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Three new theaters could be coming to Seaport District in coming years

It has been a difficult year for Boston’s performing arts community. Unable to put on live productions, many in the arts have turned to broadcasting shows and other creative ways to connect with audiences.

However, there is a real desire to return to the stage and host live cultural events again when it is safe so I was excited to read in The Boston Globe that three new theaters will be built in the Seaport District with two expected to open in Amazon’s building (shown above) in 2024 when it opens.

Amazon’s office building in the Seaport is currently under construction, but when it is finished it will include two new theaters on the second and third floors with a capacity of 500 and 150 seats. A third smaller theater with a capacity of approximately 100 seats will also likely be developed in another building in the Seaport that has yet to be identified.

The new performance space is likely to be managed and operated by Boston’s Celebrity Series and be reserved for Boston’s nonprofit performing arts organizations. The city would like to have the Celebrity Series, which was established in 1938, act as a mentor to less seasoned arts companies, while providing more space for local theater companies. Affordable space for smaller theater production companies was high on the list of the Boston arts community prior to the pandemic and presumably will be put to good use when it is safe to perform in front of live audiences again.

You can read the full story here. The article does require an online subscription to The Boston Globe.

Support the arts community with H.4879

cultcha, ahts, ICA, institute of contemporary Art, MFA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, bosartsContact your state rep about h.4879 today

Massachusetts legislature is currently considering an important bill that will help provide relief for the arts and culture sector in Massachusetts, which includes organizations large and small that enrich our life and need your legislators support to provide funding for artists, local museums as well as students to gain access and experiences from our local arts and cultural organizations.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Write or call your legislators at the State House today to voice your support for H.4879, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth.

Use this form to quickly and easily contact your representatives on Beacon Hill

The House expects to pass this bill by midnight, so your representative needs to hear from you ASAP. In most cases, the more sponsors an amendment has, the better its chances are for adoption.

Learn more about H.4879

Miss Richfield 1981 set to perform at Club Cafe

gay boston, club cafe entertainmentMiss Richfield 1981 comes to Boston for one show only when she performs her all-new show “Below the Belt” at Club Cafe on Saturday, May 2nd. Fans won’t want to delay purchasing tickets because this show will sell out.

Tickets are $35.00 and have recently gone on sale. Make plans with friends and get your tickets while they last.

Miss Richfield 1981
Saturday, May 2nd at Club Cafe
Doors open at 7PM || Show starts at 7:30PM
Get Your Tickets Here!

A.R.T. presents Gloria: A Life

While Broadway has seen a number of shows about pop stars in recent years, I’m pleased to see The American Repertory Theater will bring a new play about Gloria Steinem to the stage called Gloria: A Life.

The show (initially proposed by Steinem’s good friend, Kathy Najimy) centers on Gloria and the women she has partnered with in a decades-long fight for equality with a dynamic ensemble of performers. I hope you’ll share this with your friends and encourage younger men and women who may not be familiar with the work Gloria Steinem has done to come to see this show.

Gloria: A Life
January 24 – March 1, 2020
Click here for more information and to buy tickets

The Cake: I ate up this play and so will you

Last week I wrote a post about Boston Lyric Stage latest production, The Cake, and after seeing the show, I wanted to encourage you to get tickets to see it for yourself, but if you need further reason, read The Boston Globe’s review, Humor and humanity are the icing on The Cake.

The Cake uses humor to address a subject that has been grabbing headlines for years. Despite the fact that we’ve all heard more than we probably care about individuals using religion as an excuse to deny service to LGBTQ community, to watch the drama unfold on stage is more compelling than you might think. Thanks to the excellent script and solid cast, it is quite funny to watch as well.

I found it very hard to dislike Della, a traditional Southern baker who has a crisis of conscience when her deceased best friend’s daughter returns to ask her to make her dream wedding cake for her and her fiancé. Della is not unlike many Americans who fail to see the hypocrisy in their selective interpretations of passages from the Bible (specifically Leviticus) that condemn homosexuality, people who eat shellfish, pork, etc…  yet only homosexuals are denied service – not those who enjoy a good lobster dinner. Della’s love for Jen (or Jenny as she calls her) compels her to reexamine some of those long held beliefs.

Make plans with a friend or another couple and get tickets before it closes on February 9th. Like me, I’m sure that after you see the show, you’ll never look at a pile of mashed potatoes quite the same way again.

