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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.


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.

Significant Other “Out and About” night September 16th

significant-other-speakeasy-stageBoston’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.

See Significant Other at SpeakEasy before it opens on Broadway

Boston Theater, Joshua HarmonJoshua 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 ends season with Dogfight

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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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SpeakEasy Stage’s Dogfight opens Saturday, May 7

Boston theaterThe SpeakEasy Stage concludes their 25th season with their production, Dogfight, a powerful musical about an unlikely love story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.

For more information and to get your tickets link here

Dogfight: It’s November 21, 1963; and on the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

SpeakEasy Stage presents Bootycandy

SpeakEasy Stage, Boston Theater, Gay TheaterPerhaps the title of Terry Byrne’s Boston Globe article sums up the SpeakEasy Stage latest production best, ‘Bootycandy’ a comedic scrapbook of growing up black and gay.

If you had not heard, the New England premiere of Bootycandy opened this weekend and runs through Saturday, April 9th. The play is described as a shockingly funny and saucy spin on race, sex, and sexuality, and it was inspired by the author’s own experiences growing up black and gay. I look forward to seeing this play later this week and hope that many of you will come out to support this local production, which speaks directly to the LGBT community. The best way to encourage more LGBT themed theater productions is to come and see them when they are produced.

Bootycandy Information and Tickets Here 

If you don’t want to go alone The Welcoming Committee is planning to attend en masse on Wednesday, March 30th. More information about TWC event is available here.

Casa Valentina at SpeakEasy Stage through November 28

boston arts, boston theater, theatreEarlier this week Sergio and I attended the SpeakEasy Stage production of Casa Valentina at the Calderwood Pavilion on Tremont Street in the South End.

The play is set in 1962 at a Catskills resort that has seen better days and centers around a group of heterosexual men who secretly gather to dress and behave like women. The funny play – and it is really very funny – gets a bit serious when they are challenged to publicly reveal their female alter-egos in the pursuit of greater political acceptance. Harvey Fierstein wrote this play and his wit is evident throughout. The SpeakEasy Stage cast does a good job delivering his sometimes caustic comments and many hilarious Oscar Wilde quotes. Sergio and I found ourselves laughing along with the audience regularly and thought this was one of the funnier performances we’ve seen this year. Tickets remain available and will run through Saturday, November 28th.

SpeakEasy Stage, Casa Valentina

Photo by Glenn Perry

Casa Valentina Tickets and Show Information

The Welcoming Committee is hosting a takeover on Thursday, November 12th and tickets are discounted! Get them while they last here.

Casa Valentina runs for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with an intermission and is based on actual events.   Tickets start at $25.