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Lyric Stage Co. presents: Murder for Two

Boston Theater, BosArtsWhile all that Black Friday nonsense takes place later this week following Thanksgiving, The Lyric Stage Co. of Boston will open with a funny murder, mystery  musical called Murder for Two.

Murder for Two
November 25 – December 24, 2016
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets today

In this showone actor plays the detective and one actor plays all the suspects and they both play the piano.  Described as a witty, winking homage to old-fashioned closed-room murder mysteries the show sounds like a welcome addition to the shows currently playing over the holiday season.

Kirsten Salpini, Jared TroiloThe show also happens to star a local stage actor whom I have a bit of a crush on, Jared Troilo, as well as the equally talented Kirsten Salpini. If my appeals to check out this show on the grounds that this is an interesting and funny production don’t appeal to you then maybe the opportunity to watch Jared for approximately 90-minutes will.  Unfortunately, Sergio and I will miss opening weekend since we are in Brazil, but share your thoughts about the production in the comments section below for my readers to see should you go to the show.

Get your tickets to the Gold Dust Orphans, Murder on the Polar Express

Gold Dust Orphans, Boston Fringe TheaterLast month I wrote that Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans holiday theater show would be Murder on the Polar Express.

The show which steals plot lines from Agatha Christie mysteries centers around “The World’s Foremost Drag Detective” Shirley Holmes, (played by Ryan Landry) as she boards the world’s most elegant train along with her sidekick Dr. Jody Watley and ten other unsavory characters, all en route to the North Pole for a much needed Christmas vacation. Unbeknownst to them there is a psycho killer onboard. What could possibly go wrong?

The Gold Dust Orphan’s holiday musical always sells out quickly so I’m giving the show a plug now that tickets are available to encourage you to make plans and reserve your tickets ahead of time. Murder on the Polar Express runs from Thursday, December 1 – Wednesday, December 21.

Get your tickets here, Murder on the Polar Express.

Tonight is opening night for Boston Ballet’s, Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire Photo Credit: Wilfried Hösel. Courtesy of Bayerisches Staatsballett

Le Corsaire Photo Credit: Wilfried Hösel, Bayerisches Staatsballett

The 2016/2017 Boston Ballet season opens tonight with “Le Corsaire”, which is loosely based on Byron’s poem “The Corsair“, a love story that revolves around a slave girl and the two men who love her, a Turkish pasha and a pirate. You can read the full synopsis of the three act ballet here.

The Boston Ballet first performed this ballet in 1997 as “The Pirate”, but  artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, opted for a different version this time. Inspired by the Czech choreographer Liska production for the Bavarian State Opera Ballet and the stunning sets and costumes, “Le Corsaire” promises to be a dramatic and beautiful ballet. I look forward to enjoying tonight’s performance and suggest you purchase tickets now before the Boston Ballet production sells out.

Le Corsaire – October 27 thru November 6

Varla Jean Merman brings “A Little White Music” to Boston

A Little White MusicDid you miss Varla Jean Merman’s hilarious summer show in Provincetown, A Little White Music? Later this month you can see it when she comes to the Ramrod Performing Arts Center in the Fenway for 3-nights only.

Varla comes to Boston October 20, 21 & 22

Sergio and I enjoyed the show at the Art House in Ptown, and if you were unable to see it, I would encourage you to reserve tickets before they sell out. For more information and tickets: Varla Jean presents A Little White Music.

Support Boston’s theater and arts scene this October

Looking for a fun date alternative? Next month there are some really cool productions from local theater companies that are worth taking note of and reserving tickets to see. Peruse the list of shows I’ve shared and feel free to add others I’ve omitted in the comments section.

BCA Black Box Theater, Boston Fringe Theater, BosArtsThe Fall River Axe Murders at the BCA Black Box Theater Oct 1-22 Just in time for Halloween, Angela Carter uses an inventive blend of storytelling, movement and puppetry arts, The Fall River Axe Murders. We all know what Lizzie Borden did on that sweltering August day in 1892, but what if there were more to the story? Angela Carter’s strange and Gothic play takes a much closer look at Lizzie Borden and the gruesome murders.

BosArts, Boston theaterWe’re Gonna Die from Company One at Club Oberon Oct. 4-8 After a sold-out run in April 2016, We’re Gonna Die returns to Club Oberon for five shows. Boldly exploring the less awesome moments of life through song, storytelling and stand-up, this OBIE-Award-winning cabaret event is the smartest and most life-affirming way to contemplate the inevitable!

Boston Theater, BosArtsTiger Style! from The Huntington Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion Oct 14 – Nov 13 This smart urban comedy is abou two squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen who reached the pinnacle of academic achievement. But as adults, have become epic failures: he’s just been passed up for promotion and she’s been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So, naturally, they confront their parents and launch an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to China, this hilarious new comedy examines race, parenting, and success.