The Cake
January 10 – February 9, 2020
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Pre-Broadway run for Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite opens in Boston this February

boston theaterMatthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker: Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite

Two-time Tony Award winner, Matthew Broderick, and two-time Emmy Award winner, Sarah Jessica Parker, perform next month in the pre-Broadway engagement at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston.

The famous couple have not performed together on stage in more than 20 years but the Neil Simon comedy, Plaza Suite, seems like a great show to bring them together and Boston is lucky enough to get a first glimpse at how their real life chemistry might translate on stage in this hilarious play about love and marriage. Little known fact that was shared in the release says that the Simon play made its world premiere at The Colonial more than fifty years ago in 1968.

Plaza Suite at the Emerson Colonial
February 5 – 22, 2020
More Information Here

Boston’s Lyric Stage Company presents, The Cake

Boston Lyric Stage is a great local theater company located on Clarendon Street on the Back Bay / South End line and later this week they will open with, The Cake, their first production of the calendar year.

Using humor, the play addresses religious-based discrimination and the crisis of conscience some have when it comes to participating or contributing to same sex marriages. The play opens with Della, a traditional Southern baker, who learns she will be cast on her favorite television baking competition just as she is reunited with her deceased best friend’s daughter, Jen.  The sparks fly when Della is forced to question her strongly-held beliefs after Jen asks her to make her dream wedding cake for her and her future wife. Della must re-examine her deeply held beliefs, as questions of morals, judgment and family swirl around them all in this heartfelt and deliciously funny play.

The production opens this week on Friday, January 10 and runs through Sunday, February 9. Sergio and I will be checking it out this weekend and I hope you will see it as well. With tickets starting at $25 and special discounts for seniors and students this is a great option and worth checking out.

The Cake
January 10 – February 9, 2020
Click here for more information or to buy tickets

SpeakEasy Stage presents, Pass Over

SpeakEasy Stage opens the New Year with a powerful new play called Pass Over.  The play which centers around two young black men, crafts everyday profanity into poetic and humorous riffs, as Moses and Kitch share their dreams of deliverance, until an ominous stranger changes their world forever.

The play opens tonight in the South End and will run through January 25th. Tickets are incredibly affordable, starting at just $25, but it only runs for a few weeks. Make plans with friends to see this production and get your tickets today.

Pass Over
January 3 – 25, 2020
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Tickets on sale for Landry’s ‘Christmas on Uranus’

boston fringe theater, gay theaterThe Gold Dust Orphans annual holiday show will take place at The Lithuanian Hall Theater at 368 West Broadway in Southie, starting Friday, November 29th and running through Sunday, December 22nd. Ticket prices for General Admission seating start at $49.99 + a $3.49 service charge.

While details about the holiday musical are slim, a website has been set up for ticket sales to see, Christmas on Uranus. Unfortunately, Sergio and I will have to miss this year’s production because we will be traveling but I’d like to encourage others to go check out this show.

Christmas on Uranus
Lithuanian Hall Theater
November 29 – December 22, 2019

The Judy & Varla Show comes to the Calderwood

Judy Gold, Varla Jean Merman, gay bostonPrepare yourself for a night of laughter and vulgarity when Judy Gold and Varla Jean Merman step on stage with Gerald Goode at the piano for two shows on one night later this month. The show will include an unforgettable evening of music and stand-up when Judy & Varla come to the South End on Saturday, October 19th for two performances at 6PM and 9PM.

Sergio and I will be at the 9PM show. Tickets remain available for both performances but they will sell fast so tell your friends and make plans now.

Judy Gold & Varla Jean Merman – One Night Only!
Saturday, October 19th (at 6PM and 9PM)
at the Calderwood Pavilion, South End
click here for more info and to purchase tickets

Boston theater productions not to miss this fall

American Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Huntington Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Nora Roberts Theater, The NewRep TheatreSeptember brings back more than students. Most of Boston’s local theater companies also return with new productions and this fall local theater companies have an impressive line up with some productions already underway.

It is great to see traveling Broadway shows and tours that come to Boston, but it is the local theater companies that are the lifeblood of Boston’s theater scene. These companies are so worthy of your patronage so consider attending one or more of these productions this fall. Tickets are affordable and an evening out makes for a great date or night out with friends.

SIX || August 21 – September 29, 2019
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. All this time, the six wives of Henry VIII have been reduced to a single rhyme—so they picked up a pen and a microphone. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the wives take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. More Info Here.

THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE (at the Calderwood Pavilion)
The Purists || August 30 – September 29, 2019
A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) to the Huntington to direct this soaring new play by Dan McCabe. More Info Here.

