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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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SpeakEasy Stage presents Grand Concourse

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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.

Check out SpeakEasy Stage production of Hand to God

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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.

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Dario Ladani Sanchez and Eliott Purcell in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of HAND TO GOD. Photo by Glenn Perry Photography

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Scottsboro Boys extended Jan 1 – 27, 2017

SpeakEasy StageI’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 (CabaretChicago) 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.