The WarriorWarrior Class from the Lyric Stage Co. Oct 21 – Nov 13 Just in time for the climax of this year’s Presidential election season is The Lyric Stage Co. productionof Warrior Class which centers on an up and coming New York assemblyman who’s been dubbed “The Republican Obama.” The son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran, he looks forward to a seemingly limitless political career until someone from his past threatens to reveal a college transgression. How far will he go to keep the incident out of the public eye?

SpeakEasy Stage Co., BosArts, Boston TheaterThe Scottsboro Boys from the SpeakEasy Stage Oct 21 – Nov 19 This Boston premiere brings 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. Featuring a mix of gospel, jazz, and vaudeville, this audacious musical 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.

BosArtsLe Corsaire from Boston Ballet at the Opera House Oct 27 – Nov 16   The Boston Ballet opens their 2016/2017 season with Le Corsaire, a classical ballet steeped in swashbuckling adventure and passionate romance. A dashing pirate battles to rescue his beloved from Pasha’s harem with danger looming at every turn – in opulent places, secret caves and on the turbulent sea.

Support Boston’s theater scene: Check out one or more of these productions

Boston’s local theater scene is back after taking the summer off and the fall line up has a little bit of something for everyone. Below are just a handful of local theater companies and productions opening this month. Peruse the list and feel free to add others I’ve omitted in the comments section. 

zeitgeist theater bostonEight by Tenn: Short Plays by Tennessee Williams by the Zeitgeist Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts Sept 2 – Oct 9
Not able to go to the Tennessee Williams Theater in Festival in Provincetown later this month? No worries check out these eight one act plays by the gay playwright.

lyric stage company bostonCompany at The Lyric Stage Co. Sept. 2 – Oct 9
This musical offers an insightful, and often hilarious look at modern relationships. It looks like a great show to go see with friends or a date.

central square thaterMarjorie Prime at the Central Square Theater Sept 8 – Oct 9
In the not too distant future artificial intelligence helps 85-year-old Marjorie, a woman whose memory is fading, by keeping her company by a handsome, younger version of her husband Walter, programmed to talk with her about her past. What would we choose to remember – or forget – if given the chance?

speakeasy stage companySignificant Other at the SpeakEasy Stage Company Sept 9 – Oct 8
This play centers on a 20-something gay man who is dealing with the fact that his closest girlfriends are all getting married while he is stuck trying to find his happily ever after in Joshua Harmon’s play.

huntington theaterSunday in the Park with George, Huntington Theater  Sept. 9 – Oct 16
A Sondheim masterpiece that focuses on enigmatic painter Georges Seurat and his search for love, inspiration and “the art of making art.”

Boston Lyric OperaCarmen by The BLO at the Boston Opera House Sept 23 – Oct 2
The Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) celebrates 40 years opening this season with an updated take on the classic opera.

American Repertory TheatreThe Plough and the Stars at the A.R.T. Sept 24 – Oct 9
As revolution sweeps Ireland, the residents of a Dublin tenement take shelter. Sean O’Casey—one of Ireland’s most renowned and controversial playwrights—captures a conflict between idealism and ordinary lives.

Fiddlehead TheaterPriscilla Queen of the Desert by Fiddlehead Theater Sept 30 – Oct 9
Who doesn’t love this story of two drag queens and a middle aged transgender woman named Bernadette who take a bus through the Australian outback? 

Plan a night out to attend one of these productions from a local theater company with friends or someone special. Not only can I assure you that you will have a great time, but you will also be supporting Boston’s theater scene.

Steinert Hall: 19th century theater closed for 72 years could reopen in Boston

steinert theaterIn May 2015 I wrote that the abandoned, subterranean Steinert Hall, that has been closed to the public since 1942, may reopen in my post, Abandoned Steinert Theater may be renovated. Earlier this month The Boston Globe confirmed that will likely happen now in their article, Silent for decades, underground theater set to be revived.

The 650 seat Steinert Hall first opened in 1896 and was famous for its impeccable acoustics but was forced to close soon after Boston’s tragic Coconut Grove fire in 1942.  The new building owner confirms plans to revive Steinert Hall, underground theater on Boston Common some 70+ years later with the hope of reopening it to the public.

If Steinert Hall is returned to its former glory and opens to the public it would join 9 other theater houses in Boston’s Theater District including:

Boston Opera House
Colonial Theater 
Charles Playhouse
Cutler Majestic Theatre
Modern Theatre at Suffolk
Paramount Theater
Shubert Theatre
Wang Center of Performing Arts
Wilbur Theatre