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Boston Theater options: Check out one or more of these shows before they close

Applause, gify, giphyMany of Boston’s local theater companies seasons will be concluding in the next few weeks so I wanted to encourage you to get tickets to one or more of the following local productions. Boston’s local theater scene continues to mature and get better but this doesn’t happen in a vacuum and local support is crucial.

If you’ve not been to a show from a local production company this season, make it a point to show your support and get tickets to one or more of these shows.

zeitgeist stage, boston theater, bosartsZeitgeist Stage present, Love! Valour! Compassion! Tickets remain available for most shows. Sergio and I will be going to see this on Saturday night – maybe we will see you there. Tickets remain available for Saturday’s show but if you can’t make it, hurry up because this show closes on Saturday, May 19th.

BosArts, Boston TheaterCentral Square Theater present, The Women Who Mapped The Stars, is about five women in the late 1800s who worked at Harvard College Observatory and made discoveries that changed the way astronomers saw the universe. This show closes next weekend so don’t delay in getting tickets.

BosArts, Boston TheaterThe Huntington Theatre present, Top Girls Originally written in the early 1980s, the show still resonates and continues to draw rave reviews so check this out before it closes next weekend.

BosArts, Boston TheaterThe NewRep Theatre present, Two Jews Walk Into A War  This Vaudeville-inspired play is about the last two Jews in Afghanistan who are on a mission to save Judaism in Kabul by rebuilding their synagogue and keeping the faith alive, but only if they don’t kill each other first closes next weekend.

BosArts, Boston Theater, Ryan LandryThe Gold Dust Orphans present, Brokelahomo! Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans treat all of Boston with their raucous musical set in Brokelahomo. Sergio and I saw this show and loved it. If you miss it in Boston, Ryan Landry will be bringing this to Provincetown this summer.

BosArts, Boston TheaterSpeakEasy Stage present, ALLEGIANCE is inspired by the true childhood experience of George Takei (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek). It tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor. ALLEGIANCE  follows the family as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

lyric stage company, bosarts, boston theaterLyric Stage Company present The Wiz Opening May 18th this much loved musical will run through June 24th at their theater in the Back Bay.

American Repertory Theater, A.R.T., Alanis MorissetteThe A.R.T. presents, Jagged Little Pill This world premiere and original story was inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s 1995, Grammy Award-winning album. Sergio and I will be seeing this show on the 17th. Although this show runs through July 15th – hurry up before this show completely sells out.

SpeakEasy Stage presents Allegiance

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Sam Tanabe plays Sammy Kimura in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of ALLEGIANCE

On Friday, May 4th The SpeakEasy Stage Company will open with their fifth and final production of their 2017 / 2018 season, ALLEGIANCE.

Inspired by the true childhood experience of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on Star Trek), ALLEGIANCE tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor.

This show is an uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit. It follows the Kimura family as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. Be sure to check out this show. You’ll find it difficult to take your eyes off of the very handsome actor Sam Tanabe who you can also follow on Twitter at, @tanablems.

boston theater, bosartsALLEGIANCE
May 4 – June 2
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Book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo & Lorenzo Thione
Music & Lyric by Jay Kuo | Directed by Paul Daigneault

SpeakEasy Stage presents Allegiance

BosArts, Boston TheaterSpeakEasy Stage Company’s next production, Allegiance, opens Friday, May 4th. The play is inspired by George Takei’s (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek) childhood experience when his family’s lives were upended, when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor in WWII. ALLEGIANCE  follows the family as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

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Shakespeare In Love will make you smile and laugh

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Shakespeare in Love || Photo by Nile Hawver / Nile Scott Shots

Set in the larger and more comfortable Wimberly Theater at the Calderwood Pavilion, SpeakEasy uses the stage brilliantly to recreate a 16th Century theater in London that effectively transitions from playhouse to bar to bedroom with the same ease as the co-leads who portray their parts. Lead roles are played by the handsome Netwon native George Olesky and the beautiful Jennifer Ellis who I loved in SpeakEasy’s spring 2017 production of The Bridges of Madison County.

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Shakespeare in Love || Photo by Nile Hawver / Nile Scott Shots

The play is rife with witty lines that reference Shakespeare plays and funny scenarios; like in the beginning of the play depicting the Bard as suffering from writer’s bloc and incapable of writing even a sonnet until he unwittingly meets his Juliet. One needn’t be a fan of Shakespeare to appreciate the humor anymore than one needed to know it to enjoy the movie, but it certainly did make me laugh hearing famous lines turned on their head like using one of Lady MacBeth’s most guilt-ridden lines as a humorous punch line for a dog.

Tickets to see Shakespeare In Love are reasonably priced with tickets starting at $25.00. Performances run Wednesday thru Sunday until February 10th.

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Sound like a great show but don’t live in Boston? The SpeakEasy Stage joins fourteen other theater companies in the United States, that have productions of this comedy in their 2017 / 2018 season, making Shakespeare In Love the most produced show in the country so check your local theater companies – who knows? Perhaps a production of this comedy is taking place nearby.

SpeakEasy Stage presents Shakespeare in Love

boston theater, bosartsSpeakEasy Stage’s production of Shakespeare in Love which opens on Friday, January 12th looks like a delightful stage adaptation of the late 1990s Academy Award winning movie.

Shakespeare in Love
January 12 – February 10, 2018
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George Olesky

Photo of George Olesky by Nile Hawver / Nile Scott Shots

The play portrays a young Shakespeare, who is suffering a severe case of writer’s block as the deadline approaches to deliver his new play, Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s DaughterLike the movie, the play is fraught with mistaken identities, intrigue and backstage bickering in this raucous romantic comedy of errors.

Tickets for this play start at $25 (roughly the price of a movie ticket) so come down to the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End and support the local theater scene while at the same time enjoying a beautiful story unfold live on stage.

Final week to see Men on Boats

Boston theater, bosartsIt is the final week to see The SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Men on Boats, currently being performed at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.

If you are looking to make plans for later this week consider picking up tickets to see this gender-bending cast of performers who use carefully exaggerated theatrics to tell the story of an actual 1869 expedition led by John Wesley Powell to chart the Colorado River.

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SpeakEasy Stage presents The Bridges of Madison County

bosarts, boston theaterThe SpeakEasy Stage Co. closes their 2016-2017 season at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End with their production of The Bridges of Madison Countywhich opened this past weekend and runs through Saturday, June 3rd.

The Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical tells the story of a chance meeting between a farm wife and a world-weary photographer, that leads to a soul-stirring affair.

The Bridges of Madison County
May 6 – June 3, 2017
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