Little Shop of Horrors || August 30 – October 6, 2019
This award-winning sci-fi pulp musical about Seymour who haplessly pines after his coworker Audrey. Watch what happens when opportunity falls into his lap in the form of a mysterious, carnivorous, conniving – not to mention singing – plant that promises to fulfill Seymour’s every wish. More Info Here.

The Crucible || September 12 –  October 13, 2019

1692. Salem, Massachusetts. Mass hysteria has consumed the town after Reverend Samuel Parris’ daughter and other girls have been discovered dancing naked in the woods with whispers of witchcraft running wild. Arthur Miller’s American classic asks the question “in a culture in which power resides in the hands of men – who do you believe?” More Info Here.

Choir Boy || September 13 – October 12, 2019
For fifty years, the elite Charles R. Drew Prep School has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men; its legendary gospel choir an emblem of all it holds true. But for Pharus Young, the opportunity to take his rightful place as the leader of these talented vocalists comes at a price. Can he still earn his place in these hallowed halls and sing in his own key? More Info Here. 

Nixon’s Nixon|| September 14 – October 6, 2019
The night before Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the Presidency, he summoned Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to meet with him in the White House. What happened behind those closed doors will never be known, but playwright Russell Lees takes us on a journey through his own interpretation. Reflecting on political events that are strikingly similar to those faced today, Nixon’s Nixon questions whether the American Presidency is truly an office for leadership, or simply an opportunity to hold power. More Info Here.

Donkey Show closes September 7th

Oberon Theater Donkey Show

Donkey Show at the Oberon closes forever on September 7

Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus’ celebrated hit The Donkey Show, has been performed each Saturday night at the Oberon theater for more than a decade but that run will end in a little less than a month on Saturday, September 7th.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Donkey Show,  it is an immersive experience filled with disco music, mirror balls, feathered divas, roller skaters and hustle queens. Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the audience plays the role of party-goers dancing to 70s disco hits at the storied Studio 54 while the cast of actors play out this classic story and after each show attendees are encouraged to continue dancing at the theater / club.

If you’ve never seen this award winning show, get your tickets before it closes forever on Saturday, September 7th.

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Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common

Shakespeare in loveThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is currently hosting their annual production of a free William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. The first show started on Wednesday evening. This year’s production of Cymbeline will run through Sunday, August 4th with performances taking place Tuesday–Saturday at 8PM, Sundays at 7PM with the exception of hosting  a 3PM matinee on Saturday, August 3rd.

Be sure to make plans so you can and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare under the stars. on the Boston Common. I’m happy to provide suggestions on where to get bites and beverages to bring with you so you needn’t carry them from home. This makes for a fun night out with friends or a great date with someone special.

Free Shakespeare on the Common

Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM & Sundays at 7PM
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Tea at Five (pre-Broadway run final weeks)

bosarts, boston theaterHead over to the Huntington Theatre to see Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway portray an aging Katharine Hepburn in the pre-Broadway premiere of the acclaimed play Tea at Five!

Ensconced in her Fenwick home, Dunaway depicts a now retired Hepburn reflecting on her turbulent childhood, unlikely rise to stardom and heart-breaking 27 year affair with Spencer Tracy. Don’t miss this legendary actress in an unforgettable performance in Boston.

The show, which opened last month is in its final weeks but a few seats remain. I’ll be checking out this show with the Hollywood icon portraying one of my all-time favorite actresses, Katharine Hepburn later tonight. Have you seen the show? Let me know your thoughts. If not, learn more about the show below.

Tea at Five (pre-Broadway premiere)
Playing now through July 14th
More information & tickets here

Shakespeare on the Common presents Cymbeline

Commonwealth Shakespeare CompanyThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will return in less than a month with their annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. This year’s production of Cymbeline will start in approximately three weeks opening on Wednesday, July 17th and running through Sunday, August 4th with performances taking place Tuesday–Saturday at 8PM, Sundays at 7PM with the exception of hosting  a 3PM matinee on Saturday, August 3rd.

Free Shakespeare on the CommonPerformances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM & Sundays at 7PM
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About Cymbeline: Shakespeare’s mystical dramedy Cymbeline chronicles the fates of King Cymbeline and his family through a journey of deception, intrigue and separation. The king’s daughter Imogen (one of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines) is swept into a nearly mythic realm of mistaken identities, twists and turns in the all-consuming quest for true love. According to Wikipedia, the play deals with the themes of innocence and jealousy. While the precise date of composition remains unknown, the play was certainly produced as early as 1611. You can read more about the play and this year’s production here.