develops feelings for his date and what follows will touch the romantic in you; at least it did with me. The cast does the musical justice and this was probably my favorite production of their entire season. While the lead characters did a fine job I was especially taken by the crass and sassy supporting character, Marcy, who made me laugh every time she was on stage.
I’d love to get the thoughts of any women who may be familiar with the story or those who go to the SpeakEasy Stage production. This makes for a great date night option or evening spent with friends. Get your tickets, (they start at just $25) and tell me what you think.
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