The SpeakEasy Stage Co. closes their 2016-2017 season at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End with their production of The Bridges of Madison County, which 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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SpeakEasy Stage production of Grand Concourse || Photo by Glenn Perry Photography.
This past week The SpeakEasy Stage Co. production of Grand Concourse opened. The one hour and forty minute drama addresses the mysteries of faith, forgiveness and compassion in a soup kitchen in the Bronx.
Despite the heavy sounding subject matter, the four member cast have several funny lines that guarantee periodic outbursts of laughter. For those who enjoy Latin men, Alejandro Simoes who plays the character of Oscar will make you smile whenever he is on stage (mas Alejandro por favor!) While I enjoyed the four member cast, and they worked well together, it was the slightly crazy character Emma played by Ally Dawson who I followed whenever she was on stage, wondering what she might say or do next.
This is the fourth production for the SpeakEasy Stage Co. 2016/2017 season, which has had one excellent show after another. Grand Concourse closes in approximately three weeks so make plans today and purchase tickets to go see this show. It will make for a fun night out or date option.
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3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 following 7:30 pm performances you can share your reactions in a special post-show forum hosted by a member of the SpeakEasy.
3/12, 3/19, 3/26 following 3:00 pm performances you can participate in a talkback with artists from the show.
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
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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.
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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.
Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage opens their 2016 / 2017 season with a new play from Joshua Harmon, author of the hit play Bad Jews.
Significant Other is Harmon’s latest comedy. It centers around Jordan, a gay 20-something, coming to grips with the challenges of finding love through a series of romantic misadventures on his quest to find Mr. Right.
SpeakEasy Stage “OUT & ABOUT” night is Friday, September 16th. Following the performance join the cast and crew. For more information and to purchase tickets visit speakeasystage.com/significant-other.
Joshua Harmon’s comedy of modern love SIGNIFICANT OTHER will be opening on Broadway in early 2017, but you can catch the show this September when it makes its Boston Premiere at SpeakEasy Stage. Single tickets will go on sale next week on Thursday, July 21 and you can save $15 using the code SPK15. Read more about the play, cast and how to get your tickets here.
About Significant Other: From Joshua Harmon, author of the hit play Bad Jews, comes a sharply observed new comedy about of the challenges of finding love and letting go. Jordan Berman and BFFs Kiki, Lauren, and Vanessa have been inseparable up until now; but as singles nights become bachelorette parties, Jordan starts to worry about his own prospects, and embarks on a series of romantic misadventures on a quest to find Mr. Right.
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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