Category Archives: Theater

5 to 9 opens next Thursday

boston theater, fringe theater, gay theater, gay bostonAfter a very successful run in Provincetown this summer, 5 to 9 comes to Boston for 4 shows only! September 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th at MACHINE. It’s the family-friendly  tell-all of three of Trump’s secretaries and how they get even with the petulant president. You can purchase tickets at the link below.

Tickets for 5 to 9

Fall performances worth checking out

boston arts, Earlier this month I shared a post about some of the great plays and musicals local  theater production companies have rolled out for the start of their 2017/2018 line up. There are also a number of shows that will be coming to the area that don’t have big marketing budgets and you may not know about but might enjoy seeing. Check out one or more of these shows.

18th Boston Comedy Festival runs from Wednesday, September 20 – Sunday, September 24 at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square.

John Kelly – Time No Line At The Oberon for one show only, Thursday, September 21st. Kelly’s solo show is a non-linear narrative about his life and work in the East Village in the 1980’s; he touches upon gender performance, the AIDS epidemic, the culture wars, LGBT and queer history, gentrification.  Tickets start at $25.

5 to 9 which played at the Art House in Ptown this summer  comes to The Ramrod on Thursday, September 21 thru Sunday, September 24. If you didn’t see this spoof on the 1980 hit, grab tickets to see Ryan Landry, Varla Jean Merman and Kiki Samko update this story with their evil boss, Donald Trump.

Home At Emerson’s Paramount Center runs from September 27  – October 1 HOME combines illusion, live music, home-spun engineering and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose an experience that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home?

David Sedaris is back in town on Wednesday, October 18 to talk about his latest book, Theft by Finding, when the Celebrity Series brings him back to Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Boston’s fall theater line up

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September brings back more than tens of thousands of students to Boston. Most of Boston’s local theater companies return with new productions and this year local theater companies have an impressive line up.

Probably the best known local theater  The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) continues to raise the bar with engaging shows and often times big name actors. September 9th is the opening for a new play from the ART called, WARHOLCAPOTE.

The play is based on the well documented friendship between Andy Warhol and Truman Capote. Using the hundreds of hours in conversation (some of it published), the ART has created the play, WARHOLCAPOTE.

The Lyric Stage Co. of Boston present the musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Performances start tonight,  Friday, September 1st and run through October 8th at their theater in the Back Bay. Tickets Available Here.

Over in Cambridge Central Square Theater will open their new season with Constellations.  A mesmerizing romantic journey that looks at the infinite possibilities directed by Scott Edmiston, six-time Elliot Norton Award-winner for Outstanding Director. The show runs from Thursday, September 7th through October 8th. Tickets Available Here.

The SpeakEasy Stage Company opens in September with Men On BoatsOpening September 8th the show tells the story of an actual 1869 expedition led by John Wesley Powell to chart the Colorado River. Comical but never camp, pointed but never political, this rousing historical saga is a provocative meditation on gender and historical memory that offers a new lens through which to view our shared past. Tickets Available Here.

Next week on Friday, September 8th The Huntington Theatre opens their season with the musical, Merrily  We Roll Alongwith music from Stephen Sondheim. Be sure to get your tickets before the musical closes on Sunday, October 15th. Tickets Available Here.

Zeitgeist Stage Company presents, Faceless, a drama about 18 year-old Susie Glenn who is on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, and recent Harvard Law grad and practicing Muslim, Claire Fathi, who has been brought on to prosecute her. The play opens on Friday, September 15  and runs through October 7th. Tickets Available Here.

The theater companies shared above are just a sampling of locally produced shows underway or soon to open. Check out one or more of these productions and support the local arts scene. You’ll be impressed by the caliber of talent, the variety of shows and how much more affordable these tickets are than the national traveling productions playing in the Theater District.

Final week of performances for Shakespeare on the Common

ShakespeareThis year’s production, Romeo & Juliet, concludes Sunday, August 6th so make plans with friends if you have yet to go down to the Boston Common to enjoy one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. I saw the production earlier in the run and it is definitely worth the effort but be sure to get there early to stake out space so you can enjoy the production.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with one 3pm matinee performance on Sunday, August 6.

Romeo & Juliet
Directed by Allegra Libonati
Thru August 6, 2017
FREE and open to the public

Waiting for Godot opens at Club Cafe

The Hub Theatre, Boston TheaterMany of Boston’s local theater companies get a well deserved rest during the summer months as they ramp up for their new season which starts in the Fall. However, The Hub Theatre Company of Boston is bucking that trend and performing the classic, Waiting for Godot, at Club Cafe, starting tomorrow, July 14th with performances running through Saturday, July 29th.

Waiting for Godot
July 14-29th at Club Cafe
Buy Tickets Here

If you’re looking for something different to do, check out this madcap love letter to theater and homage to Samuel Beckett’s classic drama which is making its Boston debut after critically acclaimed runs in both New York and London.

Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo & Juliet

bosarts, shakespeare on the common, boston theaterIn July the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) will return for their annual free performances of William Shakespeare on the Boston Common.

This year’s production, Romeo & Juliet, is certain to draw large crowds so plan ahead and add this to your summer bucket list. The CSC production opens on Wednesday, July 19th and will run for approximately 3 weeks on the Boston Common.  Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with one 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5.

Romeo & Juliet
Directed by Allegra Libonati
July 19 – August 6, 2017
FREE and open to the public

Provincetown’s 2017 summer line up of entertainers

Whenever I am contacted by readers asking for suggestions about what to do in Provincetown, I always encourage them to attend at least one performance. The array of talent found in Ptown is astounding. Not only does attending a show help to support these artists but it is also a great way to pass a few hours with friends or someone special.

Below is a listing of the talent coming to Provincetown this summer. I’ve added links to make it easier for you to get more information about these performances and to purchase tickets.

Lesley Jordan performs at the Crown & Anchor July 8-9, 2017

COMEDY

May 26-29           Suzanne Westenhoefe & Poppy Champlin at Post Office Cabaret
May 26-29           Julie Goldman: Lady Gentleman at The Crown and Anchor
May 26*               Kate Clinton, Zombie Apocalypse at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 3                      Ronna & Beverly at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 8-9                  Leslie Jordan at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 8-9                  Tori Scott at The Art House
Jul 10-12               Eddie Sarfarty at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 12                     Peter Bisuito at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 12                    Margaret Cho at the Town Hall
Aug 28-29             Sandra Bernhard at The Crown and Anchor

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Varla Jean Merman’s show Bad Heroine is at the Art House June 23 – Sept 1, 2017

DRAG SHOWS

May 26*               Miss Richfield 1981: 2020 Vision at The Crown and Anchor
June 2*                Dina Martina at The Crown and Anchor
June 23*              Varla Jean Merman: Bad Heroine at The Art House
Jul 8*                    Jinkx Monsoon at The Art House
Jul 8*                    Kitten N’Lou at The Art House
Jul 10                    Bianca Del Rio at The Town Hall
Jul 25                    Idol Worship at The Art House
Aug 14-15              Pam Ann at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 15-31              Bob The Drag Queen at The Art House

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Baloney Gay All Male Revue comes to The Crown & Anchor August 8-9, 2017

THEATER

May 24- June 11    Amadeus at The Provincetown Theater
June 25*                 GREECE (from the Gold Dust Orphans) Ptown H.S.
Jul 5-9                     The Bitch is Back! Tribute to Joan Rivers at Ptown Theater
Jul 6*                       Chicago at Fisherman’s Hall
Jul 7-Sept 9            5 to 9 at The Art House
Jul 12-Aug 20       Metamorpheses at The Provincetown Theater
July 29-Aug 29     The Atomic Bombshells Burlesque Show at The Art House
Aug 8-9                  Baloney: Gay All Male Review at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 28                    Ben Rimalower: Patti Issues at The Art House
Sept 1-2                  Unitard at The Art House

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Steve Grand performs in Provincetown July 5 – August 31, 2017

MUSIC 

May 14*                 Doug Repetti at The Crown and Anchor
May 27-28            Melissa Ferrick at The Art House
Jun 1-4                  CabaretFest: Sentimental Journey in multiple locations
Jun 3                     Judy Kaplansky at The Hawthorne Barn
Jun 9                     Duncan Sheik at The Hawthorne Barn
Jul 1-2                   Michael Cerveris at The Art House
Jul 3                       Maddelynn Hatter at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 5-Aug 31         Steve Grand at The Art House
Jul 10-11                Matt Alber at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 16                     Alice Ripley at The Art House
Jul 17                      Suede at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 18                     Seth Sikes sings Judy Garland at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 18                     Judy Wheeler at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 23-27               Well Strung at The Art House
Jul 24-25               Linda Eder at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 28-29              Melissa Errico at The Art House
Jul 30                    Christine Pedi at The Art House
Jul 30-Aug 8        Steven Fales: Confessions of a Mormon Boy at Crown & Anchor
Aug 4-7                  Marilyn Maye at The Art House
Aug 5                      Courtney Love and Todd Almond at The Town Hall
Aug 6                      Brian Stokes Mitchell at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 6                      Megan Hilty at The Town Hall
Aug 7                       Seth Sikes sings Liza Minnelli at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 13                     Sutton Foster at The Town Hall
Aug 13-14                The Skivvies at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 16-17                Kim David Smith at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 19-20               Billy Porter at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 20-21               Beth Malone at The Art House
Aug 26-27               Linda Lavin at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 27                     Marisol Montavo at The Art House
Sept 3                      Laura Benanti at The Town Hall
Sept 9                      Ana Gasteyer at The Art House

NOTE: * means this production / performer will be playing through the remainder of the 2017 summer season.